The Build Back Better Act

This is our opportunity to create millions of new jobs, invest billions in a clean energy economy, and take concrete steps to break down systemic inequalities and address the threats that the environmental justice movement has been fighting for years — but only if we keep making noise. ACT NOW: Text "CLIMATEBILL" to 877-777 to …

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 …

The Increase in CO2/Heat is getting steeper

The link between co2 emissions and warming is indisputable. Scientists have understood this for almost 200 years.  Scientists have scientifically known for nearly 200 years that a trace gas like atmospheric carbon dioxide absorbs heat: Joseph Fourier 1824 - Remarques Générales Sur Les Températures Du Globe Terrestre Et Des Espaces Planétaires (General remarks on the temperatures …

Please comment on Clallam County’s proposed new Greenhouse Gas ordinance

Dear OCA members with an interest in Clallam County climate planning: See Item 7 of this past Monday's County Commissioners' Work Session, starting on p. 155 of the work session packet, which concerns a new draft ordinance on GHG reduction policy: http://websrv7.clallam.net/forms/uploads/bocc_worksession_packet.pdf. Please consider commenting on this draft policy as individuals. There probably is inadequate time …

Conservation Northwest trying to Undo Established Precedent for Forest Management Benefits

Link to the Amicus Brief Lawyers for DNR and Hilary Franz have submitted an Amicus brief in the case brought by Conservation Northwest to change the beneficiaries of forest lands management in Washington State. The intent, or purpose, of the Conservation Northwest suit is not clearly disclosed in the Amicus brief, but the invalid arguments …

Letter to the PDN

              Several excellent columns and letters in this paper have tried to explain to angry demonstrators how we’re all in this COVID fight together, and how “freedom” only exists in balance with “security” and “responsibility.”               This letter is for the rest of us, the less-vociferous majority, those Dr. Tom Locke describes as “responsible and …

OCA Endorses a Washington Transportation Bill of Rights

The OCA Executive Committee signed this Transportation Bill of Rights. It describes an equitable approach to advancing transportation access, and an opportunity to shape Washington’s transportation system to decrease our climate pollution (45% of our emissions come from transportation) and increase mobility for all by 2037. The 16-Year Transportation Package debated in the legislature last …

Hot Off the Wire — 9/11/2021

UPCOMING MEETINGS OCA General Meeting Tomorrow (Join the Zoom meeting)September 12, 20217:00 pm-9:00 pm Where we determine our activities and campaigns.To get on our mailing list, Contact Us. Port Townsend Indivisible Big Huddle Meeting China and Its progress on Climate Change Tuesday, September 14 | 5:00 -- 6:30 pmZoom meeting:  Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Team.  …

Postal Service EIS

Greetings All, Please check out the Postal Service EIS for their planned purchase of up to 165,000 vehicles over 10 years. Up to 90% of these vehicles could be ICE powered. There are 35 days left in the comment period. On Feb 23, 2021 Oshkosh Defense was awarded the contract for replacing the aging Grumman LLV trucks. …

Hot Off the Wire — 9/4/2021

Thursday, Sept. 9 | 12:00 pm PT Local/Regional News Forest Defense is Climate Defense A network of organizations and activists working at the intersection of forest defense and climate justice Guiding Principles Forest Defense is Community DefenseForest Defense is Climate DefenseLeadership from Frontline and Indigenous CommunitiesTransformation, not ReformationEmbrace Real SolutionsEnd Corporate ExploitationAdvance a Just Transition …

Hot Off the Wire — 8/28/2021

Solutions Big climate vote this weekContact your U.S. Senators $3.5 trillion budget Climate Action Prioritiesdeveloped from the cities that have actually reduced GHG emissions-- People for Climate Action Building Electrification: A panel discussion on policy, equity, technology and sustainability Sept. 2 | 7:30 -- 10:30 am PT Regional Actions Tell Rep. Kilmer to Move the …

Hot Off the Wire — 8/14/2021

Solutions -- Clean Energy Transition Institute alsoPresentation on Decarbonization for Rural Communities Presentation slides from a briefing for members of the Mason County, WA League of Women Voters Climate Change Committee, by Eileen Quigley of the Clean Energy Transition Institute. Two projects of CETI -- Northwest Clean Energy Atlas and Decarbonizing Buildings with Equity Focus …

Hot Off the Wire — 8/7/2021

Solutions How a Small California Farm and Tribal Nation are Working Together to Become Part of the Solution to Climate Change-- Food Tank U.S. Senators and Representatives Joined Constituents Sharing Climate-fueled Extreme Weather Stories -- League of Conservation Voters A 21st-Century Transportation System That Drives Climate Action and Equitable Recovery We must build the national …

