See this short, hopeful, must-watch film about the need to solve the climate change problem and get inspired!

Eco-Warriors Team

8.19.2019

Dear Eco-Team Members and friends,
Who are you going to trust, Harrison Ford or Donald Trump?  In the same week a video by Ford warning "Don't Forget Nature" was released, Trump weakened the Endangered Species Act.  

Check out this link to Ford's warning: Don't Forget Nature: "If We Don't Protect Nature We Can't Protect Ourselves"  https://youtu.be/WdSmnlVC_yk and more on the latest environmental atrocity from Trump here:   U.S. Significantly Weakens Endangered Species Act HERE.  Please take action to protest this (see below).

We know whose message and actions resonate with us and we wonder just how much more of the Trump regime our environment and we can take.

Your Eco-Team
Marilyn, Elspeth, and Jenny

ACTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF 8/18/19

Trump has moved to eviscerate the Endangered Species Act and we need to push harder to protect wildlife in other venues, like the World Wildlife Conference.  Please urge Fish and Wildlife to use their power at the CITES meeting to increase protections for our most at-risk species. HERE

·         From The Sierra Club: Help Keep California Endangered Species Protections Strong! Thank the Leader of the California Senate, Senate President Pro Tem  Toni Atkins for Senate Bill 1 (SB1). Urge her to keep the bill strong to protect California from Trump Administration rollbacks of environmental protections, including the Endangered Species Actl.  HERE 

·         Call your DNC delegate today and let them know you want a Climate Debate.  HERE 

·         From Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General: “President Trump must END his new coal-burning energy plan.”  Add your name to fight back against Trump’s plan.. HERE 

·         From Oil Change US: Add your name to call on all Democratic 2020 presidential candidates to take the "NoKXL Pledge" and executive action on Day One to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. HERE  

·         From the Sierra Club: Act Now to protect the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests! The Forest Service is developing management plans for the future which fall short of the protections the Forests deserve.  Right now they’re taking public comment on the plans -- now is our chance to speak up! HERE 

·         Help protect endangered orcas!  Tell Zurich to drop the Trans Mountain Pipeline HERE 

·         From International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW):The North Atlantic right whale is on the brink of extinction. Tell NOAA  to protect the right whale. HERE 

·         Please sign the petition: Demand that BlackRock stop financing destruction of the Amazon.HERE From League of California Voters Education Fund: The Senate confirmed former fossil fuel lobbyist David Bernhardt to lead the Interior Department. Now we need to tell Congress: We must keep David Bernhardt accountable.  HERE 

·         From Clean Water Action:  Join us to let Gov. Newsom and the State Water Board know that polluters need to do their part to protect safe drinking water in California.  HERE 

CLIMATE  VICTORIES 

Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 307 into law, effectively stopping Trump and his cronies from pumping billions of gallons of water annually from underneath our national parks in the Mojave Desert!  YEAH!!!!·          

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ARTICLES  

Three articles from World Resource Institute on the IPCC Report on Climate Change and Land

  7 Things to Know About the IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land HERE 

·         How Effective Is Land At Removing Carbon Pollution? HERE 

·         Forests in the IPCC Special Report on Land Use: 7 Things to Know HERE 

2°C: Beyond The Limit - Extreme Climate Change Has Arrived In America;  A Washington Post analysis of more than a century of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration temperature data across the Lower 48 states and 3,107 counties has found that major areas are nearing or have already crossed the 2 degree Celsius mark. HERE 

Global Warming Is Changing the Winds Off Antarctica, Driving Ice Melt

A new study connects the dots between climate change and faster melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which has consequences for sea level rise. HERE 

ECO TIP FOR THE WEEK

Did you know that in the US, one third of all food is wasted and more than 40% of the waste comes from households? Also Food Waste is responsible for roughly 8 percent of global emissions. Here are a few things you can do to reduce food waste: 

·         Buy only what you need   (have a meal plan and a shopping list)

·         Eat what you have  

·         Donate or compost what you can’t eat

COMING SOON: SAVE THE DATE! ·  MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Tuesday, August 20th 7-8 pm:  Sunrise Marin Hub Meeting at the Fairfax Library Community Room (2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930). Please come out to talk about what is happening with the movement now, how you can get involved and what you would like to see in the future. We will work to get excited for the Sunrise Movement's Western Regional Summit and DNC action as well as the September 20th global climate strike and everything else that is going to happen this upcoming year! RSVP HERE   

·         Tuesday, August 20: Climate Change Science & Solutions. Start of comprehensive College of Marin class taught by professors Joe Mueller and Dayna Quick. For information dquick@marin.edu  

·         Wednesday, August 21, 6 -9pm: A Sunrise Movement Training for folks over 35. Downtown Oakland (address will be sent to confirmed participants) Come learn about how Sunrise started, our mission, and plan of action! At the end of the training, there will be ways for you to plug in and support our upcoming Summit on August 22-25. Must be present for all 3 hours. Dinner is included. Cost: $10-45 dollars sliding scale. If you are interested in attending this training, please apply HERE   

·         Thursday, August 22 7:30 am - 10 am: Pack the House: DNC Vote on a Climate Debate. At 8 am, the DNC Resolutions committee will vote on whether or not to hold a climate-focused debate. Sunrise members will be showing up to emphasize just how important the climate debate is! Join us and help pack the house! The meeting is at the Hilton at Union Square, 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco Rsvp HERE   

·         August 22nd to 25th: Sunrise Movement’s West Regional Summit in the Bay Area! At the summit attendees will learn organizing skills, connect and strategize with other Sunrisers, and join in taking action at the DNC’s national meeting to demand they take this crisis seriously and vote to hold a climate debate! This summit is going to be a great way for a lot of you new sunriser's to be trained in Sunrise’s DNA as well as attend specialized breakout trainings on communications strategy, action planning, fundraising, building partnerships, and other core skills to build out powerful hubs. At the summit you will learn skills, connect and strategize with other hubs, and prepare to ramp up our work this fall to make sure the Green New Deal is at the center of the 2020 election. Find more information and sign up HERE  

·           Starting Sat. Sept 7 and Finishing April 3, 2020:  The Environmental Forum of Marin's Master Class trains people to make a difference. The course series will consist of nine compelling meetings  with world class speakers. For more information HERE or questions, email MasterClass@MarinEFM.org. To sign up HERE 

·         Sunday September 8, 3 -5pm Resilient Neighborhoods Benefit, Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. Enjoy a festive afternoon party featuring delicious plant-based snacks and beverages, wine, live music, eco-friendly tips, local experts, and kids’ activities. We'll celebrate our amazing community, take action, and build hope for the future together. Our program will be short and focused. We’ll reveal our plans for growth and hear from Damon Connolly, Marin County Supervisor, Tamra Peters, RN Founder, team graduates, and local supporters.

·           Tuesday, September 10:  West Marin Agriculture and Mariculture Field Trip   See first-hand the groundbreaking work being done in West Marin to feed and protect the planet! $100 non members $85 for EFM members. This is an all-day field trip. All participants are required to ride a bus and bring their own lunch. Please direct all registration questions to kim@marinefm.org. Register HERE 

·           Week of Climate Actions starting Friday, September 20.  Pledge to participate in the next wave of Global Climate Walkouts and a week of actions. Click HERE and 350.org will send you information on how you can get involved wherever you live.

·           Friday,  September 20, 10 am:  SF Youth And Allies Climate Strike San Francisco Federal Building. All day SF Youth and Allies Climate Strike "We call for a youth-led climate strike march, going to different targets that are contributing to climate breakdown, leaving our mark to let these places know what we are fighting for." For more Information HERE   

·         Friday, September 20 Naomi Klein, Nnimmo Bassey, Bill McKibben are calling for a global strike.  Disrupting our normal lives is the only way to secure our future! We’re stepping up -- join us for a day to halt this climate crisis. At the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis. Read the article HERE  

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8.12.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members, 

So sorry this weeks email is in a plain format but our Mailchimp expert is not able to help this week.  

Thank you for continuing to receive our weekly messages.  

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 8/12/2019

From the Sierra Club: During the August recess, members of Congress will be making up their minds about Trump's disastrous NAFTA 2.0 trade deal. Sierra Club has long stood in opposition to trade deals that maximize corporate profit at the expense of the environment, workers, and communities. In a recent letter to Congress, Executive Director Michael Brune reiterated our strong opposition to the current deal, which would "encourage further outsourcing of pollution and jobs, offer special handouts to notorious corporate polluters, lock in fossil fuel dependency, and prolong Trump's polluting legacy for years.  Call your representative now at 1-855-980-2349 to oppose Trump's toxic NAFTA 2.0. Demand that our trade deals address the climate crisis and protect the environment.

