Hot Off the Wire — 3/12/2021

You can print money to bail out a bank, but you can’t print money to bail out a planet. 
– Paul Hawken

COVID Resources


Petaluma First US City To Ban New Gas Stations
— CleanTechnica

The new ordinance also prevents the city’s 16 existing stations from adding new gas pumps. Instead,they will be encouraged to add electric vehicle chargers.
— Azios

“If we want to be carbon neutral by 2030, we have to make these changes.” said Mayor Teresa Barrett

Solar Farm Grid boost at night!
How do they do that

Take a look at how this seemingly impossible feat was achieved.

Solar+Wind+Battery (SWB) will replace a current energy system by 2030

Not can it be done, but why it will happen.

At the Sundance Film Festival

Zero Emission Trucks : Can we afford to go there? Can we afford not to??

Yes! A Better World Today

A Nearly True Story: The Tale of the Hamlet

Sometime in the future of the After Times, a group of neighbors relearn how to grow food in community—and feel joy amid uncertainty.

Measuring Equity Through City Trees

Planting trees is a way to build community and bolster benefits to human and environmental health.

Transforming Our Relationships With Cities and Nature

Moving away from grass lawns demands the extensive transformation of our relationship not only with our cities but also with nature.

Regional Actions

carbon WA Action logo

Washington STRONG (SB5373)

The Uncertain Future of Port Townsend’s Water Supply.
Make your voice heard

California Public Employees Retirement System still holds $8.5 million in thermal coal producers

Send a letter to CalPERS

11th Northwest Climate Conference

April 6-8, 2021

National Actions

Saving our Living Planet webinar. March 9 at 7 pm.

Wild Salmon Webinar Series.

Thursday, March 18 (Simpson Proposal)
Wednesday, March 31 (Snake River Vision Project)
Thursday, April 15 (Dam Removal Successes)

Happy 25th Birthday, Amazon Watch!

Amazon Watch logo. An eye with the globe as the eyeball.

Amazon Watch is celebrating 25 years of radical and effective solidarity with Indigenous peoples across the Amazon Basin!

The Path Forward - Electric Vehicles webinar. March 11 at 8:30 am

This year’s supermarket scorecard found that every retailer failed to address plastic pollution.

View the entire scorecard here.

Sign now: Stop logging whole trees for wood pellets

Forests are being burned for electricity, and the emissions are dirtier than coal.

MUFG: Change course now!

Rainforest Action Network, Panther on Logo.

MUFG, Japan’s largest bank, bankrolling one of the worst rainforest destroyers and human rights abusers of the palm oil sector.

Sign and send the petition:
Demand the Senate pass the For the People Act (S1) and rebuild our democracy

We must build a stronger and more representative democracy.
— Climate Hawks Vote

Local/Regional News

Repairing Road Culverts will save Salmon

Meaghan Adamire, Clallam Conservation District Planner, gave the presentation regarding a culvert project. Follow the link to Page 4 of the BOCC Work Session.

Will race and income inequalities trip up Cascadia’s fight against climate change?

Fires, floods, and pollution are exposing disparities in Washington and Oregon.
— Grist

Port Townsend Marine Science Center
Future of Oceans Lectures Series Presents

“What Can Puffins Tell Us about the Impact of Climate Change on Marine Ecosystems?”

Monday, March 14 | 3 pm PT

Deep Dive Conversation with John Piatt
Includes a moderated discussion.

Monday, March 15 | 6:30 pm PT

National/International News

Building Movements
in Defense of Life

A free bilingual film festival featuring true stories of resistance to industrial capitalism, followed by live discussions with the films’ protagonists. Not to be missed!

Sat. & Sun. March 20-21

Arctic meadow surrounded by mountains, dark sky.
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Alaska Wilderness League logo. Mountains over text

Chad Brown:
Photographic Inspiration
in the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

John’s talk will focus on Tufted Puffins in Alaska, how their diets reflect long-term cycles in marine climate, and how puffins and other seabirds reacted to the strong marine heatwave (“The Blob”) in 2014-2016.

