Hot Off the Wire — 5/7/2021

Social/Climate Justice

Opinion

Martin Luther King, Jr.,’s statement, quoting the abolitionist Theodore Parker, that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice” was comforting in a civil-rights fight that required—and requires—enormous courage: they meant, I think, “this may take a while, but we’re going to win.”

But a different kind of courage is needed for the climate battle, because the arc of the physical universe is short and it bends toward heat. If we don’t win soon, we will never win, because the Earth is rushing toward irrevocable tipping points.

Solutions

The Race to Save the World. Young black man speaking through a megaphone.

Join us live on Saturday, May 15 at 7 p.m. central time for a live panel discussion featuring Climate March founder, Ed Fallon, as moderator and a panel of marchers and March supporters, including Miriam Kashia, Pascha Morgan, and Hannah Bacon.

Encourage your senator to do their part by co-sponsoring the
National Climate Bank Act (S.238)

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Regional Actions

Live Demonstration Friday

Downtown Port Angeles in front of Chase bank, Front & Laurel Streets

Friday May 7th  * * *  3 – 5 PM
That’s Today!

Photos are forthcoming!

Stop the Money Pipeline logo
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National Actions

Register here to join 350’s first Climate Disasters Working Group meeting on Tuesday, June 8 | 4:00 PT

Stop the Money Pipeline logo
Grading Wall Street Climate Commitments - Table of Annual Meetings
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Help us by sending your State Treasurer an email today


Write your Congressmembers now

Support the Thrive Act-Eagle flying across banner
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Ferrero is spreading on the greenwashing as thick as their Nutella—and we’ve caught them with their hands in the Girl Scout cookie jar!
— Rainforest Action Network


the Earth Bill - to Stop our Pollution. A "tree of liberty" look-alike.

STUDY NOTE:  How a CES is designed is key.  Technical MemoCritique of CLEAN Futures Act.  A “technology-neutral” standard uses “emissions” numbers. The DEM’S “Clean” Futures Act uses .82 metric tons of CO2-E per Kilowatt Hour, which would allow gas it seems.  ENVIROs are pushing for .4 –  to exclude gas.  The EARTH BILL uses a “technology” approach which clears this up (wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, wave, and existing hydro). 
This is all up in the air.  Let’s pin it down!
Other reading: Biden 80% by 2030. 2030 Report CES. Article.
Big Oil is lobbying hard already.  So must we!

Building Back Better: How NRDC Plans to Incorporate Bold Climate Solutions into Long-Term Recovery

Tuesday, May 11 | 9 a.m.

Climate in Politics

Local/Regional News

Indigenous Workers Are Escaping ‘Toxic’ Fossil Fuel Jobs

For many Indigenous peoples, oil and gas work is the only good-paying job around. But clean energy leaders are trying to change that.
Vice | World News

Puyallup Water Warriors

Respect Puyallup Tribe. Keep the LNG facility Off. Puyallup Water Warrior kayaktivists
— 350 Seattle – Click to enlarge

Letter to USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack from OCA

In support of the Sustainable Farms and Fields program.


Washington state now has the nation’s most ambitious climate policy

And, yes, it includes carbon pricing.
— Volts


Conservation from Here
At the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

On view May 8 – August 1
Thursday – Sunday | 11am – 5pm

Meaningful Movies PT

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

Monday, May 10 – 6:30 p.m.


National/International News


The Pandemic Exposed the Severe Water Insecurity Faced by Southwestern Tribes

Lack of potable water drove high Covid-19 rates in Native American communities. That realization may help them gain better representation in upcoming negotiations about Colorado River water.
— Inside Climate News

Green jobs’ path to middle class, sustainability largely blocked to Native Americans

The green economic boom promises many Americans well-paying jobs. But sustainability industries are struggling to reach people of color.
— USA Today

Tribe fears climate change will uproot culture

It’s a tough, emotional move for Native American Chris Brunet… to pack up the only life he’s known and head to higher ground.
— Yahoo News


‘Forest gardens’ show how Native land stewardship can outdo nature

Patches of forest cleared and tended by Indigenous communities but lost to time still show more food bounty for humans and animals than surrounding forests.
— National Geographic


Solving Plastic webinar. Clouds, Sky and faces.
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Please join us for “YES! Presents: Solving Plastic” on
Thursday, May 20 | 1 p.m. PT

This will be a live virtual event on Zoom and we will send a recording to everyone who registers.

  • Erica Cirino, a science writer, artist, and author of the forthcoming book Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis (Island Press, fall 2021)
  • Sharon Lavigne, founder of RISE St. James in New Orleans and a leading environmental justice advocate fighting the petrochemical buildout in Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley”
  • Christie Keith, international coordinator and executive director of GAIA (U.S.), a global alliance of grassroots groups, NGOs, and individuals working toward a just, toxic-free world without incineration
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) Logo

A 2015 Report on Plastics’ Future
(This is the future we’re living.)

Plastic and Cumulative Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Lifecycle Plastic Emissions Relative to Mitigation Scenarios and Carbon Budget Targets

Read the Executive Summary

Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet. Garbage trucks disgorging trash onto a massive pile, in front of smoking stacks.
Annual emissions from the Plastic Lifecycle. Larger and larger bottles emitting black smoke.
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CIEL-Annual Plastic Emissions to 2050
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Inspiration


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


Hilly scrub countryside of Tasmania, AU

5. Enhancing Biodiversity: Taming Gorse

If you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.
—Thumper from ‘Bambi’

“Surprisingly, there are several nice things I can say about gorse, despite its notorious dominance in the woody weed stakes for Tasmania.”