Category Archives: Off the Wire

Hot Off the Wire — 3/21/2020

Flu Virus Resources

Opinion

Naomi Kiein — Senior Correspondent | The Intercept
“Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable.” — Milton Friedman
by Andy Warner

Unpersuasive: | Knowable Magazine
Why arguing about climate change often doesn’t work


Subaru: Stop Helping the Trump Administration
Make Cars Less Efficient

Solutions

Week 17: Spring cleaning time! Donate old items instead of throwing them out

Take part: March 22–28, 2020


Engineers Found a Way to Generate Electricity From Thin Air

Elon Musk’s Battery Farm Is an Undeniable Success

It’s the bet that saved Australia tens of millions of dollars.

Regional Actions

We are standing for mother Earth and humanity, especially for the youth inheriting this future.

#FridaysForFuture in Port Angeles is suspending gatherings until further notice. We will be ramping-up our #DigitalStrike effort in coming days.

Greta Thunberg urges ‘#DigitalStrikeOnline
rather than big crowds amid coronavirus outbreak

Announcing the first-ever 350.org
Regional Conversation Series!
Monthly discussions around key organizing topics


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From the League of Women Voters


FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE & ITS EFFECTS

2020 Legislative Session Wrap Up


National Actions

Tell Trump: No bailouts for shale oil producers — Climate Hawks Vote

Tell Trump and the federal government: no bailouts for Big Oil and the fossil fuel industry — Stand.earth

Tell the Senate to invest in people, not polluters — 198 Methods

Tell Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to ban climate disinformation and fossil fuel greenwashing on the platform — Greenpeace

Will you join the Twitter storm and let your opposition to this tree-to-toilet pipeline be known? — Stand.earth

UCS is monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily and may modify our supporter communications as we do our best to balance progress on our shared priorities with the ongoing public health crisis. We encourage all our supporters to practice social distancing to the extent possible and have implemented several practices at UCS. Stay well.

Local/Regional News

Quileute Tribe Climate Action Planning – a wealth of references & resources

Rocky Mountain animals will move as the climate changes
These corridors could give them a safer path — The Washington Post

Sustainable Farms and Fields bill (SB 5947) passed the Washington State legislature!

While we can’t hug, fist bump or
march together, now IS a good time
to dig in and learn more about the incredible people, achievements,

and challenges our movement is founded upon. .”

Move the Money Out of Fossil Fuels
Our state Senate failed. “. . . with inaction on another global crisis.”

Dammed to Extinction
is now available for streaming
on-line, for $4.99

National/International News

COVID-19 resource .Doc for US local groups — from 350.org
These resources were collected with the goal of best supporting the resilient network of 350 US groups during the emergence of COVID-19. This is a living doc intended for local groups to share within their organization and communities.

Stand.earth’s statement on COVID-19: Community care and climate action

The demise of the polar vortex
could spell weather surprises this spring

— The Washington Post


New Report Reveals Global Banks
Funneled $2.7 Trillion into Fossil Fuels
Since Paris Climate Agreement,
with Financing on the Rise Each Year

Our Sierra Forum: Defunding Climate Destruction will be postponed — Sierra Club

The Soil Solution
Policymakers, entrepreneurs and farmers are increasingly looking to soils in their fight to slow climate change
Out of Antarctica, churnings of climate change
The interplay of carbon dioxide, winds and Southern Ocean waters could be reaching an environmental tipping point
Why green energy finally makes economic sense
Solar and wind generators have suddenly become just as cheap as other ways to produce electric power
What makes food ‘local’?
An anthropologist looks at the myriad ways we link food to place — and whether it really could make a difference — Knowable Magazine

Inspiration

Untitled Poem

–Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

An Imagined Letter
from Covid-19 to Humans

Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist
who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands since 2000
  1. Carbon dioxide:
    Nature’s tiny solar panels
  2. Take a deep breath
  3. Galileo Fixes Everything

This is a series I’m writing on climate change for our local monthly newspaper. I wanted to go back to the basics of the science behind climate change.
I’ll post them in coming Yarns.
Cheers, Nan

Category:
Burning Worlds


Hot Off the Wire — Special Edition

Let’s Stand with the Wet’suwet’en for the Salish Sea

On March 15 from 12-2 there will be a rally in Port Angeles at the Coho ferry terminal in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en fight. The rally is an opportunity for indigenous and non-indigenous folks on the Peninsula to share songs, prayer, and drumming and show the Wet’suwet’en that we stand with them. We will also have fliers to give ferry riders so they know why we are there. 
The contact for this action is Tyler Munk. (360)780-0573. Call or text, or email at starfish30@protonmail.com.

