Category Archives: Off the Wire

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

Hot Off the Wire — 1/31/2020

Kilmer to Hold Tribal Town Halls and Facebook Live Town Hall
Port Angeles event is TOMORROW, Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Opinion

The Time for Postponing Climate Action Is Over — Yes Magazine

David Korten: this is humanity’s make-or-break decade

Solutions

Week 10: Call your utility companies to ask about green energy options
Take part: Feb. 2–8, 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

350.org Monthly Local Group Call
Wednesday, Feb. 12th at 5:00 pm PT:
Updates & Organizing Strategies for Earth Day Strikes
Hear about the youth-led strike mobilizations coming up April 22-24

Public Hearing for Clean Transportation!
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Kitsap
Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton
Tue, February 4, 2020
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST

— Climate Reality Project Washington

Help 350.org’s Civic Action Team get the WA legislature moving on Climate

ACTION ALERT: Call your state Senator to support Sustainable Farms and Fields! — Carbon Washington

Olympic Peninsula Natural Climate Solutions Information Session — Audubon WA

Monday, February 3, 2020 1:00 PM –  2:30 PM ET
Dungeness River Audubon Center,
2151 W HENDRICKSON Rd, Sequim, WA 98382


Join us at WA Environmental Council’s Annual Gala
Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Washington State Convention Center

National Actions

Tell the SEC: Stop protecting corporations and start protecting the rest of us

Trump Removes Pollution Controls on Streams and Wetlands — New York Times
Stop Trump’s assault on people and the planet! — Greenpeace

Webinar Forum on this year’s priorities
Wednesday, February 5, 12:00 noon PT

Join Girl Scout Troop 6195
in demanding that the EPA do its job:
Protect our health
and the environment
from dangerous coal ash
— Sierra Club

Sign here to tell Congress: Acting Director William Pendley must resign or be removed from heading the Bureau of Land Management — 198 Methods

Sign and send a letter to your governor and state legislators urging them to divest pension funds from fossil fuel industries. It is time to stop supporting climate chaos with our retirement money! — Climate Hawks Vote


The fashion industry produces nearly a tenth of global climate emissions

It will take the whole industry
to radically transform its global
manufacturing and distribution systems

  • Only Levi’s and American Eagle have made commitments that address the true scale of the climate crisis
  • The climate commitments of 27 companies place the world on a path to 2 degrees or less of warming
  • 16 are on a pathway to climate catastrophe

Filthy Fashion Climate Scorecard
— Stand.earth

Local/Regional News

Story of Water Lecture Series:
Olympic Mountain Glaciers and Snowpack

Video of Dungeness Lecture 2, November 13, 2019
Olympic Mountain Glaciers and Snowpack Changes
and Future Challenges — League of Women Voters

How could the California study on oil spills inform Washington?

The Cost of a Salish Sea Oil Spill?
We Still Don’t Know
A new California study suggests the risk could be $700 million or more.

Sightline’s Latest Original Work

7th Annual River and Ocean Film Festival
28 March 2020, 6-9pm
At the Rainforest Arts Center in Forks, Washington

National/International News

The New York Times

One thing you can do:
Make smarter donations

Inspiration

Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist
who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands since 2000

Carbon dioxide: nature’s tiny solar panels

Note to her readers: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 — 01/24/2020

Opinion

Even before Australia erupted in wildfire, the European Space Agency was asking,
“Is the earth on fire?,” as multiple fires burned across the globe.
Read more about 2019 fires, and fire-tracking via satellite, here.

Bill Joy has a plan to cut global carbon emissions in half

Solving the Climate Crisis Can’t Be Gamified — Kamp Solutions

Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns

New York Times | Bill McKibben
Illustration by Matt Chinworth

What if the banking, asset-management, and insurance industries
moved away from fossil fuels?

Solutions

Week 9: Try to go paperless for one day this week.
Take part: Jan. 26–Feb. 1, 2020

The combined reach of the stakeholders of The Wave is enormous — Climate Solutions

Olympic Peninsula Natural Climate Solutions Information Session
— Dungeness River Audubon Center – Monday, February 3rd

Solar panels capture solar energy from the sun even during short winter days — Tesla

Regional Actions

‘You have not seen anything
from us yet,’

. . . so far during this decade,
we have seen no signs whatsoever
that real climate action is coming,
and that has to change.

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

#StrikeWithUs | StrikeWithUs.org

There is a new force on the earth composed of a diverse coalition of youth-led and adult-led organizations.
89 days until Earth Day

Join the SAFE Cities movement
Check out our FAQ page here

Learn how local residents in the refinery community of Whatcom County, Washington are making their home SAFE.

