Category Archives: Off the Wire

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

Hot Off the Wire — 09/16/2019

We Are Striking to Disrupt the System”:

An Hour with 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg
September 11, 2019 — DemocracyNow!

Join Climate Strike Week on the Peninsula! Sept. 20-28

Youth leaders of the September 20 Climate Strikes have released their demands. It’s critical that parents, grandparents, and families stand with them in support of their bold vision.
Join the fight for our kids
and future generations!

Opinion

Solutions

Penn State to hold the first international conference on Drawdown

Research to Action: The Science of Drawdown, on September 16-19, 2019
Watch Live Streaming Conference Agenda Project Drawdown


“Bhutan isn’t just carbon neutral — it’s carbon negative” — Tshering Tobgay
A TED Talk about climate and community.

“We in the Media Have Not Been Doing Our Job”:
250+ News Outlets Pledge to Focus on Climate Crisis — DemocracyNow!

Media coverage is exploding! 

Plastic Industry’s Planned Expansion Threatens Our Ability to Avoid Catastrophic Climate Change Beyond Plastics

Carnival Corporation announced it’s planning to test the use of battery power systems on its AIDA brand ships! — Stand.earth

Regional Actions

Tell the Washington Department of Ecology
to properly protect our communities from tar sands. — Stand.earth

The bitumen case throws another legal hurdle in the path of the Trans Mountain pipeline

Help cover the filing costs today


On Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Leaven Community Center in Portland, OR. Admission is free for this exciting evening.

Please SAVE THE Seattle DATE for For the People’s annual fundraiser Saturday, November 9 5-8pm in Seattle. Tickets are now available online.

To help us better plan food and logistics, be sure to get your FREE ticket now.

Come gather to celebrate grassroots organizing and meet the founders of For The People. Show up for Antonio Zamora, who relentlessly gives solidarity to many communities struggling against killer cops, climate change, and fascism.
Read More . . .

National Actions

Sign the petition to NOAA: — Daily Kos
Weather reports must be accurate and 100% free from political pressure.

Urge debate moderators to ask the candidates how they intend to protect science
Check out all our questions for the candidates — Union of Concerned Scientists

Tell GE to STOP Building Coal Plants and Join the Clean Energy Movement — NRDC

TAKE ACTION
Oppose Dangerous Drilling NOW

Three major pro-environment bills are
coming up for a vote any day now:
You can be a reason they pass.
— NRDC Action Fund

National/International News

“We Are on the Frontline”: — DemocracyNow! video
Despite Tiny Carbon Footprint, Bahamas Is Ground Zero of Climate Crisis

“Biological Annihilation”: The Danger of Opening Alaska’s ANWR to Oil & Gas Drilling
— DemocracyNow!


Georgetown University Politics Climate Change Forum To Host Presidential Candidates September 19 & 20

Hot Off the Wire — 9/9/2019

Opinion

“It can’t just be young people. It needs to be all of us.” — Yes!
Climate Colonialism: The Picture of Dorian’s Graves — September 05, 2019

Solutions

National Drive Electric Week is a great coast-to-coast celebration — Sierra Club
You can RSVP now to an event happening near you from Sept. 14-22

Be a Youth Ally in the Climate Strike and Beyond
Best practices for reducing the impact of adultism in institutions

What is Adultism, and Why is it a Problem?


Racial and Environmental Justice Survey
— Washington Environmental Council

Regional Actions

Port Angeles Climate Strike Friday, September 20 — Sign Up

Only 2 weeks to go until we #ClimateStrike
Sign up now to attend the Hype Webinar on Tuesday

Climate Strike Training Webinars — 350.org
September 11th: Opportunities & Challenges:
Bring your ideas and questions around Sept 20th-27th Organizing

Will You Invest in Climate-Friendly Farms Today? 
The CarbonWA Board is matching gifts up to $5,000! 

Spin Your Meter Backwards – Solar 101 — Power Trip Energy


Volunteers Needed to Help Plant Conifer Seedlings

  • WHEN: October 19, 2019 (Saturday) from 9:00 to noon
  • WHERE: Lake Aldwell Road (follow it to the end for parking), Port Angeles
  • REGISTRATION: Volunteers must pre-register to ensure we have enough tools and parking. Click on the button or call 360-775-3747, ext. 5.

Clallam Conservation District


Pull Together is a partnership of Sierra Club BC and RAVEN Trust

National Actions

Tell Blackrock’s CEO Larry Fink to stop financing the destruction of the Amazon
— Stand.earth

The Amazon is on fire, but Big Banks should feel the heat — MoveOn

Tell Brazil’s
President Bolsonaro –
Stop the Amazon Rainforest Fires!
— NRDC Action

Tell CNN:
Lift up voices of those most affected by the climate crisis — Peoples Climate Movement

Trump’s EPA has already tried THREE times to roll back methane regulations — NRDC

Urge House Reps. to VOTE YES on HR 1146 — Wilderness Watch
the “Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act!”