COVID-19 Information

Clallam County Department of
Health and Human Services


UW School of Public Health releases Q & A Video

EDGE’s disaster response expert, Nicole Errett, weighs in with advice about what to do and not to do in the face of the current novel coronavirus outbreak


Visualizing the History of Pandemics

Let’s just put COVID-19 under the microscope, so to speak
And what stocks are weathering the storm?
The Pandemic Economy — Visual Capitalist


The Dos and Don’ts of ‘Social Distancing’

Experts weigh in on whether you should cancel your dates,
dinner parties, and gym sessions — The Atlantic

Solutions

Week 12: Go meatless one day this week

Take part: Feb. 16–22, 2020

Regional Actions

We are standing for mother Earth and humanity, especially for the youth inheriting this future.

Join us on #FridaysForFuture
Noon to 1:00 at the Port Angeles downtown fountain

Let’s put We The People back in democracy
Citizen Climate Assembly Washington
Although the legislative session is closing down today, a summit is something our Governor can and should organize (to at least be ready to go once the virus recedes), and Michael is sitting in the Governor’s office all day today to bring this message home.
Please add your own voice!

Local/Regional News

Sightline’s Latest Original Work

Inspiration

Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist
who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands since 2000
  1. Carbon dioxide:
    Nature’s tiny solar panels
  2. Take a deep breath
  3. Galileo Fixes Everything

This is a series I’m writing on climate change for our local monthly newspaper. I wanted to go back to the basics of the science behind climate change.
I’ll post them in coming Yarns.
Cheers, Nan

Category:
Burning Worlds

Hot Off the Wire — 3/6/2020

What can I do about the spread of CoronaVirus?

Solutions

Week 15: Count the number of single-use plastic items you use this week

Take part: March 8–14, 2020

Regional Actions

We are standing for mother Earth and humanity, especially for the youth inheriting this future.

Join us on #FridaysForFuture
Noon to 1:00 at the Port Angeles downtown fountain


FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE & ITS EFFECTS

Climate Change: *NEW UPDATES* Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enact measures to promote climate resiliency.

Energy: *NEW UPDATES* Advocate for clean and renewable sources.

Forests & Rivers: *NEW UPDATES* Protect our forests from wildfires and preserve as important carbon sinks. Protect our free-flowing rivers from dams, disturbance, and depletion. 

Send the petition to your STATE elected officials:
Do even more to curb climate change — we do not have time to wait
— Climate Hawks Vote

Enough is enough. Send a letter to your state legislature demanding that they divest from fossil fuels — Stand.earth

National Actions

Climate Congress Campaign
National Launch Webinar March 10 — 350.org
The vision of 350.org’s new Climate Congress campaign is to help elect climate champions and push elected officials to take bolder climate action

Stop the Money Pipeline Coalition
How to Host an Action to #StoptheMoneyPipeline Webinar
Sunday, March 8 at 5:00 pm PT — 350.org
Stop the Money Pipeline April 23 organizing Toolkit

Leaders of the finance sector remain under scrutiny
No more public money for Trans Mountain

Sierra Forum: Defund Climate Destruction

Date: Wednesday, March 18 | Time: 2:00 pm PT

MISS YOUR TRAIN IN STYLE?

Demand that Lyft and Uber do better for our communities and the climate!

Lyft and Uber have both run car-promoting, anti-public transit ad campaigns.

Local/Regional News

On a scale of 0-14,
how familiar are you with the ocean acidification pHacts?!

Sightline’s Latest Original Work

National/International News

Arctic drilling operators can’t accurately pinpoint polar bear dens
which means they can’t avoid destroying them — The Washington Post


Donate today to protect the Arctic Refuge from oil and gas development
— Alaska Wilderness League

The New York Times

A global ‘pollution pandemic’
Air pollution is killing more people than war, malaria or cigarettes

Inspiration

  1. Carbon dioxide:
    Nature’s tiny solar panels
  2. Take a deep breath
  3. Galileo Fixes Everything

Galileo Fixes Everything is the third installment of a series on climate change that I’m writing for our local monthly newsletter

The image above is today’s satellite-derived sea surface temperature for the Indian Ocean, courtesy of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Category:
Burning Worlds

Hot Off the Wire — 2/28/2020

NEW — Raven Debriefs
RAVEN DeBriefs are conversations between Indigenous thinkers, legal experts, organizers and community leaders exploring the shifting legal landscape upon which moments of crisis — and opportunity — are built
Episode One : The Power of Music to ‘up the Auntie’ in us all

Solutions

Week 14: Ask a friend to join you in reducing your impact and acting on climate change
Take part: March 1–7, 2020

Photo by Ippei Naoi/Getty Images

How to Raise Climate-Resilient Kids
— Yes Magazine

In the face of climate change, children need positive stress as well as compassion to maintain mental health and inform their responses

Regional Actions

We are standing for mother Earth and humanity, especially for the youth inheriting this future.

