Category Archives: Off the Wire

Hot Off the Wire — 12/6/2019

Climate Strike with us Friday

Our survival can’t wait.


Clallam County Carbon Emissions data move on hold

Commissioner Peach says collection company biased

A Thanksgiving Call for Climate Action
By Mark Dunlea, Green Education and Legal Fund

Climate change deniers are increasingly angry and hostile — Medium
Cognitive dissonance at being forced off of position after position is leading to anger

LETTERS: Demand leaders take action against climate crisis now — Peninsula Daily News


Week 1: Make cleaning up a part of your daily habits
REI — Take part: Dec. 1–7, 2019
Week 2: Go bagless. Carry reusable bags for all shopping
REI — Take part: Dec. 8-14, 2019

Yes, You Can Change Someone’s Mind — Yes! Magazine
But facts alone won’t do it, researchers say

Regional Actions

We need you to take action: Three ways you can act right now to hold polluters accountable

Attend a Public Hearing
for Clean Transportation

Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM PST

Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike Street, Seattle, Washington 98101

Tell our Congressional delegation to
support solar:
text “DefendTheITC” to 52886

(Wait, “text Congress”?? Yep. That widget is from SEIA, the Solar Energy Industries Association. Nationally, hundreds of thousands have used it to contact Congress. And given the momentum in DC, it’s clearly working. So add your message to bring it home!)

National Actions

Local/Regional News

Stream Walks offered beginning December 2nd on Ennis Creek
— Friends of Ennis Creek

OCA Supports the Sustainable Farms and Field Initiative
Sustainable Farm and Fields Support Sign-on Letter

Washington deals setback to Kalama methanol refinery!
— Washington Environmental Council

National/International News
What’s Up with Banking and Climate

Greta Thumberg Arrives Back in Europe to Attend Climate Talks
— DemocracyNow! video


Psychologists Explain How To Stop Overthinking Everything — Medium
Overthinking can lead to serious emotional distress and increase your risk of mental health problems

Here: Poems for the Planet is a lovesong to a planet in crisis. Summoning a chorus of over 125 diverse poetic voices

Hot Off the Wire — 11/29/2019


Mapped: The 1.2 Billion People Without Electricity

Where are people still living in the dark,
and how are these energy challenges being addressed?


REI’s NEW! Opt to Act Plan
52 simple weekly challenges
for a year of action

This Black Friday, REI is kicking-off a year of
action. Join us and Opt to Act all year long by
getting our, cleaning up and taking charge of change.

Regional Actions

Black Friday Climate Strike in Sequim

Friday, November 29, 2019 • 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Verizon Store • 1241 West Washington Street, Sequim , WA 98264

2020 WA Legislative climate briefing webinar
Together we can achieve more real solutions to the climate crisis
in the upcoming 2020 legislative session
Tues. Dec. 3, 2019 | 2 to 3 p.m. | RSVP | Climate Solutions

There are six openings in next week’s 
Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities 
class which will be held at Padilla Bay Reserve,
Mt. Vernon on December 4-5, 9 am – 4:30 pm. 
The cost is $175 and includes all materials and a catered lunch on both days.

National Actions


Sign the People’s Demands for Climate Justice

295,000+ Signatures from 130 countries, and 403 Organisations have signed the People’s Demands!

Join MN350 Action’s Twitter campaign against the Line 3 pipeline

There’s no time to waste: Tell Congress to advance our
clean energy economy — Washington Conservation Voters

Tell GM, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler to drop their assault on our climate progress — NRDC

Last week, a group of construction workers at the NYC solar company right Power were fired for organizing to form a union — Sunrise

— 198 Methods

The Cut The Chase Challenge has begun!  #CutTheChaseChallenge !
10 new videos (Check out this one, and this one).

Now it’s your turn:
We want a big push before Black Friday, when credit cards are powerful.
Why Cut the Chase? — Climate Action Rhode Island

  1. Search for #CutTheChaseChallenge on each social media platform:  Facebook … Instagram … Twitter
  2. Share and like the Challenge videos! Help the Challenge gain visibility by amplifying!
  3. Grab your pet or friend and make a video (Instructions, Sign up here for more updates)
  4. Spread the word!
  5. Don’t forget to send a letter to JPMorgan Chase and any of your card’s companies after you post

Local/Regional News

Clallam Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP)

The Plan should more explicitly address
climate hazards and mitigation

Lower Snake River Dams

Make a comment thru December 24

Sightline’s Latest Original Work

National/International News

Pick up some Sunrise swag
today and represent the movement in your community

All proceeds go to the fight for our
water, air and home

The Latest News

Hot Off the Wire — 11/22/2019


Documenting the momentum toward a clean energy future, curating and compiling
the full range of issues related to this transition to provide the clarity required to make the critical investment and policy decisions needed to accelerate this transformation.
With articles like:

How Fast?

