Author Archives: melanieoca

September 20th

Leviathans in the Harbor

More and bigger cruise ships are crowding coastal destinations. When is enough, enough? Who gets to decide?

by Brian Payton , August 27, 2019, Hakai Magazine 
‘Knoll Lowney, the lawyer representing the three plaintiffs who claimed they were victims of Carnival’s environmental violations, said, “Time and time again, Carnival has shown its contempt of environmental laws and the rule of law.”’

DNC votes down a Climate Debate

Today the DNC voted down holding a climate debate. Evan Weber of the Sunrise Movement was in the room and live tweeted the conversation. The link below is that thread.

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1165334843221168128.html

Join Fridays for Future Seattle on 8/16 to stand with Zoe

When:8/16 at 1pm, Where: Seattle City Hall

Why: Every Friday from 1-2 a group, called Fridays for Future, of mostly youth Climate Strike in front of Seattle City Hall. They are asking extra people go out on 8/16 to show support for Zoe. Every week they use sidewalk chalk to show their message for climate action. This past week an adult handed Zoe a bottle of spray on chalk that turned out to be chalk paint. As soon as she realized they began making plans to clean it up, but the police intervened and took a 13 year old away in handcuffs.

Climate crisis reducing land’s ability to sustain humanity, says IPCC

UN report finds ecosystems never before under such threat and restoration is urgent

The Guardian, Aug 8, 2019 by Damian Carrington, Environmental Editor

‘However, action now to allow soils and forests to regenerate and store carbon, and to cut meat consumption by people and food waste, could play a big role in tackling the climate crisis, the report says.’

El Paso Terrorism Suspect’s Alleged Manifesto Highlights Eco-Fascism’s Revival

By Alexander C. Kaufman in HuffPost 

‘The racist rant inveighs against environmental destruction and calls for mass killings to make the American “way of life” more “sustainable.” It’s not unique.’

Wait, 40 percent of white evangelicals support the Green New Deal?

in Grist

‘In the 2016 presidential election, 81 percent of white evangelical Christians votedto elect President Trump. But this core base of the Republican Party, despite Fox News’ efforts, is more receptive to large-scale action to combat climate change than you might expect.’

Big Cruise Ships in the Salish Sea

This topic keeps coming up from people in every nook of the Salish Sea. Should we be talking about banning these ships from our waters?

Twitter thread on cruise ships

Democratic primary voters overwhelmingly prefer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal to Joe Biden’s climate plan

Democratic primary voters overwhelmingly prefer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal to Joe Biden’s climate plan

Eliza Relman & Walt Hickey

‘Democratic primary voters much prefer the more ambitious plans to fight climate change proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee over former Vice President Joe Biden‘s relatively less aggressive proposal, according to new INSIDER polling.’

‘And a Child Shall Lead Them,’ or: How This Boomer Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Green New Deal

‘And a Child Shall Lead Them,’ or: How This Boomer Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Green New Deal

Ross Macfarlane

‘I am talking to my peeps: those of us who get the science, care deeply about the environment and the need for climate action, and are filled with both disgust and determination at our current course as a nation. But many of us have well-earned scars and deep concerns that make us reluctant to join a children’s crusade that might lead us off a cliff. I get it; I share your fears. This piece articulates some reasons that I believe following these young leaders and embracing the Green New Deal might be our best and perhaps only hope to mobilize action at the pace and scale needed to avert the worst impacts of the gathering climate crisis.’

View at Medium.com

I work in the environmental movement. I don’t care if you recycle.

I work in the environmental movement. I don’t care if you recycle.

Stop obsessing over your environmental “sins.” Fight the oil and gas industry instead.

‘When people come to me and confess their green sins, as if I were some sort of eco-nun, I want to tell them they are carrying the guilt of the oil and gas industry’s crimes. That the weight of our sickly planet is too much for any one person to shoulder. And that that blame paves the road to apathy, which can really seal our doom.’

DNC silences climate debate

DNC tells Inslee it won’t host climate debate

DNC won’t host a climate debate, and if another org holds one any candidate who participates can’t be in DNC debates.

I can only assume they haven’t read this:

New Report Suggests ‘High Likelihood of Human Civilization Coming to an End’ Starting in 2050

Leah Stokes on Biden’s Climate plan

Leah Stokes is a professor of PoliSci Prof at UCSB wrote this assessment of Biden’s Climate plan. 

Where is your 2020 candidate on Climate?

Where is your 2020 candidate on climate? Greenpeace has analyzed public record, actions, and responses to their climate survey and used the results to grade the candidates.

