Hot Off the Wire — 12/13/2019

In the face of the growing climate emergency, governments seem determined to continue embracing fossil fuels, and even meeting their Paris Agreement pledges would see warming of 2.8˚C by the end of this century.

Opinion

“Listen to Mother Earth”:
Indigenous Youth Leaders at COP25 in Madrid
Protest Fossil Fuel Extraction

— Climate Reality Project

Why Are Some of Spain’s Biggest Polluters
Sponsoring the 25th U.N. Climate Summit?
The Spanish government begged the 35 biggest listed companies
on the Spanish stock exchange for two million euros each
in return for a 90% tax break
. — DemocracyNow! interview

With New Equator Principles,
Banks Fail to Act on Climate
or Indigenous Rights

Singapore meeting approves
‘business as usual’ new Equator Principles


Indigenous Groups Call Out the
Financiers of Amazon Destruction at COP 25

Compelling ad in the Financial Times’ special COP supplement names and shames those profiting from Amazon destruction — Amazon Watch

Climate emergency demands an ecosocialist solution
— Freedom Socialist Party

Solutions

Week 3: Opt out of junk mail
Take part: Dec. 15–21, 2019 — REI

Emerging Technologies of The Harmonious Grid
Customer-side resources will fundamentally change our electric system

About America’s Pledge — Rocky Mt. Institute

Press Release:
America’s Pledge Reveals U.S. Pathways Towards Paris Goals, With And Without Federal Policies In Third Report

The lounge at the Tesla fast-charging station in Kettleman City, Calif. The lounge appears aimed at giving Tesla owners a members-only experience while selling them on the company and brand — David Ferris/E&E News

Nio Builds Battery Swap Stations In China For Its Electric Vehicles — CleanTechnica

Climate conversations belong at your table
It can feel hard to talk about climate
even with those close to us — Climate Solutions

Regional Actions

Comment on Lower Snake River Dams

Take part in the Stakeholder process through
Governor Inslee’s questionnaire

Act now to tell Gov. Inslee to declare Climate Emergency
— The Climate Mobilization

2020 Legislative climate briefing webinar, Tues. Dec. 3 — Climate Solutions
Here is the recording

100% Clean Energy for Washington
Please tell Department of Commerce today that energy assistance for low-income households is important to you!
–Washington Environmental Council

Members with Audubon Washington

Attend a Public Hearing
for Clean Transportation

Thursday, December 19, 2019 at
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM PST

Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike Street, Seattle, Washington 98101

Tell the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency board to stand up for climate action
and support a Clean Fuel Standard
— Washington Environmental Council

National Actions

Tell Joe Biden: Be A Real Climate Leader — 350.org

Sign now to call for a Green New Deal Revolution across the planet — Avaaz

Tell your government:
Stop giving public money to the fossil fuel industry — 350.org
G20 Coal Subsidies of at least USD $63.9 billion per year in government support to the production and consumption of coal alone — Oil Change International

Can you rush a special year-end donation to the
NRDC Action Fund’s Environmental Victory Drive by 12/31?

Millions of families around the world are struggling
to overcome hunger, poverty, and injustice.
DONATE NOW. CHANGE A LIFE. — Oxfam America

Local/Regional News

Alaska’s Melting Glaciers
Tell the Story of Climate Change

New studies put hard numbers to Alaska’s glacial retreat — Yes! Magazine

Visitors To A Shrinking Alaskan Glacier Get A Lesson On Climate Change — NPR


Sightline’s Latest Original Work

National/International News

Bolsonaro is Killing My People & Destroying the Amazon

DemocracyNow! sat down with Indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa, one of this year’s Right Livelihood Award honorees

Indigenous Protectors Are Defending the Amazon and “Paying With Their Lives”
— DemocracyNow! interview

New Report at UN Climate Conference Exposes Plans to Drill for Oil in the Heart of the Amazon

Our nationalities are asking all of the presidents of the world to listen to us and take action – to realize the amount of biodiversity and life that still exists there.” — Amazon Watch


The U.S. Has Almost No Official Presence at COP25 But Is Still “Obstructing Any Progress” — DemocracyNow! interview
“The U.S. is in all streams of discussions that are happening, be it finance, be it loss and damage,” Singh says. “They’re everywhere. And everywhere they are obstructing and not allowing any progress to happen.”

2019 Annual Report

I am confident that young people will change the world—and protect our planet.

Gas stations will disappear sooner than you think — The Hill

Two weeks ago, we asked the Stand.earth community if you had questions about how Stand makes change happen – and over 150 questions came in for our team!

Greta has been named the youngest-ever
TIME Person of the Year

Since the Paris Agreement, global banks have invested $1.9 trillion in fossil fuels… We indeed have some work to do, but some more than others.” –@GretaThunberg#COP25

What’s Up with Banking and Climate

From the Union of Concerned Scientists:
Killer Heat in the United States – Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days
Heat Waves and Climate Change – What the Science Tells Us about Extreme Heat Events
Abandoned Science, Broken Promises – Neglect of Science Is Leaving Marginalized Communities Further Behind
How “Evidence-Based” Became a Dirty Word – The consequences of the Trump administration’s attacks on science
– The Trump Administration’s Latest: A Plan to Foul the Alaska Arctic
Climate Change and Agriculture – A Perfect Storm in Farm Country

Inspiration

Meet the Climbing Kids:
8- & 11-Year-Old Siblings Who Rappel from Bridge
Demanding Climate Action

Their father said to me,
“Climbing is safe.
Climate change is not.”

How to Raise an Environmentalist

Kids have a natural connection to the earth, as well as a drive to heal it. And that may be our saving grace