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Seattle Cruise Control Update

Greetings, Seattle Cruise Control Supporters!

The COVID-19 pandemic has had at least two positive consequences:

  1. The entire 2020 Seattle-to-Alaska cruise season — all 233 ships — has been cancelled.
  2. Work has stopped on the new cruise terminal at T46! However, a pause is not the same as a cancellation: the Port of Seattle Director has stated that “when it’s safe to cruise again, we want to be ready.”

Now is a good time to double down on our demands for action in the face of climate collapse, public health emergencies, and systemic racial inequities:

  • Please ask five to ten of your friends to sign the petition that you signed (the last paragraph has changed to reflect the new circumstances). We’d like to get a whole new slew of folks to sign by September 15th.
  • Please also sign Stand.earth’s petition to the CDC to extend the no-sail order for cruise ships until they clean up their act!

Numbers matter! Last February, an approved plan to expand an airport in Bristol, England, was stopped when more than 8,000 people objected! They successfully argued that the damage the expansion would cause to the climate, the health of local residents, and plant and animal life outweighed the narrower benefits the expansion would bring. This is exactly our stance regarding expanding the cruise industry in Seattle.

Follow us on Facebook to stay informed with related news articles and calls to action, and check out our website for in-depth info!

Thank you for adding your voice to the growing groundswell of objections to these monster ships and the damage they cause everywhere they sail.

In solidarity,
Stacy, for 350 Seattle and Seattle Cruise Control

p.s. Seattle Cruise Control in the news: A recent hour-long interview on Portland radio station KBOO featured Seattle Cruise Control member Elizabeth Burton and climate scientist Heather Price! Tune in to hear our wide-ranging discussion of the harmful impacts of cruising and why we oppose a third cruise terminal in Seattle.

Bill McKibben Steps-down from 350.org Board

First of all, enormous thanks for being part of 350.org’s family over the years. We’ve all depended on you, and I think together we’ve done useful work.

As 2020 ends I will transition from active to emeritus status in my work at 350.org, both in my role as ‘senior advisor’ and as a member of the board. Please read my full letter about this transition.

Second of all, I’m still going to be doing what I can to help 350.org, and to back up the climate fight. I’ve known from the very start that one of my jobs was to train the next generations of climate fighters, because this is going to be a struggle that takes place over decades. I’m proud of the people running 350.org these days, and know that with the proper support they will make enormous progress. It’s especially clear in their decisive embrace of the idea that we need to think about a just world even as we think about a safe and working one; the fusion of these ideas will produce enormous changes.

I won’t tell you we’re winning this battle: it now looks like 2020 will turn out to be the hottest year in the earth’s history. But I will say that, with your great help, we’ve accomplished at least a little of what I set out to do. The fossil fuel industry is no longer the colossus it was a decade ago, capable of blocking change. Increasingly we have it on the defensive, which means there may finally be room to start making the changes we should have embarked on three decades ago. The young people now leading 350.org will help make those changes happen!

The main thing I’d like to say is: thanks. These have not always been easy years for me—though it’s nothing compared to the violence experienced by environmentalists elsewhere. At times, the counter-attack by the fossil fuel industry has felt almost unbearably fierce, especially since they also went after my family. I’m truly grateful for the support of my wife and my daughter. And I’m truly grateful for the friends that I have made these past decades in this fight—they are so many in number, and spread so widely across the earth, that I can’t begin to list them. But they know who they are, the companions in this fight who have done so much, against such great odds. I look forward to supporting them, and those who will emerge, in every way possible in the years ahead.

Onward,
Bill McKibben

P.S. Please read more about 350.org’s new board members here.

OCA joins the 350 Washington Network!

OCA members Ed Bowlby, Ed Chadd, and John Cambalik attended the virtual Retreat at which this Network was formally created.
The Network will help our group speak with a strong statewide voice but still leave us the flexibility to voice our own opinion.

Kudos to Grace Hope, our 350 PNW Organizer, and to Alec Connon,
who facilitated in stunning fashion!


You can be involved too! From 350 Washington

  • Join the 350 Washington Network listserv! This is our broadest communication platform, open to all active volunteers in the 350 Washington Network (email me pnworganizer@350.org to be added) 
  • Join the conversation! Our weekly 350 Washington Conversation series is open to all active volunteers in the 350 Washington Network and is where we build the relationships and connections that sustain our community. Weekly on Monday nights from 6pm-7:30pm PST. You can register here for this call, and attend the ones you’re available for.

350 Leadership Webinar – July 1, 2020

URGENT:  FEDERAL CLIMATE BILLS & STRATEGY
Date & Time: Wed.  July 1, 2020.  Noon-1:30 pm.
Zoom Register.   FB Event.

TOPICS:
★ Federal Climate Bills: What’s Good & What’s Missing?
★ Movement Action for National Legislation.
★ Organizing for Power: A “Climate Bill Package”?

PRESENTERS:
★ Todd Fernandez, Executive & Legislative Director, Climate Crisis Policy
★ Jake Davis, Senior Policy Director, Family Farm Action
★ Etelle Higonnet, Senior Campaign Director, Mighty Earth  
★ Delia Ridge Creamer, Junior Oceans Campaigner, Center for Biological Diversity
★ Andres Jimenez, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Citizens Climate Lobby
★ Karenna Gore, Director, Center for Earth Ethics
★ Michael Gerrard, Director, Columbia Sabin Center for Climate Change Law  
★ Chad Frischmann, Vice President & Research Director, Project Drawdown
★ Others TBA

CO-HOSTS:
★ Climate Crisis Policy
★ Columbia University Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
★ Columbia University Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Program in Nutrition
★ Center for Earth Ethics
★ Family Farm Action 
★ Drawdown New York City
★ 350NYC   
★ Action Corps NYC
★ The Climate Reality Project NYC
★ Mighty Earth
★ Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community 
★ Sierra Club New York City Group
★ Others TBA & Welcome!

FEDERAL CLIMATE BILLS:For Discussion Only, April 2020
1. Agriculture Resilience Act
2. The Climate Stewardship Act
3. The Food & Agribusiness Merger Moratorium Act
4. American Innovation & Manufacturing Act
5. The Break Free from Plastics Pollution Act
6. The Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for Our Nation’s Future Act
7. The American Energy Innovation Act
8. The Ban Fracking Act
9. The Carbon Action Rebate Act
10. The Farm System Reform Act

MATERIALS:
1. Detailed Summary of Bills.
2. Project Drawdown:  100 Solutions
3. The Climate Crisis Policy Digest.
4. Sabin Center for Climate Change Law model law initiative.

PLEASE NOTE:   Participation or co-hosting is not an endorsement of any legislation.  

A Thanksgiving Call for Climate Action

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.)

Continue reading

Climate Strike Training Webinars

350.org

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

Register here for any/all of these trainings

About the Global Climate Strikes — September 20 & 27

2019 Monthly Call Series with 350.org

Hello all,

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 movement
– 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.

Climate Resistance kickstarts across the Olympic Peninsula Jan. 31

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.

Port Angeles

Sequim

Port Townsend

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.

Mazaska Talks Day of Action Oct. 23

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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:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/defund-pipelines-nop

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.

#DeFundPipelines

#EquatorBanksAct

#FossilFreeSalishSea

Why Divestment talk inset

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

Help plan for global climate mobilization Sept. 26

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.