Hot Off the Wire — 4/30/2021

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OCA General Meeting this Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Two vitally important issues well be discussed this weekend at the meeting.

  • Results and implications of the Member Survey on OCA General Meetings, and
  • The Earth Bill — A National initiative in the next month to get climate-effective measures included in President Biden’s Infrastructure Bill. Please see the Opinion section for more background information.

Watch your e-mail for a notification and Zoom link for your meeting.

COVID Resources


Fareed Zacaria - Global Public Square
Watch on CNN Video

How Biden’s New Deal can really make America great again
— The Washington Post

Has the U.S. set realistic goals to combat climate change?
A climate scientist weighs in

We’re joined by Michael Mann, a climate scientist and professor of atmospheric sciences at Penn State University.
— PBS News Hour

Climate Law Blog, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law - Yellow Banner.

Climate Rules Built to Last

Can Biden’s climate policies last — By Michael Burger

US Capitol Building-Flicker
US Capitol Hill – Flickr
Photo by Mark Koch on Unsplash


President Biden’s April 22/23 Climate Summit
(also called “Leaders’ Climate Summit”)


Noble Prize Summit

by Scott Starbuck.

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

Despite Bolsonaro’s abysmal environmental track record, he was included as one of the Summit’s 40 global leaders.
But contrary to recent speculation, Biden did not announce any deal with Bolsonaro.

Regional Actions

We need Congress to think big and act boldly
— Greenpeace

Effective immediately, the Trans Mountain pipeline will be allowed to keep the identities of its insurers a secret.

BREAKING NEWS: Canada just approved Trans Mountain’s request to start hiding the names of the pipeline’s insurers in light of mounting public pressure. Sign the petition to keep the heat on the known insurers to publicly drop the project!

Washington Environmental Council. Thank the legislators who delivered on Climate Action. Take Action
— Washington Environmental Council

National Actions

Stop the Money Pipeline logo

AIG: Stop Insuring the Climate Crisis

Without insurance, toxic fossil fuel projects like Line 3
simply could not be built

Sign the petition:
Urge President Biden and Congress to switch at least one-fifth of the school bus fleet from diesel to electric.

Climate in Politics

350 Washington. Green neon on black.

Final numbers for Civic Action Team 2021:

  • 408: CAT members who have taken action
  • 519: Climate calls made to legislators!
  • 12,227: Climate emails sent to legislators!
  • 5,703: Signed in to support
  • 18,596: Total legislator contacts made by the Civic Action Team in 2021!

2021 End of Session Wrap-up

Local/Regional News

We need to bridge the gap between policy-making and political races as we shift away from the legislative session and into local elections season. Let’s utilize our people and voting power to hold our electeds accountable to their promises!

The Australien (sic) Government has made an ad about its Electric Vehicle policy, and it’s surprisingly honest and informative.

National/International News

Deb Haaland is making room for marginalized communities in the Interior Department

The first Native American cabinet secretary told Grist she’s going to give environmental justice communities a seat at the table.
— Grist

Hoodwinked in the Hothouse

Hoodwinked promises to be instructive for activists, impacted communities and organizers,
— Climate False Solutions

Hoodwinked in the Hothouse-3rd edition poster.
Hoodwinked-Market vs Ecological Consciousness. This versus that comparison of values.
Click to enlarge — Back to Return

Rest in Power, María Taant

Amazon Watch 25 Years. Amazon woman with patterns on her face.

Remembering the Shuar Amazon Women Defender and Protective “Boa” Woman

LCV & Chispa Applaud Clean Commute for Kids Act Introduction

Carbon dioxide emissions are projected to increase 5 percent this year, according to a forecast from the International Energy Agency

The spike would be the second largest annual increase in emissions since 2010.
— PBS News Hour


I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: – ‘No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.’

– Eleanor Roosevelt

1 Planet News.
Books for our Time.
Inspirations, innovations, and positive environmental news.
Two hands holding the planet.
BOOKS for our time
Book Cover of Last Days by Tamiko Beyer.

I spoke with Tamiko about what inspired her most recent collection . . .

Interview with poet Tamiko Beyer
Headshot of Tamiko Beyer by Susi Franco

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

Cover of A Sand County Almanac. Drawing of a waterfowl in a marsh.

4. Thinking Like a Mountain

“Aldo Leopold argued eloquently for the idea of human obligation to maintain the health of the land through what he called a conservation land ethic—the concept that land is to be loved and respected.”

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