The era of carbon-intensive energy derived from the burning of fossil fuels will come to an end, and a cleaner, more reliable energy future based on renewables like wind and solar will be the new normal.

Doing More with Less

To aggressively reduce our
emissions, we are going to need to overhaul our thinking about
not only what we build but also
how we build.


Big Oil Needs to Pay for the Damage It Caused — Yes!Magazine

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 22: Environmental activists rally for accountability for fossil fuel companies outside of New York Supreme Court on October 22, 2019 in New York City. Tuesday is the first day of a trial where New York’s attorney general is taking on ExxonMobil in a landmark case that accuses the oil corporation of misleading investors about the companys financial risks due to climate change. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Young Activists Kick off a Climate Hunger Strike
by Occupying Nancy Pelosi’s Office

They will start eating once they talk to her for one hour—on camera!
The way that this movement is going is we’re going to need more and more extreme actions in order to bring the climate crisis to the forefront of the debate, and you know it’s going to take mass participation in civil disobedience and direct action.” — Mother Jones

The World Needs More Ethiopia and Less Exxon

“If a rich country like Canada were to invest 1% of its GDP planting new trees over a period of just eight years, it could remove up to half of the heat-trapping greenhouse gases (GHGs) that have been deposited by humankind in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution.” — Corporate Knights – The Voice for Clean Capitalism


This new “battery” aims to spark a carbon capture revolution

Chemical engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
have created a new device that can remove carbon dioxide
from the air at any concentration — PBS News Hour

Seven Challenges for Energy Transformation
2019 | By Rocky Mountain Institute

Cooling for all, without warming the planet
An innovation competition to develop a climate-friendly residential cooling solution that can provide access to cooling to people around the world without warming the planet — 2019 Rocky Mountain Institute

Secretive energy startup
achieves solar breakthrough

For the first time, concentrated solar energy can be used to create the extreme heat required to make cement, steel, glass and other industrial processes, generating heat above 1,000 degrees Celsius. — CNN

Project Pura is a platform that is dedicated to let people worldwide discover, follow and support sustainable ecological projects.

Meet the Farmers Putting Politics Aside to Address Climate Change

The Practical Farmers of Iowa waste no time on partisan stances as they face the challenges of extreme weather and depleted soils — Yes! Magazine

Regional Actions

Answer Governor Inslee’s Questionnaire about the LSRDs
now thru December 24

Join us in supporting Indigenous Nations going to court who say NO to oil and tanker traffic on the west coast!

Give $1, we get $2

2020 Legislative Climate Briefing Webinar
A Clean Fuel Standard will improve our air quality
and it will expand transportation electrification. HB 1113 will be disussed.
Tues. Dec. 3, 2019 — 2-3 pm
RSVP to and for webinar instructions

Tell Senator Maria Cantwell to co-sponsor S. Res. 404, Senator Ben Cardin’s resolution to keep the U.S. in the Paris Climate Agreement
— Win Without War

Send a message to Rep. Derek Kilmer: Take action on the climate crisis now by championing the 100% Clean Economy Act! — NRDC Action Fund

National Actions

Nori is the world’s only carbon dioxide removal marketplace
Five years ago, the UN issued a report that if we don’t solve problems of soil erosion, we won’t be able to grow food in 50 years

Listen to Bill McKibben’s recent podcast interview
Register in advance for the Dec. 3 Zoom meeting, 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Urgent Action: Say NO to DAPL Expansion — Lakota People’s Law Project

Slam the Door on Keystone XL — MoveOn

Please contact your US Senator and urge her/him to oppose the chemical industry-backed Save our Seas Bill, S 1982.  Time is short and the American Chemistry Council is working hard to pass this flawed bill.
[RETWEET NOW!] — Read the letter Get the .PDF

Support The Public Housing Green New Deal Act — Sunrise

Tell President Trump and the U.S. Forest Service: Save America’s Largest Wild Forest — NRDC

Stand with the Indigenous people of the Amazon Sacred Headwaters and pledge your support —

Tell Toyota and other automakers to protect the climate —


Put it on your calendar.

