Welcome to Open Spaces

Open Spaces is a forum for voices that speak with knowledge and understanding of matters currently affecting all of us. Below, you will find writing by those with first-hand experience and professional insight into science, healthcare and politics. Your time with them will be well spent.

Poetry
by Kim Stafford

Our present times suggest a need for a broader view—both inward and outward. To this end, we offer a blessing by Oregon’s ninth Poet Laureate.

Critical
by Kristie L. Ebi, Ph.D., MPH; Jeremy J. Hess, MD, MPH; and Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS

2018 was a banner year for reports focused on climate change and health. The reports all present the same key messages: climate change is here, it is bad for your health, immediate actions can reduce future risks, and climate action has immediate and substantial health benefits.

Across the Aisle
Senator Ron Wyden

Senator Wyden shares his experiences of making a difference in Congress through principled bipartisanship.

detail of Butterfly photo
Artist Showcase

Above: llustration by editorial cartoonist Matt Wuerker

Left: Spring Visitor, by Harry Kingston. Click on the link below to see more of Harry’s work.

“When artists, entrepreneurs, and agents of social change cluster, they look for forums where they can interact and be challenged and provoked. In Cascadia, Open Spaces plays this role. It is where thoughtful people publish essays that push readers to think outside their comfort zones.”

— Denis Hayes, coordinator of the first Earth Day 
and current president of the Bullitt Foundation