Exclusive: United States sets sights on China in new electric vehicle push

Exclusive: United States sets sights on China in new electric vehicle push

Ernest Scheyder, April 5, 2019

Reuters

“Creating a domestic electric vehicle supply chain is the perfect blueprint to make America great again,” said Jesse Edmondson, chief executive officer of U.S. Critical Minerals, a start-up firm buying lithium mineral rights in the U.S. Southeast.

Late Night Cram: Green New Deal (ft. Rhiana Gunn-Wright)

Late Night Cram: Green New Deal (ft. Rhiana Gunn-Wright)

39 minute podcast about the Green New Deal talking to Rhiana Gunn-Wright who was a policy lead in developing the deal.

“I think it’s also about being able to bring these issues to the places where people are actually encountering them in the ways they actually impact their life.”- Gunn-Wright

Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment

Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment

From now, house style guide recommends terms such as ‘climate crisis’ and ‘global heating’

Jay Inslee is writing the climate plan the next president should adopt

Jay Inslee is writing the climate plan the next president should adopt

More than a campaign document, it’s an instruction manual.

THIS LAND IS NOT YOUR LAND. OR MINE.

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FIRST PERSON

THIS LAND IS NOT YOUR LAND. OR MINE.
By Mary Annaïse Heglar
“The iconic folk song has become an anthem for the predominantly white environmental movement. But can a colonized nation built on the backs of slaves ever really make that claim?”

Several youth asked Sen Feinstein to support a Green New Deal

Her response was disturbing. If you would like to contact Sen Feinstein to comment on her response, her office number is (415)393-0707.

How Google, Microsoft, and Bit Tech are Automating the Climate Crisis

Author: Brian Merchant

Source: Gizmodo

‘These deals, many of which were made just last year, at what may be the height of public awareness of the threats posed by climate change, are explicitly aimed at streamlining, improving, and rendering oil and gas extraction operations more profitable.’

Full Article: How Google, Microsoft, and Bit Tech are Automating the Climate Crisis

 

Fantastic Thread On a Green New Deal

Rhiana Gunn-Wright addresses the question of whether the GND is simply a “Progressive laundry list”.

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Dr. Guenther Twitter Thread

On talking about climate change

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Greta Thunberg in Davos

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Climate crisis is “existential threat” house democrats say – But Protecting Turf Comes First

Climate crisis is “existential threat” house democrats say – But Protecting Turf Comes First

by Kate Aronoff

December 30, 2018  

‘THE NEW HOUSE committee being created to confront the climate crisis is being stripped of authority in order to accommodate the parochial concerns of senior Democrats in the caucus, protecting their pieces of turf.’

Climate action now must focus on the global rich and their corporations

Greta Thunberg’s speech

You should watch Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN plenary session at COP24 if you haven’t seen it yet. Or if you have, watch it again. It is that powerful.

 

Shell Oil Executive Boasts that His Company Influenced the Paris Agreement.

Kate Aronoff with one of the most important pieces you will read this year.

https://theintercept.com/2018/12/08/shell-oil-executive-boasts-that-his-company-influenced-the-paris-agreement/

Petition demanding a real climate plan

Sunrise

Pelosi and Democratic Party Leadership: Democrats have the House. Now we demand a real climate plan.

 

National Climate Assessment

This past Friday government released the 4th National Climate Assessment, clearly they were hoping people would be too busy with post Thanksgiving madness to notice. It is a stark report of how climate change is already impacting life in the US and how it will continue to get worse, and much much more expensive, if we don’t implement bold solutions. Included was a chapter by chapter breakdown of how each region of the country will be impacted. Below is a synopsis of the chapter on the Northwest tweeted by Vlad Guttman-Britten who is the Washington Director of Climate Solutions.

Shared sacrifices of the past show way forward on climate

Remembrance Day

Shared sacrifices of the past show way forward on climate

Remember the extraordinary resolve our society showed the last time it faced an existential threat

 

Rise for Orca and Climate Justice

* Part of a National day of observance sponsored by 350.org.
Prelude to the Global Climate Summit
being held in San Francisco September 12-14

* Beach Party, meet and greet, potluck/picnic

* Kids activities all day long

* Story telling and music

* Orca Vigil

* Kayaktavists Invocation ceremony asking protection for our waters and Orca

* Featured speakers: Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research.
Eric de Place, journalist, researcher
on fossil fuel impacts to Puget Sound, Verner Wilson of Friends of
the Earth, Gavin Wukttken of Point Defiance Zoo.

* Evening program at Elwha Klallam Heritage Center. Multi-media
presentation of The Road To Athabasca. A chronicle of an epic
bicycle journey along the route of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
401 E First St. Port Angeles. Doors 6:30. Show@7pm

This event is free. Please RSVP here so we can add our numbers to the overall count of people who are gathering on this day for Climate Justice internationally.  You can also keep up to date on this event on our facebook page.

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