I hope while you hear me speak, I won’t make you terrified – maybe a little – but I’ll also inspire you to join us, and to join indigenous peoples in resistance … for the existence and survival of all of us.

Keynote address at Bioneers Conference
Make a Donation

Support NRDC’s Work for the Environment

Local/Regional News

A wonderful reason to share the season
This Saturday, the 23rd of November

The Second Annual Cranksgiving Food Drive


  • Participants need to bring a bike, cash to shop at participating stores, and a bright smile.
  • Don’t have a bike? Sound Bikes will rent one to you for $10 an hour.
  • Look for our “Ballet” Bike Parking attendants at participating grocery stores.
  • Free registration begins at 10:00 AM at the Farmer’s Market (133 E. Front St, Port Angeles)
  • Prizes awarded at noon.

Alison Silverstein to speak at the Clean & Affordable Energy Conference

Sightline’s Latest Original Work

National/International News

The world’s largest development bank will stop funding unabated oil and gas projects by the end of 2021 — Climate Home News

Money changes everything

Climate activists briefly shut down Chase branch over tar sands support —

Community service charge

Madison Police bill youth activists $5,000 for September climate strike, but mayor says charge will “go away”

EPA Science Advisers Push Back on Wheeler,
Say He’s Minimizing Their Role

Also pushing a plan to reduce the use of science in decision making, particularly with pollution — Inside Climate News

Presentation by Rick Thoman on climate changes in Alaska
The Latest News

Iowa Climate Defenders Five
go to trial

Dressed in black and wearing
adult diapers, Bold Iowa supporters were arrested while holding a sign reading “Climate Denier in the White House scare the S#*T outta you?

Climate in Politics

2019 Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice — DemocracyNow!

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Environmental Justice, Shutting Down Pipelines, Capitalism & Billionaires — DemocracyNow!

Pete Buttigieg Climate Advisor
Is a Fossil-Fuel-Funded Witness
for The Obama/Trump Administrations Against Children’s Climate Lawsuit
— Hill Heat | Tuesday, 19 November 2019 | With updates and rebuttal

Did a climate champion emerge from last night’s “debate?” — The Fallon Forum, Iowa


Common Sense for the 21st Century

Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse
By Roger Hallam

Hope for the Future
Lies in the Multitude

A conversation about capital,
consumption, and population
— Sierra Club Magazine

Hot Off the Wire — 11/15/2019


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

Cartoons from the Seattle Times — By David Horsey

Regional Actions

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

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

National Actions

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

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

Local/Regional News

News from the Nest

National/International News

Building political support for protecting the planet
and its people


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

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

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

Hot Off the Wire — 11/07/2019

Rising Seas will erase more cities by 2050

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

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

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

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


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

World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency

12,000 Scientists deliver a third warning of Climate Calamity

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

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

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


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

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

Regional Actions

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

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

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

National Actions

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

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

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

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

Please consider making a donation to the NRDC Action Fund

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

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

It’s time to make Big Oil pay —

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

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

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

Click here to fill out an application

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

Local/Regional News

Jay Inslee Isn’t Going Away — Rolling Stone

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

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

COP 25 moved from Santiago, Chile to Madrid, Spain

National/International News

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Inside the Ministry of the Environment’s Nano Cellulose Vehicle

Hot Off the Wire — 11/1/2019


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

Getting Mad about Climate Change with Emily Atkin

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

Legal Rights for the Salish Sea

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

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

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


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

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

Solar Workforce Diversity
in Oregon and Washington

Regional Actions

VOTE !! Washington Conservation Voters Endorsements

Will you sign this petition demanding long-term protections of the Arctic Refuge?

What IS Local 20/20 in PT

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

We hope to see you there!

Hear our strategy on fostering clean energy

National Actions

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

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

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

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

Local/Regional News

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

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

National/International News

350 Celebrates a decade of action, see the Timeline

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

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

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



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

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

Hot Off the Wire — 10/25/2019


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

The Seattle Times — October 14, 2019

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

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

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

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


The Sustainable Future Town of Your Imagination

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

The Key to Saving Family Farms Is in the Soil

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

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

Regional Actions

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

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

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

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

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

“Time for a Green New Deal”

Come learn the latest about the fight for climate justice

Climate Solutions

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

— Washington Environmental Council

Join the Chase Campaign – Monthly Call

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

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

National Actions

Day One Pledge — Climate Action

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

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

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

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

Filthy Fashion:
Ditch coal and go renewable

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

Local/Regional News

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

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

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

National/International News

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

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

The Latest News

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

Keep it in the Ground



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

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

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

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