By Mark Dunlea, Green Education and Legal Fund
Accelerating climate change will likely cause the collapse of civilization. Sooner rather than later.
Civilization is a complex web of social and economic interactions that takes centuries to reach its peak, but once it begins to unravel, collapse often occurs swiftly. Prior collapses of human societies have primarily been due to environmental factors. In most cases, solutions existed, but they threatened the power and wealth of the ruling elite. The elite chose the status quo.
Scientists increasingly raise the possibility of the extinction of the human species. We are already in the midst of the sixth mass extinction of species, with half or more of the species expected to die off. Insects and pollinators are rapidly disappearing. Humans are dependent on other species for many things critical to human survival, such as food and oxygen. (Plankton, which produce half of the world’s oxygen, are rapidly approaching extinction.)
To help prepare for this major mobilization and to share skills, provide key tools and resources and the support of peer learning, we’ve put together a great training series of five webinars. All of the webinars will be on Wednesdays at 5 pm PT/ 8 pm ET. In order to build in enough time for discussion, we’re asking everyone to set aside 1.5 hours for each of the webinars, though some may be shorter.
- August 14th: Centering Equity & Justice (including how to best support youth leadership) in Climate Strike Organizing
- 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
I hope 2019 is off to a good start for you.
Our first monthly call of the year is coming up on Wednesday, Jan. 9 (5:00 pm PT / 8:00 pm ET): Engaging Youth and Families in Climate Action. You can register for the 2019 monthly call series here–please note that everyone will need to register, even if you have participated in monthly calls before.
On Wednesday we’ll hear from Mary DeMocker, co-founder of 350 Eugene and author of The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution, and Abby Mnookin, Mother Up! Coordinator for 350Vermont. Mary and Abby will speak from their experience as parents and organizers to:
– Provide inspiration, tips
and practical ideas for how local groups can better engage families and
youth in climate justice work and build a more intergenerational
– Address common concerns and barriers to family and youth involvement, and understand these from parents’ perspectives
– Show the practical effectiveness of engaging young people and parents, especially moms
– Demonstrate how parents and youth are powerful voices in advocating for the health and safety of our collective future.
There will be plenty of time for Q&A with Abby and Mary so come with questions.
You can register here to join the call.
You’ll get an email from Zoom with information about how to join via
video conference or phone. Our monthly calls are open to any members of
your local 350 group, so feel free to invite others.
With our federal government seemingly bent on cooking the planet for the sake of corporate profits, we have no choice but to take up the mantle ourselves: as individuals, organizations, businesses, and local and state governments. It’s on us!
Join us January 31 as we work with 350.org to kick off a major campaign for 2018…
On January 31, Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance launches its Fossil Free U.S campaign, calling for an immediate halt to all fossil fuel projects with a fast and just transition to 100% renewable energy for all. OCA and other local groups will be hosting local kickoff watch parties.
Join your neighbors and friends to watch Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, and other forward-thinking activists speak about a vision for a healthy planet with justice for all. You will see a new path moving into the 2018 and 2020 elections with an emphasis on local action that will inspire strong unified resistance against the current federal Administration’s endless attacks on the environment.
Connect with other activists equally passionate about the work ahead to end oil addiction and transition the world to 100% renewable energy. Starting right here on the north Olympic Peninsula, we can work together to solve one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced.
For more information see https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2018/01/05/350org-launches-fossil-free-us-campaign-large-scale-event-day-after-state-union
Please RSVP to a watch party near you.
If you can’t attend a watch party, you can livestream the national event from home by going to this link: https://gofossilfree.org/usa/. A recording will also be available afterward at the same link.
OCA joins Mazaska Talks Global Day of Action, October 23, 2017
Take action and participate with Olympic Climate Action in the global day of actions against major banks funding dirty oil-pipeline money. This campaign is led by Mazaska Talks (“Money Talks” in Lakota), a coalition of grassroots Indigenous groups including the 121 First Nations and Tribes of the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion. The campaign calls for individuals and institutions to close their accounts with banks that finance these pipelines, which trample on indigenous rights and threaten our climate, including the Kinder Morgan pipeline project, which would send hundreds of tar sands tankers through our local waters every year.
We will gather in peaceful protest at Chase and Wells Fargo branches*:
- Port Townsend 9 – 11 am. Meet at traffic triangle at Kearney and Sims Way.
- Port Angeles 12 – 2 pm. Meet at Civic Field parking lot, Race St and 2nd St.
- Sequim 3 – 5 pm. Meet at Centennial Place, E Washington St and Sequim Ave.
(*U.S. Bank has partially stepped back from certain kinds of funding for pipeline projects, but they are still heavily involved in such projects and should be avoided as well.)
RSVP and get details here:
Flyer for this event–feel free to print and post or distribute
Chart: Does Your Money Fund Pipelines?
Broadside: Don’t Let Your Money Fund a Tar Sands Spill in the Salish Sea!
If you can’t join us, consider closing your accounts in these banks and asking that institutions with which you are involved (churches, nonprofits, taxing districts) divest as well. Also sign up for the Mazaska Talks Boycott of these banks and call for these banks to adopt principles of investment that help rather than tear apart our human and ecological community.
RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/why-divestment
Olympic Climate Action,
North Olympic Peninsula citizens addressing the climate change threat
Territories of the kʷoʔlí·yot’ (Quileute), qʷidiččaʔa·tx̌ (Makah), nəxʷsƛ̕áy̕əm̕ (Klallam), & t͡ʃə́mqəm (Chimacum) peoples
OCA is sponsoring this event in conjunction with 350.org and other climate-action organizations worldwide. This year’s climate talks in Paris will be crucial, and we need to join hands around the world to tell our leaders that it’s time to get off of fossil fuels and onto clean energy, now!
Power Through Paris Workshop
Saturday, September 26, 12:00-2:00 PM
Port Angeles Library, 2210 South Peabody Street, Port Angeles
This event is public. Spread the word!
2015 is on track to be the hottest year in recorded history, and momentum is growing to stop the climate crisis. Political and religious leaders are beginning to get the message, but we need to carry the message home, to the global gathering of governments at the Paris climate change talks later this year — and beyond. Climate action groups are organizing events across the world in November and December, and in order to make them compelling we need everyone to work together.
The workshop, led by Olympic Climate Action, will help us share ideas, build energy, and lay out plans for “Power Through Paris”—including how to escalate through and after the Paris climate talks, regardless of their outcome.