From Trust for Public Land: We are also working in Washington, D.C. to pass legislation — the International Climate Accountability Act — that would bypass President Trump’s decision, and mandate that the United States stay in the Paris Climate Agreement. We need the Senate to pass this legislation now, so we can meet the emission reduction targets necessary to keep global heating below two degrees Celsius. Sign now and urge your Senators to cosponsor the International Climate Accountability Act!  HERE 

From U.S. PIRG: Last month, the New York Times revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is about to release a proposal that will weaken the rules that give communities a voice in deciding how much pollution may legally be released by nearby power plants and factories.The agency will also make it easier for polluting companies to ask to release more pollution.Tell the EPA: We should be making it more difficult to pollute our communities, not easier. HERE 

Join a #breakfreefromplastic brand audit this SEPTEMBER! Last year, we have mobilized 238 brand audits worldwide in pushing for corporate accountability on the plastic pollution crisis! This year, we aim to bring more people and communities together who want to take action for a future where beach and community cleanups are a thing of the past. SIGN UP! HERE 

From NRDC: The Trump administration sparked public outrage with its 2017 decision to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent. Now the Bureau of Land Management has released a new plan to eliminate all protections for the remaining 15 percent—more than 80,000 acres of wilderness—from drilling and mining for coal, oil, gas, and other minerals. Send a loud and clear message to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt: Abandon this reckless management plan that FAILS to protect the Bears Ears National Monument. HERE Also from Friends of the Earth send a note to Congress: Tell Congress to protect Bears Ears National Monument from Big Oil drilling projects! HERE   

From the Sierra Club: Trump's BLM wants to open up millions of acres of public lands for fossil fuel development in Montana and Wyoming. A federal court ruled that these Resource Management Plans ignored the massive climate impacts of extracting dirty fuels and ordered that a new environmental study be conducted.  Incredibly, the BLM reissued a study that still doesn't acknowledge this simple fact: Mining billions of tons of fossil fuels contributes to the climate crisis, and that puts our future, and the future of our public lands, at risk. We need to tell the BLM: Follow the court's order and conduct a true assessment of the major climate impacts of mining our public lands.  HERE  

From Friends of the Earth: Bees are dying! In just two decades, U.S. agriculture has become 48 times more toxic to bees and other insects. Meanwhile, Congress is allowing companies like Bayer-Monsanto and Syngenta to poison our food and wipe out our bees. The good news: Congress could pass the Saving America’s Pollinators Act to ban neonics and save the bees. Now, we need concerned constituents like you to demand your Representative to support this bill! HERE Click HERE to view article on subject: 'Alarming' Explosion of Toxic Pesticide Use Causing Insect Apocalypse in United States. 

From the Sierra Club:   The Forest Service wants to fast-track mining, logging and construction projects by cutting the public out of their decisions. Submit a public comment and let them know that we deserve to have a voice in how our public lands are managed. HERE   

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ARTICLES (Elspeth & Jenny Check to see if reliable & should include)

IPCC Report Shows Food System Overhaul Needed to Save the Climate. Better land use, less-meat-intensive diets and eliminating food waste should be priorities to help forestall a climate catastrophe, the authors say. HERE  

Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University Michael Mann speaks about the IPCC latest "Climate Change and Land" reportHERE 

Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns HERE 

U.S. Significantly Weakens Endangered Species Act HERE 

Harrison Ford video Don't Forget Nature: "If We Don't Protect Nature We Can't Protect Ourselves" HERE 

Taps Run Dry for Half of Zimbabwe’s Capital City, Affecting Millions Downtown Harare, Zimbabwe's capital city. HERE

From NRDC: Thanks to the activism of thousands of NRDC Action Fund supporters (like you!), California Governor Newsom recently signed SB 307 into law, helping protect iconic public lands like the Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park from a harmful private groundwater extraction project. Send a message of thanks to Governor Newsom for taking action to protect California's pristine desert landscapes and for fighting back against the Trump administration's anti-environment agenda! HERE 

 

ECO TIP FOR THE WEEK

Here are two links to help you opt out of junk mail

New York Times  HERE 

Eco Cycle tips: HERE 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES

Saturday, August 17: 10:00 am - 12 pm Master Class Preview Event. Introduction to the 46th year of Environmental Forum of Marin's flagship class for environmental advocacy and action. BioMarin, 750 Lindaro St, San Rafael. Information HERE  Register HERE  

Sunday August 18, 7:30 pm THE GREAT AMERICAN SH*T SHOW, Showcase Theater at the Marin Center, 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael.  The show returns for one night only! Solo performance stars Brian Copeland and Charlie Varon join forces to present new monologues on the life in the Age of Trump. An evening of laughing and thinking, covering topics including how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, trying to turn red congressional seats blue, #MeToo and more. If you like Trump, you’ll hate this show! Enjoy the Freedom Singers before the show. Tickets $45 buy HERE

Tuesday, August 20,  8:30 am – 4:30 pm:  Moving the Needle - Through Effective Behavior Change Tuesday, Albert J. Boro Community Center. 50 Canal Street, San Rafael   A Community-Based Social Marketing Workshop. Increase your effectiveness and implement successful programs by learning the social science behind behavior change. What really gets people to take action? What are the obstacles and how do we address them effectively? In this workshop you will learn the essentials of behavior change to begin applying impactful strategies right away. Using tailored, Marin-specific presentations and group learning, this workshop will help you refine programs that more effectively promote lasting changes in behavior! For Marin environmental & climate professionals. Discounts for nonprofits.Register HERE 

Tuesday, August 20: Climate Change Science & Solutions. Start of comprehensive College of Marin class taught by professors Joe Mueller and Dayna Quick. For information dquick@marin.edu 

Thursday, August 22 7:30 am - 10 am: Pack the House: DNC Vote on a Climate Debate. At 8 am, the DNC Resolutions committee will vote on whether or not to hold a climate-focused debate. Sunrise members will be showing up to emphasize just how important the climate debate is! Join us and help pack the house! The meeting is at the Hilton at Union Square, 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco Rsvp HERE  

August 22nd to 25th: Sunrise Movement’s West Regional Summit in the Bay Area! At the summit attendees will learn organizing skills, connect and strategize with other Sunrisers, and join in taking action at the DNC’s national meeting to demand they take this crisis seriously and vote to hold a climate debate! This summit is going to be a great way for a lot of you new sunriser's to trained in Sunrise’s DNA as well as attend specialized breakout trainings on communications strategy, action planning, fundraising, building partnerships, and other core skills to build out powerful hubs. At the summit you will learn skills, connect and strategize with other hubs, and prepare to ramp up our work this fall to make sure the Green New Deal is at the center of the 2020 election. Find more information and sign up HERE   

Starting Sat. Sept 7 and finishing April 3, 2020, The Environmental Forum of Marin's Master Class trains people to make a difference. The course series will consist of nine compelling meetings  with world class speakers. For more information HERE or questions, email MasterClass@MarinEFM.org. To sign up HERE  

Sunday September 8, 3 -5pm Resilient Neighborhoods Benefit, Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. Enjoy a festive afternoon party featuring delicious plant-based snacks and beverages, wine, live music, eco-friendly tips, local experts, and kids’ activities. We'll celebrate our amazing community, take action, and build hope for the future together. Our program will be short and focused. We’ll reveal our plans for growth and hear from Damon Connolly, Marin County Supervisor, Tamra Peters, RN Founder, team graduates, and local supporters. 

Tuesday, September 10 West Marin Agriculture and Mariculture Field Trip   See first-hand the groundbreaking work being done in West Marin to feed and protect the planet! $100 non members $85 for EFM members. This is an all-day field trip. All participants are required to ride a bus and bring their own lunch. Please direct all registration questions to kim@marinefm.org. Register HERE  

Week of Climate Actions starting Friday, September 20.  Pledge to participate in the next wave of global Climate Walkouts and a week of actions. Click HERE and 350.org will send you information on how you can get involved wherever you live. 

Friday  September 20, 10 am:  SF Youth And Allies Climate Strike San Francisco Federal Building. All day SF Youth and Allies Climate Strike "We call for a youth-led climate strike march, going to different targets that are contributing to climate breakdown, leaving our mark to let these places know what we are fighting for." For more Information HERE  

Friday, September 20 Naomi Klein, Nnimmo Bassey, Bill McKibben are calling for a global strike.  Disrupting our normal lives is the only way to secure our future! We’re stepping up -- join us for a day to halt this climate crisis. At the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis. Read the article HERE   

September 27-29:  Fossil Free California is taking to the roads (on bicycles) for the Climate Ride's Green Fondo. The Green Fondo takes place in beautiful Marin County and features rides of several different lengths to suit a variety of riders. Our team "Fossil Free California on Wheels" is forming now. We know you care about the climate—if you also like to ride a bicycle, or just want to cheer us on, please join us!  With its philanthropic adventures for cyclists and hikers, Help us get ready to pedal for the planet! HERE to join the ride. 

