Hot Off the Wire — 9/4/2020

SCIA volunteer Johanna says letter writing is a great parent-kid activity: “Recruit them for attention grabbing and ‘awwww’ inducing envelope decorating!”
— Sierra Club

Can you write some letters to targeted voters in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, or Pennsylvania?
Learn More . . .

Get Out the Vote with
Join volunteers from across the country
to call infrequent voters who care about the environment.
Let’s make all our votes count this year!
September 6, 2020 01:00 PM in Pacific Time

COVID Resources


We’re at a Tipping Point—Toward Healing the Climate — Yes Magazine


Week 41: Skip the dryer.
Hang dry your laundry this week
Take part: Sept. 6–12, 2020

Regional Actions

Let’s talk about volunteer engagement and movement building
350 Washington Network Regional Skill Up:
Movement Building + Volunteer Engagement
With Shemona Moreno of 350 Seattle
Monday, September 7th at 6pm-7:30pm PST | Register HERE

Help us stop the world’s largest fracked gas to methanol refinery from being built in Southwest Washington!
— Sierra Club

National Actions

The FWS is accepting public comments on the administration’s reckless anti-wildlife proposal,
but only until September 4
Submit a comment today

NRDC Virtual Conversation:
The Power of Litigation in our Fights for People and the Planet
Thursday, September 10 | 1 p.m. PT

Get Ready for the Revolution Training Series —

  • Part 1. Keeping Healthy and Safe at Protests – Tues, Sept. 15th, 4-6 pm PT
  • Part 2. Remote Organizing and Volunteer Engagement 101 –
    Sat, Sept 26th 11 am – 1 pm PT
  • Part 3. Digital Organizing 101 – Sat, Oct. 10, 11 am-1 pm PT
  • Part 4. Grassroots Year End Fundraising – Nov. 21-22 time tbd

The THRIVE Resolution envisions a Green New Deal-aligned recovery.
Ask your representative to cosponsor the THRIVE Resolution! — Sierra Club

Sign the petition to fix the broken U.S. Senate
It’s time to build pressure for ending the filibuster now. 

Oil giant Total is about to build a massive oil pipeline right through the heart of Africa
It would cross more than 200 rivers and 12 protected forests

Local/Regional News

Wet’suwet’en Block Trains in Solidarity with Six Nations

Take a stand. Make your voice heard. Stand with others in any way that you can. Will you put your comfort aside to stand with those who have no choice but to fight?

Cooked salmon: Climate change, dams contribute to lethal habitat
— The Spokesman-Review

To Manage Wildfire, California Looks To What Tribes Have Known All Along
— National Public Radio

USDA Northwest Climate Hub – August Newsletter
Featuring information on Drought in the NW Climate Hub

Sightline’s Latest Original Work

National/International News

Indian Country’s ANWR

How an Iñupiat Trump Official,
Tara Sweeney, is challenging everything you know about Indigenous environmentalism
— Medium

Banks funneled over USD 150 billion into companies driving deforestation since Paris Agreement, new data analyses shows

You’re invited to the online release of Yasuní Man
This is a “must-see” documentary about the Amazon


Responding to the Census
The 2020 Census is happening now. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.

Alaska’s salmon are shrinking, and climate change may be to blame — Reuters

In the Amazon, the coronavirus fuels an illegal gold rush — and an environmental crisis — The Washington Post

Big Oil just isn’t as big as it once was — The Washington Post

RSVP for the 25th annual National Solar Tour!

Sierra magazine September/October 2020
The New York Times

The growing power of hurricanes
Getting climate studies into schools

Climate in Politics

Biden declares he’s “not banning fracking” … — Axios Generate

145 Groups Demand Biden Ban Fossil Fuel Execs and Lobbyists From Campaign and CabinetCommon Dreams

Groups pressure Biden to exclude fossil fuel execs from team — The Hill

Progressive Groups Call on Biden to Ban Fossil Fuel Interests from Campaign and Admin — DemocracyNow!


Climate Justice Now: Art Inspiring Action
Art project theme:
Exploring the relationship between health, climate, and race.

Think Outside the Box

9 unconventional moving bridges

Water Vapor in September 2006

Also, NASA visualization of the European jetstream

Burning Worlds

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
  5. If You Don’t Like the Heat,
    Get Out of the Kitchen
  6. Rainfall, Evaporation and Desertification
  7. Runoff and Water Supplies
  8. Of Drought and Flooding Rains

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. Nan

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