Hot Off the Wire — 9/11/2020

COVID Resources

How California can recover from wildfires
without leaving its most vulnerable behind


The link between climate change,
health and poverty

For the poor and vulnerable, the health impacts of climate change are already here, says physician Cheryl Holder. Unseasonably hot temperatures, disease-carrying mosquitoes and climate gentrification threaten those with existing health conditions, while wealthier people move to higher ground. — TED Talks


Week 42: Wipe wisely: Use Forest Stewardship Council-certified and 100% post-consumer recycled content toilet paper.
Take part: Sept. 13–19, 2020

What’s in a Social Justice Diet?

How do we add climate and social justice to our diet?
— Yes! Magazine

Regional Actions

With all the smoke in the air this is a perfect time to write Letters to the Editor to your local papers connecting the smoke and wildfires to climate change and health.
If you have health credentials please include those and make sure to highlight any stories or personal experiences with patients who have been affected by the poor air quality.
Links to 25 Washington newspaper editors, with guidlines . . .

Ask Governor Inslee to say YES
to Southern Resident orcas;
And NO to a new terminal
less than a mile from WA State!
— Friends of the San Juans

National Actions

Get Ready for the Revolution Training Series —
More detailed information . . .
Sign Up Now!

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15: Keeping Healthy and Safe at Protest (5-7pm PT):
    Learn how to be mentally and physically prepared for being on the streets protesting (led by 350 Seattle).
  • Saturday, Sept. 26: Remote Organizing and Volunteer Engagement 101 (11am – 1 pm PT):
    Learn how to maximize remote organizing and engage new volunteers now and following the election (led by 350 Colorado).
  • Saturday, Oct. 10: Digital Organizing 101 (11am-1pm PT):
    Learn digital organizing basics, best practices, tools, and get tips on email and social media strategy (led by 350 Massachusetts).
  • Nov 21-22: Grassroots / Year End Fundraising (date and time TBD):
    Learn how to plan your group’s end of year fundraising campaign. Get tips, templates and info on crowdsourcing (led by 350Vermont).

Today, many of us in the West Coast of the U.S. woke up to dark orange skies.
The Amazon fires are unnatural acts of criminal arson enabled by global corporations and financial institutions such as BlackRock.

Tell FERC: Time’s up for the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Send in an official public comment
to decision-makers now and tell your story about how air quality affects you and your community!

Local/Regional News

Co-published by The Seattle Times and nonprofit Seattle publisher Braided River, this book by award-winning writer Lynda V. Mapes will be a tool for marine conservation groups across the Puget Sound to educate, inspire and build grassroots support for tangible actions to support orca health
Cover photo by Dave Ellifrit,
Center for Whale Research

Screening of Ancestral Waters
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:45 PM PDT

Hosted by 350 Spokane

Sightline’s Latest Original Work

Record wildfires in California: More than 2.2 million acres have burned in California this year — which is already a record even though the time of the year that’s traditionally most dangerous for fire weather is only now beginning. — NY Times

Crazy weather in Colorado: On Monday, the Denver area was sweltering. By Tuesday, there were several inches of snow on the ground. — NY Times

Western wildfires break records as devastating toll on lives and homes begins to emerge — The Washington Post

Climate change means this wildfire season is here to stay
–The Washington Post

National/International News

Rainforest Action Network

September 17, 2020 | 5:00 PM PT

Climate Change Solutions Simulator

Living in the Time of Dying director and producer, Michael Shaw
is interviewed by host Peter Melton & Deb Ozarko, Author of Beyond Hope

Energy Consumption by
Source and Country (1969-2018)
— Visual Capitalist

Visualizing the energy consumption of 60+ countries by energy source, over the period of 50 years.

Federal report sounds the alarm on climate change dangers to the economy — CNN

“Democratic Public Health”: Big Pharma Relies on Developing World While Limiting Access to Treatment — DemocracyNow!

COVID Vaccine Trials Seek Black & Latinx Participants,
But History of Medical Apartheid Sows Mistrust — DemocracyNow!


Sierra Club Forum on the Environmental Law Program

The New York Times

The ‘Straightforward’ Link Between Climate and California’s Fires


They led the E.P.A. as Republicans.
Now, they’re backing Biden

Climate in Politics

Donald Trump, environmentalist?

The president signed an order yesterday extending a ban on oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and restricting drilling along the southeastern coast of the United States. And during a campaign stop in Jupiter, Fla., he wasted no time in taking credit for it.


If you like trees, you will enjoy seeing these amazing specimens

What Can I Do?
My Path From Climate Despair To Action

A call to action from Jane Fonda, one of the most inspiring activists of our time, urging us to wake up to the looming disaster of climate change and equipping us with the tools we need to join her in protest.

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
  9. A Sunburnt Country

Note to Yarns from the Farm readers: This is the final regular article in a series on climate change that I’m writing for our local monthly newsletter, the Southern Midlands Regional News (SMRN). There will be a recap article in the next issue, that reviews the whole series. Previous articles can be found in the preceding Yarns from the Farm. The image above was taken after a major fire went through my property in January 2016. And a note to my non-Australian readership: this title and the previous one are taken from a much-loved poem, My Country, written by Australian Dorothea Mackellar at the age of 19, at the turn of the last century.

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