September Resilient Neighborhoods  Fall Teams: Sustainable Living and Climate Action Workshops: Experience the Resilient Neighborhoods unique and hopeful climate action workshop series. Receive support to personalize your climate action plan and get your household prepared for emergencies, wildfires, and power outages. You will achieve measurable results in five meetings. Workshops get started this September in Novato, San Rafael, and Mill Valley. Offered free of charge. Registration required. Click here for details and to sign up.

 San Rafael Community Center- Tuesdays 7-9pm, 9/17,10/1, 10/15, 10/29, and 11/12 Click here for details.

Novato City Offices- Mondays, 7-9 pm, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, and 11/18  Click here for details.  

Mill Valley Library- Thursdays 7-9 pm, 9/26, 10/10,10/24, 11/7, and 11/21 Click here for details. 

October 2 - 23"  Drawdown Eco Challenge: Our signature, global Ecochallenge returns this October for 3 weeks of behavior change opportunity! Design this Ecochallenge to align with your values and to enhance your preferred habits. Save the dates + more details to come!

8.5.2019

Dear Eco-Team Members and friends,
So how many of you are now line drying your clothes after last week's eco-tip? This week's tip is to check out your carbon footprint -- which you could certainly lower if you swear-off using that dryer.

This week also bring news of a clarion call to change the way we farm globally. A leaked report by the IPCC says that cutting carbon from transport and energy ‘not enough’. HERE IF you want to see how we SHOULD be farming, check out the Biggest Little Farm HERE. It's playing now at several venues. We promise it's an uplifting and engrossing movie. Don't miss it!

Your Eco-Team
Marilyn, Elspeth, and Jenny

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 8/5/2019

From 350 Action: We believe a Real Climate Leader should start tackling the climate crisis on their first day as President by:

Rejecting all new federally-approved coal, oil, gas, and other fossil fuel project permits

Banning oil and gas drilling and fracking on public lands and off our coasts

Rejoining the Paris Climate Accord

Calling on Congress to investigate the fossil fuel industry’s role in misleading the public and stalling climate action

Will you help us push candidates to take the Day One Pledge? Let’s flood candidates’ Twitter feeds with asks to take the pledge. HERE

From Center for Biological Diversity: Sign the petition below to urge California Governor Gavin Newsom to take just and transformative climate action to phase out oil production, starting with immediate health and safety protections for frontline communities. HERE

From Friends of the Earth: Help protect our oceans: Soon, the California Senate will vote on a bill that will help prevent oil spills off California’s shorelines. California could become a leader in the fight to protect coastal communities from dangerous spills. Take action now: Tell your state Senator to vote YES on oil spill prevention! HERE

From the Sierra Club: On 7/31 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration approved the harming of marine mammals in Cook Inlet, Alaska by oil and gas drilling. You can still act to protect our coasts from dangerous drilling activities. Speak up here to stop the first-ever offshore drilling project in federal waters off the Alaskan coast, dangerously near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. HERE

From Friends of the Earth: Demand Congress protect the Endangered Species Act! HERE

Bottom trawling clear-cuts the seafloor, wiping out habitats once teeming with life. Right now, off the U.S. West Coast, incredible seafloor habitat – including rare corals, sponges and marine life that make their homes in this space – are so close to being protected from bottom trawling. Tell the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect seafloor habitats off the U.S. West Coast before they’re wiped out. HERE

From Avaaz: A notorious petrochemical giant plans to build a new plastic plant, which is to become one of the biggest of its kind in the world. They are applying for permits to pollute in the United States. The developer of project Sunshine, Formosa Plastics, is recently labelled a “serial offender” of US environmental laws. Government officials are now seeking public comments on this project and the deadline is close. HERE

PFAS are extremely toxic chemicals that have already been found in the drinking water of many California communities. Contact Governor Gavin Newsom immediately and urge him to sign AB 756 so you are notified if they find dangerous PFAS chemical contaminants in your water. Time is of the essence as the Governor only has until July 31st to sign the bill into law. HERE

From Friends of the Earth: Paraquat is the most acutely toxic herbicide in the U.S. Representative Velazquez just introduced a bill in Congress, the Protect Against Paraquat Act, which would ban paraquat for all uses. Help save people from toxic pesticides: Tell your Representative to co-sponsor the Protect Against Paraquat Act! HERE

CLIMATE VICTORIES

Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 307 into law, effectively stopping Trump and his cronies from pumping billions of gallons of water annually from underneath our national parks in the Mojave Desert!

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ARTICLES

We must transform food production to save the world, says leaked report Cutting carbon from transport and energy ‘not enough’ IPCC finds. Attempts to solve the climate crisis by cutting carbon emissions from only cars, factories and power plants are doomed to failure, scientists will warn this week. HERE

Earth Overshoot Day Shows We’re Tearing Through Resources Faster Than Ever HERE

From World Resources Institute: This Month in Climate Science Primate Extinctions; Ice-free Greenland; A Dengue Explosion HERE

From World Resources Institute: 17 Countries, Home to One-Quarter of the World's Population, Face Extremely High Water Stress HERE

From Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben and others: We’re calling for a global strike on 20 September. Disrupting our normal lives is the only way to secure our future HERE

Ethiopia plants 350m trees in a day to help tackle climate crisis HERE

The Strange Optimism of Climate Alarmist David Wallace-Wells HERE

From 350BayArea: Get Ready. Another Fire Season Is Upon Us HERE

There are many sites you can sign up to receive your own environment science news but click HERE for one from World Resource Institute called Hot Science News.

ECO TIP FOR THE WEEK

Check your Carbon Footprint http://www.footprintcalculator.org and then pledge to lower it.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES

Saturday, August 17: 10:00 am - 12 pm Master Class Preview Event. Introduction to the 46th year of Environmental Forum of Marin's flagship class for environmental advocacy and action. BioMarin, 750 Lindaro St, San Rafael. Information HERE Register HERE

Sunday August 18, 7:30 pm THE GREAT AMERICAN SH*T SHOW, Showcase Theater at the Marin Center, 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael. The show returns for one night only! Solo performance stars Brian Copeland and Charlie Varon join forces to present new monologues on the life in the Age of Trump. An evening of laughing and thinking, covering topics including how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, trying to turn red congressional seats blue, #MeToo and more. If you like Trump, you’ll hate this show! Enjoy the Freedom Singers before the show. Tickets $45 buy HERE

Tuesday, August 20: Climate Change Science & Solutions. Start of comprehensive College of Marin class taught by professors Joe Mueller and Dayna Quick. For information dquick@marin.edu

August 22nd to 25th: Sunrise Movement’s West Regional Summit in the Bay Area! At the summit attendees will learn organizing skills, connect and strategize with other Sunrisers, and join in taking action at the DNC’s national meeting to demand they take this crisis seriously and vote to hold a climate debate! This summit is going to be a great way for a lot of you new sunriser's to trained in Sunrise’s DNA as well as attend specialized breakout trainings on communications strategy, action planning, fundraising, building partnerships, and other core skills to build out powerful hubs. At the summit you will learn skills, connect and strategize with other hubs, and prepare to ramp up our work this fall to make sure the Green New Deal is at the center of the 2020 election. Find more information and sign up HERE

Starting Sat. Sept 7 and finishing April 3, 2020, The Environmental Forum of Marin's Master Class trains people to make a difference. The course series will consist of nine compelling meetings with world class speakers. For more information HERE or questions, email MasterClass@MarinEFM.org. To sign up HERE

Sunday September 8, 3 -5pm Resilient Neighborhoods Benefit, Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. Enjoy a festive afternoon party featuring delicious plant-based snacks and beverages, wine, live music, eco-friendly tips, local experts, and kids’ activities. We'll celebrate our amazing community, take action, and build hope for the future together. Our program will be short and focused. We’ll reveal our plans for growth and hear from Damon Connolly, Marin County Supervisor, Tamra Peters, RN Founder, team graduates, and local supporters.

