350 Seattle August Newsletter

MONDAY’S IPCC REPORT

At 1am on Monday morning, the International Panel on Climate Change will release the first part of its Sixth Assessment Report, providing an updated carbon budget ahead of their November meeting in Glasgow.

This part is just the physics: how much warming and what physical impacts we can expect. Two more chapters are coming next year: in February, part two will focus on human and ecosystem impacts, and in March, part three will focus on solutions. Next October there will be a synthesis report.

We don’t know what will be in Monday’s report, but we’ve been following the news, so we know it won’t be good.

Here are five things to look for in the report and news coverage, and here are two things that are top of mind for us:

  • When the Paris Accord was signed in 2015, methane emissions were assumed to be stable. Since then they have soared, even during the pandemic. The only way we survive is to turn off the methane faucet.
  • Arctic ice is in a “death spiral,” likely contributing to the collapse of the Atlantic’s essential “conveyor belt,” including the Gulf Stream. The collapse of this ocean circulation system would have dire effects all around the planet.

Whatever we see in the news on Monday, the most important fact is this: scientists say there is still a chance of staying below 1.5°C of warming, which would mean vastly less suffering than even another half a degree.

That’s a small chance and it’s disappearing fast. Nothing has ever been more important than acting now. With that in mind, here are three actions you can take:

Federal action
It’s crunch time for climate legislation in Congress. This is it. Make these calls.

State action
Our state’s transition off fossil gas starts now. We can’t wait two more years. Send this email.

Local action
Whatcom County just banned new fossil fuel infrastructure. Tacoma is poised to do it too, but they need our help. Send these emails.

DEADLINE GLASGOW

84 days until the Glasgow Climate Talks, the most important climate negotiations since the Paris Agreement. Glasgow is a historic opportunity for the world to act on climate, but we won’t see the transformational action we need―unless the climate movement holds governments and corporations accountable.

That’s why we’ve joined with dozens of other organizations at Stop the Money Pipeline to launch Deadline Glasgow: Defund Climate Chaos, an all-hands-on-deck campaign to force financial institutions to phase out funding for fossil fuels by the start of the Glasgow Climate Talks on November 1st.

Last week 800+ people joined the Campaign Kickoff and already 100,000+ have signed the campaign petition. This week, Stop the Money Pipeline is organizing actions in at least 20 cities around the US:

#DefundLine3: Expose Greenwashing – Day of Action
Friday, August 13, various times
Find your local action here!

In the weeks ahead, we’re going to be organizing many actions as part of the Deadline Glasgow campaign―both online and offline. In September, we’ll be organizing a Petition Delivery Week of Action where we deliver the campaign petition to hundreds of bank branches and insurance offices. (Help us get to 250,000 signatures by signing and sharing the petition!)

Also next month, we’re launching a new program, Customers for Climate Justice. We’ll be supporting customers to leverage their special power to advocate for change at our targets. Are you a customer with a big bank or insurance company that is funding fossil fuels? Let us know by filling out this form.

This week, we’re targeting the insurance industry. Already fifteen major insurance companies have pledged to not insure the Trans Mountain pipeline. Now, we’re calling on Chubb to publicly commit to not insuring Trans Mountain as well. To help us pile the pressure on Chubb, check out and share 350 Seattle and Rainforest Action Network organizer Sulakshana’s Op-Ed, email their CEO at this link and tweet at them at this one.

To get every update and the bi-weekly Deadline Glasgow campaign newsletter, join the Stop the Money Pipeline email list here.

AGENTS OF CHANGE: DIRECT ACTION TRAINING SERIES

Sometimes, as now, the political system needs us to reframe the conversation: not the current scenario vs. some minor tweaks to it, but a whole new vision. Agents of Change is a training series and community-building opportunity that will teach you how to plan safe and successful direct actions and organize in affinity groups. Don’t forget to register!

Last Monday, we gathered at Jefferson Park to meet each other in person and hear inspiring stories of direct actions like Shell No and the Treaty People Gathering.

If you weren’t able to join us for the kickoff, don’t worryyou can still register for and attend the Agents of Change training series! We begin with the first of three webinars on August 24th. We will hold three webinars total, then reconvene in person for a weekend-long Action Lab and group action in mid-September. We hope you’ll join us and invite your friends and co-organizers to attend with you!

Agents of Change: Direct Action Training Series
First event: Tuesday, August 24, 6:30–8:30pm
Online, register here.

Questions? Email Alice M.

TACOMA LNG RESISTANCE

Legal arguments by the Puyallup Tribe and Earthjustice, appealing the permit by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, wrapped up in late April and we originally expected a decision within three months. We recently learned that a different case heard by the Pollution Control Hearings Board just got their decision…after waiting nine months, the delay likely due to the pandemic.

