“I am deeply aware that if ever there were a time for a conversation about hope, it is now.”
Jacqueline S. Mattis
Dean of Faculty, Rutgers U.
— The Conversation
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As wind turbines reach the end of their life, engineers are turning the blades into electrical transmission towers, bridges, cement, and more.
The state’s environmental office announced a plan to phase out the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035.
— The Hill
74% of people surveyed in the European Union, said that even after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, they plan to “fly less frequently” to reduce carbon emissions.
Climate Action is overdue:
what’s needed this year in Washington State
Creation Justice Ministries uses a map of 75,000 U.S. churches threatened by sea-level rise, wildfires, and other consequences of a warming world.
U.S. emissions fell by 10% last year
— for the worst possible reasons
“The enormous toll of economic damage and human suffering as a result of the pandemic is no cause for celebration. . .”
A group of activists, policy experts, and academics are beginning to push for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
Despite the onslaught of climate disasters, there is more momentum for political action now than ever before.
— Yes! Magazine
With tourism all but gone, the pandemic could provide the momentum necessary to activate much-needed changes in how we approach conservation.
African elephant bulls display displacement behavior during fighting to determine dominance, at Addo Elephant National Park Photo by Peter Chadwick
Want to try something different‽
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Guest speakers and discussion of WA legislation from a Spokane perspective. RSVP
Use these next two years to strengthen our democracy, defeat fossil fuels, and build a Just Recovery.
The shared vision for this 3-part series is to provide a space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous legal scholars and activists to unpack the potential (and the pitfalls) of this emerging instrument, an international crime of ecocide.
Ecocide, the 5th Crime Against Peace:
Polly Higgins at TEDxExeter
We cannot fully protect the Amazon and our climate without them.
Fire Drill Friday with Jane Fonda and
Quannah Chasinghorse and Jayeesha Dutta
Top 10 banks and insurers:
Commit to real climate action NOW
— Rainforest Action Network
A Lost Decade:
How Climate Action Fizzled in Cascadia
Washington, Oregon and British Columbia pledged to slash greenhouse gas emissions. In a decade full of big talk and some epic battles, they all failed.
The Washington Climate Assembly is STARTING!
Watch the Inaugural Assembly meeting
WA Commerce releases 2021 state energy strategy for a carbon-free clean energy future
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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Auction Flops
— Anchorage Daily News
Big oil companies stayed away.
— The New York Times
22 climate and weather-related disasters in 2020 that cost the U.S. over $1 billion each
Absolutely destroying the previous record of 16 billion-dollar disasters that occurred in 2011 and then again 2017.
The Ransom Economy: What #ShutDownCanada Reveals About Indigenous Land Rights
Moderated by Naomi Klein
Native American activists are leading a push to embed traditional ecological knowledge in land management decisions.
— Sierra Club
President Trudeau referenced the importance of working with Indigenous people.
— Toronto Star
Indigenous nations are increasingly involved in major energy projects as partners and owners.
— The Globe and Mail
“We Are the Same as the Salmon”:
A Story of Suffering and Perseverance
Singer-songwriter Aaron Frazer’s new album features the song “Bad News,” a plea from the planet
New Short Film
Matagi Mālohi: Strong Winds
2020 rivals hottest year on record, pushing Earth closer to a critical climate threshold
A disastrous year reveals climate approaching a precipice.
— The Washington Post
Sierra Executives will discuss this year’s legal, legislative, and programmatic priorities.
How the riot ties in with climate disinformation
Climate in Politics
After the Insurrection: Accountability, Reform, and the Science of Democracy
“Science and scientists have a critical role to play in our society. . .”
— Union of Concerned Scientists
In Washington state, six Black women are headed to the Legislature.
Please RSVP for Tuesday,
January 19th at 10:00 AM PT
for America’s New Climate Team
League of Women Voters WA State Legislative previews:
Fighting Climate Change and its Effects
- Climate Change | Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enact measures to promote climate resiliency.
- Energy | Advocate for clean and renewable sources.
- Natural Resources | Protect natural resources that are impacted by climate change and provide resilience.
- Transportation | A new transportation budget will be adopted this year and emphasis will be on reducing the net impact of transportation systems on climate change.
Join in the 2021 Winter Spiritual Read:
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
As we seek inspiration in these challenging times, what can we learn from the natural systems around us? How can we build a reciprocal relationship with the earth and all creatures? How do we create a more environmentally regenerative, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling way of life?
When: Starts the week of January 25, 2021, once a week for about eight weeks (depending on group agreement). We will gather weekly by Zoom to discuss, reflect, share resources, and build community.
- Mondays 2:00 PM, starts Jan. 25, facilitators Tim West and Margaret Denstad
- Tuesdays 7:00 PM, starts Jan. 26, facilitator Asha Burson-Johnson
- Wednesdays 9:30 AM, starts Jan. 27, facilitators Robert and Marilyn Eash
- Wednesdays 1:30 PM, starts Jan. 27, facilitator Diana Somerville
- Thursdays 10 AM, starts Jan 28, facilitator Marilyn Eash
- Thursdays 2 PM, starts Jan 28, facilitator Donna Little
- Sundays 1:00 PM, starts Jan. 31, facilitator Bob Nuffer
- Other groups forming; contact us with questions or to start a group
To register: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know which group you would like to join or contact the facilitator directly if you already know your group.
US Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, one of the most decorated US commanders, delivers one of the best motivational speeches you will ever hear.
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.