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Actions you can take to address the climate crisis

Clallam County considers climate action

At their work session on 2/12/18, the Board of Clallam County Commissioners discussed a resolution proposed by Commissioner Mark Ozias for Clallam County to take further steps to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Clallam County residents are urged to communicate with their Commissioners about this resolution. Public comment of a general nature is taken at the end of Tuesday weekly Commissioner meetings, which usually end in the late morning; or you can write to them at commissioners@co.clallam.wa.us.

Michael Clemens, who facilitates OCA’s Climate Action Planning committee, made this comment in support of the resolution at the regular Commissioners meeting on 2/13/18. If you’d like to join Michael’s committee, contact us.

BackgroundOCA presented these recommendations to the Clallam Commissioners on 5/1/17:

Clallam County should renew its commitment to climate action in several ways:

  1. Take steps to adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change, as the Board of Commissioners committed to in Resolution 27 of 2016.
  2. Take steps to minimize emissions of greenhouse gases, as described in the Board of Commissioners’ adopted Climate Action Plan of 2009, and broaden the approach to address the carbon footprint of the county as a whole, not simply County government.
  3. Include means for priority-setting, evaluation and adaptive management.
  4. Encourage cooperation among multiple players in the county, including cities, Port, PUD, College, tribes, as well as Jefferson County, perhaps using the North Olympic Development Council as a vehicle.
  5. Move forward via a combined effort of County government, other entities, and committed citizens.
  6. Look for innovative and integrated approaches to addressing climate change, by addressing community resiliency, public safety, energy, transportation, future infrastructure needs, economic development and other challenges together.

Legislators: enact a strong carbon tax

At our general membership meeting of 2/4/18, we agreed to send this letter to our state legislators urging action on a strong carbon tax. The time is now, and there is no time for half-measures or excuses. We urge individuals to write their own letters on this issue–your representatives need to hear from you!

Letter to 24th Dist. Leg. re carbon pricing 2018-02-04

Our legislators are facing many important issues, but frankly, none of these other issues will matter if we don’t get a handle on climate change. We need to change our current trajectory, strongly and swiftly, and with our federal government having abdicated responsibility for the future of human civilization, it’s up to the rest of us–states, Tribes, localities, businesses and individuals–to take matters into our own hands.
Please consider sending a letter of your own; your representatives need to hear from you!

Salish Sea lobby day Feb. 12

Salish Sea Protection – Lobby Day 2018

A day of action to protect The Salish Sea! Join Protectors of the Salish Sea and Students for the Salish Sea in a day of constituent conversations with decision makers about key issues threatening our Salish Sea and what it will take to let this beautiful region return to health. This session we are advocating:

  • Orca Whale protection policies
  • Against the Kinder-Morgan Pipeline
  • An immediate halt to work at the LNG facility being illegally constructed on Puyallup tidal flats until a proper EIS has been conducted
  • An immediate lease phase-out on all invasive Atlantic Salmon net-pens
  • Freeing the Snake River from the four lower dams
  • Respect forTreaties signed with Coast Salish Tribal Nations!

What: Salish Sea Protection – Lobby Day 2018
Date: Monday, February 12th, 2018
Register: salishsea.brownpapertickets.com/
Location: TBD
Carpool info: www.groupcarpool.com/t/5ups9x
Questions: chiara[at]studentsforthesalishsea.org

Let’s create a healthier Salish Sea together!

* S C H E D U L E *

8:30-10: Indigenous prayer with Protectors for the Salish Sea and briefing on Indigenous solidarity issues; followed by a briefing on up-to-date policy priorities list.

— During this portion each participant will receive a name tag, an itinerary for constituent meetings and folder with specific policy information —-

12:00 Students for the Salish Sea Kinder Morgan petition delivery to Jay Inslee!

10-4:15, meetings with Senators and Representatives!

If you register here we’ll schedule meetings with your representatives:
https://salishsea.brownpapertickets.com/

**Please let us know if this cost poses a barrier to you and we will do our best to accommodate.**

We’d like to arrange childcare for anyone coming with kids. Message us if this is your circumstance ♥

We will endure: the Climate Resistance

Now that the Climate Resistance event has happened, you can watch highlights here:

…or the full video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1EMCxtpyok&feature=youtu.be

With our federal government seemingly bent on cooking the planet for the sake of corporate profits, we have no choice but to take up the mantle ourselves:  as individuals, organizations, businesses, and local and state governments. It’s on us!

On January 31, we worked with 350.org to kick off a major campaign for 2018… 

Fossil Free US: How We Win from 350.org on Vimeo.

Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance launched its Fossil Free U.S campaign, calling for an immediate halt to all fossil fuel projects with a fast and just transition to 100% renewable energy for all. OCA and other local groups hosted local kickoff watch parties in Port Angeles, Sequim, and Port Townsend, watching Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, and other forward-thinking activists speak about a vision for a healthy planet with justice for all, inspiring strong unified resistance against the current federal Administration’s endless attacks on the environment.

To connect with other local activists equally passionate about the work ahead to end oil addiction and transition the world to 100% renewable energy, contact us, and we’ll work together to help solve the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced.

For more information on the campaign, see https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2018/01/05/350org-launches-fossil-free-us-campaign-large-scale-event-day-after-state-union

Rally vs offshore drilling Feb 5 in Tacoma

Day of Action & Rally – No New Offshore Drilling – Tacoma – February 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Let your voice be heard . . . Say No, No, No!