Ed Fallon Report — Here come the migrants

Dear Friends, Click here for this week's podcast (details below) ... including my conversation with Des Moines City Council candidate, Marcus Coenen (click here). The highlight of my week occurs every Thursday at 8:00 a.m. Sadly, it's not a good highlight. That's when the National Drought Mitigation Center releases its update about conditions across the US. Sure, I …

Contact Sen. Cantwell & Rep. Kilmer on LSRDs

2 bad congressional maneuvers relating to the LSRDs need immediate constituent action to oppose them. Rep. McMorris-Rodgers has proposed amendments to appropriations bills that would prevent further federal funds from being spent to study LSRD breaching.  Derek Kilmer is on the key committee considering them.  Action needed:  Contact Kilmer’s Natural Resources staffer, Katie Allen, katie.allen@mail.house.gov.  …

WA State Alert on Systemic Risk of Climate Change

State of Washington DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONSDEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS P.O. Box 41200  l  Olympia, Washington 98504-1200Telephone (360) 902-8700 l  TDD (360) 664-8126  l  FAX (360) 586-5068  l  http://www.dfi.wa.gov July 7, 2021 TO:  Washington State Regulated Financial Institutions RE:  DFI Alert on Systemic Risk of Climate Change and Related Financial Risks Message from DFI Director Charlie …

Congressional District Three and Six Redistricting Meeting

Put Yourself on the Map July 26, 2021, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The once-a-decade redistricting process is underway in Washington State.  Every 10 years, after the federal census, we redraw the boundaries of our congressional and legislative electoral districts to ensure that each district represents an equal number of residents. To ensure that our …

9 Years to ZERO newsletter

Accelerating Climate Impacts This past month has brought hellish reminders of the gravity of the climate emergency and the very real danger it brings. We’ve seen destructive heat waves in the Northwest, which cooked shellfish on the shore and is estimated to have killed more than a billion marine animals. Hundreds of people, including unhoused individuals, …

We need to talk about cruise ships

These massive ships are toxic, and so are their business practices--from the smokestacks harming our health; to the massive fossil fuel footprint; to garbage, human waste, and engine oil dumped straight into waterways; to noise pollution disrupting our underwater relatives; to onboard workers often underpaid and exploited; to tax avoidance while stressing local infrastructure; to bully tactics used on destination communities that push back against …

Fossil Banks No Thanks

Dear all, Thank you very much for your support for the Global Call on Banks and Fossil Banks No Thanks! We’re really excited to have you on board.  Now that the Fossil Banks No Thanks (FBNT) website is up and running, we would like to highlight some platform-related activities and news. We intend to update …

Hot Off the Wire — 6/26/2021

Newsletter For Future Edition 3 Local and Regional Newsletters Weekly Announcements Restoration, Protection and Recovery Information for the Puget Sound Region National/International News Draft UN Report: Crushing climate impacts to hit sooner than fearedAn exclusive review of the report to be released February 2022. UN draft climate report: Impacts on nature Click to enlarge Protein-Filled, …

Earth Bill Network

Hi all - We have six weeks to get a great Clean Renewable Energy Standard in the U.S. House American Jobs Act.  This can change history if we unite and focus. Please see the list below of TWO important committees below.  Please reply if you want to help organize in any of these or fill out …

Hot Off the Wire — 5/7/2021

Social/Climate Justice DemocracyNow! Coverage Filmmaker Raoul Peck Explores Colonialism & Origins of White Supremacy A 4-part HBO Mini-series We Can Have Facebook or Democracy in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism. Not Both. Shoshana Zuboff: Facebook’s Oversight Board Is Not Enough. The Government Has to Regulate Big Tech “Nothing to Lose”: Colombians Protest “Fascist Mafia Regime” …

Clean Energy & Sustainability Accelerator (Green Bank)

Fund the Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator (“Accelerator”) to rapidly scale up investment needed to meet US climate goals and create millions of jobs The Accelerator will serve as the national green bank. A green bank uses public funding to invest in decarbonization, jobs, and economic growth. It also reduces risk to help scale up …

OCA expresses Qualified Support for the Climate Commitment Act

OCA has expressed qualified support for E2SSB 5126, the Climate Commitment Act with a letter to our state legislators Rep. Steve Tharinger and Rep. Mike Chapman, and U.S. Senator Kevin Van de Wege Update late Friday night: Rep. Steve Tharinger and Rep. Mike Chapman voted yea to pass the measure. This historic bill would guarantee …

WA Carbon Action

While the Sustainable Farms & Fields Act passed with broad bipartisan support last year... it still hasn't been funded. That means the program is not yet able to put much-needed economic support in farmers' hands. In addition to working with legislators on this this session, we've been working with the Washington Conservation Commission (WSCC), Audubon …

THE EARTH BILL

Climate Crisis Policy A 2030 MOONSHOT FOR EARTH 100% BY 2030 1. Renewable Electricity 2. Electric Vehicles 3. Regenerative Agriculture With Enforcement Tied To Corporate Tax Deductions.(This makes it fit in the budget!)Definitions matter!  HERE they are with draft language.Your support now can get these in the infrastructure bill!Take action with The Earth Bill Pledge below. JOIN OUR NETWORK …

Who Knew?