If you live in the U.S. and pay state sales or income taxes, then you are almost certainly funding fossil fuel companies

Yes, I will defend the Amazon


How can you be involved in the state legislative session?

Tell your Legislator to support a Clean Fuels Standard!
— Washington Environmental Council

Sign up to join a textbanking party near you — Greenpeace | #Climate2020

Join the 350 WA – Civic Action Team
We know that legislators don’t hear enough from their constituents about the climate crisis – together, we are changing that

Here’s what you can do TODAY!

National Actions

Support all of our efforts to protect our oceans and planet — Greenpeace

About Marine Turtles

Ocean-Dwelling Species Are Disappearing
Twice as Quickly as Land Animals

In Hot Water:
The Climate Crisis and the Urgent Need for Ocean Protection


2020 Climate Reality
Leadership Corps Trainings

  • Las Vegas, Nevada: March 8 -10
  • San Antonio, Texas: April 14 – 16
  • Raleigh, North Carolina: June 29 – July 1
  • Detroit, Michigan – August 11- 13
  • Orlando, Florida – September 3 – 4

Sign here if you agree and tell Trump and Carson to stop illegally blocking aid for Puerto Rico

Of $18 billion that Congress appropriated in September for Puerto Rico for disaster relief, only $8 billion has been released — Daily Kos

The Trump Administration’s Attacks on Clean Water Safeguards Continue — Help Fight Back!

Protect Clean Water from Toxic Power Plant Coal Ash
— NRDC

Help NRDC jumpstart a new decade of climate action
Make a tax-deductible donation today

Tell Amazon: respect your workers, respect the planet — Greenpeace

Stand with youth climate activists — Stand.earth

Sign the petition: Demand Trump’s BLM Acting Director William Pendley resign — Climate Hawks Vote

It’s time to stop supporting climate chaos with taxpayer money — 350.org

JP Morgan:
Green your Trillions!

Remember this name: Jamie Dimon
He’s the King of Carbon

Local/Regional News

Dead Birds Washing Up by the Thousands Send a Warning About Climate Change

Researchers estimate an unprecedented 1 million common murres died along the Pacific Coast during the 2014-2016 ocean heat wave. Credit: Dave Walsh/VW Pics/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Sightline’s Latest Original Work

National/International News

Harvard Law Students Protest Law Firm Paul Weiss for Representing ExxonMobil — DemocracyNow! video

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Denies Standing to youth plaintiffs’ case in ​Juliana v. US

Dutch appeals court upholds
landmark climate change ruling
Netherlands ordered to increase emissions cuts in historic ruling that puts ‘all world governments on notice’ — The Guardian

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

Things We Can Do:
The Big Picture

Climate in Politics

Conservative States Seek Billions to Brace for Disaster
(Just Don’t Call It Climate Change.) — The New York Times

Inspiration

Climate Grief Workshop in May Seattle Southside Commons
The time has come sweet ones to honor our pain for this world
together as a community

Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist
who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands since 2000

Carbon dioxide:
Nature’s tiny solar panels

Note to her readers: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

Hot Off the Wire — 1/17/2020

Opinion

League of Women Voters of Washington
2020 Legislative Session Expectations

Rewriting the Rules about the Environment, Energy, and Agriculture
How the bills undermine protections for our environment
— The Center for Media and Democracy

Solutions

Week 8: Celebrate
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy
by getting out and serving others

Your Guide to Climate Action — The Audubon Society

Recycling in the United States is broken
So, how can we fix the system?
–New York Times – Climate Fwd:

Regional Actions

Youth Climate Lobby Day

Join us in Olympia, WA on Friday, January 24th
to demand that our legislators act boldly on climate

Become a Legislative Session Activist
Sign up to take action this Legislative Session

— Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters

Help the 350 WA Civic Action Team lobby for Climate Action — 350.org

Contact your legislators today and tell them that Washington State must lead on climate
Climate Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy

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

Governor Inslee wants your input!

Restore salmon, save orca, & strengthen communities
–The Sierra Club

— Washington Environmental Council

High School and Middle School Summit 2020
Application DEADLINE JANUARY 16TH AT 11:59PM

We are not #GenZ. Instead, we are #GenGND.
Not a student but want to support this summit?

National Actions

Please make your voice heard on Capitol Hill now
Help save the Tongass National Forest before it’s too late — NRDC Action Fund

Greenpeace All-Volunteer Webinar Party recording is now available.

