Hot Off the Wire — 5/15/2021

COVID-19

Opinion

Opinion: Columbia River needs a Northwest solution to sustain all our communities

We are in the midst of renegotiating the Columbia River Treaty with Canada, which will define the next 50 years . . .”
— Guest Columnist | OregonLIve

Western tribes already lacked water access.
Now there’s a megadrought

Why some tribal advocates and water experts are feeling hopeful. — Grist

Regional Actions

California Governor orders fracking to be phased out

Write to President Biden today:
Ban fracking on public lands nationwide.


If you’re interested in joining a #CookingWithGas Coalition, we invite you to fill out this poll so we can find our first meeting time!

It’s our job to educate the public about the truth about gas and to mobilize communities to protect our health and future. 

Live Demonstration Last Friday

Chase Bank Demonstration

Friday was powerful!
Close to 100 Defund Line 3 actions, across 9 countries & 4 continents!
and Downtown Port Angeles

#DefundLine3 Wrap-up Video

stop-line-3-logo
Stop the Money Pipeline logo

National Actions

Hawaii is the First State to declare a Climate Emergency.

Hawaii Declares a Climate Emergency

This resolution is the first state-level declaration of climate emergency in the United States.
— The Climate Mobilization


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

Support the Earth Bill


Ask the Biden administration to protect the Arctic by stopping the Willow project.

Help Protect the Western Arctic
— CENTER for BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY


Road Trip Anyone?

Treaty People Gathering. June 5-8. In Minnesota.

Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé’s annual shareholder meetings just wrapped up with no REAL progress on ditching single-use plastic. — Greenpeace


An aerial view of Wood-Tikchik State Park in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Tell the EPA to Permanently Veto the Pebble Mine and Save Alaska’s Spectacular Bristol Bay

Support the Civilian Climate Corps

Help to create 1.5 million new jobs with good pay and benefits.
— Climate Hawks Vote


Virtual Town Hall with Sen. Jeff Merkley and Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Monday, May 17 | 5 pm PT


Amazon Watch 25 Years. Children on beach in front of forest.

Climate Victory Council Summit. Join us-click here.

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.

Local/Regional News

Book-What a Waste. Rubbish. Recycling. and protecting our planet.

What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting Our Planet

In this informative book on recycling for children, you will find everything you need to know about our environment. The good, the bad and the incredibly innovative. From pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling.
— Goodreads

National/International News

HERE’S THIS WEEK’S PODCAST:

Ed Fallon photo.
Ed Fallon

(01:29) So what if the climate is always changing, with Charles Goldman
(13:46) Life in the GOP post-Trump, with Charles Goldman
(26:20) Red-state Iowa lands a big — ouch — story in the NY Times, with Charles Goldman
(39:10) The confluence of clothing and climate = slow fashion, with Anesa Kajtazovic
(51:25) Monitoring our worsening drought, with Kathy Byrnes

US Temp Comparison. US Map showing most states with at least 1 degree rise today.

There’s a New Definition of ‘Normal’ for Weather
— The New York Times | Interactive


Gina McCarthy. The Path Forward-Renewable Energy.
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America’s energy needs and challenges have never been more vital. All forms of renewable energy will play a critical role in addressing those needs. Generating energy that produces little or no greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels is part of the effort to diversify the energy supply and impacts all communities, including the underserved and underfunded. Washington Post senior writer Frances Stead Sellers talks with White House national climate advisor Gina McCarthy on Wednesday, May 19 at 8:30 am PT about the economic effect, as well as societal impact, of a greater emphasis on renewable energy.

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.”