Join us on #FridaysForFuture
Noon to 1:00 at the Port Angeles downtown fountain

THE CHEHALIS AT A CROSSROADS:  PLANS FOR A FLOOD CONTROL DAM THREATEN THE HEADWATERS

If a dam is built, the populations of spring and fall Chinook that spawn above the dam site may go extinct

Twin Harbors Waterkeeper

Chehalis dam would not address all major storms,
nor regular, shallow flooding
State Environmental Review Process

CHEHALIS: A WATERSHED MOMENT OFFICIAL PREVIEW

League of Women Voters


FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE & ITS EFFECTS

Climate Change: *NEW UPDATES* Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enact measures to promote climate resiliency.

Energy: *NEW UPDATES* Advocate for clean and renewable sources.

NATURAL RESOURCES: Protect and restore:
Forests & Rivers: *NEW UPDATES* Protect our forests from wildfires and preserve as important carbon sinks. Protect our free-flowing rivers from dams, disturbance, and depletion. 

Water: *NEW UPDATES* and *ACTION ALERT* Protect the quality and quantity of our water supply.

Call for a Citizens’ Assembly on Climate
Will you encourage the Governor to announce an Assembly?

Please urge your legislators to pass the Climate Pollution Limits bill now!
— Climate Alliance

Urge your Washington state legislators to support these important bills now!
— NRDC Action Fund

It is time to address plastic pollution in Washington.
Urge Your Legislator to Pass The Reusable Bag Act — Puget SoundKeeper

National Actions

Fight for Climate Congress 2020
Sign up now to join the webinar on March 10,
with a special message from Bill McKibben on how you can get involved in the fight for Climate Congress 2020!

Local/Regional News

SOUTHERN RESIDENT KILLER WHALES & COLUMBIA/SNAKE RIVER CHINOOK: A REVIEW OF THE AVAILABLE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE
FEBRUARY 2020

Office of the Governor – 900 Court Street NAE, Suite 254 – Salem, OR 97301-4047 – Phone: 503-378-4582

TEDxBigSky
Dammed to Extinction
Michael Peterson & Steven Hawley

17 utilities, environmental groups ask NW governors to address lower Snake River issues — The Energy Activist


In observance of Billy Frank Jr. Day
Willie Frank III, Billy’s son, will speak on
– Saturday, March 7, 2020, at
– Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (QUUF),
– 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend at 7:00 pm. 
Billy Frank Jr. Day, which was established by Washington State, November, 2015, when President Obama awarded Frank a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom. The following month, the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge was renamed in Frank’s honor.
This event is free and open to the public

Jordan Cove LNG pipeline in Oregon was just dealt a major setback and is now delayed indefinitely

Jim Wells/Postmedia

The $20 Billion Fronter mine shelved
amid escalating rail blockades
— National Post

Notice of Withdrawal of the
Frontier Oil Sands Project Application

Who’s banking the Coastal GasLink pipeline? — Rainforest Action Network

Sightline’s Latest Original Work

National/International News

JP Morgan economists warn
Climate Crisis is threat to human race

Leaked report for world’s major fossil fuel financier says Earth is on unsustainable trajectory
— The Guardian and also BBC News . . .

Please help pressure the remaining major U.S. banks to follow their lead.
— Alaska Wilderness League


How the Climate Crisis Is Making the Spread of Infectious Diseases Like Coronavirus More Common — DemocracyNow! interview

The New York Times

The Coronavirus and Carbon Emissions

Climate in Politics

The American Heartland Institute
is supporting climate change deniers
in Germany with the goal of undermining climate protection measures
–Correctiv.org

Erik McGregor/LightRocket/Getty Images

How JPMorgan Chase
Became the Doomsday Bank
The financial giant is the fossil-fuel industry’s biggest lender. Protesters hope a national campaign of civil disobedience will force it to change course
By Bill McKibben

Want to hear more about how climate change is factoring into the election? Climate 2020 is the podcast for you.

Inspiration

Category:
Burning Worlds

Hot Off the Wire — 2/23/2020

Opinion

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

Our Common Enemy is Climate Change
— Bill Moyers

LETTER: Past Republican officials on current affairs — Peninsula Daily News

Illustration by Matt Chinworth

Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns
What if the banking, asset-management, and insurance industries moved away from fossil fuels?

