Trump’s October Surprise: A Vaccine for Covid-19? What do we have to lose by rushing a vaccine into production? A longer pandemic, a colossal waste of money—and the risk of undermining public confidence in all vaccines.
Help ensure bold climate policy is passed this next legislative session in Washington 350 WA Civic Action Team is hosting a meeting for state-wide volunteers interested in climate policy and citizen advocacy! When: Friday, August 7, 2020, 9:00 AM PDT | Register in advance
“Americans today are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism in the twentieth century. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so.” “6. Watch out for the paramilitaries. When the pro-Leader paramilitary and the official police and military intermingle, the game is over.” — Timothy Snyder, from ‘On Tyranny’ | 2017
Where Will Everyone Go? ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, with support from the Pulitzer Center, have for the first time modeled how climate refugees might move across international borders. This is what we found.
10 ways social change organizations can support the Black Lives Matter movement The difference between being an anti-racist and not being a racist has never been more stark — By Todd Paglia, Executive Director, Stand.earth
Biden Announces $2 Trillion Climate Plan Joe Biden’s plan connects tackling climate change with the economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis, while also addressing racism. The proposal drew praise from his onetime critics. — NYT
Joe Biden unveils aggressive $2tn climate and jobs plan Proposal outlines $2tn for clean energy infrastructure and climate solutions, to be spent as quickly as possible in next four years — The Guardian
NRDC is joining forces with The New Group, a New York-based theater company, to host FACING THE RISING TIDE — a digital series of readings and conversations about the climate crisis, environmental racism, and hope.
The AfrikaVuka Caravan Webinars join us live online every two weeks as we connect with frontline groups exposing the fossil fuel and finance industry’s role in accelerating the climate crisis
2nd annual Climate Policy Summer Camp From July 23 to 26, Our Climate will host virtual workshops, networking events, creative actions, state based breakout groups, and even a dance party in support of the Movement for Black Lives.
Indigenous communities across the Ecuadorian Amazon are sheltering in place to avoid the spread of COVID-19, while also facing the largest oil spill in the last 15 years. They are now witnessing their homes, drinking water, and food sources being destroyed.
Join Meaningful Movies Port Townsend and our special guest filmmaker Shane Anderson
Please join us on Wednesday, June 17 for a forumhosted by Chris Novaton of Sierra Club, in conversation with Sierra Club staff and partners about the intersectionality between the environmental and racial justice movements, and the mutual aid work happening to support Black communities. Join us and learn how you can help.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the N.B.A.’s all-time leading scorer, is the author of 16 books.
“Yes, protests often are used as an excuse for some to take advantage, just as when fans celebrating a hometown sports team championship burn cars and destroy storefronts. I don’t want to see stores looted or even buildings burn. But African Americans have been living in a burning building for many years, choking on the smoke as the flames burn closer and closer. Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible — even if you’re choking on it — until you let the sun in. Then you see it’s everywhere. As long as we keep shining that light, we have a chance of cleaning it wherever it lands. But we have to stay vigilant, because it’s always still in the air.
“So, maybe the black community’s main concern right now isn’t whether protesters are standing three or six feet apart or whether a few desperate souls steal some T-shirts or even set a police station on fire, but whether their sons, husbands, brothers and fathers will be murdered by cops or wannabe cops just for going on a walk, a jog, a drive. Or whether being black means sheltering at home for the rest of their lives because the racism virus infecting the country is more deadly than COVID-19.”