Tuesday, September 10 West Marin Agriculture and Mariculture Field Trip See first-hand the groundbreaking work being done in West Marin to feed and protect the planet! $100 non members $85 for EFM members. This is an all-day field trip. All participants are required to ride a bus and bring their own lunch. Please direct all registration questions to kim@marinefm.org. Register HERE

Week of Climate Actions starting Friday, September 20. Pledge to participate in the next wave of global Climate Walkouts and a week of actions. Click HERE and 350.org will send you information on how you can get involved wherever you live.

Friday September 20, 10 am: SF Youth And Allies Climate Strike San Francisco Federal Building. All day SF Youth and Allies Climate Strike "We call for a youth-led climate strike march, going to different targets that are contributing to climate breakdown, leaving our mark to let these places know what we are fighting for." For more Information HERE

Friday, September 20 Naomi Klein, Nnimmo Bassey, Bill McKibben are calling for a global strike. Disrupting our normal lives is the only way to secure our future! We’re stepping up -- join us for a day to halt this climate crisis. At the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis. Read the article HERE

September 27-29: Fossil Free California is taking to the roads (on bicycles) for the Climate Ride's Green Fondo. The Green Fondo takes place in beautiful Marin County and features rides of several different lengths to suit a variety of riders. Our team "Fossil Free California on Wheels" is forming now. We know you care about the climate—if you also like to ride a bicycle, or just want to cheer us on, please join us! With its philanthropic adventures for cyclists and hikers, Help us get ready to pedal for the planet! HERE to join the ride.

September Resilient Neighborhoods Fall Teams: Sustainable Living and Climate Action Workshops: Experience the Resilient Neighborhoods unique and hopeful climate action workshop series. Receive support to personalize your climate action plan and get your household prepared for emergencies, wildfires, and power outages. You will achieve measurable results in five meetings. Workshops get started this September in Novato, San Rafael, and Mill Valley. Offered free of charge. Registration required. Click here for details and to sign up.

· San Rafael Community Center- Tuesdays 7-9pm, 9/17,10/1, 10/15, 10/29, and 11/12 Click here for details.

· Novato City Offices- Mondays, 7-9 pm, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, and 11/18 Click here for details.

· Mill Valley Library- Thursdays 7-9 pm, 9/26, 10/10,10/24, 11/7, and 11/21 Click here for details.

7.29.2019

Dear Eco-Team Members and friends,

Sun drying didn't used to be just for tomatoes and in much of the sun-drenched world, it still isn't.  Our tip of the week is to air dry your clothes. 
 While the invention of the clothes drier was a great boon for those who live in apartments and during long wet winter spells, why have so many of us completely eschewed line drying our clothes?  Our tip of the week is to go back to line drying in (mostly)sunny California.  Even if it's raining AND you live in an apartment, indoor clothes racks, available at Ikea, enable you to avoid using your dryer.  Our planet will thank you -- and so do we.  

Your Eco-Team
Marilyn, Elspeth, and Jenny

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 7/29/2019  

From Food & Water Watch: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced a joint resolution in declaring a “climate emergency.”  This would be a big step toward finding solutions for addressing our climate crisis. Show your support for Members of Congress taking steps toward addressing climate change. HERE 

From NRDC if you have not already done so: With one click below, add your name automatically to our growing list of people urging the DNC to hold a dedicated climate debate! Our grassroots supporters in D.C. will hand-deliver your signature to Perez at the DNC headquarters.  HERE  

From Food & Water Watch: A bill in the U.S. Senate would pave the way for dirtier fossil fuel energy, more unnecessary plastic and more pollution — all under the guise of "national security." We know true national security would be to protect our communities from the worst impacts of climate change by moving off fossil fuels and onto renewable energy on a swift timeline. Send a message to your Senators and tell them to oppose Senate Bill 1064, because we need more renewable energy, not fossil fuel projects.  HERE 

From the SIerra Club: We know that the Trump administration is desperate to open the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling -- they want to hold a lease sale before the end of the year. But who’s actually going to bid on drilling rights? That’s where things get interesting. There are four major oil companies most likely to do business in the Refuge: BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Chevron. Right now, none of them will confirm or deny any of their plans. But we know they’re talking behind the scenes, and this is our chance to weigh in.  HERE  

 From Avaaz: To the members of Brazil’s Congress, the government of Jair Bolsonaro, and world leaders: As citizens from all over the world, we are horrified to see the rapid spike in Amazon rainforest destruction in recent months. The fate of humanity rests on the fate of the Amazon, and we urge you to do all you can to protect the forest, including passing laws to protect public forests and end illegal deforestation, and bringing international pressure to prevent further destruction of the Amazon.  HERE 

From Clean Water Action: Last month the Trump administration unveiled a proposal to make it easier – a lot easier – to rubberstamp large-scale logging and clear-cuts in our National Forests without any public input. These changes make it harder for impacted residents to give input on big projects. It would codify climate-denial by allowing the government to ignore the impacts of climate change on wildfires and our communities and put our forests at risk. Don’t let the Trump administration take away your voice!  HERE  

To be delivered to Andrew Wheeler, EPA Administrator Honey bees are in big trouble. Reverse your approval for "Emergency" use of the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor in 11 states. HERE  

From Oil Change International: The European Investment Bank (EIB) just announced a draft policy that would phase out all fossil fuel finance by the end of 2020! This ambitious policy still needs to be approved by the member state representatives who make up the EIB’s Board of Directors. Call on the governments that own the EIB to pass this ambitious fossil fuel phase-out policy!  HERE  

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) just CANCELLED critical honey bee research—even though honey bee populations declined by 40% in the last year! Pollinators such as bees help produce one third of the crops we eat. Tell USDA: Protect pollinators! Restore funding for the Honey Bee Colony research survey! HERE 

CLIMATE VICTORIES 

From Clean Water Action: Governor Newsom signed the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund into Law! Thanks to a broad coalition that included members like you, one million Californians are now on a path to gain access to safe drinking water. 

FROM EDF: Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW of North America just took a major step to slash climate pollution. In a powerful rebuke to the Trump administration, these four automakers have announced their commitment to keep innovating and reducing dangerous pollution even if Trump’s EPA rolls back the regulations and attacks the separate state clean cars program currently requiring them to do so. 

From Sierra Club: Today, two more companies, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, committed to ending their membership with the Plastic Industry Association. This success is thanks to every one of you who spoke up and demanded these companies stop supporting the plastic industry. Together with a coalition of organizations including Greenpeace, Walden Asset Management, As You Sow, and The Last Beach Cleanup, we've successfully pressured companies to ditch the pro-plastic lobby. 

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ARTICLES  

Why Climate Change is Worse Than You Think  David Wallace-Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming. HERE  

Climate scientists drive stake through heart of skeptics' argument. New research shows that the recent rise in global temperatures is unlike anything seen on Earth during the past 2,000 years.  HERE 

Eventually, We Will All Be Climate Refugees by Dahr Jamail.  HERE  

India plants 66 million trees in 12 hours as part of record-breaking environmental campaign HERE 

ECO TIP FOR THE WEEK

Consider” Line Drying” your clothing to conserve energy. It is also gentler on your clothes and the ultra-violet rays in sunlight help to bleach and disinfect laundry. 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES

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Sunday August 18, 7:30 pm THE GREAT AMERICAN SH*T SHOW, Showcase Theater at the Marin Center, 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael.  The show returns for one night only! Solo performance stars Brian Copeland and Charlie Varon join forces to present new monologues on the life in the Age of Trump. An evening of laughing and thinking, covering topics including how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, trying to turn red congressional seats blue, #MeToo and more. If you like Trump, you’ll hate this show! Enjoy the Freedom Singers before the show. Tickets $45 buy HERE 

College of Marin’s Fall Global Climate Change course. The course is designed  to assure that it's about solutions every step of the way.. Project Drawdown is as one of their two textbooks plus there will be field trips and guest lectures. For catalog description of the course HERE  For information: Dayna J. Quick dquick@marin.edu and Joe Mueller jmueller@marin.edu. 

Sunday September 8, 4 -5pm Resilient Neighborhoods Benefit, Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon.  

Week of Climate Actions starting Friday, September 20.  Pledge to participate in the next wave of global Climate Walkouts and a week of actions. Click HERE and 350.org will send you information on how you can get involved wherever you live. 

Friday, September 20 Naomi Klein, Nnimmo Bassey, Bill McKibben are calling for a global strike.  Disrupting our normal lives is the only way to secure our future! We’re stepping up -- join us for a day to halt this climate crisis. At the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis. Read the article HERE
September 27-29:  Fossil Free California is taking to the roads (on bicycles) for the Climate Ride's Green Fondo. The Green Fondo takes place in beautiful Marin County and features rides of several different lengths to suit a variety of riders. Our team "Fossil Free California on Wheels" is forming now. We know you care about the climate—if you also like to ride a bicycle, or just want to cheer us on, please join us!  With its philanthropic adventures for cyclists and hikers, Help us get ready to pedal for the planet! HERE to join the ride.

