Hot Off the Wire — 1/15/2021

COVID Resources

5 strategies for cultivating hope this year

“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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Summer sunset through short corn. Young girl watches a murder of crows stream through.


Today’s wind turbine blades could become tomorrow’s bridges

As wind turbines reach the end of their life, engineers are turning the blades into electrical transmission towers, bridges, cement, and more.
— Grist

Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030

The state’s environmental office announced a plan to phase out the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035.
— The Hill

Most Europeans plan to curb flying, eat less meat for climate, EU poll says

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.

ClimateCast - The latest in clean energy solutions.
Climate Solutions.
Accelerating the transition to our clean energy future.

Climate Action is overdue:
what’s needed this year in Washington State

They’re turning churches into climate-resilience centers

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. . .”
— Grist

U.S. cities consider treating fossil fuels like nuclear weapons

A group of activists, policy experts, and academics are beginning to push for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
— Grist

Reasons for Hope on Climate Change in 2021

Despite the onslaught of climate disasters, there is more momentum for political action now than ever before.
— Yes! Magazine

A Radical Reset for Conservation in Africa

Close-up of two elephants on green hill in Africa.
— 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

Regional Actions

Want to try something different‽

350 Spokane Climate Action Meeting sign.

Every 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Guest speakers and discussion of WA legislation from a Spokane perspective. RSVP

National Actions

Volunteer with in 2021

+ blue logo.

Use these next two years to strengthen our democracy, defeat fossil fuels, and build a Just Recovery.

Raven Trust Logo

Crimes against Nature through the Lens of Indigenous Sovereignty

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.

Jan 19, 2021 | 3:00 PM PT — RSVP

Ecocide, the 5th Crime Against Peace:
Polly Higgins at TEDxExeter

Amazon Watch.
Human eye with globe in center.

Dismantling racism is about defending our collective human rights

We cannot fully protect the Amazon and our climate without them.

Help us keep the Amazon’s Indigenous territories free of mining!

Fire Drill Fridays and Greenpeace logos together.

Fire Drill Friday with Jane Fonda and
Quannah Chasinghorse and Jayeesha Dutta

Jan 15, 2021 11:00 AM in Pacific Time
RSVP Zoom | RSVP Facebook

Top 10 banks and insurers:
Commit to real climate action NOW
— Rainforest Action Network

Local/Regional News

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

People's Voice on Climate logo.

WA Department of Commerce News Release

WA Commerce releases 2021 state energy strategy for a carbon-free clean energy future

“Kiss The Ground” Movie Screening

Hosted by 350 Spokane
Thursday, January 28
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM PST

350 Spokane logo
Kiss the Ground Movie Poster. Profile showing tree and roots as equals.

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Sightline Institute logo with mobius loop symbol.
Our NW Newsletter

Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops
Narrated by Richard Gere

Series of five short films, learn why natural warming loops have scientists alarmed. Thumbnails of the films.

National/International News

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Auction Flops
— Anchorage Daily News

Grist - Oil pump with red FAIL across
— Image by Grist

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

Time to Indigenize Lands and Water Conservation

Native American activists are leading a push to embed traditional ecological knowledge in land management decisions.
— Sierra Club

Indigenous peoples are destined to save the planet from climate change

President Trudeau referenced the importance of working with Indigenous people.
— Toronto Star

Net-zero, Indigenous-led resource development is possible

Indigenous nations are increasingly involved in major energy projects as partners and owners.
— The Globe and Mail

Singer-songwriter Aaron Frazer’s new album features the song “Bad News,” a plea from the planet

Pink vinyl album cover with Arron Frazer.

New Short Film
Matagi Mālohi: Strong Winds

About the Pacific Climate Warriors

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 Forum National Event. Showing outdoor activity fun.

Sierra Executives will discuss this year’s legal, legislative, and programmatic priorities.

Thursday, January 28 | 12:30 PM PT — RSVP

Science Moms launch a $10 million campaign to “activate moms across America to take action on climate change.”

83 percent of mothers across the political spectrum are concerned about climate change.

National Newsletters

Insider - The Sierra Club's Official Newsletter.
Green banner and tree logo.
The New York Times.
Climate Forward Newsletter.

How the riot ties in with climate disinformation

The New Yorker.
The Climate Crisis Newsletter.
Color-mapped globe inspected by classic New Yorker man.
From The Economist.
The Climate Issue Newsletter.
The best of our climate-change analysis, delivered every fortnight.

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

Pres. Trump shakes hands with Senator Josh Hawley on stage of rally.
Pres. Trump shakes hands with Senator Josh Hawley on stage of rally.

Meet the Black women who made historic gains in WA politics in 2020

In Washington state, six Black women are headed to the Legislature.
— Crosscut

Webinar. America's New Climate Team. Photos of Gina McCarthy, Ali Zaidi and Carol Browner.

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 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.
— MotivationHub

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