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Warrior Up! Rally on land & sea vs. Kinder Morgan May 20 in Seattle

The Kinder Morgan pipeline project can and must be stopped! Tar sands are one of the biggest climate threats we face, and Houston-based Kinder Morgan is trying to build a massive new pipeline through British Columbia to export this oil. They’ve encountered much more resistance than they expected so they’ve temporarily stopped investment and will decide whether to proceed on May 31. To send a big message to the company before that decision, there will be a huge indigenous-led rally on May 20th in Vancouver. They’ve asked environmental groups in Washington to help support them, so an event is planned that same day in Seattle with kayaktivists in the water and a big rally in Occidental Park. It’s family-friendly and everyone is welcome. This is a pivotal time to take a stand against this project!

Event registration: https://actionnetwork.org/events/seattle-vs-kinder-morgan?source=fbevent

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1604045999711999/?notif_t=plan_user_associated¬if_id=1525283237248850

Poster: JPG – PDF

Vigil for Paris Accord

Olympic Climate Action will hold a vigil for the Paris Accord on Friday, June 2, from 5 – 6:30 pm in front of the Federal Bldg. at First and Oak Streets in downtown Port Angeles.

We will be there to witness this tragic development and express our profound sadness and disappointment in the President’s decision.

Wear black and bring a drum and candle if you have one–we’ll have some there.

Without the federal government to protect us, it’s up to us make progress.

How Trump’s Paris Decision Hurts America, in 5 Graphics

We’re Already Moving Past Trump–NYT

Stand for Standing Rock

U.S. Bank, Port Angeles & Sequim

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 11 – noon

In response to the sudden announcement that the Trump administration plans to abrogate the Environmental Impact Statement process and bulldoze the sovereign rights of indigenous people at Standing Rock in order to push the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) through their ancestral lands, OCA, in partnership with the Clallam Progressives and the Racial Justice Collective, will picket outside the U.S. Bank branches in Port Angeles, 134 E. 7th St. (corner of Lincoln), and Sequim, 101 W. Washington St. (corner of Sequim Avenue).  Bring signs and dress for the weather.

U.S. Bank is among a number of banks financing DAPL, and a worldwide movement is calling to divest from these banks if they won’t withdraw their DAPL investments.  Seattle just passed a resolution to divest their accounts at Wells Fargo, another DAPL investor.  In Clallam County, several local governments bank with U.S. Bank.  Such demonstrations and divestment demands are being staged around the country.

This protest is not against our local bank branches, staffed by our neighbors and doing everyday community banking.  Rather, this protest is against their corporate executives, who often follow a very different agenda.  In coming weeks, we will start a dialogue about ethics and investments by individuals and institutions.

Here are messages from Sacred Stone Camp and the #NoDAPL 2017 Action Hub.  There the protesters are risking prosecution, jail, and worse to protect their sacred lands and water, and the water supply of millions.  We quite simply do not need any new pipelines, and the sooner we get onto clean energy, the better off we’ll all be.

Finally, a word from Arnold Schwarzenegger about an offer you can’t refuse!

Stand with Standing Rock–donate now

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe will pick up donations Saturday, Nov. 19 in Port Angeles–plus other ways to donate

Suggestions from the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe:

– Camp support: http://standingrock.org/
– Legal support: https://fundrazer.com/d19fAf?ref=sh_25rPQa

Indian Country Today – Special Issue on Standing Rock

The members of Olympic Climate Action, a network of some 500 grassroots activists living on the North Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, stand in support of the Standing Rock Tribe of the Great Lakota Nation in their resolve to challenge the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We must all work together to protect and preserve our environment so that future generations may live healthy lives and prosper, and we appreciate and support the struggle and sacrifice of those on the front line in the role of Guardians, to protect our water, our air, and the very life of our planet.

Respectfully, the members of Olympic Climate Action

Stand with Standing Rock in Port Angeles

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 3 pm – Gateway Center – Front & Lincoln – details here

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To make a donation:
– Camp support: http://standingrock.org/
– Legal support: https://fundrazer.com/d19fAf?ref=sh_25rPQa

The Lower Elwha Klallam and Jamestown S’Klallam Tribes stand in support of the Standing Rock protesters.

