Hot Off the Wire — 10/30/2020

COVID Resources

Port Angeles School District debuts COVID-19 tracker

Parents will be notified when a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in the schools.
— Peninsula Daily News

Will COVID-19 give Santa Ana officials an excuse to ignore the city’s lead crisis?

The California attorney general says the city needs to collaborate with overburdened communities to address its dangerous lead contamination.

Visualizing How the Pandemic
is Impacting American Wallets

Did you know that 57% of U.S. consumers’ incomes have taken a hit during the pandemic?


Week 49: Vote for life outdoors.
Election Day is this Tuesday. 
Take part: Nov. 1–7, 2020

The United Nations warns that the U.S. and Europe are shipping millions of their worst-polluting used cars to poorer nations.

The international used car trade is largely unregulated, and many of those gas guzzlers don’t meet minimum standards for safety and air pollution.
— Grist

Electric cars ‘as cheap to manufacture’ as regular models by 2024

Analysis by UBS suggests shift away from fossil fuel vehicles may be imminent — The Guardian

Regional Actions

Washington: Save Orcas and Salmon Before It’s Too Late — Center for Biological Diversity

November 12, 2020

Returns to Port Angeles

Fridays from Noon – 1:00

Clallam County Courthouse
223 E 4th St, Port Angeles, WA 98362

National Actions

Tell Wall Street and Congress: Put People Before Polluters —

“Brazil is an example in environmental protection.”?

Hold Candy Giants Accountable!

Candyland is so messed up.

Cocoa: A Bittersweet Supply Chain

— Visual Capitalist

Tell the incoming Biden administration: Restore the Tongass National Forest and make it a top priority.
— Climate Hawks Vote

Local/Regional News

An update talk by local climate activist and scientist Bob Larsen

Climate Warming: Impact of COVID-19 and Latest Developments

November 12 at 6:30 PM on Zoom

Please RSVP to Pastor Kristin-Luana –
She will send you the zoom link!

Pursuing and sustaining a Resilient Recovery

National/International News

The Supreme Court Battle and the Climate Crisis

“Imagine any serious adult saying they don’t know whether gravity is real.”
— Moyers on Democracy

What a Changing US Supreme Court Means for Climate Advocacy

That the Supreme Court may hinder progress presumes that the other branches of government are actually doing something about climate change.
— Sightline Institute

Alarm as Arctic sea ice not yet freezing at latest date on record

For the first time since records began, the main nursery of Arctic sea ice in Siberia has yet to start freezing in late October.
— The Guardian

Trump to strip protections from Tongass National Forest,
one of the biggest intact temperate rainforests
— The Washington Post

Protect the Resluts

Find An Event Near You
Wednesday, November 4 and
Saturday, November 7

Earth Guardians

Youth plaintiffs in La Rose v. Her Majesty the Queen

South Korea has jumped on the net-zero bandwagon, pledging to become carbon neutral by 2050 — joining China
— Grist

Next week, the US leaves the Paris Agreement. How do we get back in?

Even if Biden wins, rejoining Paris won’t be easy.

Earn your Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Certificate in Sustainability from the University of Wisconsin

Online Courses Begin January 26th.

Learn sustainability skills and principles, such as:

  • Environmental science and policy
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  • Public policy and law at national, state, and local levels
  • Natural resource management
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  • Emerging environmental challenges
  • Climate change and resilience 

National Newsletters

Climate in Politics

The Future of the Democratic Party Goes Through This District

In Washington’s Tenth, it’s Marilyn Strickland, president of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, against environmental activist Beth Doglio.
— Climate Hawks Vote

Joe Biden said he would phase out
the U.S. oil industry

57% of Americans voters,
including 41% of Republicans,
support transitioning off oil!

Wake up on November 4th with no regrets, no matter how the election goes.

Inspiration‘s Digital Storytelling Toolkit for the Climate Movement

Learn how to find your story.
What is it you want to say?
Decide which digital tools to use and how to use them.
We focusing on writing, photo and video
Learn basic photo and video editing
How to strategically share your story once it’s done

Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist
who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands since 2000

Note to Yarns from the Farm readers: This is the final article in a series on climate change that I’ve written for our local monthly newsletter, the Southern Midlands Regional News.
Cheers, Nan

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