Don’t let Trump silence the American people and embolden polluters
— NRDC Action Fund

Add your name now to make Exxon pay for Australia — Greenpeace

Sign the Petition to World Leaders:
The Time for Action on Climate Change is Now

You want to Solve the Climate Crisis
Learn how to become a Climate Reality Leader

Las Vegas, Nevada – March 8-10

Wall Street is Financing Climate Destruction
New effort is challenging Chase Bank

Social Media Toolkit for sample posts & Tweets

Local/Regional News

About the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits FundPortland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF)

The Fund was created by a local ballot measure that is anticipated to bring $54 – $71 million in new revenue for green jobs and healthy homes for all Portlanders

Sightline’s Latest Original Work

National/International News

Fossils Brace for Scrutiny as Carney Warns Half of World Oil Reserves Could Become Worthless as Stranded Assets — The Energy Mix

“Stop the Money Pipeline”:
150 Arrested at Protests Exposing Wall Street’s Link to Climate Crisis
— DemocracyNow! video

What’s Up with Banking and Climate

Climate in Politics

Interrupting the bad news with kindness

A Democrat and a Republican were on a plane
It sounds like a set-up to a political joke, doesn’t it?
It’s actually real.

Inspiration

Carbon dioxide: nature’s tiny solar panels
more to come

Let’s go back to the basics of the science behind climate change.

Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands since 2000

Category:
Burning Worlds

Hot Off the Wire — 1/10/2020

Opinion

LETTER: Endorses local contributions to climate knowledge
— Peninsula Daily News – Friday, January 3, 2020

My Journey to Radical Environmentalism
It’s never too late to take action aimed at
protecting our planet.
By Charles M. Blow, Opinion Columnist,
— New York Times

In agreement with a comment on the article:
@A Reader in Hampstead I can’t agree more with this writer, Charles.
There’s nothing more important right now than pushing our political leaders to take massive action, now–or to get rid of them and elect new ones. No amount of individual lifestyle change is going to accomplish the scale of change we need, at the speed we need.
See Al Gore’s commentary in your own paper:

The Climate Crisis Is the Battle of Our Time, and We Can Win
Ed Chadd | Port Angeles, WA

Names and Locations of the Top 100 People Killing the Planet
— Films for Action

“The earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses.” – Utah Phillips

Solutions

Week 7: Recycle snack wrappers in a Subaru Loves the Earth TerraCycle bin at your local REI
Take part: Jan. 12–18, 2020

The Impact of Fossil Fuels in Buildings
A Fact Base

The first step in solving this problem is understanding it

Cleaner fuels for WA and our climate
A ClimateCast look back at 2019

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

Sign the petition: I support Greta Thunberg, and other youth climate activists — Daily Kos

The 9th Annual Greenpeace Action Camp is April 9th-14th, 2020, Near Cazadero, California
Accepting applications until January 31st, 2020

National Actions

I can volunteer to work on the scorecard

I can’t volunteer now, but please let me know about additional volunteer opportunities later on this year

Learn to Defend Voting Rights
and Environmental Justice

WEBINAR – Wednesday, January 15 – Noon-1:00 PT


Take action for the climate on January 28th!
Greenpeace activists across the country will host textbank parties in their communities to contact voters in their state about the upcoming election

Join the movement to get rid of the Electoral College — Climate Hawks Vote

Tell Automakers to End the Attack on Clean Car Standards! — Sierra Club

Local/Regional News

No Time To Waste: The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC and Implications for Washington State

Related consequences for Washington state

Contact your legislators today:
Ask them to take action for climate this session!

  • Climate Pollution Limits (HB 2311)
  • Clean Fuel Standard (HB 1110)
  • Transportation For All
  • Zero Emission Vehicles (SB 5811)
  • Washington Conservation Voters

Fall 2019 Clean & Affordable
Energy Conference Digest

Energy leaders discuss challenges and opportunities as the Northwest transitions to a clean energy system

National/International News

Investment Bankers Are Now Waging the War on Coal
As UN climate negotiations faltered, bankers on Wall Street brought good news for the climate. What’s even happening? — The Atlantic

Driving Electric Is Cleaner Than Ever

Big improvements in lowering global warming emissions by driving plug-in electric cars, thanks to cleaner electricity generation

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One thing you can do:
Help to preserve forests


— The New York Times

Climate in Politics

Bernie Sanders’s Latest Endorsement: Sunrise Movement — New York Times

Ed Fallon endorses Tom Steyer for President — The Fallon Forum
” Steyer’s record on climate is second to none”

Trump Rule Would Exclude Climate Change in Infrastructure Planning
— New York Times

Inspiration

Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist
who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands since 2000

Carbon dioxide:
Nature’s tiny solar panels

Note to her readers: 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

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

“This is a book that should be in the hands of every activist working on food and farming, climate change, and the Green New Deal.”