Tuesday, March 16 | 4 pm —  5 pm PT

Women Defenders Unite to Protect the Amazon

“The forest is our mother. The forest is our life and our strength. Women protect the healthy soil and fresh air to protect our children and all life.”
— Amazon Watch

After 20 years of advocacy, Black farmers finally get debt relief

On Wednesday, Congress passed one of the most sweeping relief programs for minority farmers in the nation’s history, through a provision of President Biden’s pandemic stimulus bill.
— Grist

The Navajo Nation generates a ton of power — but 14,000 homes don’t have electricity

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority planned to electrify thousands of Navajo homes. Then COVID hit.
— Grist

Shelter reports assaults, harassment linked to Line 3 pipeline workers

Violence Intervention Project in Thief River Falls has seen an increase in calls for service.
— Minnesota Reformer

Oil’s biggest lobbying group killed carbon prices. Now it supports them?

Why the American Petroleum Institute is doing a 180 on carbon pricing.
— Grist

12 states sue Biden over ‘social cost’ calculation of greenhouse gases
— The Hill

This one number could alter how the US handles climate change.
— Grist

A Midwest pipeline promises to return carbon dioxide to the ground

Maybe 1/1000th of the U.S. output by 2024. Much of it from turning food into methanol.

Closeup of Falcon flying over city scene

Biden Reverses Trump-Era Gut of Migratory Bird Protections

The Trump administration had claimed the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act barred the intentional hunting of birds, not unintentional deaths caused by industrial activities.
— The Courthouse News

A Single Chemical Plant in Louisville Does More Climate Damage Than Every Car in the City

Executives at Chemours promised at the White House in 2015 to try to abate the emissions. Now, they say it will take two more years.
— Inside Climate News

Florida Republicans are ready to stop rising seas — just not climate change

And neither political party in the state has made any real effort to confront the reality of managed retreat.
— Grist

Climate in Politics

Accessing the Legislature Remotely

Seal of WA

Resources for navigating the Washington State Legislature’s remote 2021 Legislative Session.

Washington Climate Assembly. People building a better earth.

Watch presentation of the
Washington Climate Assembly
Recommendations to the Legislature!

Friday, March 19 | 12:30 pm — 1:15 pm PT

The First 100 – Prospects for a CLEAN Future

House Democrats propose sweeping climate legislation. What are its chances in a divided Senate?
— Grist

2021 Town Hall Toolkit
by Environmental Priorities Coalition

  • Where and when is my Town Hall?
  • How to be an effective Town Hall Activist
  • Learn about the 2021 Environmental Priorities

  •  Evergreen Future Bill Tracker
  • Take Action to Pass the HEAL Act
  • Textbank for Transportation and Climate Justice
Blue & Green idealized arial city scene.


If any of you know how to fix broken hinges, my door is always open.
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1 Planet News.
Books for our Time.
Inspirations, innovations, and positive environmental news.
Two hands holding the planet.
BOOKS for our time
Chicago Review of Books.
Burning Worlds.
Book reviews and interviews with authors.
Burning Worlds
You notice that there is no mention of Climate Change.

Yarns from the Farm blog.
Nan Bray sitting with her shepherd dog, in front of her sheep and hillside in Tasmania, AU.

A note to my Yarns from the Farm Readers—I’ve started another series for our local newspaper on biodiversity…”

Cheers, Nan

View the Biodiversity Series
View A Climate Basics Series

Sheep at edge of herd, grazing upward on a bush.

1. Biodiversity Introduction

“In the next few Science Insights we’ll explore the meaning and importance of biodiversity—literally “life variety”.  We’ll put it into context in Tasmania’s agricultural as well as world heritage environments, and examine ways to preserve and enhance it.”

2. Biodiversity and Nutrition

“…mamas teach their babies where to find what they need, and how to know when to eat which plants.”

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