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August Meditation for Climate Emergency

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

Join our webinar for this hour of meditation and conversation about the personal side of the climate crisis. We’ll be debriefing our experience asking the question “how do you feel about the climate emergency?” and will share a meditation focused on mindfulness of emotions to help us navigate charged conversations.

OCA Reacts to COP21

At the end of the Paris Conference of Parties meeting #21 on Dec. 12, spontaneous celebrations around the globe marked the mood of relief that political leaders from 187 countries had just agreed to acknowledge responsibility for turning the climate change ship around. The significance of this agreement at the two-week COP21 climate summit in Paris cannot be overstated. Given the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the smart money will now bet on clean energy for future investment.

Locally, Olympic Climate Action (OCA) members are having a mixed reaction but all are proud to have rallied two weeks ago—when COP21 began—in support of a strong outcome. Here are some reactions from OCA members:

Ida Fintel: Worldwide political agreement would have been impossible even 10 years ago!

Anita Matthay: I’m encouraged that leaders not only agreed to hold global warming to 2 degrees—but they agreed to set the target for 1½ degrees. This is a very good sign.

Janet Marx: Although there is much to clarify and define in the future, we finally have agreement among developed and developing countries with high CO2 emissions and poor countries who suffer the most from climate change.

Ed Chadd: American leadership surpassed that which had been shown at prior conferences, and was probably as much as we can expect given the makeup of our current Congress, which attempted to undercut American leadership every step of the way.

Bob Sextro: While solid progress was made in Paris, the real test will be the follow-up meetings that the parties agreed to in 2018 and 2020.

David James: Politics aside, it will be years before anyone can assess whether Paris was the beginning of a real effort to confront climate change or a stupid waste of time. By 2050, when we are to be carbon neutral, there will be at least 2.3 billion more people on the planet clamoring for energy. So, if you have been paddling, paddle harder.

Brian Grad: The issue of ‘Climate Change Reparations’ may never be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction, so it remains to be seen if any agreement will continue to move the investment needle towards the green side of the dial. That is why groups like OCA must continue our work to keep promoting a vision of clean, sustainable energy for now and in our future.

While a scent of relief is in the air, OCA sees the need for continued activism:
• To get elected officials on board to solve the climate crisis or to elect those who will.
• To switch from incentives for fossil fuels to incentives for clean energy.
• To put a price on greenhouse-gas pollution.
• To push for adoption and implementation of the North Olympic Peninsula climate action plans already available and more ambitious plans going forward.

Rally for climate action

“Put a Cork in It:  Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground”

Saturday, Nov. 21, 12:15 pm

Port Angeles Boat Haven east entrance

With so much at stake in the upcoming COP21 talks in Paris, climate activists around the world are demanding a global commitment to keep 80 percent of remaining fossil fuels in the ground and transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.  Here on the North Olympic Peninsula, we’ll gather on the Port Angeles waterfront with Shell’s “Polar Pioneer” drilling rig in the background, to send a message to world leaders in Paris that it’s time to “turn the ship around and leave the fuel in the ground.”  This rig recently returned to our harbor after a failed attempt to start a big drilling operation in the Arctic, in a place that wasn’t accessible until climate change melted the sea ice–an irony that seemed to be lost on Shell.
At the rally, we’ll hear about what’s at stake in Paris, talk about why we care, sing a few songs, and then take a group photograph holding a big cardboard cork positioned to look as if it’s capping the oil rig, with our message to “Put a Cork in It.”  The event will be kid-friendly, handicapped-accessible, on Bus Route 26 and the Waterfront Trail, and it should only last about a half hour, so you’ll still be able to make it to the Farmer’s Market.  If you so desire, bring an umbrella, a musical instrument, and a sign with your message to our world leaders.

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