How Fast is Your Broadband? Take the test & see… Clallam County is in the midst of a Broadband Feasibility Study along with our Team Partners – the Cities of Forks, Port Angeles and Sequim, the Port of Port Angeles, the Clallam County Public Utility District and the North Olympic Development Council. In order to succeed, we need to be able to document current internet speeds from every part the county. We are focusing on ways to enhance and expand broadband access to the Internet throughout Clallam County. An important part of this study is use of the State Broadband Speed Test. You can help shape the future of broadband in Clallam County by participating. The documented results will be a vital component of the planning and feasibility study. Please encourage others to participate. The more residents and businesses that participate in the speed test, the more accurate the results. Please take the speed test today! Link to Speed Test: wabroadband.speedtestcustom.com
Interfaith Earth Care Coalition Meeting | Tues. June 9, 4-5 pm Join Zoom Meeting – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88462550106 Meeting ID: 884 6255 0106 One tap mobile +12532158782,,88462550106# US (Tacoma) +13462487799,,88462550106# US (Houston)
For many regions facing an active 2020 hurricane season, COVID-19 has created the potential for a double disaster. As state and local governments draft emergency plans, uncertainty lingers. — The Atlantic
Home composting can help. It can make us mindful of what goes in and out of your refrigerator, making us better stewards of the food we buy and consume. Mitigation: Does home composting create CO2? Some. (All decomposing organic matter does). But much less than sending food to the landfill where it gets buried and produces methane. And less than the production and transportation of commercial fertilizers.
For young people, two defining events: COVID-19 and climate change An unforeseen pairing of catastrophes will inform how Generation Z navigates the world as adults, and what sort of future they create. — National Geographic
Clallam County PUD will have a Board of Commissioners Meeting this Monday, May 11 at 1:30p.m. Please attend the virtual meeting on Monday. PUD is a Public, not a Privatized Utility District. Citizen-ratepayers must call in or login and be counted. See details at https://clallampud.net/commission-meetings/
#EarthDayLive Discussion NRDC president and CEO Gina McCarthy, Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard, and Ocean Collectiv founder Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson discuss the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay and where we go from here
‘Normal’ is a crisis: Climate impacts across the world this week are adding to challenges for those already dealing with COVID-19. Millions of acres are burning in Siberia, and thousands have been displaced as floods hammer Kenya and Somalia. Evacuation orders were just lifted for Fort McMurray, Canada – a key tar sands development area – where thousands of Canadian workers and their families are recovering from floods from fast winter thaw. And as the world’s seas simmer at record-high temperatures, hurricane and wildfire risks are heightening.
Tuesday, May 12, 7pm EDT: New York Times-featured author Caroline Van Hemert presents on her 4,000-mile journey into Alaska’s wilderness and book “The Sun Is My Compass”
Thursday, May 21, 7pm EDT: Michael Boardman: Artist in Residence, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, May 30, 5:30pm EDT: Renowned filmmaker Mark Titus presents “The Wild,” which draws attention to the battle against the reckless Pebble Mine that threatens the most productive wild sockeye salmon fishery on Earth, in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
Course: INFO 270 / BIOL 270. University of Washington
Our learning objectives are straightforward. After taking the course, you should be able to: – Remain vigilant for bullshit contaminating your information diet. – Recognize said bullshit whenever and wherever you encounter it. – Figure out for yourself precisely why a particular bit of bullshit is bullshit. – Provide a statistician or fellow scientist with a technical explanation of why a claim is bullshit. – Provide your crystals-and-homeopathy aunt or casually racist uncle with an accessible and persuasive explanation of why a claim is bullshit. — CallingBullshit.org
Coming August 4th, 2020:Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World, by Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West. Pre-order now
Hello climate enthusiasts, On today’s edition of Democracy Now!, French Economist Thomas Piketty discusses the following premise from his book Capital and Ideology: “All history shows that the search for a distribution of wealth acceptable to the majority of people is a recurrent theme in all periods and all cultures,” he reports boldly. As societies distribute income, wealth and education more widely, so they become more prosperous. The overturning of regressive ideologies is therefore the main condition of economic progress.
Support Indigenous Nations in their cases against TMX pipeline
Social Community is a virtual live series focused on discussions, hangouts, and webinars led by youth leaders and adult allies across the country. In these times of uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic, this is a space intentionally developed for community, conversation, and collaboration
Necessity seems to be the mother of creative invention and implementation. We’ve taken the virtual banner idea and run with it here as a means to reach out, keep perspective of what is important and feel some sense of solidarity as we reflect in appreciation, concern and hope for our beautiful and fragile planet. Life is precious in its myriad of forms and together it forms a beautiful, complex tapestry in which we are privileged to be a part. Let’s honor that as we celebrate our Earth today and every day. See the other art projects in progress