Category Archives: Off the Wire

Hot Off the Wire — 11/15/2019

Opinion

One very stable genius vs.
more than 11,000 climate scientists

Cartoons from the Seattle Times — By David Horsey

Regional Actions

Let the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency know you support a strong Clean Fuel Standard — Act Now

Petition for Accurate Weather and Climate Reporting on KNKX Jazz Blues & NPR News — 350.org

National Actions

Tell your senators: Support strong legislation to protect our cherished public lands! — NRDC Action Fund

This is your last chance for official comment on Keystone XL — 350 Action

Local/Regional News

News from the Nest

National/International News

Building political support for protecting the planet
and its people

Inspiration

Facing Climate & Nuclear Catastrophes: Acting to Protect Life on Earth

Join us for a motivating and informative day to focus on the joint topics of the CLIMATE CRISIS and the threats of NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
LUNCH will be provided

Sat, November 16, 2019
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM PST
Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation

Hot Off the Wire — 11/07/2019

Rising Seas will erase more cities by 2050

New study finds errors in rising sea level predictions: It’s much, much worse than anyone imagined — Daily Kos

Rising Seas Are Going to Drown Way More Cities Than We’d Thought: Study — Intellingencer

The Study – New elevation data triple estimates of global vulnerability to sea-level rise and coastal flooding — Nature

New Study: 300 Million Face Severe Risk of Climate-Fueled Coastal Flooding by 2050 — Democracy Now video

Opinion

LETTER: Doesn’t buy candidates and global warming hoax — Peninsula Daily News

World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency

12,000 Scientists deliver a third warning of Climate Calamity

Trump’s Worst Impeachable Offense Hurts the Whole World, and
A Worldwide Revolution Is Underway

To Address Climate Change,
We Need to Take Back the Supreme Court

Thom Hartmann on why we should use constitutional solutions to rescue our democracy from the agendas of billionaires and corporations.

Solutions

Our mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

Charge of the Enlightened Brigade — Robb Report
China becomes the innovator of clever solutions to the e-vehicle revolution’s Achilles Heel, battery charging.

Regional Actions

Celebrate the one year anniversary of
Portland Clean Energy Fund by
joining us for a webinar!
Nov 21, 2019 5 pm PST

Join the Green New Deal Action Team!
It’s a tough assignment; have a glass of cider and discover,
“How Do You Talk Respectfully With Others About Climate Change?”

Monday, Dec 2 2019, 6:00pm – 8:00pm PST
Finnriver Cider Garden, Cidery Taproom & Orchard — 124 Center Road, Chimacum, WA

National Actions

Register to host a Climate Strike today — Youth Climate Strike Coalition

Dozens of youth leaders help at grand opening of new Chase branch in St. Paul with a Die-in

Yesterday, the Keystone pipeline spilled again — Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council — Use this form to send an email to the PSC

Add your name to demand all presidential candidates make climate change a priority — Daily Kos

Please consider making a donation to the NRDC Action Fund

Ask your senators and representative to help fight climate change by including the Paris climate agreement in the USMCA — NRDC Action Fund

Tell Congress: Reclaim your war powers and say NO to Trump’s troop deployment to Syrian oil fields! — Win Without War

It’s time to make Big Oil pay — 350.org

Keystone XL Comment Period — 350 Action
This is your last chance for official comment on Keystone XL.

Ask the UN to hold a People’s Climate Summit now — 350 Action

We are looking for Climate Emergency Organizers across the United States and Canada to help guide people who are launching new Climate Emergency campaigns in their communities.

Click here to fill out an application

Creation Justice Webinar Series — United Church of Christ
November 14th at 1 pm ET

Local/Regional News

Jay Inslee Isn’t Going Away — Rolling Stone

California is on track to miss its climate targets—by a century
— MIT Technology Review
And it’s likely to get harder, not easier, for the state
to achieve ever deeper cuts in emissions.

Fueled by Climate Change, California’s Raging Wildfires Are Threatening Vulnerable Communities First — DemocracyNow! video

COP 25 moved from Santiago, Chile to Madrid, Spain

National/International News

“The Pollinators”: New Film Shows How Decline of Bee Colonies Could Mean Collapse of Food Chain — DemocracyNow! video

Brazil environment: Vast oil spill hits dozens of beaches — BBC News

Plaintiffs thank U.S. House for passing first-step Chaco protection bill
— Western Environmental Law Center

Bill McKibben on U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Accord, California Fires, Climate Refugees & More — DemocracyNow Interview

Western Banks Funding Saudi Aramco IPO Betraying Climate Change Promises, Environmentalists Warn — Newsweek

