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About olyclimate

We seek a safe, prosperous, sustainable future for residents of the North Olympic Peninsula by addressing climate change.

“What matters is am I doing the right thing?”

“It’s so easy to look at the big picture and get completely disheartened. … What we need to remember is what is my own personal moral obligation. When I wake up each day thinking about what I might do from that perspective … when I come at it from a deep sense of moral obligation, it really doesn’t matter what the results are. What matters is am I doing the right thing, and am I doing all I can right now at this time of crisis?

https://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/12/the_end_of_ice_dahr_jamail

That’s Dahr Jamail, author of The End of Ice, discussing climate change with Amy Goodman this week on Democracy Now.

GND local update

From: Mike Ferguson <petitions4bernie@gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, February 8, 2019 8:15 PM

Below are local actions to take and UPDATED INFO for events on the Olympic Peninsula to ensure the Green New Deal gets the support it needs.

The plan to pass the Green New Deal starts now! From today until Sunday, February 10, we need you to tweet, call, and email our Senators and Representatives relentlessly to demand they back Rep. Ocasio-Cortez & Senator Markey’s Joint Resolution for a Green New Deal. Pramila Jayapal has already signed on, but all other WA representatives need to join her. We want to make some noise, so please sign on & share this petition with your friends. We will be loud and heard! Go to sunrisemovement.org/call for an easy tool to use.

Then from February 11-13, plan to visit your representative’s office. You can go on your own or bring a friend. Ask them to cosponsor the Green New Deal Resolution. During this time, continue calling, tweeting, and emailing to ramp up the pressure.

The deadline for them to sign on is February 26! If they still haven’t co-sponsored or supported the resolution by then, we’ll unite for a National Day of Action, storming into offices, singing, dropping banners, rallying outside their offices and making it clear that we will hold them accountable to taking action on climate change and the Green New Deal.

 IF WEATHER PREVENTS YOU FROM JOINING AN OFFICE VISIT, PLEASE COMMIT TO CALLING, EMAILING, TWEETING  AND RECRUITING AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN TO DO THE SAME ⛄❄

Here are the details for local actions:  

1) February 6-10: Make our demand clear! Call, tweet, and email our elected representatives relentlessly, demanding they support Ocasio-Cortez & Markey’s joint resolution for a Green New Deal.

Sign this petition

Write a letter:

Below are some talking points for our Letters to our Representatives. We need to have a strategic, unified message, but each letter will be as unique as we are. When legislative assistants review these letters before delivering them to elected officials, it is far better that they read one hundred personal letters that must be read individually than a single document co-signed by five hundred individuals. A simplified message will be easier for the aides to process.

Example letter for Rep. Kilmer

Talking points about the Green New Deal

Send an email:

It has been suggested to type “Co-Sponsor The Green New Deal Resolution” in the subject line, since our emails to legislators are processed through computer programs and this is a way to be clear about what we are asking.

Derek Kilmer: https://kilmer.house.gov/contact/email-me

Patty Murray:  https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

Maria Cantwell: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email

Make a phone call:

The Sunrise Movement has create a very handy function that plugs your phone directly into the phone lines of our Senators and Representative.  All you have to do is enter your info and it calls your phone, connecting you to each office. So, answer your phone, follow the simple directions and leave your  message for each office.

https://www.sunrisemovement.org/call

Detailed contact info for legislators:

For more extensive contact info for our Federal Legislators, use the following link.  Simple put in your zip code and detailed info will pop up. If you are planning a visit that has not been organized call the office to make sure you find a time they are open.

https://www.contactingcongress.org

2) February 10 – 11: There are 2 letter-writing parties planned on the Peninsula;  bring a friend and a pen!

Port Angeles Letter Writing Party:

When: Sunday, February 10 at 5:00 pm

Where: Metta Room in Port Angeles, 132 E Front St, Port AngelesW

How: RSVP HERE!

Port Townsend Letter Writing Party:

When: Monday, February 11th at 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Where: Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop, 126 Quincy Street in Port Townsend

How: FACEBOOK RSVP

3) February 12-13: It’s time to show up! Visit your Senators’ and Representatives’ offices and ask them to cosponsor the Green New Deal Resolution. Then, keep the pressure high by getting more and more people to call, tweet and show up in person. We will be organizing a large letter delivery event. One of the most impactful things we can do is to march into our Representatives’ offices and deliver the letters ourselves.

Derek Kilmer Office Visit (Port Angeles)

When: February 12, 10:30 AM

Where: 332 E 5th Street, Port Angeles

Event Link:  Derek Kilmer Office Visit

Carpool Page: http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/m5bja6

Derek Kilmer Office Visit (Tacoma)

When: February 13, 3:00 PM

Where: 950 Pacific Avenue Suite 1230, Tacoma

Event Link:  Tell Congressman Derek Kilmer: We Need A Green New Deal

Carpool Page: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/irkh90

*There are more Green New Deal office visits and actions listed here: https://www.sunrisemovement.org/gnd/. Scroll to the bottom of the page and type in your zip code to find addition events near you.

