Hot Off the Wire — 3/21/2020

Flu Virus Resources

Opinion

Naomi Kiein — Senior Correspondent | The Intercept
“Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable.” — Milton Friedman
by Andy Warner

Unpersuasive: | Knowable Magazine
Why arguing about climate change often doesn’t work


Subaru: Stop Helping the Trump Administration
Make Cars Less Efficient

Solutions

Week 17: Spring cleaning time! Donate old items instead of throwing them out

Take part: March 22–28, 2020


Engineers Found a Way to Generate Electricity From Thin Air

Elon Musk’s Battery Farm Is an Undeniable Success

It’s the bet that saved Australia tens of millions of dollars.

Regional Actions

We are standing for mother Earth and humanity, especially for the youth inheriting this future.

#FridaysForFuture in Port Angeles is suspending gatherings until further notice. We will be ramping-up our #DigitalStrike effort in coming days.

Greta Thunberg urges ‘#DigitalStrikeOnline
rather than big crowds amid coronavirus outbreak

Announcing the first-ever 350.org
Regional Conversation Series!
Monthly discussions around key organizing topics


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From the League of Women Voters


FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE & ITS EFFECTS

2020 Legislative Session Wrap Up


National Actions

Tell Trump: No bailouts for shale oil producers — Climate Hawks Vote

Tell Trump and the federal government: no bailouts for Big Oil and the fossil fuel industry — Stand.earth

Tell the Senate to invest in people, not polluters — 198 Methods

Tell Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to ban climate disinformation and fossil fuel greenwashing on the platform — Greenpeace

Will you join the Twitter storm and let your opposition to this tree-to-toilet pipeline be known? — Stand.earth

UCS is monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily and may modify our supporter communications as we do our best to balance progress on our shared priorities with the ongoing public health crisis. We encourage all our supporters to practice social distancing to the extent possible and have implemented several practices at UCS. Stay well.

Local/Regional News

Quileute Tribe Climate Action Planning – a wealth of references & resources

Rocky Mountain animals will move as the climate changes
These corridors could give them a safer path — The Washington Post

Sustainable Farms and Fields bill (SB 5947) passed the Washington State legislature!

While we can’t hug, fist bump or
march together, now IS a good time
to dig in and learn more about the incredible people, achievements,

and challenges our movement is founded upon. .”

Move the Money Out of Fossil Fuels
Our state Senate failed. “. . . with inaction on another global crisis.”

Dammed to Extinction
is now available for streaming
on-line, for $4.99

National/International News

COVID-19 resource .Doc for US local groups — from 350.org
These resources were collected with the goal of best supporting the resilient network of 350 US groups during the emergence of COVID-19. This is a living doc intended for local groups to share within their organization and communities.

Stand.earth’s statement on COVID-19: Community care and climate action

The demise of the polar vortex
could spell weather surprises this spring

— The Washington Post


New Report Reveals Global Banks
Funneled $2.7 Trillion into Fossil Fuels
Since Paris Climate Agreement,
with Financing on the Rise Each Year

Our Sierra Forum: Defunding Climate Destruction will be postponed — Sierra Club

The Soil Solution
Policymakers, entrepreneurs and farmers are increasingly looking to soils in their fight to slow climate change
Out of Antarctica, churnings of climate change
The interplay of carbon dioxide, winds and Southern Ocean waters could be reaching an environmental tipping point
Why green energy finally makes economic sense
Solar and wind generators have suddenly become just as cheap as other ways to produce electric power
What makes food ‘local’?
An anthropologist looks at the myriad ways we link food to place — and whether it really could make a difference — Knowable Magazine

Inspiration

Untitled Poem

–Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

An Imagined Letter
from Covid-19 to Humans

Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist
who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands since 2000
  1. Carbon dioxide:
    Nature’s tiny solar panels
  2. Take a deep breath
  3. Galileo Fixes Everything

This is a series I’m writing on climate change for our local monthly newspaper. I wanted to go back to the basics of the science behind climate change.
I’ll post them in coming Yarns.
Cheers, Nan

Category:
Burning Worlds