Rachel Maddow Takes On the Oil Industry — New York Times Book Review by Fareed Zakaria
BLOWOUTCorrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth — By Rachel Maddow

Inspiration

Japan Just Built a Supercar Out of Wood (that weighs half as much as a traditional car) — Robb Report

Inside the Ministry of the Environment’s Nano Cellulose Vehicle

Hot Off the Wire — 11/1/2019

Opinion

Join the podcast as we uncover the mechanics of the longest-running and most elaborate propaganda campaign of the century
—the creation and spread of climate change denial—
and why it’s been so effective

Getting Mad about Climate Change with Emily Atkin

Mark Blyth’s State of the Union transcript — Radio Open Source
Deep analysis of inequality, austerity, and popular unrest.

Legal Rights for the Salish Sea

Dr. Kriss Kevorkian, will be presenting on Environmental Grief at the Patagonia Store in Seattle (2100 1st Ave Seattle, WA 98121) on Thursday, November 7th from 7-9PM. 

Rights of nature will be part of the discussion. Please plan to attend if possible, and spread the word to your friends and through social media.

If you have any questions or need a ride, please let me know.

Solutions

Indigenous Fire Science and Management
Colonization, Fire Suppression, and Indigenous Resurgence in the Face of Climate Change — Yes! Magazine

The Harmonious Grid
The Northwest electric system and the embrace of customer-side resources

Solar Workforce Diversity
in Oregon and Washington

Regional Actions

VOTE !! Washington Conservation Voters Endorsements

Will you sign this petition demanding long-term protections of the Arctic Refuge?
— Stand.earth

What IS Local 20/20 in PT

Public Meet and Greet
— Sunday afternoon, November 10
— 1–4pm at the Port Townsend Community Center

We hope to see you there!

Hear our strategy on fostering clean energy

National Actions

Tell your representative to vote YES on three critical bills to protect our treasured public lands from destruction! — NRDC Action Fund
— Chaco Cultural Heritage Protection Act
— Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act
— Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy (CORE) Act

Send a message urging your representative to vote YES to protect the Grand Canyon, Chaco Canyon, and Colorado public lands — Sierra Club

Sign this petition now to keep the momentum alive and send a clear message to world governments: it’s time to make corporate polluters pay — Action Network

Help power our work from now through Election Day 2020 — NRDC Action Fund
Double your impact with matching funds up to $60,000.

Local/Regional News

Pomo villagers are “guerrilla gatherers” in Fort Bragg, CA. — Hakai Magazine

In 1851, after California became a state, Governor Peter Burnett declared in an address to the state legislature, “That a war of extermination will continue to be waged between the races until the Indian race becomes extinct must be expected.”


National/International News

350 Celebrates a decade of action, see the Timeline

Water Warriors is the story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry.

Big Oil continues to push hard for legislation to punish peaceful, non-violent pipeline protesters — Bold Iowa

The companies ranked
are all part of the
Sustainable Apparel Coalition,
the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action,
or the G7 Fashion Pact
— including Levi’s, American Eagle, Burberry, H&M and Gap.

–Stand.earth

Inspiration

Port Book and News Friday, November 1st at 7 pm
Seattle Times Environment Reporter Lynda Mapes

An intimate look at one majestic hundred-year-old oak tree through four seasons–and the reality of global climate change it reveals.

Hot Off the Wire — 10/25/2019

Opinion

Yakama, Lummi tribal leaders
call for removal of three lower Columbia River dams

The Seattle Times — October 14, 2019

Can Climate ‘Test Cases’ Move Forward? It’s Up to Supreme Court

Can local governments use public nuisance law against energy companies
for their role in Climate Disruption? — Bloomberg Environment

Why the Bus Got So Bad, and How to Save It — CityLab
TransitCenter’s Steven Higashide has created a how-to guide to help city leaders and public transportation advocates save struggling bus systems.

The climate crisis isn’t an accident, it’s a crime — 198 Methods

Solutions

The Sustainable Future Town of Your Imagination

A walk into the future, in a British city where housing is sustainable,
energy is locally owned,
food is abundant, and
the work week is just three days long.

The Key to Saving Family Farms Is in the Soil

Farmers adopting regenerative agricultural practices across the Midwest
are restoring the health of the soil and of their rural economies.


Sierra Club is
calling all artists and creatives to join us in creating art for the Green New Deal

Regional Actions

There are now 2 weekly #ClimateStrikes in Grays Harbor! 
Donna Albert is at the Montesano County Building, and
a high-schooler is leading one at Hoquiam City Hall.
Both begin at noon, each Friday.


You are invited to the second annual fundraiser on
Saturday, November 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at
Central Area Senior Center (500 30th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144). 