Local/Regional News

PRESS RELEASE — Puyallup Tribe tells agency to deny Tacoma LNG Permit
Posted on: August 27, 2019

News from the Nest
The Secret Life of Methane

National/International News

Dr. Mann’s new MOOC: Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact
Massive Open Online Course is Free

Elizabeth Warren adopts Inslee’s Climate Plan:
“I’m challenging every other candidate”- to do same — Daily Kos

After DNC Rejects Climate Debate, CNN Hosts Climate Forum
— DemocracyNow! video

Hurricane Dorian’s speed and path match predictions of Dr. Jennifer Francis from 2012… — Daily Kos

Alaska’s Sea Ice Completely Melted for First Time in Recorded History — TruthOut

“Staggering” Death Toll Feared in Bahamas as Thousands Remain Missing After Hurricane Dorian — DemocracyNow! video

Quinnipiac University Poll
56 percent of registered voters say that climate change is an emergency,
while 42 percent do not.

  • Democrats say that climate change is an emergency 84 – 14 percent,
  • independents say the same 63 – 36 percent
  • Republicans say that climate change is not an emergency 81 – 18 percent
  • Among 18 to 34 year old voters, who may expect to be the most affected by climate change, 74 percent say that climate change is an emergency, while 24 percent do not.

The Latest News

Inspiration

Stormwater, orcas,
and riding transit

How can riding transit help you
be an orca hero?

Hot Off the Wire — 8/30/2019

From Kevin Jones
NW Climate and Clean Energy Coalition co-lead

Background:  The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) has provided preliminary approval for the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Tacoma Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) facility.  A public disclosure request has revealed that NW Pierce county, portions of SW King county and most of Vashon Island is in the blast zone, should the tank rupture and catch fire. 

Moreover, the Environmental Impact Statement actually concludes that use of LNG for shipping, the primary use of this facility, is actually worse for the environment than doing nothing.

Please Act! — Submit your comment TODAY!

Opinion

Kochland”: How David Koch Helped Build an Empire to Shape U.S. Politics
& Thwart Climate Action
— DemocracyNow! Video Interview

Solutions

Electric Cars are Coming, Gas Engines are Going — Daily Kos

Regional Actions

Draft Regional Transportation Plan 2040
Open House for Public Review and Comment

Next Tuesday in Port Angeles and Wednesday in Port Townsend is an open house for the Peninsula Transportation Plan (for both the Olympic Peninsula and Kitsap Peninsula).

This is the big picture long term plan for how transportation (all transportation, not just buses) will work on the peninsulas, so it is a great place for people to come and voice the need for more greenhouse gas emission mitigation measures in our transportation system (which second to our forestry practices is the largest source of CO2 on the Olympic Peninsula).

OPEN HOUSE
Tuesday, September 3
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Port Angeles Main Library
2210 South Peabody Street, PA
Take Clallam Transit Route 22

OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, September 4
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Port Townsend Public Library
1220 Lawrence Street, PT
Jefferson Transit 1, 6A, 8, 11A, 11B

Check out the map of Climate Strike events

Tell Your PSCAA Member: We can’t build a clean energy future by investing in dirty energy. — Washington Environmental Council

National Actions

On Facebook and
Find or Host an Action
— Action Network

Complicity in Destruction II
How northern consumers and financiers enable Bolsonaro’s assault on the Brazilian Amazon — Amazon Watch

Defend the Endangered Species Act! — Wilderness Watch
Please urge your members of Congress to immediately reverse the administration’s gutting of the ESA.

U.S. investor BlackRock is complicit in Amazon deforestation — Daily Kos
Please sign this petition to BlackRock and
Call BlackRock’s Director of Corporate Engagement, Michelle Edkins at (212) 810-3167

Sign the petition: All actions must be taken to fight the devastating Amazon fires

Mountain Valley Pipeline: dirty, dangerous, and unneeded — Sierra Club
Submit your official public comment to stop this pipeline!

Pledge To “Wipe Right”:
Use Recycled Toilet Paper
–NRDC

Climate Strike Training Webinars — 350.org

Tom Steyer to talk about his
Justice-Centered Climate Plan
Sign up here for the livestream.

Local/Regional News

Endangered resident orcas return to inland waters after long absence
J17, K25 and L84 are missing and presumed dead — Q-13 Fox Report

Rep. Kilmer to Hold Series of Town Halls

Warming waters in Alaska killing off salmon in record numbers

Newtok is the nation’s first community to relocate due to climate change, and the military is lending a hand
— Credit Katie Basile / KYUK

Sightline’s Latest Original Work

National/International News

CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall
Announced for September 4

Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls
will appear in New York

Submit your climate question directly to CNN here,
and the next president could answer it on national television.


Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Arrives in NYC — DemocracyNow! video
Says, “It’s the Biggest Crisis Humanity Has Ever Faced”
Gretta in the Americas
The 16-year-old climate activist is kickstarting a months-long tour of the Americas. For her first action, she will be joining New York students climate-striking outside the U.N. Friday morning. She will then take to the streets for a massive climate march in New York City on September 20, followed by two U.N. climate summits here. In December, she will attend the COP25 climate summit in Santiago, Chile.

