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Climate Connections

Climate Action Groups:  U.S. and International

  • Bill McKibben and friends established 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, "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math," by Bill McKibben.  

  • Greenpeace International  "Greenpeace uses non-violent creative action to pave the way towards a greener, more peaceful world, and to confront the systems that threaten our environment."

  • Sunrise Movement "Building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process." Supports and advocates for the Green New Deal.
  • Indigenous Environmental Network  "An alliance of Indigenous peoples whose mission it is to protect the sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining and respecting Indigenous teachings and natural laws."

  • 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."

  • Project Drawdown "Stopping global warming is possible with solutions that exist today."  

  • Fridays for Future #FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis.
  • 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.

  • Extinction Rebellion At the core of Extinction Rebellion’s philosophy is nonviolent civil disobedience. We promote civil disobedience and rebellion because we think it is necessary....Our duty is to create a world fit for the next seven generations to live in.
  • Climate Reality Project  "In 2006, Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore got the world talking about climate change with the Academy Award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth. It was just the beginning of a a climate revolution. Later that year he founded what would become The Climate Reality Project to move the conversatin forward and turn awareness into action all across the Earth.

  • Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International: Women are rising for climate justice and community led solutions. 

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."

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.

  • Consuming the Planet: Watch Story of Stuff Project videos,  visit GAIA's (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) and learn about Zero Waste,  read Daniel Goleman's 'Ecological Intelligence' (on the hidden costs of things) and visit the Center for Ecoliteracy. 

  • 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.

  • Post Carbon Radio Show "Community radio bringing focus to how we, in West Marin, California are transitioning to an era that is no longer dependent on fossil fuels; re-localizing and increasing our community resilience, in the face of climate change, the end of cheap oil, the depletion of our natural resources and the unprecedented extinction of species." (Archive of shows through 2017)

  • Borrowed Time: Calling all librarians! This is an initiative by libraries and librarians to encourage their communities to respond to climate change. Podcasts, events, blogs and more. 

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