Category Archives: Off the Wire

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

Hot Off the Wire — 8/9/2019

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  • Free access to every ATM in the world
  • Up to 2.00% APY on savings
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(This is not a paid ad, it’s just an idea.)

Opinion

Can Civilization Survive What’s Coming? — Rolling Stone

To Survive Climate Catastrophe, Look to Queer and Disabled Folks
— Yes! Magazine

Biodiversity—in nature, and in our
culture and resistance organizing—may be our best defense to the threats
of climate change.


‘Everyone Should Mobilize’:
Climate Leaders Urge Massive Turnout for Global Climate Strikes

“Our house is on fire—
let’s act like it,” says a call-to-action for
September 20th and 27th strikes.
— Common Dreams

Regional Actions

The Department of Ecology needs us to re-submit our comments to make sure they get counted. — Sierra Club

Clallam MRC is looking for volunteers to help out with the annual forage fish survey which will take place between August 12 and August 15, 2019

Sign up for our how to Host a Climate Strike Rally training! — Greenpeace

Climate Adaptation Toolkit for Marine and Coastal Protected Areas
— Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE)

EcoAdapt State of Adaptation Program

Surging Seas: Ocean at the Door
— Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE)

Learn about our efforts to plan and build a network of green infrastructure projects that will improve
Port Angeles’s water quality, wildlife habitat, and community assets. Come tell us what you would like to see!

Our orca are starving!
Three Southern Resident Killer Whales were declared dead!
Tell the Northwest Power Council–
don’t abandon our salmon!

National Actions

Seeking:
Green New Deal – Policy Proposals
— The People’s GND Working Group

This is not a drill: it’s a Climate Emergency — The Climate Mobilization

Climate Strike Training Webinars — 350.org

Our blue planet
is under threat
— Greenpeace

Add Your Name to Support the Global Ocean Treaty!


We Need a Hearing on the Proposed DAPL Expansion
— Lakota People’s Law Project

Let’s call out BP and hold the oil giant accountable by flooding its Twitter feed
— Stand,earth
Let’s pile on enough pressure to make Trans Mountain uninsurable
— Stand,earth

The Arctic is BURNING, with fires so big you can see them from space!
Avaaz works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform global decision-making.


Eradicate a plastic disaster from its root
A notorious petrochemical giant plans to build a new plastic plant, which is to become one of the biggest of its kind in the world. They are applying for permits to pollute in Louisiana.

The Forest Service wants to fast-track mining, logging and construction projects by cutting the public out of their decisions — Sierra Club

Trump is pushing for his NAFTA 2.0 — Sierra Club

Local/Regional News

2019 Tribes and First Nations Climate Change Summit
Northwest Tribes Convene Climate Summit In Spokane

Tribal Leaders Hear International Climate Change News
At Spokane Conference
— Spokane Public Radio

Congressional hearing on campus highlights CU Boulder climate change leadership
— CU Boulder Today

News from the Nest
Sightline’s Latest Original Work

National/International News

What Conservation Efforts Can Learn from Indigenous Communities
— Scientific American

Climate change: 12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months
Do you remember the good old days when we had “12 years to save the planet”?
— BBC News

Iceland to Hold Memorial for Glacier Lost to Climate Change — AFAR

In Europe, a historic heat wave is shattering records with astonishing ease, may hasten Arctic melt
— The Washington Post

Temperature departures from average on Thursday, showing the scorching heat across Western Europe. (Weatherbell.com)

Medical Schools Are Pushed to Train Doctors for Climate Change
— The Wall Street Journal

Days before recess, Daily Kos delivers 130k signatures to Senate
urging no vote on Trump’s NOAA pick — Daily Kos

“I Feel Anxious”: Explosion at Texas Oil Refinery

“Our Economic System Is Crashing with Reality” says Jason Box

Supersizing Climate Change: U.N. Says Meat Production Destroys Land & Diminishes Key Water Sources
— DemocracyNow! videos

Environmentalists Risk Their Lives to Save the Planet
–DemocracyNow! Column By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

The Latest News
Our Stories > onEarth

Inspiration

August Meditation for Climate Emergency – Sun, Aug 11, 2019 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM PDT
— The Climate Mobilization

Watch These Young Spoken-Word Poets Take On Climate Change

The Climate Museum’s poetry slam at Harlem’s Apollo Theater was equal parts grief, anger, and hope.

Thank You for Being Late

An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving
in the Age of Accelerations

A field guide to the twenty-first century, written by one of its most celebrated
observers.

Thomas Friedman shows that we have
entered an age of dizzying acceleration–
and explains how to live in it.

Hot Off the Wire — 8/1/2019

Take Action

Regional Action

Start a Climate Conversation
Download our conversation card with tips for starting your own climate conversations.

National Action

Why are you striking for the climate? — 350.org

Pledge to join the climate strikes this September — Global Climate Strike

Day One Pledge — 350 Action
We need our next President to be a Real Climate Leader who is ready to take on this crisis starting on day one.

Arctic drilling is bad business — Stand.earth

#Climate2020 Training Series, Beginning TONIGHT at 5:30 p.m. PDT — Greenpeace
August 1: Building Power with Allies
August 13: Planning & Leading Events
August 27: Activism & Storytelling

Climate News

Local/Regional News

How Permaculture Is Helping Wildfire Survivors Recover — Yes!
Survivors of California’s Camp Fire are working together to heal the land and each other after the deadly wildfire.

Environemtal News from Washington State
Updates on Regional legal issues
Sightline’s Latest Original Work

National/International News

Canada On Fire — The Fifth Season is here, and Canada won’t stop burning.
From B.C. to the Maritimes and the places in between, 96%  of Canada’s communities near forest and grasslands have been ravaged by wildfires for the past three years. — 350.org

‘Economic butterfly wings can create a climate action tornado’ — Medium
Under Pressure — Four Rivers Charter Public School 2019 Senior Energy Documentary

House Democrats To Unveil Green New Deal Alternative By Year’s End
— Huffington Post
A House committee has set a goal to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 — a target some say fails future generations.

Inspiration

Young people are about to utterly transform climate politics — Medium