Hot Off the Wire — Thanksgiving 2020

COVID Resources

PBS NewsHour — Science

On Thanksgiving gatherings, public health officials say ‘don’t do it’

There is currently no risk-free way to spend time indoors with the loved ones who live outside your home.

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Planning to get together for Thanksgiving?

Consider having a “COVID conversation” ahead of time to make sure everyone is on the same page about safety.


Week 52: Celebrate a year of action by joining REI to #OptOutside once again!
Take part: Nov. 22–28, 2020

What a year. Thank you for doing your part to leave the world better than you found it. From all of us at REI, we’re proud of you and happy to have you on our side fighting for life outdoors. Sincerely, thank you.

Want some eco-friendly tips?
A new study says no, you don’t.

New research suggests that hearing eco-friendly tips like these actually makes people less likely to do anything about climate change. Oops!

One River, Ethics Matter Conference

Wednesday, December 9 to Thursday, December 10
This 7th “One River, Ethics Matter” conference will consider: epidemics and tribes, dams, treaty, salmon: impacts on the lower Columbia River and Estuary, floodplain real-estate for Portland-Vancouver: basin-wide impacts, need for basin-wide flood risk review, and youth, climate change, and the river: the ethics of inter-generation theft and stealing the future.

Regional Actions

Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington

Dec. 3 | 6–7:30 p.m.

Jan. 27 | 5 p.m.  

March 30 | 5 p.m.  

Courtesy of Hulu — Grist

In the film ‘I Am Greta,’
an unlikely celebrity grapples with fame

EXCLUSIVE! — I Am Greta (2020) on B-Reel Films

Returns to Port Angeles

Fridays from Noon – 1:00

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

National Actions

Coast to Coast Call to Action

The Indigenous people of the land have been under attack ever since the first invaders came to our shores. We have been defending our lands and protecting our waters for generations.
We call on you to join us in solidarity from Nov 23-29 as a national call to action to support and respect our sovereignty.
Supporter toolkit

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You can now help Minnesota organizers with the Line 3 tar sands pipeline

Join CE4B for the 2nd of 3 summits on building back better and securing climate justice for low-income communities and communities of color.

Mon, November 23, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:45 PM PST

Tell Biden: Stop Line 3 —

Fashion brands have 10 years to kick coal our of their suply chains. —

Join the Union of Concerned Scientists and faith leaders for a virtual discussion about how traditions can inform advocacy and action in response to climate change and racial justice.

Tuesday, December 8 | 4:00 p.m. PT

Let’s get the WA Legislature to lead on climate action — Climate Solutions

Tell lawmakers: It’s #TimeToAct on climate! Sign the petition now. — NRDC

Local/Regional News

How Permaculture Is Helping Wildfire Survivors Recover

Survivors of California’s Camp Fire are working together to heal the land and each other after the deadly wildfire.

Volunteers prepare a space to plant a permaculture herb spiral at Pine Ridge School in Magalia, California, during the Camp Fire Restoration Weekend.
Photo by Gerard Ungerman

San Francisco will ban the use of natural gas in new buildings starting next year

Joining 38 municipalities who have passed measures restricting gas hookups — Bloomberg Green

Reduce impacts of whalewatching on orcas!
— Washington Environmental Council

National/International News

Ørsted strikes deal with labor union on U.S. offshore wind development

Danish company to train an offshore wind construction workforce for projects down the U.S. East Coast. — Grist

When temperatures soar, dog ticks turn to human flesh

A new study shows Brown Dog ticks bite humans on hot days. Here’s why that sucks. — Grist

The second-hottest city in the US declared a climate emergency. Here’s what comes next.

Tucson, Arizona, is putting climate justice at the center of its plans. — Grist

Indigenous Communities on the Frontline as Two Climate Change-Fueled Hurricanes Slam Central America

Carbon-free energy rules move ahead in Arizona; renewable source requirement scrapped — AZCentral

— League of Conservation Voters Action Fund

Online screening and panel discussion

Sunday, November 22nd, 4pm – 7pm PT


Overcoming Bias in Voting
Yes! Magazine

National Newsletters

Climate in Politics

Progressives Demand
“Corporate-Free Cabinet”
as Biden Taps Pharma & Fossil Fuel Allies for Top Jobs
— DemocracyNow!

A record 6 Native Americans were elected to Congress. Here’s where they stand on climate. — Grist

How Biden aims to amp up the government’s fight against climate change

A new administration would enlist departments like Transportation, Agriculture and Treasury to advance its climate goals — The Washington Post

Help! The 2020 election broke my family

The election may be over, but it opened up a lot of old wounds about political differences — including the fact that several of my family members don’t seem to care much about climate change. — Grist

The world needs lithium.
Can Bolivia’s new president deliver it?

Lithium is one of the key resources driving the global clean energy transition.

So that was the election. What now for climate?

Gregg Small November 8, 2020

This is the first in a series of articles on the election and what it means for climate action, especially in the Northwest. 

The Path Forward on Climate Change in the Northwest

Our climate action report is here—
now what’s ahead?

This is the second in a series of articles on the election and what it means for climate action, especially in the Pacific Northwest.


Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist
who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands, Tasmania since 2000
Note to Yarns from the Farm readers: This is a series of articles on climate change that I’ve written for our local monthly newsletter, the
Southern Midlands Regional News.
Cheers, Nan
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