For the People is a grassroots organizing collective that provides a stable platform for community organizers to fundraise for social justice projects.

Your gift goes directly to a lean, mean campaign for bipartisan legislation and Sustainable Farms
that will cut carbon emissions.

Should we exempt Tongass National Forest
from the 2001 Roadless Rule for logging?
Public Comment ends December 17. Please tell USDA what you think.

“Time for a Green New Deal”

Come learn the latest about the fight for climate justice

Climate Solutions

Ask Commissioner Franz to propose and adopt a
stronger conservation strategy for Washington

— Washington Environmental Council

Join the Chase Campaign – Monthly Call
with 350.org

When: Monday, November 11th, 5PM Pacific
Where: Zoom. Register for the call details here

Pledge to Organize a #ClimateStrike on Dec 6th!
Yeah! You can do it with our help.

National Actions

Day One Pledge — Climate Action

Tweet-out the Day One Pledge to Presidential Candidates — 350 Action

Tell Democratic presidential candidates:
Include toxic clean-up in your climate plans — Daily Kos

Tell MSNBC they must ask candidates
for their plans to address the climate crisis at the next debate

The House Select Committee is seeking additional detailed input
from a broad range of stakeholders. That’s YOU!
Help Congress answer 13 questions about our way forward.

Filthy Fashion:
Ditch coal and go renewable

My name is Vic Barrett. I’m one of the 21 youth plaintiffs in Juliana v United States,
a climate lawsuit targeting the federal government for knowingly causing climate change.

Local/Regional News

The Oregon-Washington Water Year 2019 Recap
and 2020 Outlook Meeting
— November 5

is a one-day workshop held to review the climate events and impacts of the 2019 water year, provide forecast information for the upcoming water year, and learn about new resources on drought and climate variability. Attend via Zoom.

Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs
Sightline’s Latest Original Work

National/International News

Patagonia’s founder, Yvon Chouinard,
has followed his 2014 documentary DamNation with a new film:

The Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest
awards the
Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage
in 2019 to
George Luber, Ph.D. and John M. Barnett

The Latest News

Banks warned over Saudi Aramco by environmental groups
Ten green groups send letter to express concern over planned market float

Keep it in the Ground

Inspiration

THE GRIEF & GRATITUDE LODGE

WHEN: Saturday, November 9th, 2019
WHERE: The Zen Dome on Marrowstone, 4894 Flagler Road, Nordland, WA 98358


Sing to Improve Your Hearing? Apparently it’s True!

Soprano Ann Gresham presents:
The Unashamed Singer:
Improve Your Hearing and Listening Skills by Singing With Others

Free Preview Monday 10/28 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Hot Off the Wire — 10/18/2019

Opinion

Gazette opinion: Changing climate matters in Montana

THE EDITORIAL BOARD of the Billings Gazette — Sep 22, 2019
“The speed of change calls us to action for the sake of our kids and grandkids.
Believe the science and support changes to address our changing Montana climate.”


On the Northwest’s Snake River, the Case for Dam Removal Grows

By Jacques Leslie — October 10, 2019

As renewable energy becomes cheaper than hydropower and the presence of dams worsens the plight of salmon, pressure is mounting in the Pacific Northwest to take down four key dams on the lower Snake River that critics say have outlived their usefulness.


By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Goodbye Columbus, Hello Indigenous Peoples Day

Solutions

Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities with NOAA
December 4-5, 9 am-4:30 pm in Mount Vernon.
The two-day class is $175 and includes lunch and materials.

Regional Actions

. . . a general election ballot packed full of Tim Eyman’s push polls
Will you stand with First Nations and stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline once and for all?
join us to  donatefundraise onlineor sign up to organize an event

National Actions

Right now we need your help to pressure Chevron to keep its hands off the Arctic Refuge
— NRDC

YOUR VOICE MATTERS:
Tell Wheeler and Trump to put our health and climate before corporate polluters
— Sierra Club

Tell the EPA to Protect Our Water and Air: DON’T Gut Coal Ash Safety Standards

Reject Trump’s Attacks on States’ and Tribes’ Ability to Protect Their Water
— NRDC

Act Now: Tell the EPA to uphold our basic clean water protections!
— Washington Environmental Council

Send a message to Procter & Gamble’s CEO David Taylor now to tell his company to
step up on TP — Stand.earth

Please join us on Wednesday, October 23 for a Webinar on the fight to stop the expansion of the gas industry — Sierra Club
Date: Wednesday, October 23 Time: 11:00 am PT

See the shadowy, oily side of Wells Fargo and their fossil fuels finance
— Sierra Club, Beyond Dirty Fuels

Local/Regional News

Humchitt and the entire Heiltsuk Nation

will be converging on the central coast community of Bella Bella to open a grand hall.