4) February 26: All across the country, we’ll be storming into offices, chanting, dropping banners, rallying outside and making it clear that young people are ready to hold our politicians’ feet to the fire. This will be a political earthquake; forcing elected officials to think twice before they refuse to back the Green New Deal.

*We will send updates about the February 26 actions when information is available.

Tips to effective outreach:  Make sure when you contact your representatives, that you state your address. It holds more weight than just saying “I live in Port Angeles/etc.” Call each of their offices, field offices as well as at the DC office. Call, email, and tweet every day. We cannot overstate how impactful this will be.

Resources:

If you have any questions or suggestions, I will be making myself available all the way through the Green New Deal campaign, so feel free to reach out.  If you want to help organize, that would be wonderful. I’m happy to help you plug in!

Please do forward this email to local groups and connections that you have.  SPREAD THE WORD!

In Solidarity,

Mike Ferguson, Hub Coordinator

Sunrise Movement – Olympic Peninsula

(360) 565-6647

Green New Deal petition

Tell Congress: Support Sen Markey & Rep Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution for a Green New Deal

This week, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Senator Ed Markey have introduced twin resolutions to bring the Green New Deal to Congress.

These resolutions are the first that tackle climate change in line with what science and justice demand, and if we secure a critical mass of support, we can cement the Green New Deal at the top of the political agenda as we head into the 2020 elections. But resolutions are introduced in Congress every day, without our representatives ever hearing from constituents about them. That’s why we all need to tell our representatives in the House and the Senate: if you want to be taken seriously on climate change, you need support this resolution.

Click here to sign the petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-congress-support-sen-markey-rep-ocasio-cortezs-resolution-for-a-green-new-deal?source=email&

Hot Off the Wire – 2/2/2019

Take action

Regional Action

Meeting for Informal Science Educators
Pasco, WA 3/12/19
Seattle, WA 3/26/19
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge 4/30/19

Endorse Earth Law for the Southern Resident Orcas and Salish Sea

Demand Real Climate Leadership from our New Congress – The Action Network

Sign Up For Climate Month! Encourage your Legislators.

National Action

What You’d Like to See In a Green New Deal – The Peoples Climate Movement

Stop Trump’s plan to drill in the Arctic Refuge – 350 Action

Please make a tax-deductible donation to NRDC to help us defend our environment in the most effective way possible.

Climate News

Local/Regional News

Bonneville Power and Power Shift – by Jim Norton

King County Council Approves Moratorium on Fossil Fuel Expansion – Sightline Institute

Family Biking: No, you don’t need an e-bike (but you’d love having one)

National/International News

Let’s keep the Green New Deal grounded in science – MIT Technology Review

Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants – The Los Angeles Times

NOAA’s Brilliant Response To Trumps Climate Tweet – Forbes

What is the polar vortex – and how is it linked to climate change? – The Guardian

Democrats Killed the Green New Deal – CounterPunch

The Democrats Are Climate Deniers – Jacobin


Inspiration

Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) – The scoop on Climate Change

Green New Deal reality check

From: Post Carbon Institute <newsletter@postcarbon.org>

COULD A GREEN DEAL SAVE CIVILIZATION?by Richard Heinberg
Is there a set of policies that could actually avert climate catastrophe while saving civilization? Yes, at least in principle. 
READ MORE 

Green New Deal unveiled Feb. 5

Join livestream kickoff watch parties for a Green New Deal, Tuesday, February 5, from 7-8:30 pm at the Clallam County Courthouse (use the after-hours entrance west of the flagpoles) or in Port Townsend at Rosewind Commons.

The most recent scientific consensus, including the federal government’s own National Climate Assessment, indicates a very short window for a transformation to a clean-energy economy. In response, activists are calling for a Green New Deal to transform our economy in a rapid and just manner, and Senator Ed Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are poised to release Green New Deal legislation in the coming days.

Early support for an ambitious bill like this is crucial, and climate activists plan to send a strong message to their members of Congress in the coming weeks. 

The Sunrise Movement, credited with putting momentum behind the Green New Deal concept, will lay out their game plan via livestream at this event, which will be viewed by thousands of people at more than 400 watch parties around the country. Participants can register for this event at https://actionnetwork.org/events/green-new-deal-kickoff-watch-party?referrer=olympic-climate-action-2&source=direct_link. For more information, contact OCA at olyclimate@olyclimate.org.

This event will coincide with the rescheduled State of the Union Address; we leave it to history to determine which event is the more momentous for our shared destiny.

Peninsula Daily News story

Trump energy policies save billions for industry at a cost of human lives

…not to mention the other critters out there…this per the Trump administration’s own figures:

https://www.nola.com/environment/2019/01/trump-rollbacks-on-fossil-fuels-will-save-industry-money-but-cost-lives.html