Hot Off the Wire — 12/18/2020

Heritage Forests
of the
Toandos Peninsula

Save the Heritage Forests of the Toandos Peninsula

These forests are in Jefferson County, WA.
Some trees in this old growth forest are over 400 years old

COVID Resources

How to create meaningful connections while apart

Author Priya Parker shares tools for creating meaningful connections with friends, family and coworkers during the coronavirus pandemic — and shows how we can take advantage of gatherings that are unique to this moment of social distancing.
— TED Talks

Vaccine Equity:
Why Communities of Color & Incarcerated People Should Get Early Access to Shots
— DemocracyNow!

The Case for a People’s Vaccine

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

Few major economies investing in
nature-friendly COVID-19 recovery, index finds

Only 7 of 25 major economies have stimulus packages that have a net-positive benefit for the climate and nature, researchers say.
— Thomson Reuters Foundation News

ARCHIVE PHOTO: A view of waterfall in the high Bolivian Andes where new species were revealed to science is seen in this handout photo in Zongo, La Paz, Bolivia March 19, 2017. Courtesy of Trond Larsen of Conservation International/Handout via REUTERS

Tracking COVID-19 Vaccines Around the World

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As Wealthy Countries Hoard Vaccine Supply, Pandemic Could Rage in Poor Countries Until 2024

DemocracyNow! gives a thorough run-down of the current vaccine supply situation for the U.S. and the Globe, with comment by knowledgeable scholars and activists.

The Military Will Test Soldiers for Drugs—but Not Covid-19

Thousands of service members have been diagnosed with the virus. Meanwhile, the military tells them they have to pay for the test out of pocket.
— The Nation

How the Workers of Spain Battled the Spanish Flu

The last time there was a global pandemic, organized labor came together to protect each other and fight the boss.
— The Nation

Mutual Aid Can’t Do It Alone

As the pandemic plunged millions into economic insecurity, the burgeoning practice of mutual aid has been vital. But we must demand much more.
— The Nation

Evictions Are Violence: Millions Could Lose Homes Amid COVID Pandemic If Federal Moratorium Expires

Mapped: The Risk of Eviction and Foreclosure Across U.S. States

Which U.S. states are most at risk of experiencing mass evictions and foreclosures in the next two months?


An Economy Built on Sharing

Instead of conspicuous consumption, try the conspicuous sharing of
“Buy Nothing.”

The surprising economics behind going all-electric

Washington Climate Assembly

Assembly Member Selection

December 17, 2020 | 5:00 to 5:30 pm

Regional Actions

Putting the health and sustainability of our communities first

Washington’s upcoming 2021 Legislative Session will be historic. Our Climate will cover the wide range of issues that are at stake this legislative session. You can watch the series as a full meal or a la carte! Register today and spread the word by sharing the Facebook event!

All Events are from 2:00pm-3:30pm

An Overview of Washington’s State Legislature
Washington’s Climate Crisis
Fixing Washington’s Upside Down Tax Code
Fighting for a Racially Just Washington

Saturday, January 9,
Sunday, January 10,
Saturday, January 16,
Sunday, January 17,

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

Tell the US Senate:
Stop Utility Shutoffs for Families and Protect Workers

— Center for Biological Diversity

Local/Regional News

Climate change is giving ‘Christmastown, USA’ an identity crisis

Leavenworth, Washington — my hometown — is looking less and less like a winter wonderland.
— Grist

Our Northwest Opportunity

Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters joined Our Northwest Opportunity and its growing coalition for river restoration and salmon recovery on the Snake River.

Goals of Our Northwest Opportunity

  • Abundant and harvestable salmon populations in the Columbia River Basin;
  • Fulfillment of our federal treaty and trust responsibilities with Tribes in the Basin, honoring Tribes’ identity and cultural values;
  • And a reliable, affordable, clean electric power system.

National/International News

Greta Thunberg:
5 Years After Paris Agreement, World Is “Speeding in the Wrong Direction” on Climate

— DemocracyNow!

UN secretary general urges all countries to declare climate emergencies

Governments around the world should all declare a state of climate emergency until the world has reached net zero CO2 emissions.
— The Guardian

Scientists may have underestimated how much global greenhouse gas emissions have already warmed the Earth.

The planet may have warmed 18 percent more than previously thought.
— Grist

Greenpeace is taking Walmart to court over its false and misleading recycling labels on throwaway plastic

These are the countries mentioned in the Bible.

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This new game tries to vaccinate you against fake news

Cranky Uncle, an app released this month, uses an immunization approach to teach people the ins and outs of anti-science propaganda.
— Grist

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National Newsletters

Climate in Politics

Gina McCarthy will be Joe Biden’s “climate czar.”

What the heck is a climate czar??
— Grist

Please send a message to Rep. Derek Kilmer urging him to stand with Indigenous Peoples and speak out publicly against the Line 3 pipeline.

After sending more than a million letters in 2018, volunteers sent a goal-shattering 17.5 million letters in October 2020 alone, contributing to record-breaking voter turnout in a critically important election.

Together, you wrote:

  • A letter to every single voter who met our targeting criteria in 20 critical states.
  • Letters to 2.3 million voters in Wisconsin, Arizona, and Georgia, where outcomes were determined by fewer than 45,000 votes.
  • Enough handwritten letters lined up in a row to span from Seattle to Miami.


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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