By Bill McKibben September 17, 2019

Solutions

Am I Registered?

Check Your Voter Registration Status


Australia: Climate Emergency Summit

The summit brought together over 2,000 intellectuals, private sector leaders, government officials, and organizers to explore how to facilitate an emergency-speed climate transition in Australia and across the globe.
By the numbers:


Week 13: Switch to electronic bill notifications and payment

Take part: Feb. 23–29, 2020

Solar Jobs Are Rising in 31 States. Here’s a Look at Utah

How much do you know about Natural Climate Solutions?
Take our quiz to find out!


Making the internet more energy efficient
— Chalmers University of Technology

Simulations Identify Missing Link to Determine Carbon in Deep Earth Reservoirs
— University of Chicago

Regional Actions

Now this is demonstrating in style

With better weather comes a lower carbon footprint. No snow tires for bicycles.

Join us on #FridaysForFuture
Noon to 1:00 at the Port Angeles downtown fountain

Next Sunday February 23rd at NOON we will meet in Port Townsend at the triangle near Chase Bank to support the Wet’suwet’en Nation

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From the League of Women Voters


FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE & ITS EFFECTS

Climate Change: *NEW UPDATES* Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enact measures to promote climate resiliency.

Energy: *NEW UPDATES* Advocate for clean and renewable sources.

Forests & Rivers: *NEW UPDATES* Protect our forests from wildfires and preserve as important carbon sinks. Protect our free-flowing rivers from dams, disturbance, and depletion. 

Water: *NEW UPDATES* Protect the quality and quantity of our water supply

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This is a free webinar series

National Actions

Urge your legislators to support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act TODAY — Greenpeace

Will you take 2 minutes to voice your support for SB 5947 by calling Rep. Chapman (360-786-7916) today?
The Sustainable Farms and Fields grant program is an effective way to address climate change – Carbon Washington

Tell JPMorgan Chase: It’s time to clean up your act, starting from the very top — Sierra Club

Local/Regional News

JPMorgan Chase’s PNW HQ in Seattle
is totally shut down by 100s of activists

Sightline’s Latest Original Work

National/International News

A risky expedition to study the ‘doomsday glacier’

15 Years after the Kyoto Protocol Went into Force, the Climate Crisis is Worse Than Ever — Newsweek

Methane is a hard-hitting greenhouse gas. Now scientists say we’ve dramatically underestimated how much we’re emitting — The Washington Post

NASA flights detect millions of Arctic methane hotspots
— Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A group of 16 US Senators just wrote to 11 major banks asking them to ban funding for oil and gas drilling or exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — Sierra Club

What JPMorgan Chase might do on fossils in 2020 — Rainforest Action Network

The New York Times

The Republican Climate Agenda
Solve global warming
without sacrificing coal, gas or oil

Climate in Politics

Climate Change Rises as a Public Priority
But It’s More partisan Than Ever — NY Times


Trump aims for New York in latest Salvo against clean energy
— Crain’s New York Business

Inspiration

A 9-Minute Lesson in Environmental Literacy

Seven Tidbits To Put Things in Perspective — Medium


Category:
Burning Worlds

Hot Off the Wire — 02/15/2020

Derek Kilmer in Port Angeles meetings
Twice TODAY!

Saturday at
10 am at Clallam Democrat Headquarters, 124 Front St, and at
1 pm at the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, 401 E 1st St

Solutions

Week 12: Go meatless one day this week
Take part: Feb. 16–22, 2020

Regional Actions

We are standing for mother Earth and humanity, especially for the youth inheriting this future.

Join us on #FridaysForFuture
Noon to 1:00 at the Port Angeles downtown fountain

This is a free webinar series

From the League of Women Voters

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE & ITS EFFECTS

Climate Change: *NEW UPDATES* Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enact measures to promote climate resiliency.

Energy: *NEW UPDATES* Advocate for clean and renewable sources.

Forests & Rivers: *NEW UPDATES* Protect our forests from wildfires and preserve as important carbon sinks. Protect our free-flowing rivers from dams, disturbance, and depletion. 

National Actions

Report on Human Rights abuses by Fossil Fuel companies — 350.org

Please urge Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to help fight climate change by cosponsoring the Clean Economy Act
— NRDC Action Fund

The world needs fossil-free climate talks.