Category:
Burning Worlds

Hot Off the Wire — 1/3/2020

Opinion

The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic — The New York Times


A revealing forum discussing what we can all do together.

Debatable — The New York Times, January 3, 2020
Lead with values, not facts
Or is trying to convince climate change deniers a waste of time?

2018: The Wake-Up Call

Podcast year in review
December 20, 2019

Solutions

Week 6: Get familiar with your local recycling and composting options and guidelines.
Take part: Jan. 5–11, 2020

Why I’m resisting Trump
and the oil industry today

Where’s Your 2020 Candidate on Climate?

How Supermarkets Ranked on Plastics

Our Favorite Greenpeace Videos of 2019

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

Sign up to host a 2020 launch party

and be one of the first to watch “Our Plan to Win the Green New Deal” films on January 29!

National Actions

Sign the petition: Demand Congress investigate Bernhardt for misusing public office — Climate Hawks Vote

It’s official: Australia just had a year
that was 1.5 degrees C hotter
than its long term average.

Local/Regional News

Ten years after 350.org’s first global day of action, we celebrate our wins, reflect on lessons learned, and look to the fights ahead.


National/International News

Three steps to meeting the climate and nature emergency — The Telegraph

Consumption: our appetite for resources threatens the survival of species
Credit: Getty

Watch the ten-episode Brazilian TV thriller that shows the dramatic struggle to save and preserve the Amazon rainforest

What’s Up with Banking and Climate

“This Country Is a Tinderbox”: Australia Braces for More Devastation as Gov’t Denies Climate Crisis — Democracy Now video

The New York Times

One thing you can do:
Make your New Year’s resolution count

Top 10 People-Powered Moments of 2019

Climate in Politics

Inspiration

Cartoon: Ignoring the warnings
— Daily Kos


Category:
Burning Worlds

Writing about art and climate change

Hot Off the Wire — 12/27/2019

Opinion

Solutions

Week 5: Make your New Year’s
resolution an environmentally
sustainable one…for example, keep
following this plan
Take part: Dec. 29, 2019–Jan. 4, 2020

Reversing global warming is possible

Introducing a free, 90-minute online course focused on solutions rather than problems

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

Jane Fonda continues a new round of protests on her 82nd birthday – Fire Drill Fridays
We Are in a Climate Emergency. I Have No Choice But to Put My Body on the Line.
— DemocarcyNow! interview

March 4 The Dams
March 1st to March 22nd, 2020

Walk from Portland to the Ice Harbor Lock and Dam to breach the four lower Snake River dams
— #WeAreTheOrca

Governor Inslee is looking to you, Take Action Now — Sierra Club Washington

Support a Clean Fuels Standard with the State Legislature & the PSCAA
We have two great opportunities to pass a Clean Fuels Standard, cutting our climate pollution from transportation, cleaning our air, and moving beyond oil. This was the biggest piece of the puzzle not solved in the 2019 State Legislature.

1. Contact the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency!
Please take a moment to let the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) know you are with them
2. Contact the State Legislature!  
Please call the Hotline and tell your legislators you want them to lead on climate and ensure we pass a strong Clean Fuel Standard this session:
HOTLINE: (800) 562-6000

National Actions

Yes, I will defend the Amazon! — Amazon Watch

Local/Regional News

Sightline’s Latest Original Work
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Climate on Tap
New Year’s Resolutions: How Will You Reduce your Carbon Footprint in 2020?
Monday January 6 at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Finnriver Farm and Cidery; 124 Center Road, Chimacum

National/International News

Breaking the Ice:
Mapping a Changing Arctic

In this digest I have asked you to decry oil drilling in the Arctic. This infographic tells us what’s going-on up there.

Santa’s New Home:
The North Pole is Moving to Russia

The magnetic north pole is now moving so fast, that the World Magnetic Model (WMM) had to be updated urgently in 2019.
Is someone stealing Christmas?
Visual Capitalist

Every Coal Power Plant in the World (1927-2019)

See all the coal power plants in the world as they come online. It’s estimated that European coal power output could fall 23% in 2019 alone.
Visual Capitalist

What’s Up with Banking and Climate

Climate in Politics

Buttigieg: We Need A Real Climate Leader
Tell Mayor Buttigieg: We don’t have time for middle-of-the-pack climate plans

Climate Reporting in 2019: A Year of Warnings. And Also Hope.
— The New York Times

Inspiration

This fall, we invited the Sierra Club community to share their art and creativity with us to help us collectively grapple with the climate crisis and imagine a future with a Green New Deal

The New York Times listed
The Years Project 2014 TV series,
YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY“,
as a must-watch over the holidays