The mural-festooned cedar Big House in Bella Bella.

A collaborative project of the Clallam County League of Women Voters
and local community partners
Part 1: The Story of Water:
An Introduction
Tuesday, November 12 at noon
The Sequim Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Guy Cole Event Center
November 13:  Olympic Mountain Glaciers and Snowpack:
Changes and Future Challenges 
– Bill Baccus, Olympic National Park
6:30 PM Sequim City Hall Council Chambers

Local 20/20 Climate Prep group is bringing Andy Haub from the city of Olympia to talk in PT about Olympia’s Sea Level Rise plan.
October 31, 1:30 at the Pope Marine Building at 100 Madison St in Port Townsend

Water levels at the Hoover Dam in 1983

Can’t Let the Taps Run Dry:
Managing Water in an Unpredictable Climate

From southern Nevada to New York City, the climate crisis is causing ongoing water problems. The Water Utility Climate Alliance is working hard to ensure cities are prepared.

Water levels at the Hoover Dam in 2018



“The community has really recognized that climate change wasn’t this far-off thing—it’s very real.”
— Yes! Magazine

National/International News

Presidential Scorecard Methodology

IOWANS ARGUE CLIMATE NECESSITY DEFENSE FOR ARREST AT TRUMP RALLY — Bold Iowa

This Is Not a Drill: 700+ Arrested as Extinction Rebellion Fights Climate Crisis with Direct Action

Extinction Rebellion Shuts Down Times Square as Climate Activists Superglue Themselves to a Boat — DemocracyNow!

The Latest News

Inspiration

Matt Bors for Comics

Hot Off the Wire — 10/10/2019

Opinion

“No Winners on a Dead Earth”: Why We Need a Climate Leader in 2020
— Yes! Magazine David Korten posted Oct 01, 2019
The climate crisis is our common cause,
and we’ll need to elect a president that is willing to take it on.

The Three Most Important Graphs in Climate Change Jonathan Foley

Solutions

How to Identify People Open to Evidence about Climate Change — Resiliance.org

New Research Promises Electric Car Batteries That Last For a Million Miles — Gismodo

How well do you know #FilthyFashion? Take the quiz to learn more!

Regional Actions

Send a message to Governor Inslee today:
Real climate leadership means no more fossil fuel projects!

Carbon WA’s campaign for climate-friendly farms and ranches needs your help!

Invest in Climate-Friendly Farming Today?

Join us in saying NO to Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976 — Washington Environmental Council

National Actions

Cathi Murray is a longtime resident of Pines, Indiana, home to a Superfund site with contaminated water.  She’s holding a photo of the coal plant that creates huge coal ash piles, which leak contaminants into Pines’ water that Cathi and her neighbors rely on.

Our planet vs. far right’s bullying lies — Avaaz

Help Expose and Stop the Disinformation Campaigns

Support the work to come

Our wildlife can’t wait — will you be their voice? — Sierra Club
Tell your members of Congress: Co-sponsor the PAW and FIN Conservation Act of 2019!

Tell General Electric to stop building coal plants overseas! — Sierra Club

Local/Regional News

11 climate activists arrested for trespassing after protests at Chase banks — KIRO 7 News

How climate change threatens our health in the Pacific Northwest
— the Seattle Times

This week, the
Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
granted advance costs to
Beaver Lake Cree Nation
to allow it to proceed with its
“Tar Sands Trial” treaty case against
Canada and Alberta.

National/International News

Trump vs. California: — DemocracyNow! video
In Blow to Climate, U.S. Revokes State’s Stricter Auto Emissions Standards

Last Chance Alliance is a coalition of over 700 organizations that formed to address the ongoing climate, health, and environmental justice emergency caused by the oil and gas industry in California.

Hot Off the Wire — Unknown

‘It’s spectacular’: Climate activists paint stunning mural on two blocks of Montgomery St.
— SFGate


Fight severe felony charges against Greenpeace activists!

Greenpeace USA climbers form a blockade on the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown, Texas shutting down the largest fossil fuel thoroughfare in the United States ahead of the third Democratic primary debate in nearby Houston. The climbers are preventing the transport of all oil and gas through the Houston Ship Channel, home to the largest petrochemical complex in the United States. Their action is a call to the countryÕs present and future leaders to imagine a world beyond fossil fuels and embrace a just transition to renewable energy., 8.19.72.dm.


“How Dare You! “
Greta Thunberg Slams World’s Focus on
Economic “Fairy Tales” While Ecosystems Collapse
— DemocracyNow! Interview