As we prepare ourselves for this new possible timeline, we continue visibility efforts like freeway overpass bannering, submitting letters to the editor of local news publications, and helping urge the city of Tacoma to finally ban the expansion of fossil fuel facilities on the tideflats.

Resistance Team Meeting
Thursday, August 19, 12:00pm 
Online, register here.

Join us to learn more or to see how you can help support!

HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT

…and a powerful Seattle Green New Deal solution! That’s why we’re organizing to build an active, growing grassroots base ready to push for affordable housing, elect Green New Deal champions and organize for this year’s Solidarity Budget. One important part of this work will be deep canvassing—10-to-15-minute phone conversations with people to share stories and connect housing affordability and climate justice to their experiences and values.

Research from the 2020 presidential election shows that deep canvassing is 100 times more effective than traditional canvassing. Join us to hear more about this powerful organizing tool, learn key skills and put them into action.

Housing is Climate Justice Workshop
Interactive, volunteer-led workshop exploring housing as a climate solution
Wednesday, August 18, 6:00pm
Online, register here.

Deep Canvass Training & Practice Session
Monday, August 9, 5:00–8:00pm 
Online, register here.

SOLAR FOR EVERY SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOL!

When it comes to local climate action, Seattle Public Schools has a powerful role to play—it’s a major public institution with the power and resources to kickstart our local energy transition. By installing solar on every school rooftop, SPS can tackle its climate pollution, create good jobs, support community resilience, and build student pathways to clean energy careers.

That’s why we’re organizing with students, educators and community members to demand that the Seattle School Board allocate enough funding in the 2022 school levy to put rooftop solar on every Seattle public school.

We’ve just launched a petition in support of Solar Schools—can you sign and share?

And then join us for an upcoming organizing workshop to learn more and plug in!

Student Organizing Workshop
Tuesday, August 10, 6:30–7:30pm
Online, RSVP here.

Parents, Educators & Community Members Organizing Workshop
Thursday, August 12, 6:30–7:30pm
Online, RSVP here.

Oh, and one more thing—Seattle City Light would like to hear about your ideal clean energy future—take their survey here.

WE NEED A CRUISE-FREE SALISH SEA

Seattle to Alaska cruise ships sailings resumed in July, despite the continuing pandemic, Canada cancelling their 2021 season, and the worsening climate crisis becoming ever more present via extreme weather events like our recent deadly heat dome. With massive cruise ships burning 30-50 gallons of fossil fuel for each mile traveled, there is no denying their role in climate and health pollution.

This industry regularly engages in dumping sewage, engine waste and garbage into waterways. Ships are registered under “flags of convenience” to avoid taxes, climate and labor regulations—paying some of their workers only about $2 per hour under harsh conditions. Check out the Cruise Free Salish Sea press conference, and recent articles in The Urbanist, South Seattle Emerald, Seattle Times, The Stranger, and KUOW to learn more.

Take action:

MARITIME SOLUTIONS

Paving paradise for a parking lot? The Port of Seattle, in its Sustainable Airport Master Plan, has proposed to replace 11 acres of forest and bicycle trails in North SeaTac Park with an employee parking lot. Click here to learn more and sign a petition calling on the Port to withdraw this plan.

The Port of Seattle and the Northwest Seaport Alliance are developing comprehensive plans to address the urgency of climate change and the need to reduce port-related air emissions in nearby communities. Take this survey to help inform draft plans. More info and additional languages here.

Learn about the history of Seattle and its Indigenous people. Salish Sea Tours at Pier 57 is a new Native-owned and Native-designed voyage offering a narrated tour on a catamaran.

Want to join the Maritime Solutions Team? Come to our next meeting!

Maritime Solutions Team Planning Session
Tuesday, August 17, 7:00pm
Online, register here!

Can’t make the meeting but want to get plugged in? Email Stacy.

TAKE THAT, KCIA!

King County International Airport (KCIA) is a major source of climate pollution in our region. Last year, KCIA put forward a plan to expand. In response, representatives from Beacon Hill Council, Climate Reality Project WA State Chapters Coalition, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Equity in Education Coalition, Friends of Georgetown History, Georgetown Community Council, Spean Rajana, and 350 Seattle’s Aviation Team came together to form the KCIA Community Coalition (KCIACC).

After months of advocacy by the Coalition, King County Executive Dow Constantine agreed that the expansion should not go forward! When we fight, we win!

Aviation Team Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, August 10, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Online, email Laura for the Zoom link

KCIACC continues to advocate for the needs of KCIA-impacted communities. To learn more, including about our team’s work opposing SEATAC expansion, join our monthly team meeting.

HEALTHY AND SAFE BUILDINGS

King County is considering a policy that would eliminate most uses of fossil fuels like gas in commercial and large multifamily (over 5 stories) buildings in unincorporated King County. This policy is modelled after the energy codes Seattle passed in February.

Can you help King County pass their energy code updates?