JAMESTOWN S’KLALLAM TRIBAL COUNCIL RESOLUTION #35-16
The US Army Corp of Engineers authorized the Dakota Access Pipeline’s construction over the objections of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and despite the fact that the environmental assessment failed to account for the health and will-being of the Tribe or the spiritual significance of the purposed development site. The construction of the Pipeline poses a significant risk of contamination of Tribal homeland, water and natural resources and will permanently destroy sites that have sacred and cultural significance to the Tribe.

standingrockprotester12 Ways to Be an Effective Ally at Standing Rock

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Here are some important tips for non-native allies who want to support the movement at Standing Rock.

Pacific NW activists call for a clean break from fossil fuels

OCA participates in regional action in Anacortes

Part of a global wave of resistance to keep coal, oil & gas in the ground

May 13-15, 2016: A global wave of mass actions targeted the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects, in order to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy.

With bodies out in the streets, activists around the world called for strong follow-up to the Paris COP21 talks, to shift power from the fossil fuel industry towards grassroots groups working toward an economic and energy transformation of our society.

The Anacortes protest was held at the site of the Shell and Tesoro refineries, the largest source of carbon pollution in the Pacific Northwest.  With the plumes of the refineries swirling all around, a broad coalition of activists, including more than a dozen OCA members, called for a just transition to 100% renewable energy.

Report from the Anacortes Break Free event

Diane Vendiola, Swinomish elder:  these lands were ours

Sequim Gazette article about OCA’s participation in Break Free

The time is now for a just transition to clean energy

Eight ways we can break free from fossil fuels

Break free from fossil fuels!

Actions in the Pacific Northwest will focus on Anacortes, May 13-15

Join a global wave of resistance to keep coal, oil & gas in the ground

May 13-15, 2016: A global wave of mass actions will target the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects, in order to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy.

*** Sequim Gazette article about OCA’s participation in Break Free ***

We need to follow up the Paris COP21 talks with a strong call to get serious and break free from this perilous path we’re on, and we can’t afford to go down that path any more.  It’s time to turn the ship around and head for a livable future, and this is a time to make the point with our bodies in the streets, to shift power from the fossil fuel industry towards grassroots groups like OCA who are working toward a great economic and energy transformation of our society.

The Shell and Tesoro refineries near Anacortes, WA are the largest source of carbon pollution in the Northwest and refine 47% of all the gas and diesel consumed in the region; this system must change—within years, not decades.  Join us the weekend of May 13-15 as we take mass action to Break Free from Big Oil and hasten a just transition to 100% renewable energy.

In order to arrange appropriate transportation and accommodation, we need your prompt response as to whether/how/when you would like to join us for this event, so we can minimize our carbon footprint and make it a good experience for all.  We expect to be picking up folks in Port Angeles, Sequim, and Port Townsend on the way to Anacortes.  Transportation might be by carpools, vans, or even buses.

PLEASE fill out this survey so we can arrange logistics and stay in touch: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NBFDR2P

sHellNo: Showdown in Seattle May 16-18

Members of Olympic Climate Action will participate in some of the activities planned in Seattle to protest the Shell Arctic drilling rig Polar Pioneer May 16-18.  Carpooling may be available; contact us for details. Shell acknowledges that human-caused climate change is a problem and that government sHellNoought to set a limit on carbon emissions.  Yet they spent $55 million on lobbying in the past five years, generally to protect their interests in oil.  They know the world can’t afford the consequences of burning the oil that would come out of the Arctic, even if they could guarantee that they can safely extract it.  Their rush to drill the Arctic is a cynical bid to pump the last dollar out of the ground, consequences be damned.  And the tiny financial blip caused by their rig in our harbor pales by comparison with the benefits to our local sHellNo.org_-e1428776506461economy of moving to clean energy, with an army of working people insulating buildings, selling efficient appliances, and installing heat pumps, solar panels, and electric-vehicle charging stations.sHellNo OCA PortOCall May 2015 Here is more information about Shell, Arctic drilling, and climate change published by OCA in the May 2015 PortOCall magazine: “Nickname the Rig” contest:  We held a contest to nickname Shell’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig, and the winner is…the No-Solar Profiteer!  Congratulations to OCA member Adrian Hoban, who wins a $10 gift certificate to the Port Angeles Farmers Market. Speaking of the Profiteer:  OCA has been invited to speak about the rig and the dangers it poses at the Clallam County Democratic Headquarters, 124-A West First Street, Port Angeles, on Wednesday, May 13, 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

