Hot Off the Wire — 10/2/ 2021

Big News

The fight to ensure that anti-climate provisions are stripped from Infrastructure & Reconciliation before they are passed is NOT OVER! 

Already Democrats are looking to negotiate a significantly smaller investment in our progressive priorities while pushing unabated the mostly business as usual Infrastructure bill.  We must push back now to continue moving forward on justice and climate change.  To that end we are hoping that our new report will help.

Please Read and Share this NEW REPORT by the John Muir Project & Center for Sustainable Economy, which details the dramatic increase in carbon emissions that would result from the logging provisions in both the Infrastructure Bill and Budget Reconciliation as they are currently written.  These increases in emissions would worsen the public health crisis and once again heap the burden of climate change on communities which our political and economic systems have ensured have the least ability to respond.  The report also recommends a path forward to reach our 2030 emission reduction goals. 

RECONCILIATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE BILLS WOULD GENERATE MASSIVE CARBON EMISSIONS FROM LOGGING AND HIGHWAYS


Could the infrastructure bill make wildfires worse?

Firefighter extinguishing controlled burn to protect CA home. — David Odisho/Getty Images

Ways for you to plug in: 
Share JMP & CSE’s Report
Post from JMP’s Social Media ToolKit 
Share JMP’s BIF Action Alert 
Please Retweet & Share JMP’s Tweet 


SAMPLE TWEETS:

#DYK Logging in the US emits at least 723 million metric tons of CO2 annually, which is over 14% of total US GHG emissions! Logging provisions in the #BIF & #BR would increase these annual CO2 emissions by 48%!! We can’t be #RunningBackwards read the new report https://bit.ly/3ugFNJV 

RUNNING BACKWARDS
A Report from John Muir Project and Center for Sustainable Economy


SAMPLE TWEETS:

New Report details how provisions in Infrastructure & Reconciliation bills would increase annual CO2 emissions from logging by 48%, pushing these annual emissions well over 1 gigaton per year! We don’t have time to be #RunningBackwards on #ClimateAction!  https://bit.ly/3ugFNJV

In order to reach a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 we need to reduce CO2 emissions, not increase them year over year for the next decade by logging the very ecosystems which serve as our natural climate solutions! Read the New Report https://bit.ly/3ugFNJV

Over 200 medical journals published a letter naming the climate crisis as the biggest threat to public health! @HouseDemocrats now is not the time to pass #Infrastructure & #Reconciliation bills which scale up CO2 emissions from logging.  Read New Report https://bit.ly/3ugFNJV



BuildBackBetter: Biden Climate Plan Webinar
with Gov. Jay Inslee, Bill McKibben, & Rev. Yearwood

Regional Actions

Stand with Native Youth: Support Removal of the Snake River Dams

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Youth Leadership Council

Join Alicia Garza, Dallas Goldtooth, and More at Day 2 of YES! Fest

Yes! Fest - A Better World Rising 2021

Oct 7-8, 2021 — 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. PT / 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET

Local/Regional News


National Actions

Tell Biden: Build Back Fossil Free

Nancy Pelosi said over the weekend that the House will vote on the bipartisan infrastructure package by September 30. Whether or not that happens, to deliver on their climate promises, the House must also pass a Build Back Better reconciliation plan that contains robust climate action, and they must do it this week.

Tell Congress: Go Big on Climate


Join Elizabeth Warren: The Federal Reserve must break up Wells Fargo

National/International News

Where Solar Power Means Tribal Sovereignty

The Solar Bear crew, comprised of tribal members from the Red Lake Nation, works to install 200 kilowatts of solar power on the Oshkimiijiitahdah building.
Photo — Robert Blake

Living Without Power in the Wake of Hurricane Ida

— Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post


Opinion

A Thing So ‘Shocking and Offensive’ It Literally Can’t Be Permitted

You can point a sheet of glass at the sun and out the back comes lights, heat, information. Hogwarts-scale magic!
–Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

Inspiration

Regeneration is a radical new approach to the climate crisis, one that weaves justice, climate, biodiversity, and human dignity into a seamless tapestry of action, policy, and transformation that can end the climate crisis in one generation. It is the first book to describe and define the burgeoning regeneration movement spreading rapidly throughout the world.


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. “