Hot Off the Wire — 9/11/2021


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September 12, 2021
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Port Townsend Indivisible
Big Huddle Meeting

China and Its progress on Climate Change

Tuesday, September 14 | 5:00 — 6:30 pm
Zoom meeting:  Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Team.  (Jefferson County Citizens for Sound Foreign Policy).   Dr. Stevan Harrell will be discussing China and Its progress on Climate Change.  Dr. Harrell is retired after teaching China studies, anthropology and environmental studies at the Univ. of WA.  

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Budget Reconciliation Plan for Climate Mediation

Sign and send the petition: Climate can’t wait. We need historic investments now.
The Senate and House have both passed this critical framework, but we now only have until September 27 to ensure that the infrastructure package is big, bold, and green
— Daily KOS


31 Days Left to Tell The Postal Service:
We Need More Battery Electric Vehicles in our fleet

Only 10 percent of the 165,00 vehicles the U.S. Postal Service is replacing in the next 10 years will be BEV (Battery Electric Vehicles). This could be 90% according to James Bettcher.

He has written to the Postal Service regarding their Environmental Impact Statement.
Please take a moment to send an e-mail yourself.

Regional Actions

Climate Under: A Conversation with Rep. Mike Levin
This Webinar will discuss the possibility of getting meaningful climate action into the Build Back Better infrastructure package, and talk about how you can get involved.

Local/Regional News

In the Columbia River Basin,
a push to use forestry to fight climate change

Montana’s Yaak Valley is one of the wildest places in the Lower 48. Environmentalists are pushing the Biden administration to make it a ‘climate refuge’

Carbon store: Part of the Kootenai National Forest, the Yaak Valley is the target of a 4,000-acre logging effort. Environmentalists want the Forest Service to start using it to address the climate crisis. 

National Actions

Rainforest Action Network, Panther on Logo.

Just like two years ago and last year, our planet’s “lungs” are burning — and they’re being destroyed by the fire of corporate greed — more profit, more growth, more return of investment. But unlike 2019, the Amazon fires aren’t getting any media coverage, even though they’re expected to be even more destructive this year.

Support the Hip Hop Caucus Hurricane Relief Fund
–Democracy Now!

Sign the petition to Congress: Support the Polluters Pay Climate Fund Act
— Climate Hawks Vote

Urgent: Extinction Alert

Gregorio Mirabal from the Wakuenai Kurripako people

SAY NO to big business lobbyists defending Trump tax cuts

The Build Back Better Act would aggressively fight climate change, expand health care access, offer free pre-school and community college, give child care and elder care workers a living wage, and create a path to citizenship. All of this costs money, and we can pay for it by making the rich and corporations pay their fair share.

National/International News

The Status of Tribes and Climate Change (STACC) Report seeks to uplift and honor the voices of Indigenous peoples across the U.S. to increase understanding of Tribal lifeways, cultures, and worldviews, the climate change impacts Tribes are experiencing, the solutions they are implementing, and ways that all of us can support Tribes in adapting to our changing world.


A Pashtun Muslim Leader Might Have Been the Noblest Man of the 20th Century
We’ve left Afghanistan–but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn a great deal from its (nonviolent) history — Bill McKibben

Climate in Politics

Different names for “natural gas” influence public perception of it

The findings suggest that climate communicators should describe natural gas using the terms “methane gas” or “methane,” which is the main component of this energy source and which Democrats and Republicans often associate with pollution and global warming. The terms “fossil gas” and “fracked gas” should be used with caution, depending on the audience, because they are perceived very differently by Republicans and Democrats.


Every Single Cognitive Bias in One Infographic

Cognitive Bias Complete - Visual Capitalist

Here’s all 188 cognitive biases in existence, grouped by how they impact our thoughts and actions.

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

A small fire in the Australian Bush.

9. Enhancing Biodiversity: Fire

“The millennia of experience that Indigenous Australians bring to this vitally important activity can guide us in enhancing native biodiversity. “

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