sHellNo:  We Can Do Better than Drill the Arctic

Saturday, April 25, 10-2, Port Angeles Farmers Market, Front & Lincoln Streets

Members of Olympic Climate Action will be at the Port Angeles Farmers Market this Saturday to stand in opposition to the Shell oil drilling rig currently moored in Port Angeles Harbor.

Shell acknowledges that human-caused climate change is a problem and that government sHellNoought to set a limit on carbon emissions.  Yet they spent $55 million on lobbying in the past five years, generally to protect their interests in oil.  They know the world can’t afford the consequences of burning the oil that would come out of the Arctic, even if they could guarantee that they can safely extract it.  Their rush to drill the Arctic is a cynical bid to pump the last dollar out of the ground, consequences be damned.  And the tiny financial blip caused by their rig in our harbor pales by comparison with the benefits to our local sHellNo.org_-e1428776506461economy of moving to clean energy, with an army of working people insulating buildings, selling efficient appliances, and installing heat pumps, solar panels, and electric-vehicle charging stations.

OCA will share information about:

  •     The drilling history of Royal Dutch Shell
  •     The dangers of drilling for oil in the Arctic
  •     Federal drilling permits in the Arctic
  •     Shell’s disastrous prior effort at drilling in the Arctic in 2012
  •     Actions planned vs. Shell once the rig arrives in Seattle
  •     The amount of oil that the world can safely burn without disastrous climate impacts
  •     The need to quickly transition to a clean-energy economy
  •     The technical ease with which we could make this transition
  •     The economic benefits to working people of a clean-energy economy
  •     The biggest stumbling block to making this transition:  the influence of money in politics

OCA members will gather signatures on two statewide initiative petitions:

  • WAmend would get big money out of elections through a constitutional amendment
  • CarbonWA would tax carbon pollution and reduce other taxes by an equivalent amount

 

OCA will also conduct a “nickname the rig” contest; the winner will receive a $10 voucher for the Port Angeles Farmers Market.

 

Protesters “un-welcome” Shell’s  Arctic drill rig at Port Angeles Harbor

A drilling rig as high as the Seattle skyline loomed into Port Angeles Harbor for a stay of two weeks before being towed to Seattle and then the Arctic.  A quickly-organized demonstration was led by a coalition of groups from the Olympic Peninsula and the region.

RainDagger Productions of Port Townsend, video documentary

KING 5 TVsHellNo

KIRO 7 TV

Seattle Times

Peninsula Daily News main story and protester interviews

The StrangersHellNo.org_-e1428776506461

NYT story about the fiasco that occurred the last time Shell went drilling in the Arctic

If you would like to be involved in further protests, contact us.
shell-rig-arrivesThe monolith arrives at dawn.

Kayaktivists sign
OCA protesters

 

Kayaktivists on the water

 

 

 

OCA members stand in protest

People’s Climate March–solidarity actions across the Peninsula

People’s Climate March:  solidarity actions across the Peninsula on Sept. 20-21

On the weekend of Sept. 20-21, people around the world will gather for what promises to be the biggest climate demonstration in history, centered upon the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, two days prior to a special climate summit being called by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, where world leaders (not just their climate negotiators) will be called upon to get serious about a world climate action plan.