7.22.2019

Dear Eco-Team Members and friends,

Yes, more nonsense from the White House; this time on straws:
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/19/743683131/trump-seizes-on-soggy-paper-straws-as-campaign-issue-make-straws-great-again.

We wonder if he has read this tweet from Greta Thunnberg?

@GretaThunberg It’s 2019. Can we all now please stop saying “climate change” and instead call it what it is: climate breakdown, climate crisis, climate emergency, ecological breakdown, ecological crisis and ecological emergency? #ClimateBreakdown #EcologicalBreakdown

Your Eco-Team
Marilyn, Elspeth, and Jenny

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 

7/22/2019  

From The Climate Mobilization Tell Congress to declare a climate emergency now.  We urgently need a massive effort to reverse global warming and protect humanity and the natural world from collapse. For more information and to see who signed on HERE  Send a letter to your Representative and Senator asking them to wake up and declare a climate emergency and take action that matches the scale of the emergency now, before it’s too late. HERE 

From Friends of the Earth: The National Environmental Policy Act has prevented the construction of dangerous projects with devastating and even deadly impacts on our environment and public health -- projects that might have proceeded despite local opposition, if not for NEPA. In short, it’s the “Magna Carta of environmental law.”  Now, Trump’s Forest Service wants to gut NEPA, opening the door for large-scale logging and clear-cutting in our National Forests. We need your help to stop it! Help protect our National Forests: Tell Trump’s Forest Service not to gut NEPA protections! HERE 

From NRDC:  Time is running out to avert climate catastrophe. That's why I'm asking you today to go All In for Climate Action. All In for Climate Action will alert you when your voice is needed most. Sign the pledge now and take your first action right away. HERE  

From NRDC:  Send your message directly to the president's desk: tell Trump to abandon his radical fossil fuel agenda, or prepare to face NRDC in federal court.  HERE 

From Avaaz: HALF A BILLION Amazon trees have been torn down in the past year, and deforestation is up almost 90% under Brazil’s far-right president Bolsonaro! Now champions in Brazil's Congress are considering sweeping new forest protections, and indigenous groups are appealing for global support. Let’s give it to them, with a massive campaign to save the Amazon! Sign now!   HERE 

From the Sierra Club: Countless water bodies - streams, rivers, lakes and nearshore waters across the country - are being threatened by a single wastewater treatment plant in Maui, Hawaii. We need voices from across the country to join together and call on Maui County to withdraw their case from the Supreme Court for the protection of water bodies across the country! HERE  

From The Sierra Club:  The Department of the Interior is continuing a secretive program to pull park rangers and police from lands across the nation and send them to patrol the border.  Tell your members of Congress to put a stop to this misuse of park resources. HERE 

From the Sierra Club:  Every school day, some 30 million children in the US receive meals through the National School Lunch Program. Congress is deciding right now who will eat healthy food and who will get junk. Far too many kids lack access to the healthy, sustainable options that their peers in wealthier school districts enjoy. Tell your members of Congress that all schoolchildren should be able to eat nutritious, sustainably grown food. HERE 

From Story of Stuff: Support the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act! This bill will phase out nonrecyclable single-use plastics, reduce demand for 'virgin' plastic, create green jobs... and provide a model for other states and countries to follow! Passing this bill will be a huge win for the global movement to end plastic pollution. This bill passed the first vote in each house with a healthy margin. Now, we need to pass the second round of votes. If all the state Senators and Assemblymembers who voted YES the first time vote YES again, we're golden. But industry lobbyists have this bill in the crosshairs, and are trying to significantly water it down... or kill it altogether. It's make-or-break time for this groundbreaking bill. Sign our global petition that we'll hand deliver to legislators! HERE  

From Friends of the Earth: Tell Congress to hold Carnival accountable for destroying our oceans! HERE 

Join Youth Asking Fast Food Giants to Stop Giving Plastic Toys. Sign the petition created by a 7 and 9 year old asking McDonald's and Burger King to make "Happy Meals" that don't pollute the planet. HERE 

From U.S.PIRG: Tell your U.S. senators to support the Clean School Bus Act HERE 

WE WON NEWS

From Last Chance Alliance Big News: Governor Newsom wants to "start seeing a transition" away from fossil fuels.  Last week, members of Last Chance Alliance, Consumer Watchdog and Fractracker Alliance revealed that fracking permits have doubled since Newsom took office—without his knowledge—and that top regulators at DOGGR, the state agency entrusted with protecting Californians from oil operations, had significant financial investments in the very oil companies they’re meant to regulate. Upon learning the news, Governor Newsom took swift action and fired Ken Harris, the head of DOGGR, while acknowledging the need to transition away from oil and gas extraction. 

Berkeley bans natural gas in new buildings, the first U.S. city to do so  HERE 

From World Wildlife Federation: In a victory for local communities and wildlife, the Zambian government halted plans to construct a mega dam on the Luangwa River.

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ARTICLES 

Tweet from Greta Thunberg:  @GretaThunberg It’s 2019. Can we all now please stop saying “climate change” and instead call it what it is: climate breakdown, climate crisis, climate emergency, ecological breakdown, ecological crisis and ecological emergency?  #ClimateBreakdown #EcologicalBreakdown

Ag’s Climate Challenge: Grow 50% More Food Without More Land or Emissions. It means less beef, less food waste and reforestation on a grand scale, among other key steps, say authors of a new United Nations and WRI report. HERE 

UN expert condemns failure to address impact of climate change on poverty HERE And click HERE to view the report 

From Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL): Authorized to Steal: Organized Crime Networks Launder Illegal Timber from the Peruvian Amazon (July 2019) HERE 

Climate Resistance Handbook (Or, I Was Part of a Climate Action. Now What?) by 350.org campaigner Daniel Hunter, was  recently published online. To download click HERE 

Here’s how hot your hometown will feel by midcentury For anyone curious about how many days of scorching heat their own county might experience in the future, the study comes along with an interactive map  HERE and search tool HERE  for people to see how their own hometown could be affected depending on what level of climate action we take to avert the crisis.

ECO TIP FOR THE WEEK

When your TV, computer and other appliances are plugged in, they are quietly draining electricity all day, every day, even when they are turned off? This phenomenon is known as standby power, or the electric power consumed by products when they are switched off or in a standby mode. We may not notice it, but standby power is a big issue. It accounts for 5 percent to 10 percent of residential energy use, costing the average U.S. household $100 per year. For more information from the Department of Energy HERE 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES

Sunday August 18, 7:30 pm THE GREAT AMERICAN SH*T SHOW, Showcase Theater at the Marin Center, 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael.  The show returns for one night only! Solo performance stars Brian Copeland and Charlie Varon join forces to present new monologues on the life in the Age of Trump. An evening of laughing and thinking, covering topics including how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, trying to turn red congressional seats blue, #MeToo and more. If you like Trump, you’ll hate this show! Enjoy the Freedom Singers before the show. Tickets $45 buy HERE 

Sunday September 8, 4 -5pm Resilient Neighborhoods Benefit, Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon.

Friday, September 20 Naomi Klein, Nnimmo Bassey, Bill McKibben are calling for a global strike on 20 September.  Disrupting our normal lives is the only way to secure our future! We’re stepping up -- join us for a day to halt this climate crisis. At the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis. Read the article HERE  

September 27-29:  Fossil Free California is taking to the roads (on bicycles) for the Climate Ride's Green Fondo. The Green Fondo takes place in beautiful Marin County and features rides of several different lengths to suit a variety of riders. Our team "Fossil Free California on Wheels" is forming now. We know you care about the climate—if you also like to ride a bicycle, or just want to cheer us on, please join us!  With its philanthropic adventures for cyclists and hikers, Help us get ready to pedal for the planet! HERE to join ride.

Week of Climate Actions starting Friday, September 20.  Pledge to participate in the next wave of global Climate Walkouts and a week of actions. Click HERE and 350.org will send you information on how you can get involved wherever you live.

7.15.2019

Dear Eco-Team Members and friends,

Momentum on a Climate Emergency Declaration in Congress is currently exploding, with elected officials, organizations, and the media all talking about the climate emergency situation we face. We must mobilize to reverse climate change; spreading the truth is the first step.

Here are three ways you can make a difference right now:

#1: NowThis just dropped a really important video that we hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch and share. It features Academy Award-winning writer, director, and producer Adam McKay (responsible for films such as Vice, The Big Short, and Anchorman) and Margaret discussing the need to name the climate emergency and how we're going to create the momentum for a climate mobilization. 