The current administration wants to open 90% of U.S. coastal waters to offshore drilling between 2019 and 2024. It’s important to have a large turnout attending BOEM’s (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) revised program presentation and other events happening during the day. Make your voice heard and say no to this proposal that would be devastating to U.S. coasts.

Here’s all the details from our friends at Stand Up To Oil:

There is still time to RSVP to attend the Public Meeting about Offshore Drilling & People’s Hearing this coming Monday. We look forward to seeing you there!

Carpool Sign Up https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/y2mpin

Here’s our schedule for the day:

WHAT: Public Meeting about Offshore Drilling and People’s Hearing
WHERE: Tacoma’s Landmark Catering and Convention Center (47 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402)
WHENFebruary 5, 1:00 – 8:00 pm
1:00-2:00 Press Conference (Corinthian Room)
2:00-8:00 People’s Hearing (Corinthian Room)  – see detailed schedule below
3:00-7:00 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Open House
5:30-6:30 Rally and Dinner (outside Landmark Catering and Convention Center)
WEAR BLUE for clean water!

Please share the Facebook event.

People’s Hearing Program:

1:00-2:00 pm Press conference
2:00-3:00 pm People’s Hearing
3:00-3:10pm(approximate) Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaking
3:10-5:30pm People’s Hearing
5:30-6:30 pm Rally and Dinner (pizza)
6:30-8:00 pm People’s Hearing continued
Visit the Public Meeting hosted by BOEM, 3:00-7:00 pm                     

 Activities at the People’s Hearing to include:

  • Volunteer to sit on the People’s Panel to hear testimony
  • Make your Delegation sash or a sign for the rally
  • Take a photo in the photo booth and share on social media
  • Meet organizations

 HOW TO SIGN UP TO SPEAK

We’ll have signs directing you where to sign up – you’ll have the option to sign up throughout the day. Speakers will have 3 minutes to give testimony (subject to change based on the time and number of speakers). We will do our best to accommodate varied travel schedules. A stenographer will record your testimony to submit it to the BOEM as a written comment.

 Here’s a list of sample talking points and facts about the risks of offshore drilling – we’ll have copies at the hearing too. Find sample social media posts at the end of the document.

Bring additional snacks and water – we’ll serve pizza, but it’s a long day!

Questions? Contact Stina Janssen at stina@wecprotects.org or at 360-301-3340.

Support by: Surfriders, Sierra Club, Stand Up to Oil, 350 Tacoma, Fuse WA, Washington Environmental Council, 350 Seattle, Backbone Campaign and more.

​Still can’t go to Tacoma? You can watch the live feed from home. (You don’t need a Facebook account for viewing ​at 1pm Monday)  https://www.facebook.com/StandUpToOil/videos/2027611667498271/

 

Formal public comment: You are encouraged to submit written comments to inform the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management of specific issues, impacting factors, environmental resources, alternatives to the proposed action, and mitigation measures to consider in its analyses. BOEM prefers online comments. Submit comments at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=BOEM-2017-0074

Contributing Organizers: Sierra Club, 350 Tacoma, 350 Seattle, Washington Environmental Council, and Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association.

Climate Resistance kickstarts across the Olympic Peninsula Jan. 31

With our federal government seemingly bent on cooking the planet for the sake of corporate profits, we have no choice but to take up the mantle ourselves:  as individuals, organizations, businesses, and local and state governments. It’s on us!

Join us January 31 as we work with 350.org to kick off a major campaign for 2018… 

On January 31, Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance launches its Fossil Free U.S campaign, calling for an immediate halt to all fossil fuel projects with a fast and just transition to 100% renewable energy for all. OCA and other local groups will be hosting local kickoff watch parties.

Join your neighbors and friends to watch Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, and other forward-thinking activists speak about a vision for a healthy planet with justice for all. You will see a new path moving into the 2018 and 2020 elections with an emphasis on local action that will inspire strong unified resistance against the current federal Administration’s endless attacks on the environment.

Connect with other activists equally passionate about the work ahead to end oil addiction and transition the world to 100% renewable energy. Starting right here on the north Olympic Peninsula, we can work together to solve one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced.

For more information see https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2018/01/05/350org-launches-fossil-free-us-campaign-large-scale-event-day-after-state-union

Please RSVP to a watch party near you.

Port Angeles

Sequim

Port Townsend

If you can’t attend a watch party, you can livestream the national event from home by going to this link: https://gofossilfree.org/usa/. A recording will also be available afterward at the same link.

Climate Resistance kickoff Jan. 31

Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance

On January 31, Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance, launches Fossil Free U.S, a campaign led by 350.org, calling for an immediate halt to all fossil fuel projects and a fast and just transition to 100% renewable energy for all. We’ll be hosting local kickoff watch parties on the Olympic Peninsula.

See Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, and a wide array of climate activists speak out on a vision for a healthy planet with justice for all. You will see a new path and be inspired to resist the current federal government’s endless attacks on the climate, with an eye toward the 2018 and 2020 elections and an emphasis on local action.

Connect with other activists equally passionate about this work in exploring how to end our oil addiction and transition our world to 100% renewable energy, starting right here on the Olympic Peninsula. Together we can work to solve one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced.

Please go to one of the events below for details and to RSVP:

Port Angeles

Sequim