The message:  it’s time to act.  And here on the Olympic Peninsula, we will march in solidarity in three places:

Port Angeles:  “People’s Climate March:  Connecting the Dots”

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., beginning and ending at the Port Angeles City Pier, OCA, along with other community groups, will lead a vigil, rally, and march.

10-10:30:  Semi-silent vigil led by faith communities (or family time at the beach)

10:30-11:30:  Rally with speakers from a variety of organizations speaking about how climate change impacts them in their lives and work

11:30-12:30:  March around downtown Port Angeles, ending at the observation deck at the end of City Pier for photographs

12:30-1:  Semi-silent vigil to close the activity (or more family time at the beach)

The “dots” are the various issues that impact and are impacted by climate change.  We are seeking broad involvement by people involved in a myriad of social issues, because climate change will affect us all.  Here is a partial list of participating organizations, along with OCA:

  • Stop the Checkpoints
  • MoveOn
  • Green Party
  • Veterans for Peace
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
  • Port Angeles Dzogchen Sangha
  • Sierra Club North Olympic Group

The visuals will center around a large painting of Earth which will be visually connected by ribbons to smaller “dots” with phrases suggesting the surrounding issues.  These images will be carried in a long line during the march and then displayed in sunburst fashion, with Earth at the center, for a photograph with marchers at the City Pier observation deck.

People’s Climate March PA Poster

Photos from that day:

Kia ArmstrongThe DotsGroup shot

Sequim:  Climate talk and march at Railroad Bridge Park

On Saturday, Sept. 20, OCA member Bob Lynette will give a talk on climate change and its local impacts at the Dungeness River Audubon Center from 10-1.  Following his talk, OCA members will lead a brief march and photo shoot in support of the worldwide mobilization.

Railroad Bridge

Port Townsend:  Rally, song, and march at Pope Marine Park

Our colleagues at the Fossil Fuel NW Action group will hold a rally and march on Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at 3 PM at the Pope Marine Park waterfront.  PT Peoples Climate Action poster

Two numbers of import:

401: The peak concentration of carbon in the atmosphere (in parts per million) measured by the world’s leading scientists this spring — higher than any time in human history.

Zero: The amount of progress we’ll make if we stay home. There’s no guarantee this will work. The only thing that’s for sure is if we stay home, nothing will change — except the climate.  More than 2000 events are being planned around the world, in 130 countries…let’s do our part on this beautiful corner of the planet!

Disruption chronicles the making of the People’s Climate March

Disruption logo

As a lead-up to these solidarity actions, Disruption weaves together political intrigue, mind-blowing science, and an insider’s view of the largest climate mobilization in history.  It features Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Van Jones, and some fresh faces with powerful new stories.  Watch it here.

“Disruption” to screen Sept. 7

Olympic Climate Action will screen 350.org’s newest film, Disruption, which weaves together political intrigue, mind-blowing science, and an insider’s view of the largest climate mobilization in history:  the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21 and solidarity actions being taken all around the world. It’s got some folks you might find familiar (Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Van Jones), and also brings some fresh faces and powerful new stories to the fore.

The screening will be at the Port Angeles Library on Sunday. Sept. 7, at 5:30 pm, directly following a meeting of Olympic Climate Action from 3-5 in the same room.  You are invited to attend both.

OCA is planning People’s Climate March solidarity actions on Sept. 20 in both Port Angeles and Sequim, and our Port Townsend colleagues are also planning an action–see our Actions page for details.

Disruption logo

100 Demonstrate vs Keystone in Port Angeles & Port Townsend

Calling on President Obama to Reject Keystone XL; State Department Study Is Flawed35 demonstrators at First and Valley Streets in PA

As part of a national day of protests, Olympic Climate Action in Port Angeles and Fossil Fuel Action in Port Townsend conducted rallies on February 3, calling on President Obama to reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline following the release of the State Department’s flawed Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.  Thanks to all who braved the chill night air!  We were even featured in The Nation magazine’s online article about the nationwide rally. Continue reading

PDN story on vigil vs. Keystone

Peninsula Daily News: OCA vigil Feb. 3 to protest Keystone XL pipeline