It’s time to Ban Fossils from Climate Talks

DAY 1: Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22
DAY 2: Stop The Money Pipeline Day of Action; Thursday, April 23
DAY 3: Day of Political Action, Friday, April 24

Watch the short film Guardians of Life

Staring Joaquin Phoenix and produced with Amazon Watch and Extinction Rebellion

Add your voice and help us reach 3 million signatures, and call on Niel Jacobs to agree to a strong a Global Ocean Treaty at the UN
— Greenpeace

Local/Regional News

Olympic Climate Action will support the Fracking Ban Act now proposed in the U.S. Congress, House Bill S.3247 — 350.org

— Fossil Free California
Sightline’s Latest Original Work

Engineering with Nature
An Ode to Water, Wood and Stone

March 29 — Showing at the beautiful
KENNETH J. MINNAERT performing arts center
2011 Mottman Rd. SW Olympia, WA

National/International News

A Crisis Right Now: San Francisco and Manila — New York Times

Extinction Rebellion Capital Region occupied NY State Comptroller DiNapoli Office

The New York Times

What’s happening in Antarctica

Photo: Annie Tritt for The Intercept

How the Environmental Lawyer Who Won a Massive Judgment Against Chevron Lost Everything
Chevron, with $228 billion, has the funds to continue targeting Donziger for as long as it chooses

Inspiration

Grassroots Rising
A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a Green New Deal

Dirt to Soil
One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture

Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist
who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands since 2000
  1. Carbon dioxide:
    Nature’s tiny solar panels
  2. Take a deep breath

This is the first in a series I’ve written on climate change for our local monthly newspaper. I wanted to go back to the basics of the science behind climate change.
I’ll post them in coming Yarns.
Cheers, Nan

Category:
Burning Worlds

Hot Off the Wire — 2/07/2020

Why Clouds Are the Key
to New Troubling Projections on Warming

By Fred Pearce | YaleEnvironment360

Recent climate models project that a doubling of atmospheric CO2 above pre-industrial levels could cause temperatures to soar far above previous estimates. A warming earth, researchers now say, will lead to a loss of clouds, allowing more solar energy to strike the planet.

Opinion

Guest View: Timber is the coal of Oregon

By Ernie Niemi | The Register-Guard

Solutions

Week 11: This Valentine’s Day
give a plant or local in-season flowers instead of roses
Take part: Feb. 9–15, 2020

Regional Actions

We are standing for mother Earth and humanity, especially for the youth inheriting this future.

Join us on #FridaysForFuture
Noon to 1:00 at the Port Angeles downtown fountain

by Cindy Fullwiler

OPAS Western Bluebirds and
Climate Watch Training


5:00 PM 6:00 PM
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Wild Birds Unlimited 275953 U.S. 101 Sequim, WA

Climate Emergency Declaration Tracking Data

Global Climate Emergency Declarations

Worldwide: 1345 declarations within 26 countries + EU460% growth in 2019

US declarations: 82 declarations within 22 states812.5% growth in 2019

Big news: A Climate Emergency Declaration has been introduced in the Washington State House of Representatives, HB 2829 — The Climate Mobilization

Washington Environmental Council

National Actions

Send in your public comment now to oppose these changes! — Sierra Club

Act now and send an email to the Board and Commissioner Franz!
— Washington Environmental Council

— Sierra Club
Raven Trust — Fighting for our coastlines

Local/Regional News


Sightline’s Latest Original Work

Abundance on a Dry Land,
explores rainwater harvesting techniques designed to achieve
sustainable food production in dry regions of the world.
Monday, February 10, 2020 — Port Townsend or Port Hadlock


From the League of Women Voters


FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE & ITS EFFECTS

Climate Change: *NEW UPDATES* Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enact measures to promote climate resiliency.

Energy: *NEW UPDATES* Advocate for clean and renewable sources.

Forests & Rivers: *NEW UPDATES* Protect our forests from wildfires and preserve as important carbon sinks. Protect our free-flowing rivers from dams, disturbance, and depletion. 

We’re going to court
on behalf of state forests

Washington state should manage its public forests to benefit all the people. — Conservation Northwest

Protect our fisheries, Regulate Suction Dredge Mining — Sierra Club WA

Renewable Energy Guide – Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy Video

National/International News

What’s Up with Banking and Climate
The New York Times

One thing that’s getting done:
Solar power for Navajo homes

Inspiration

Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist
who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands since 2000
  1. Carbon dioxide:
    Nature’s tiny solar panels
  2. Take a deep breath

This is a series I’ve written on climate change for our local monthly newspaper. I wanted to go back to the basics of the science behind climate change.
I’ll post them in coming Yarns.
Cheers, Nan

Category:
Burning Worlds