The timing of this video is perfect to keep building momentum for a national declaration of climate emergency. Please share it tonight on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ClimateEmergency and with a link to ClimateEmergency.US.

#2: The National Climate Emergency Declaration is off to the races in Congress! ALL the major Senators who are running for president have endorsed and are co-sponsoring the declaration, as have 35 members of the House and 29 climate and justice organizations. 

Please use this graphic in social media posts – you can even @mention your representatives if you don’t see them on this list. See our Twitter feed for some examples — this image will work on Instagram and Facebook as well. Again, please make sure to use the hashtag #ClimateEmergency when you post.

 #3: We need your presence to make this real and to get your Representative engaged. Sign up here to visit their office and discuss this important resolution with them. 

Your voice is critical. Thanks for taking action now.

Your Eco-Team
Marilyn, Elspeth, and Jenny

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 7/15/2019  

  • From EDF: From EDF:  The Trump Administration has finalized a decision to scrap the Clean Power Plan — and “replace” it with a plan that has no meaningful limits on carbon pollution. It’s likely this is a “do-nothing” program that could actually increase pollution from inefficient, highly-polluting coal-fired power plants in many states. Don’t stand for this double talk: Demand Congress step up EPA oversight and call for real climate action. HERE 

  • From EDF: Tell Congress to support a 100% Clean Energy Economy now!  Urge Rep. Huffman to cosponsor a bill that moves us toward a 100% clean energy economy.  HERE 

  • From NRDC: Tax Credits is one big way Congress can help speed up action on clean energy and climate change. By extending or modifying critical tax credits for clean energy and energy efficiency investments, the federal government can provide billions of dollars in tax incentives that will help solve the climate crisis. But many of these tax credits are outdated, expired, or set to expire soon, including in four key green technology areas needed to meet our climate goals — electric vehicles, offshore wind, electric grid scale storage, and building efficiency.Tell Rep. Jared Huffman: We need climate action now! Extend smart and vital tax credits needed to expand our clean energy technology revolution. HERE  

  • From Friends of the Earth:  Take action now and help protect our oceans!  Tell Congress to make Taylor Energy fix its devastating oil spill which has continued daily for 15 years. HERE 

  • The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is trying to get Governor Newsom to veto an important bill (AB 756-Garcia) that would streamline the process for getting more information about toxic PFAS chemicals in California drinking water and ensure that any detections of the chemicals are disclosed to the public. Tell Governor Newsom to be the water champion he claims to be and to sign AB 756 immediately. HERE 

  • From Jared Huffman: On Friday, the House voted on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is ordinarily the annual vehicle for excessive Pentagon spending, overseas military adventures, and runaway defense contracting. Although this year’s price tag was still too high, the House’s NDAA was actually an important piece of reform legislation. The bill that we approved will prevent President Trump from using defense funds to build his ridiculous border wall and will cut off the administration’s attempt to launch a new nuclear arms race.Will you join me in support of this strong negotiating position against Trump and his Senate Republican allies? HERE 

  • Tell the BLM to protect Chaco Canyon from Big Oil! HERE 

  • From Friends of the Earth: Sign your name and urge  your senators to reject climate denier Kelly Knight Craft’s nomination for UN Ambassador!  HERE 

  • From Friends of the Earth: The Port of Long Beach is proposing to deepen the channel to bring in larger Carnival cruise ships like the Carnival Panorama. Stop Carnival Cruise Lines from polluting California communities and waters and tell City officials to say NO to Carnival’s Long Beach expansion. HERE 

  • The Trust for Public Lands, current owner of the former San Geronimo Golf Course property, is accepting public comments on the uses that residents would like to see on that land. The more comments supporting Regenerative Farming the better the chance of it being included in the plan. Please follow the link and leave your comments and suggestions supporting Regenerative Farming and other uses you want to see on the former golf course. HERE   

WE WON NEWS

From the Climate Mobilization:  City of Los Angeles Moves Toward Mobilization in Response to the Climate Emergency. On Wednesday July 3, by 13-0-2 vote of the City Council, the City of Los Angeles became the first government in the world to create and fund an official City Office and City Commission to develop and implement a mobilization plan, in response to the climate emergency. For more information HERE  and watch their short video on the subject with clips of FDR, Bernie Sanders, Naomi Klein and others HERE

From Last Chance Alliance Big News: Governor Newsom wants to "start seeing a transition" away from fossil fuels. We have an exciting campaign update: Last week, members of Last Chance Alliance, Consumer Watchdog and Fractracker Alliance revealed that fracking permits have doubled since Newsom took office—without his knowledge—and that top regulators at DOGGR, the state agency entrusted with protecting Californians from oil operations, had significant financial investments in the very oil companies they’re meant to regulate. Upon learning the news, Governor Newsom took swift action and fired Ken Harris, the head of DOGGR, while acknowledging the need to transition away from oil and gas extraction.

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ARTICLES 

New Yorker Article: The Case for Declaring a National Climate Emergency HERE

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced a Resolution on 7/9 asking Congress to declare that global warming is an emergency demanding a massive mobilization of resources to protect the U.S. economy, society and national security. They envision a mobilization on par with the U.S. response in World War II.  HERE 

Momentum on a Climate Emergency Declaration in Congress is currently exploding, with elected officials, organizations, and the media all talking about the climate emergency situation we face. We must mobilize to reverse climate change; spreading the truth is the first step.  Take a few minutes to watch and share this video HERE . It features Academy Award-winning writer, director, and producer Adam McKay (responsible for films such as Vice, The Big Short, and Anchorman) and Margaret discussing the need to name the climate emergency and how we're going to create the momentum for a climate mobilization.   Please share it tonight on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ClimateEmergency and with a link to ClimateEmergency.US.

Climate Change and Why We Should Panic voiced by Keira Knightley | Extinction Rebellion HERE 

On NBC News: Wasteland: Today's trash is going to be tomorrow's big problem. From coffee cups to cocktail stirrers, quick-fire trash is quickly becoming a big problem. This is Wasteland, a deep dive into what we throw out and how it affects what's next. This episode explores the impact of the massive amounts of garbage we produce and what we are going to do with it all.  HERE 

From the Drawdown July Plastic Challenge developed by rePurpose:  Avoiding plastic is hard - we help you take action. Calculate your impact, offset your unique footprint, and get green living tips tailored just for you.  Click HERE for video  AND Calculate your plastic footprint It will take less than three minutes HERE 

Cartoon Video from Center for Environmental Law: Fueling Plastics: The Truth Behind the Plastic Bag  HERE 

From Story of Stuff: Watch this video and learn who the real culprits for plastic pollution are!  HERE

Click HERE for a visual representation of population growth from the year 1 C.E. to the present, and view projections to the year 2050.  Click HERE to find your #MyPopNumber. Enter your birth date to identify where you fit into our current population of 7.7 billion. Hit “reply” to this email, and share your number with us. Then share your number on social media!  

 ECO TIP FOR THE WEEK

From the Drawdown July Plastic Challenge developed by rePurpose  Avoiding plastic is hard - we help you take action. Calculate your impact, offset your unique footprint, and get green living tips tailored just for you.  Click HERE for video  AND Calculate your plastic footprint It will take less than three minutes HERE 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES

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 July 1 - July 31 Join EcoChallenge.org's   Plastic Free EcoChallenge ! Registration is now open! Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a month-long effort for all of us to shift away from our single-use plastic dependency. Throughout the EcoChallenge, share your progress, success, and reflections with fellow EcoChallengers, all while earning points for completed actions. Just select the actions you'd like to commit to, and invite everyone you know who's ready to get on this bandwagon.

ALSO Check out this similar site Plastic Free July which challenges people around the world to refuse single-use plastics during the month of July. You can take the challenge here. This movement started only eight years ago with a handful of participants. And last year more than 120 million people participated from across 177 countries and the challenge prevented 490 million kg of plastic waste from entering the waste stream

Jenny pls remove this on if goes out after 7/15. Tuesday, July 16  12:30 - 1:30 pm: Rally in support of the Marin City Golden Gate Village Residential Plan. The rally is across from the Marin County Civic Center on the front lawn of the Post Office. It is held before the Housing Authority Commission meeting 1:20 - 3:30 pm at the Civic Center. The Freedom Singers will sing at the rally.