The stunning hypocrisy of JP Morgan and CEO Jamie Dimon on climate change
The world’s worst banker of climate change.” — ThinkProgress

Is your money being used to fund climate change? — Bank on Good
Check on your bank here.


Pacific Island States Declare Climate Crisis

A ‘climate crisis’ has been declared in a special session during the 5th Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit and first Conference, echoing the global movement declaring ‘climate emergency.’ — 350.org

Inspiration

Growing Rural Prosperity 

Governor Inslee’s Plan for Regenerative Agriculture and Thriving Rural Economies

Hot Off the Wire — 8/25/2019

Opinion

You Can’t Put Capitalism Over Sustainability—
and Other Lessons From China
— Yes! Magazine

Humanity’s existential crisis can be resolved only when we the people stand united
behind a vision of the world we truly want.

For a Greener New Deal and Cooler Climate, Focus on Food and Agriculture — Yes!

H’20 Howie Hawkins — Green for President
Is for an Ecosocialist Green New Deal

Howie believes that the way to interrupt climate change is through a plan of economic democracy
that upholds the rights of humans and nature.

Can humanity survive without the Amazon rainforest? — Salon
Massive fires in the Amazon rainforest, a result of far-right policies,
call humanity’s survival into question

Solutions

Farming underwater: 3D solutions for land and sea | Earthrise

Vertical ocean farms that can feed us and help our seas — TED

Regional Actions

Learn how to craft your story to make our movement stronger — Greenpeace

March with Puyallup Tribe and Water Warriors — August 27
March and Rally event Ancestral Waters film event
Volunteer to help with the hearing day activities

Send in your comment to urge PSCAA to reject the permit for the Tacoma LNG project!​

National Actions

Make the call: we are demanding a real climate debate — 350.action

Join the fight to #DefendTheAmazon – Web based call to action
— Background on what is worsening the fires, and an update on conditions;
— Tips for planning a gathering outside your local Brazilian embassy, and
— Tools for continuing the work in your own community.

Climate Strike Training Webinars — 350.org

Call on Zurich to take action now and help make Trans Mountain un-insurable!
— Washington Environmental Counc

Local/Regional News

Energy Activist Online
Sightline’s Latest Original Work

National/International News

RSVP for the Endangered Species Act defense webinar now! — Sierra Club

Bernie Sanders Unveils $16 Trillion Green New Deal To Combat Climate Crisis — HuffPost

August 2019 Newsletter — Youth in action
The Latest News

Inspiration

Living in Two Worlds:
Capitalism Pretends All Is Well While the World Is Burning
As the climate crisis escalates, we must develop strategies for living
while recognizing the contradictions at hand.



Hot Off the Wire — 8/16/2019

Icelandic memorial warns future: ‘Only you know if we saved glaciers’
Plaque marking Okjökull, the first glacier lost to the climate crisis, to be unveiled in August

Regional Actions

Join Fridays for Future in Seattle
Fridays at Seattle City Hall from 1:00 to 2:00 PM
See the arrest of a young teen for a misunderstanding

Clallam PUD Community Solar Project! Buy-in deadline Sept. 30

Jefferson PUD is also considering a Community Solar Project!
Take the survey to help guage community interest

Congress has 60 days to revoke Trump’s new rules that threaten endangered species.
— Greenpeace

Tell the Puget Sound Officials: Reject the permit for Tacoma’s dangerous fracked gas project. — Sierra Club

Send in your comment to urge PSCAA to reject the permit for the Tacoma LNG project! — Washington Environental Council

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Hearing — August 27th
Rialto Theatre in Tacoma from 2-5pm and from 6:30-10:00pm
Submit a public comment to the agencyPSCAA Talking Points

Stop Trans Mountain and protect the West Coast — stand.earth

Speak up today for Washington’s right to protect the public from dangerous crude oil trains
— Washington Environmental Council

Forest Service Plans to Eliminate the Public in Decisions — Sierra Club
Read more about the proposed revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures.

National Actions

Putting democracy at the root of mobilization:
August Thought Leadership Call

Tell Congress: Protect us from Methane Pollution — Sierra Club
Help pass the “Methane Waste Prevention Act of 2019

Climate Strike Training Webinars — 350.org

  • August 21st: Communications & Digital Tools for Climate Strike Organizing
  • August 28th: Utilizing the Strikes to Build Our Movement: Strategies for Leadership Development & Plugging People In Post-Sept 20th
  • September 4th: Know Your Rights to Stand Up for Climate Justice! (with the Civil Liberties Defense Center)
  • September 11th: Opportunities & Challenges: Bring your ideas and questions around Sept 20th-27th Organizing

Local/Regional News

Victory for the marbled murrelet
Farms & Forests

National/International News

Greta Thunberg has started a sailing
expedition to
North America.

Twitter Feed – A Race We Must Win
Live Tracker: Team Malizia & Gretta

The race is on. It is a race we can win. It is a race we must win.


Study concludes that nature benefits
when more women make land management decisions
Mongabay.com

Killer Heat in the United States — Union of Concerned Scientists

IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land

An IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems


Inspiration

Communicating science to policymakers: six strategies for success — Nature