Hot Off the Wire — 4/16/2020

R.S.V.P. for Earth Day Live programming on April 22, 23, 24

See what’s happening here during Earth Week . . .

Flu Virus Resources & News

Arundhati Roy: ‘The pandemic is a portal’

The novelist on how coronavirus threatens India — and what the country, and the world, should do next – Free to read in The Financial Times

Top UK scientist: ’80 percent’ confident a COVID-19 vaccine could be ready by September — The Hill

WaPo: Trump allegedly asked Fauci if officials could let coronavirus ‘wash over’ US — The Hill | By Marina Pitofsky – 04/11/20 11:31 PM EDT


Noam Chomsky on Trump’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response, Bernie Sanders & What Gives Him Hope — DemocracyNow! interview

Tomgram: Engelhardt, “The Skies Are Emptying Out” — March 24, 2020

George Monbiot

Covid-19 is nature’s wake-up call to complacent civilization

A bubble has finally been burst – but will we now attend to the other threats facing humanity?
–The Guardian

George Monbiot


Week 21: Celebrate Earth Day by contacting your local representative to advocate for environmental action
Take part: April 19–25, 2020

A 35-page dissection of the plastics problem — Greenpeace

Regional Actions

Support Indigenous Nations in their cases against TMX pipeline

National Actions

Social Community is a virtual live series focused on discussions, hangouts, and webinars led by youth leaders and adult allies across the country. In these times of uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic, this is a space intentionally developed for community, conversation, and collaboration

Digital Chase Takeover video promo (90 seconds) — 350

Cancel KXL: Halt All Keystone XL Construction Due to Coronavirus Public Health Emergency —

We will not allow Keystone XL to expose Native peoples to the coronavirus. Demand a stop to all work on this pipeline to protect the health of every one of us — Native Organizers Aliance

Don’t let the fossil fuel industry exploit the COVID crisis —

Message your Congressperson to stop the EPA from gutting air quality standards — Greenpeace

COVID-19 is NOT an Excuse to Stop Regulating Polluters — NRDC

Tell Liberty Mutual to stop insuring the Keystone XL Pipeline —

“Coronavirus could wipe us out.”

Local/Regional News

Letter-sign, Virtual Group Banner #1 Completed

Necessity seems to be the mother of creative invention and implementation.
We’ve taken the virtual banner idea and run with it here as a means to reach out, keep perspective of what is important and feel some sense of solidarity as we reflect in appreciation, concern and hope for our beautiful and fragile planet.
Life is precious in its myriad of forms and together it forms a beautiful, complex tapestry in which we are privileged to be a part.
Let’s honor that as we celebrate our Earth today and every day.
See the other art projects in progress

The western U.S. is locked in the grips of the first human-caused megadrought, study finds — The Washington Post

Sightline’s Latest Original Work

National/International News

Welcome to The Climate Crisis Newsletter

By Bill McKibben | February 27, 2020

Annals of a Warming Planet — The New York Times

Exclusive: U.S. banks prepare to seize energy assets as shale boom goes bust — Reuters

Youth Climate Movement Study (YCMStudy-US) — U. of Maryland

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 9 -9:30 AM PST

The New York Times

A troubling story for communities of color

Climate in Politics

Digital Audio Book

Calling for an alliance between progressives and moderates to seize the moment and restore hope to America’s future for the 2020 presidential election

What America Needs Next: A Biden National Unity Cabinet — New York Times


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
  4. A Silver Lining

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.

Burning Worlds

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