Sunday, July 21, 4 - 7pm MVCAN 3rd Annual Picnic , Tamalpais Community Center, 203 Marin Ave, Mill Valley . Bring your favorite salad, hors d’oeuvre, desserts, or drinks. MVCAN will supply Grilly’s catering for main dishes, meat and veggie. RSVP to Carol Korenbrot  at carol.korenbrot@gmail.com and tell us who you are and what you’d like to bring. Since climate change is a major MVCAN issue, we should all walk the talk. To pitch in, bring your own plates, cups, cutlery and napkins to our party.  We strongly suggest you arrive by carpool, bus or bike. Thank you all so much -- on behalf of our planet.

Monday, July 22,  7 - 8pm: Sunrise Movement Marin Hub Meeting at the Fairfax Library Community Room (2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930). They are coming together to take action and demand the Democratic National Convention hold a climate debate (they are voting on it on August 22nd). At this meeting they are going to prepare for our strike at a local democratic party place (more info coming soon), spread the petition , write letters to the editor , and much more!  Click HERE to RSVP!  Also, please spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues and post this poster in any environmental/social justice groups you are in.

Sunday August 18, 7:30 pm THE GREAT AMERICAN SH*T SHOW, Showcase Theater at the Marin Center, 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael.  The show returns for one night only! Solo performance stars Brian Copeland and Charlie Varon join forces to present new monologues on the life in the Age of Trump. An evening of laughing and thinking, covering topics including how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, trying to turn red congressional seats blue, #MeToo and more. If you like Trump, you’ll hate this show! Enjoy the Freedom Singers before the show. Tickets $45 buy HERE  

Friday, September 20 Naomi Klein, Nnimmo Bassey, Bill McKibben are calling for a global strike on 20 September.  Disrupting our normal lives is the only way to secure our future! We’re stepping up -- join us for a day to halt this climate crisis. At the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis. Read the article HERE  

September 27-29:  Fossil Free California is taking to the roads (on bicycles) for the Climate Ride's Green Fondo. The Green Fondo takes place in beautiful Marin County and features rides of several different lengths to suit a variety of riders. Our team "Fossil Free California on Wheels" is forming now. We know you care about the climate—if you also like to ride a bicycle, or just want to cheer us on, please join us!  With its philanthropic adventures for cyclists and hikers, Help us get ready to pedal for the planet! HERE to join ride.

Week of Climate Actions starting Friday, September 20.  Pledge to participate in the next wave of global Climate Walkouts and a week of actions. Click HERE and 350.org will send you information on how you can get involved wherever you live.

 

7.8.2019

Dear Eco-Team Members and friends,
Isn't this week's photo (above) just HORRIFIC?  It's why we are suggesting that July is the month we all try to kick the plastic habit!

This week, we encourage you to think plastic, or rather how you can use less of it in your own life and become an activist in encouraging your community to go plastic-free too.

There are two separate opportunities listed in our "Coming Soon" section below for you to start this month to get into the habit of NOT using plastic.  Check them out.  Also, remember to bring your own plates and utensils to the MV CAN picnic on July 21.  

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 7/8/2019  

·         Join the #Climate2020 Pressure Team! We are building a team of thousands who will work to ensure that our next president takes urgent action to stop climate catastrophe. Are you in?  HERE 

·         From Sunrise Movement:  Write a letter to the editor of your local paper in support of a #ClimateDebate.  We've put together an easy tool to submit your letter. HERE 

·         From the Climate Mobilization: More than 5,000 people have signed our petition asking Congress to declare a Climate Emergency, and we are hearing that our Representatives and Senators are taking notice. Please take a moment to share the take action page on Facebook and on Twitter, and text it to your friends.

·         The fossil fuel industry is threatening our communities and wild places, and worsening the climate crisis. And too many of our leaders look the other way as Big Oil scars our landscape. Tell Congress to keep fossil fuels in the ground! HERE 

·         Oceana urges us to save the living seafloor. Tell the National Marine Fisheries Service to save our oceans and seafloor habitat from the destruction of bottom trawling by implementing strong, science-based protections HERE 

·         From the Sierra Club: 13 Days Left to Save These Wolves.  Defend the Endangered Species Act and the iconic wildlife that depend on it! Tell US Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Margaret Everson not to delist the gray wolf. HERE 

·         From the Sierra Club: Help save Oceano Dunes -- a rare natural area located in San Luis Obispo County along California’s Central Coast!  It’s designated an Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area and is home to several threatened bird species. Off-highway Vehicles (OHV), allowed in this area for decades, need to be phased out. Send an email now urging the Commission to protect Oceano Dunes. HERE 

·         From Trust for Public Land: Congress: Protect national scenic trails from development HERE 

·         From Avaaz: Japan -- Ban Ivory Now! Hong Kong shut down the ivory market and China followed suit. But Japan still allows a booming domestic ivory trade!  HERE 

·         Southwest Airlines: Take responsibility for your plastic pollution! Fly the country’s first plastic-free flight.  HERE

 

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ARTICLES 

From Bill McKibben: I found Kevin Baker’s piece on the historical antecedents of the Green New Deal [“Where Our New World Begins,” Essay, May] perhaps the best essay I’ve read on the subject. It is a bracing reminder that we’re not the first generation to face what seem like insurmountable obstacles. The transition we require in this case is similar to that required during the Great Depression: from laissez-faire market worship to actual human solidarity. That’s what will once again be necessary if we are to build a future that can truly sustain us. Baker’s piece left me ready to get back to work. HERE 

'Biggest compliment yet': Greta Thunberg welcomes oil chief's 'greatest threat' label. Activists say comments by Opec head prove world opinion is turning against fossil fuels.  HERE 

Moody’s Analytics says climate change could cost $69 trillion by 2100 HERE 

 ECO TIP FOR THE WEEK

When your TV, computer and other appliances are plugged in, they are quietly draining electricity all day, every day, even when they are turned off? This phenomenon is known as standby power. Standby power accounts for 5 percent to 10 percent of residential energy use, costing the average U.S. household $100 per year. For more information from the Department of Energy click HERE

 MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES

July 1 - July 31 Join EcoChallenge.org's   Plastic Free EcoChallenge ! Registration is now open! Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a month-long effort for all of us to shift away from our single-use plastic dependency. Throughout the EcoChallenge, share your progress, success, and reflections with fellow EcoChallengers, all while earning points for completed actions. Just select the actions you'd like to commit to, and invite everyone you know who's ready to get on this bandwagon. 

ALSO Check out this similar site Plastic Free July which challenges people around the world to refuse single-use plastics during the month of July. You can take the challenge here. This movement started only eight years ago with a handful of participants. And last year more than 120 million people participated from across 177 countries and the challenge prevented 490 million kg of plastic waste from entering the waste stream 

Friday, July 12 , 7 – 9:30 pm: Lights for Liberty, Novato City Hall,  901 Sherman Avenue. Join with others throughout the nation to take part in Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps. The gathering will begin at 7 pm. The event will culminate in a candlelight vigil at 9 pm.  Sign up HERE  Learn more about the rallies nationwide HERE The Freedom Singers will sing at the rally. 

Tuesday, July 16  12:30 - 1:30 pm: Rally in support of the Marin City Golden Gate Village Residential Plan. The rally is across from the Marin County Civic Center on the front lawn of the Post Office. It is held before the Housing Authority Commission meeting 1:20 - 3:30 pm at the Civic Center. The Freedom Singers will sing at the rally. 

Sunday, July 21, 4 - 7pm MVCAN 3rd Annual Picnic , Tamalpais Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. Bring your favorite salad, hors d’oeuvre, desserts, or drinks. MVCAN will supply Grilly’s catering for main dishes, meat and veggie. RSVP to Carol Korenbrot  at carol.korenbrot@gmail.com and tell us who you are and what you’d like to bring.  Since climate change is a major MVCAN issue, we should all walk the talk.  To pitch in, bring your own plates, cups, cutlery and napkins to our party.  We strongly suggest you arrive by carpool, bus or bike. Thank you all so much -- on behalf of our planet. 

Monday, July 22,  7 - 8pm:  Sunrise Movement Marin Hub Meeting at the Fairfax Library Community Room (2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930). They are coming together to take action and demand the Democratic National Convention hold a climate debate (they are voting on it on August 22nd). At this meeting they are going to prepare for our strike at a local democratic party place (more info coming soon), spread the petition , write letters to the editor , and much more!  Click HERE to RSVP!  Also, please spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues and post this poster in any environmental/social justice groups you are in. 

