Hot Off the Wire — 12/11/2020

The OCA Report

This episode of the OCA Report introduces a segment I’m calling “The Readers’ Corner” This episode presents a reading by Jodi Riverstone of her meditational piece, “Transmutation of Mind and Heart: The meanderings from a beach walk”.
I hope this reading will inspire other OCA’ers to share their own thoughts, feelings in writing and either record themselves or send their work to the Report so we may produce a reading.

Transmutation of Mind and Heart:
The meanderings from a beach walk

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COVID Resources

So When Can I Get the Covid Vaccine?

Hugh Hastings / Getty Images

And why do I still have to wear a mask? — The Nation

Winter inversions threaten to increase air pollution, COVID-19 risks

“We’re now talking about two pandemics. We have a pollution pandemic, and we have the COVID pandemic.”
— Environmental Health News

Planning for a Climate Crisis Helped a Small Indonesian Island Battle Covid-19

Local leaders and volunteer groups that were established to address the effects of global warming quickly switched gears to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
— Inside Climate News


1,000 years of fake meat in 2 minutes

We prepared six faux meat dishes from the past 1,000 years, ranging from mock lamb chops in 965 to the “bleeding” Impossible Burger in 2016.

The U.K. has taken a big step in its transition to electric vehicles

Britain opened an electric-only car-charging station powered exclusively with renewable energy. —


An Open Letter about Soil and Carbon

An open letter from former Clallam County resident Don Wilkin, now living in the Midwest

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Wednesday, December 16 — noon – 1:30 Pacific
Thursday, December 17 —
6:30 6:00 – 7 pm Pacific

Regional Actions

Run for Electoral Office

It’s time for a new generation of leaders to take over.
— Sunrise Movement

Transportation is Washington

The Story of Plastic

December 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PST

in Port Angeles

We will be taking a break until at least after the Holidays. But of course anyone who wants to stand in front of the courthouse on Fridays from 12 to 1 can.

National Actions

It’s time to blow the whistle on Trump and get Biden off the bench on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. —

Drag them.

The climate case for calling out fossil fuel companies online — Heated

Don’t sacrifice polar bears for Arctic oil

Submit a public comment to let the incoming Biden administration know this is unacceptable


Climate change is flooding the remote north with light – and new species

Creatures which have adapted to the polar night over millions of years are now suddenly exposed to artificial light. Michael O. Snyder, Author provided

— PBS News Hour

Defend the Sacred — Protect the Arctic

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has just given draft approval for a company to harass polar bears while searching for oil in the area this winter.
— Center for Biological Diversity

Act now to tell the Service this permit should be denied.

— 350.0rg

Tell the EPA: Stop the Bluewater Oil Terminal Project!

— The Sierra Club

Local/Regional News


Click to enlarge — Back to Return

Sacred Point of View

Promoting Sovereignty Through History and Culture

The Washington Climate Assembly is Coming Soon!

Here’s what you can do.

The 2021 Environmental Priorities

— Washington Environmental Council

Recording Available

LINK AND PASSWORD “inflection”

National/International News

Denmark is keeping it in the ground

Denmark’s parliament has voted to phase out all oil and gas exploration and extraction in the North Sea. All existing leases to extract fossil resources will expire by 2050.
— Grist

5 Undeniable Long-Term Trends Shaping Society’s Future

We can’t predict the future, but we can prepare for it. — Visual Capitalist

The surprising reasons why people ignore the facts about climate change

“People routinely ignore facts on a whole host of issues, including climate change.” — Grist

When facts fail to convince, storytelling may do the trick

Facts are great and all, but sometimes you just need to tell a good story. — Grist

Do Biden and Trump voters even speak the same language?

The results of the 2020 election left people puzzling over the minds of their fellow Americans. — Grist

The European Union can reach net-zero emissions at no cost

6M jobs destroyed in transition
11M new jobs created — EURACTIV

European Union agreed to make the target of net-zero emissions by 2050 legally binding

2030 Targets on hold — Reuters

McKinsey partner Hauke Engel discusses what it would take for the EU to reach its goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

This International Human Rights Day,

We call on the world to fight for Indigenous rights and self-determination.

Warm Arctic, Cold Continents? It Sounds Counterintuitive, but Research Suggests it’s a Thing

Scientists suspect that rapid warming in the Arctic is causing more climate extremes farther south, including bouts of severe cold and snow in the Northeast.
— Inside Climate News

National Newsletters

Report Provides a Preview of the ‘New Arctic’

Also this week, five climate reporters recommend books they’ve enjoyed.


Climate in Politics

How can we hold politicians to their promises on race and climate?

“Being cautiously optimistic is what helps you hold people accountable.” — Grist

Tell President-Elect Biden: Restore Science to Government Decisionmaking

Remind your legislator of their commitment to an Evergreen Future

— Washington Conservation Voters

How to Fund a Just Economic Recovery

The five principles of the “People’s Bailout” — Yes! Magazine


Dogs Love the Snow

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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