Transportation Package – 350WA CAT weekly news

Hi friends! Hope you had a lovely holiday! We’re back with your transportation package update, including briefings on the transportation package process from our campaign from coalition partner Front & Centered, as well as simple actions you can take today. Two Upcoming Events: Introduction to a Just Transition for Transportation in Washington Attend this training …

The Earth Bill Update

GREETINGS ALL - Next Up:  Final Push for the BBBA!Manchin is the main focus.See all the actions below.Then it's time for THE EARTH BILL!ENJOY OUR WORK TOGETHER?Please Support CCP 2022. $10 monthly is a big help!MEETING NOTE: No December Meetings.BBBA MOVEMENT DEC. PUSH & ACTION a. SENATORS RALLY for BBBA (starts @5:20 mins).LCV &  Climate Action Nowb. SENATE WEEK OF ACTION Climate Action …

Local Cross-Governmental/Organizational Stewardship Group Sets Priorities for the 2022 Washington State Legislative Session

Thanks partially to OCA leadership, climate is a high priority for the Strait Ecosystem Recovery Network The second priority addressed (Items 3-4) focuses on climate change. OCA applauds the Strait ERN for taking seriously its role to steward the magnificent natural resources of the North Olympic Peninsula. https://olyclimate.files.wordpress.com/2021/12/straitern_2022wastatelegislativepriorities_final_2021nov19-.pdf

Hot Off the Wire — 11/27/2021

Solutions State Climate Policy Dashboard (The Dashboard) This information hub tracks 51 policies across seven different topic areas, across all 50 states.-- Climate XChange Climate Governance and EquityAdaptation and ResilienceElectricityBuildings and EfficiencyTransportationAgricultureIndustry, Materials, and Waste Management A new poll from Yale University, finds that by a 55%-35% margin, voters in the U.S. support requiring all …

USDA Forest Service Alaska Roadless Rule Repeal Update

Sincere apologies for the typo in the email address and in the link to the preferred method for providing comments. The preferred method for submitting comments is: https://www.regulations.gov/document/FS-2021-0007-0006. The errors are corrected below. ----------------------------------------The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it is taking steps to repeal the 2020 Alaska Roadless Rule and restore protections …

350 on COP26

Dear Climate Activists, I have been attending COPs since 2005 in Montreal, so at this point I feel like I have seen it all. Perhaps that is why people keep asking me - do I believe that COP26 was a failure? That is the big question, and I believe it takes some context in order …

Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation

Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation Your foundation for strength and resilience Author of Drawdown, and his new book Regeneration Regeneration with Paul Hawken (Free 5-Day Pass) Commusings: with Paul Hawken In this course, you’ll discover + learn about: Global warming myths and mistakesWhat regeneration means and why it’s key to ending the …

Hot Off the Wire — 11/12/2021

Solutions Electric Car Companies: Visualizing the Race for EV Dominance -- Visual Capitalist Our Tesla Model 3 Hasn't Delivered Big Savings in Maintenance Costs We've also spent serious money on windshield, roof, and tire replacement.-- Car and Driver Visualizing Copper Demand for Renewables -- Visual Capitalist David Hochschild, chair of the California Energy Commission, and …

Resources from Forest Practices Board: Briefing

Hi all, Thank you for signing up for the FPB Briefing and Comment Workshop last night. Resources, including a comment writing worksheet and more are included in this email. Thanks for your interest and activism in this work, Kat   --------- Worksheet and talking points: https://bit.ly/FPBworkshop Good templates for public comment letters and testimony from …

Draft 2021 Northwest Power Plan 

This September, the Draft 2021 Northwest Power Plan was released. The 2021 Northwest Power Plan, once finalized, will help determine how much clean energy and energy efficiency the Northwest will use by providing a blueprint for power system decisions throughout the region. It comes at a critical time, when the Northwest needs to replace the energy and capacity services …

Hot Off the Wire — 10/30/2021

Solutions In Juliana v. U.S., 21 young Americans assert that their government knowingly endangers their lives by permitting, subsidizing, and otherwise orchestrating the continued promotion and use of fossil fuels. Through these actions, the federal government has recklessly and deliberately allowed atmospheric CO2 concentrations to reach levels unprecedented in human history We need to establish a …

Grave concerns from scientists about Infrastructure Bills

A letter is circulating the Hill from well over 100 scientists urging them not to pass the BBB or BIF legislative packages unless the climate-harming logging provisions are removed from both. These two bills are the ones climate activists have been counting on to help promote climate solutions; the Reconciliation Bill (Biden's Build Back Better 3.5 Trillion) andthe Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill …

Puget Sound Partnership 2022-26 Strategic Plan

The Puget Sound Partnership, a state-sponsored regional collaboration of governments, organizations, businesses, and individuals to protect and restore Puget Sound, is working on their 2022-26 Strategic Plan, and they have already adopted 31 strategies for Puget Sound recovery, 3 of which (#18-20) deal with climate change. Now they're at the point of adopting High-Level Actions and Key …

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 …