VERY INTERESTING STUFF In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have 'the rule Of thumb' Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled 'Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden'...and thus, …

Nine Steps to Kick Your—and Our—Carbon Addiction

Adapted from the Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network, Drawdown.org, and Local 20/20 By Peter Kuper -- TodayClick to enlarge -- Back to Return 1. Recognize that your individual actions to conserve will have little impact on climate change and the most important changes need to be at the systemic level, because our laws, politics, and markets …

A Letter to Representative Derek Kilmer about the LSRDs

Click to enlarge -- Back to Return March 10, 2021 To: Hon. Derek KilmerRe: Rep. Simpson’s “Columbia Basin Fund” Plan Dear Rep. Kilmer: Olympic Climate Action is a grassroots organization based on the Olympic Peninsula with more than 1000 followers dedicated to research, education, and action on climate. We engage in consensus decision-making and only …

Nationwide Permits issued for commercial shellfish aquaculture ruled Unlawful

Back in October, 2019 the Federal District Court found that the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) Nationwide Permits issued for commercial shellfish aquaculture unlawful. The Court ruling required shellfish operations to re-permit under Individual Permits but did allow planting through the 2020 season and harvesting through March 2022. The aquaculture industry group appealed the decision. …

7th and Last Learning Session for the WA State Climate Assembly

Climate Action and Just Transitions / Bringing It All Together Presentations The final WA Climate Assembly Learning Session started with three breakout rooms during the first part of the three-hour Zoom meeting, Saturday, February 6, 2021. Of the ten presenters in this first section, only three were shown on the YouTube video. The first presenter …

The 6th Learning Session. Time to Get Political

Political issues & climate mitigation Lauren Breynaert, who lives in Port Angeles, is the Climate Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy director, a Washington State coalition with a focus on building a resilient climate justice movement and passing equitable policy solutions to the climate crisis. Founded in 2014, The Climate Alliance includes a vast and …

First Grade Wisdom

An elementary school teacher had twenty-six students in her class. She presented each child in her classroom the first half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It's hard to believe these were actually done by first graders. Their insight may surprise you. While reading, keep …

5th Learning Session-Technology and Climate Mitigation

Focusing on where Washington State energy comes from, how much heat or energy do our homes and workplaces use, and how we travel, the following eight presenters talked about these topics from their fields of expertise. Eileen V. Quigley, the Founding Executive Director of the Clean Energy Transition Institute, spoke about Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions …

Amanda Gorman recites her poems

Earthrise: A Poem About Climate Change by Amanda Gorman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwOvBv8RLmo&feature=youtu.be Amanda Gorman recites her poem at inauguration Amanda Gorman -- Wikipedia Like Mr. Biden, Gorman has struggled with a speech impediment throughout her life, making poetry a "lifeline" for her. Also like Mr. Biden, she has a long-term goal of running for president.-- CBS Amanda …

League of Conservation Voters Endorses Climate Agenda

This is the single biggest day for climate action in more than a decade.Today, President Biden signed a series of executive orders and memoranda that place climate justice at the center of the administration's agenda. These orders are just the start of the Biden-Harris administration's all-of-government approach to address the climate crisis and the interrelated …

Fourth WA Climate Assembly Learning Session–Halfway Through

Economic Issues and Climate Mitigation The 4th Learning Session focused on the cost of inaction and creating more sustainable economies and businesses, mitigation using economies, and carbon pricing solutions. After the Lands Acknowledgement, the Assembly reviewed the original question of "How can WA State equitably design and implement climate mitigation strategies while strengthening communities disproportionately …

Third WA Climate Assembly Learning Session Provides Dynamic Variety of Information and Suggestions

Environment & climate mitigation The well-organized Learning Sessions continue providing much information to help Assembly members learn about what Climate Change is and what to do about it. Most presenters are Expert Presenters, usually with PhDs, and the rest are Interested Party Presenters with essential experience. Today as always, a Lands Acknowledgement was given for …

Letter to the Editor: Climate Assembly as Cooperative Example

Peninsula Daily News | January 19, 2021 Democracy depends on our ability to cooperate.As the nation confronts an ugly national divide, we must remember that the only way forward is together, and as hard as that way might seem right now, it starts with people talking and listening to one another.Here in Washington, residents from …

Inaugural Meeting of WA Climate Assembly

The first WA Climate Assembly held its Inaugural Meeting on January 12th, 2021. The Zoom meeting facilitated by Gretchen Muller, project manager, started with sharing one-word comments from the Assembly members about how they were feeling about tonight's meeting which included, "excited, stoked, nervous, and curious" A Land Acknowledgement was read that the people of …