Community members are needed to give testimony in a committee hearing on August 24th or 25th, or in the full council hearing in September or October (we’ll know specific dates and times soon). If you live or work in unincorporated King County your testimony would be especially impactful! It’s not hard—a two-minute public statement over Zoom.

Talking points will be provided, as well as training for those who want it. To learn more, fill out this form, or reach out to Joëlle.

CLEAN CARS RALLY

Governor Inslee campaigned for President on a promise of 100% clean cars by 2030. Now it’s time for him to set that goal for Washington state!

Clean Cars 2030 Rally!
Saturday, August 14, 12:00pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Avenue E., Seattle 98102
More details and RSVP here.

Featuring:

  • Speakers like State Rep. Nicole Macri, physicians, youth leaders and EV owners
  • Music from the fabulous Erika Lundhal
  • An interactive Gas Trap photo petition booth, EV Parade and EV Car Show
  • Food for purchase from Hi Helen

All attendees should wear masks regardless of vaccination status, and socially distance. Masks will be available. Have an EV already? Join the parade! We’ll meet in the Church parking lot at 10:30 to decorate our cars!

This is our chance to get into the streets and show Governor Inslee that Washington is ready for 100% Clean Transportation. If you are able, bring your family by EV, bike, bus or light rail to show your love for clean transportation!

CLEAN AIR ACCOUNTABILITY

As announced last month, 350 Seattle and nine other Washington state 350.org affiliates have filed suit against all of Washington’s clean air agencies. 

The suit contends that the agencies, which are required by the state Clean Air Act to have certain permitting decisions be made by their (politically accountable) boards, have been instead allowing (politically un-accountable) staff to make those decisions.

The suit also points out that the agencies have been rubber-stamping those decisions rather than having decision-makers use their judgement. We think this is a clear breach of the law. Stay tuned!

STUDY THOSE DAMS!

Hooray! And thanks to those of you who signed our petition supporting the Upper Skagit tribe. Seattle City Light has agreed to study the removal of the dams! This isn’t action, yet, but it’s a good sign that the utility is finally willing to come to the table with tribes, and figure out a way forward for clean electricity that doesn’t trample on treaty rights, or risk our salmon populations. We’ll keep you updated as further support is requested.

SOLIDARITY TEAM

Using a node model organized into topics of interest, deepening our anti-oppression work through education, action and reflection, our two current nodes are centered around immigration justice and Indigenous sovereignty and solidarity. Nodes meet bi-weekly, in addition to a monthly online drop-in time to ask questions and find out what’s happening in the nodes and how you can get involved!

Solidari-Tea Time drop-in!
Monday, July 16, 6:00–7:00pm
Online, register here.

Pop in for the whole hour or for just a few minutes. Contact Meg or Shemona if you would prefer to set up a one-on-one conversation about joining a node. Hope to see you there!

STORY CIRCLE

Storytelling is a powerful act that can help us process the world around us and shift culture. We invite you to join us for Story Circle, a space for storytelling in community. Each session features sharing of writing tools and lessons, reading a story together, and practicing storytelling from a writing prompt. All are welcome! Our theme for August: the fifth element, Space.

Story Circle – Final Fridays
Friday, August 27, 6:00–7:30pm
Online, register here.

CLIMATE GRIEF AND EMPOWERMENT

Headlines are scary right now–floods, parched soil, forest fires, scientists saying it’s worse than they expected. None of us can fix the climate crisis alone. Which is why it’s so scary. It takes courage to see the truth, to feel the feelings, and to continue to act. We can only do this in community.

Climate Grief and Empowerment Group – Second Saturdays
Saturday August 14, 10:00–11:45am
Online, register here.

You’re invited to join a group that meets monthly to move through these big feelings. We will move through four interactive stages during our time together: Gratitude, Honoring Our Pain for the World, Seeing with New and Ancient Eyes, and Going Forth.

THE PEOPLE’S ECHO

The People’s Echo is a singing collective for social and climate justice. We create and share songs that are medicine for us in these mysterious times. We sing for the healing of ourselves, each other, and the earth. Singing together is a human birthright that has less to do with “sounding good” and more to do with settling into our bodies, calming our nervous systems, and being together in community. We invite the broader community to join us in song.

The Art of Songcatching
Wednesday, August 25, 6:00–7:00pm
Online, more details here.

What is songcatching? Who is a songcatcher? How does one “catch” a song anyway?? Come learn and share tips and tricks for songcatching with The People’s Echo! 

There are so many reasons to sing: we sing for change, for hope, for grief, for healing, for resistance, for liberation, for life. Come sing with The People’s Echo at our in-person song circle.

Sing for Life: A Song Circle with The People’s Echo
Saturday, August 28, 6:00–8:30pm
Jefferson Park, Seattle
More details here.

