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Climate Connections

Climate Action Groups:  U.S. and International

  • Bill McKibben and friends established 350.org to bring attention to the number. McKibben writes, "The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth." Here is a "must read" Rolling Stone article by Bill McKibben.  

  • Greenpeace International  "Faced with the choice of deadly, dirty, dangerous energy like coal, oil and nuclear power, or safe, clean and renewable power, what would you decide? Renewable energy, smartly used, can and will meet our demands. No oil spills, no climate change, no radiation danger, no nuclear waste – simply energy we can trust. We can achieve a world with 100% renewable energy."
  • Citizen's Climate Lobby  "Citizens Climate Lobby proposes that a tax be placed on fossil fuels, based on the CO2 content of those fuels, at the point of sale. Revenue from that tax should be returned to the public as a monthly or annual payment to protect households from the rising costs associated with the carbon tax."

  • Idle No More  "Idle No More has quickly become one of the largest Indigenous mass movements in Canadian history – sparking hundreds of teach-ins, rallies, and protests across Turtle Island and beyond. What began as a series of teach-ins throughout Saskatchewan to protest impending parliamentary bills that will erode Indigenous sovereignty and environmental protections, has now changed the social and political landscape of Canada."

Climate Action Groups:  San Francisco Bay Area 

  • Ecology Center In addition to its recycling program, store, and resource center/library, the Ecology Center has a Climate Change Project and hosts free Climate Change Action Workshops and trainings. I attended one of these workshops and it was a heartening experience to meet with others in the community over a series of four nights, supporting each other in our small efforts to lower our footprints while also looking how to influence our communities and climate policy. Also, check out the Ecology Center's Calendar for climate related events in the Bay Area.

  • Movement Generation  "The Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project provides in-depth analysis and information about the global ecological crisis and facilitates strategic planning for action among leading organizers from urban-based organizations, in the Bay Area and beyond, working for economic and racial justice in communities of color."
  • 350 Bay Area  "We are building a grassroots climate movement, working for deep reductions in carbon pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area & beyond. We have six campaigns and five local groups."
  • California Clean Money Campaign and SB52 Disclose Act  "We are building a grassroots climate movement, working for deep reductions in carbon pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area & beyond. We have six campaigns and five local groups." The Disclose Act petition (which you can sign) reads: "The California DISCLOSE Act would simply replace the current misleading fine print disclosures of committee names on ballot measure ads with clear disclosure of the actual original funders of the ads.  Please listen to your constituents and the 84% of Californian voters who no longer want to be deceived as to who is really behind the ads that seek to influence their votes on critical matters of public policy."

Information and Resources

  • Climate One "Climate One at The Commonwealth Club is a thriving leadership dialogue on energy, the environment and the economy. It brings together top thinkers and doers from business, government, academia and advocacy groups to advance the discussion about a clean energy future."

  • Guardian Article on John Hansen's paper and why 350 ppm is the target.

  • Policy Tracker Climate policy tracker on legislation progress in the UK.

  • Let go of waste: Read Daniel Goleman's 'Ecological Intelligence' (on the hidden costs of things), watch the video The Story of Stuff, or visit GAIA's (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) website to learn about the Zero Waste for Zero Warming campaign.

  • Coal: Some activists are citing coal plants as the logical target for carbon reductions. Read Tade Nace's book Climate Hope and visit the Coalswarm website to learn more.

  • Story of Cap and Trade  "A fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution being discussed at Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the 'devils in the details' in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from what’s really required to tackle the climate crisis."

  • Bolivia's climate crisis on Fault Lines  This production details both World People's Conference on Climate Change (which took place 5 months after Copenhagen failed) and gives a close up look at a country that faces water shortages due to glacier melt (as one interviewee said "What price can you put on a glacier?")

  • Dakota Access Pipeline  "Democracy Now! coverage of resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. If completed, the $3.8 billion pipeline would carry about 500,000 barrels of crude per day from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield to Illinois. The project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and members of nearly 100 more tribes from across the U.S. and Canada." Here's an interview with a Lakota activist/water protector on why she's participating.

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