We want to ensure that everyone who joins us for our in-person song teach-in feels comfortable and safe, so come wearing a mask and be prepared to wear it during the entire event. We will check in with folks as they arrive and at the beginning of the event and will prioritize the needs of immunocompromised, unvaccinated, or more vulnerable folks.

Bring chairs and/or blankets to sit on and anything else you need to be comfortable outside for several hours. Email Bex for accessibility or other inquiries.

ARTFUL ACTIVISM

Artful Activism makes our gorgeous banners, powerful and fun props, engaging music, theater, graphics, and more. Art makes our movement inviting and gives people of all ages and backgrounds a way to participate in important issues. We brainstorm creative ways to use art to its fullest potential, create inspiring visuals, projects, and song. We hold community outdoor art builds and do at-home projects to manifest our work. Please join us!

Building Art Together
Join us for a few hours—drop ins welcome. No skills needed, just smiling eyes and clothes for mess, your own mask, water and snack if you want one. (Masks required due to new Covid variants.)

Green New Deal Screen Print Painting
Saturday, August 21, 1:00pm
Outdoor location in Greenlake/Wallingford TBD based on weather
RSVP to Lisa M.

We’re following CDC and WA state guidelines and will be practicing Covid precautions. Everyone is at a different place with comfort levels, vaccine schedules, ever changing new variant challenges, etc., so we ask that everyone please come into the outdoor space symptom and known exposure free, with respect for other people’s boundaries, practicing social distancing, and wearing masks.

We’re also still doing skilled art relays from home if that works better for you, and you already have some art or sewing skills you want to put to use.

If you are interested in either one, or are available to be on our last-minute short list for smaller art builds, please contact Lisa M.

Deployment of our powerful and beautiful art!
Do you have an hour free for overpass bannering to support the Puyallup’s fight to keep the new LNG facility from starting?

No LNG Overpass Bannering
Thursdays in August and September, 5:30–6:30pm
Sign up here, and for questions, contact Alison.

And if you are interested in other deployment opportunities and trainings to be able to guide last minute volunteers at events, we need YOU! Please contact Eric.

Join the Artful Workgroup
We’re looking for people with skills in any area of art including performance arts, visual arts like graphics, painting, drawing, screen printing, building props, etc. and people at any skill level with creative strategic humor and energy who like to brainstorm. Contact Lisa M.

Not skilled? No worries, join us! We’ll teach you how! We all love to see the work we had a hand in making, make a difference in the world! No-skills tasks like tracing, cutting, twisting ties, painting in between the lines, etc. are always needing people. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you want to try a little something more in a supportive, learning, fun, and connecting atmosphere with other people who care enough to show up like you are. Sign up here.

CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS

Did you take photos at a recent 350 Seattle event, art build, or action? Are you willing to share what you captured with our community? Submit your images to our Photo Library, where they’ll be saved for future use in our organization’s storytelling, including our outreach, communications, and fundraising efforts. Here are our guidelines for submitting photos to our library editors.

There’s always a lot happening in the climate justice movement, which is why we need folks like you who are there to capture it! Thank you for helping us tell (and show) our story.

NEW VIDEOS

Check out the 350 Seattle YouTube page for DIY Art how-to’s, recordings of past general meetings, webinars, trainings and public service videos.

For example, here are two candidates for Port Commissioner on the topic of cruise ships.

SAVE THE DATE: INTERTWINED

Mark your calendars for our annual fundraising event! On Friday, November 12th we will be gathering online for a celebration of our interconnectedness and to raise money for our work to advance climate justice.

Are you with a business or organization that would like to sponsor the event? Click here to learn more!

MONTHLY SUSTAINER DRIVE LAUNCHING WEDNESDAY

Hello Beautiful People!! This Wednesday, August 11th we’ll be launching our annual Monthly Sustainer Drive!

We’ve set ourselves a goal of 75 new monthly donors signed up by the end of August. We couldn’t do all of the work you’re reading about in this newsletter without your support. Only a small amount of our funding comes from big donors and exactly zero from corporate sponsors—and most foundations are wary of confrontational work like ours. We are powered by the community and by people like you.

Can you help us stay community-powered, help us grow with the flow by becoming a monthly sustainer today?

GET INVOLVED!

Want more general information about 350 Seattle? Then check out this handy new volunteer welcome guide.

Here are some really great ways to start on that path of engagement! Check out our updated Volunteer Opportunities List. Opportunities range from low commitment to high, introductory to skilled. All you have to do is find something you’re excited about and reach out! Unless otherwise noted, all opportunities can be done from home.

Unsure what you want to do? Still have questions about who we are and what we do? Schedule a time to chat with Shemona either by phone or video chat.

No time? Well, never fear—you can support the work we do at 350 Seattle by becoming a monthly donor! Sign up here!


Thanks, friends. Please talk to your friends and family about the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report. We need everyone.