Sunday August 18, 7:30 pm THE GREAT AMERICAN SH*T SHOW, Showcase Theater at the Marin Center, 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael.  The show returns for one night only! Solo performance stars Brian Copeland and Charlie Varon join forces to present new monologues on the life in the Age of Trump. An evening of laughing and thinking, covering topics including how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, trying to turn red congressional seats blue, #MeToo and more. If you like Trump, you’ll hate this show! Enjoy the Freedom Singers before the show. Tickets $45 buy HERE   

Friday, September 20 Naomi Klein, Nnimmo Bassey, Bill McKibben are calling for a global strike on 20 September.  Disrupting our normal lives is the only way to secure our future! We’re stepping up -- join us for a day to halt this climate crisis. At the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis. Read the article HERE  

Week of Climate Actions starting Friday, September 20.  Pledge to participate in the next wave of global Climate Walkouts and a week of actions. Click HERE and 350.org will send you information on how you can get involved wherever you live. 

7.1.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team Members and friends,

NO!  They are not talking about  climate change.  But we MUST change that!  This is what some said about the lack of attention paid to the issue  

"Downright Irresponsible and Shameful": DNC and NBC Ripped for Democratic Debate That Spent Less Than 10 Minutes on Climate Emergency HERE 

Climate change got just 15 minutes out of 4 hours of Democratic debates. Climate is one of the most important issues for Democratic primary voters. It deserves its own event. HERE 

350 Action Responds to Second Democratic Debate  (response from Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, 350 Action Director) HERE 

What can we do?  Support Sunrise's efforts to force a Climate Debate.  Click HERE to support Sunrise

And learn more TODAY or by signing up to receive messages from Sunrise In response to pressure from around the nation and inside their own ranks, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) scheduled a vote on a #ClimateDebate for August. Sunrise is holding a mass call Tuesday at 8pm ET to launch the campaign to pressure local and state party representatives to support the #ClimateDebate, and win this vote. Click HERE  to join the call but if you miss the call join the Sunrise Movement HERE to receive their messages directly. (If you

Your Eco-Team
Marilyn, Elspeth, and Jenny

 

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 7/1/2019  

·         From Our Children's Trust: Juliana v. United States. While we wait for the decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, we must call on Members of Congress to publicly support the constitutional rights of young people to life, liberty, and property free from government endangerment. We have been calling on the judicial branch but now we need the legislative branch to step up as well.  Click HERE  to tweet, call, email 

·         From Earthjustice: Tell the EPA to take real action and end ongoing pollution from PFAS  “forever chemicals!” HERE 

·         Trump's NAFTA is directly at odds with a Green New Deal. We're trying to call as many Members of Congress as possible to ask them to say NO to Trump's pro-polluter deal. Can you make a quick call? Dial 855-980-2349 and we'll automatically connect you with your representative's office.

·         New York City has joined  over 650 local governments around the world in declaring a Climate Emergency, They have become  the largest local government to declare to date! NYC’s leadership in the U.S. now takes our Climate Emergency Campaign to another level. Tell Congress to declare a climate emergency now! HERE 

·         Plastic Free July! Take The Pledge! Each week, you'll receive tips for a month without plastic, and how to take  action with The Story of Stuff Project and partners in the #breakfreefromplastic movement. I pledge to avoid single-use plastic, to educate others about plastic waste. .HERE 

·         From the Sierra Club: Tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: I strongly oppose the Jordan Cove fracked gas export terminal. This is our chance to officially go on record with the federal government against this project. But we only have until July 5!   HERE 

·         Demand that Washington State protect Southern Resident Orc from extinction now! Puget Sound's endangered orca are down to just 75 individuals, the lowest number in three decades. Add your name  HERE 

·         From Friends of the Earth: Tell Carnival to clean up its cruise ships and stop polluting our oceans! HERE 

·         From U.S. PIRG: Tired of getting ripped off by companies overcharging you for repairs and pushing you to upgrade to a new item instead?  You're not alone. Tell the FTC: It’s time to let us fix our stuff! Add your name by July 16 and we'll deliver all signatures to the FTC showing them consumers want repair choices. HERE

WE WON NEWS

From the Sierra Club: Because you took action on "Rise with immigrants & border communities for environmental & social justice!," we wanted to share this important update from the campaign's creator: "On Friday, a federal court permanently blocked the Trump administration from accessing $2.5 billion in military funds for Trump's border wall." HERE for more information.

From 350.org We just received word of a huge victory in Kenya — stopping the first ever coal plant proposed for the island of Lamu. These victories and fights matter because some countries can leapfrog over the fossil fuel sector to 100% renewable energy. By canceling the Lamu plant, Kenya shows this can be done.

Also from 350.org: After years of inspiring and creative campaigning from the climate movement, the license to build the Lamu Coal plant has been revoked! This is a huge victory for environmental rights, for the Lamu community and for our planet. Read more and share the video. HERE  

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ARTICLES  

World faces ‘climate apartheid’ risk, 120 more million in poverty: UN expert  HERE  

No Drips, No Drops: A City Of 10 Million Is Running Out Of Water HERE 

Today's Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Already Locks in 1.5°C Warming, Study Warns. To stay within the Paris climate goals, coal and other fossil fuel-fired power plants would have to shut down early or be retrofitted for carbon capture. HERE  

Who Can Afford a Green New Deal? We Can!  by Frances Moore Lappé, Zachary Field  HERE   

Climate change got just 15 minutes out of 4 hours of Democratic debates. Climate is one of the most important issues for Democratic primary voters. It deserves its own event. HERE 

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Ice on Fire film is available now from HBO On Demand through July 16 or for FREE version click HEREIce on Fire finds that while the risks and urgency may be higher than ever today, there are also opportunities for innovative solutions. 

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez met Greta Thunberg: 'Hope is contagious'. One is America’s youngest-ever Congresswoman, the other a Swedish schoolgirl. Two of the most powerful voices on the climate speak for the first time  HERE   

Meet generation Greta: young climate activists around the world They’re too young to vote, but schoolchildren across the globe are taking matters into their own hands. HERE  

ECO TIP FOR THE WEEK

Opt up to Marin Clean Energy (MCE) 100% clean electric energy and reduce your electric carbon footprint to ZERO.  it only costs one cent more per kilowatt hour. Call Marin Clean Energy at 888-632-3674 or visit them online at https://www.mcecleanenergy.org/opt up/ 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES 

July 1 - July 31 Join EcoChallenge.org's   Plastic Free EcoChallenge ! Registration is now open! Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a month-long effort for all of us to shift away from our single-use plastic dependency. Throughout the EcoChallenge, share your progress, success, and reflections with fellow EcoChallengers, all while earning points for completed actions. Just select the actions you'd like to commit to, and invite everyone you know who's ready to get on this bandwagon. 

ALSO Check out this similar site Plastic Free July which challenges people around the world to refuse single-use plastics during the month of July. You can take the challenge here. This movement started only eight years ago with a handful of participants. And last year more than 120 million people participated from across 177 countries and the challenge prevented 490 million kg of plastic waste from entering the waste stream

Monday, July 8, 3 - 4:30 pm:  Sunrise Movement and their Local Actions will be presented by Lucy London  a teen with Sunrise Movement’s Marin Hub. Redwoods Retirement Center, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.  

Friday, July 12 , 7 – 9:30 pm: Lights for Liberty, Novato City Hall,  901 Sherman Avenue. Join with others throughout the nation to take part in Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps. The gathering will begin at 7 pm. The event will culminate in a candlelight vigil at 9 pm.  Sign up HERE  Learn more about the rallies nationwide HERE The Freedom Singers will sing at the rally. 

Tuesday, July 16  12:30 - 1:30 pm: Rally in support of the Marin City Golden Gate Village Residential Plan. The rally is across from the Marin County Civic Center on the front lawn of the Post Office. It is held before the Housing Authority Commission meeting 1:20 - 3:30 pm at the Civic Center. The Freedom Singers will sing at the rally. 

Sunday, July 21, 4 - 7pm MVCAN 3rd Annual Picnic , Tamalpais Community Center, 203 Marin Ave, Mill Valley . Bring your favorite salad, hors d’oeuvre, desserts, or drinks. MVCAN will supply Grilly’s catering for main dishes, meat and veggie. RSVP to Carol Korenbrot  at carol.korenbrot@gmail.com and tell us who you are and what you’d like to bring.  Since climate change is a major MVCAN issue, we should all walk the talk.  To pitch in, bring your own plates, cups, cutlery and napkins to our party.  We strongly suggest you arrive by carpool, bus or bike. Thank you all so much -- on behalf of our planet. 

Monday, July 22,  7 - 8pm:  Sunrise Movement Marin Hub Meeting: More information later on place. 

Sunday August 18, 7:30 pm THE GREAT AMERICAN SH*T SHOW, Showcase Theater at the Marin Center, 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael.  The show returns for one night only! Solo performance stars Brian Copeland and Charlie Varon join forces to present new monologues on the life in the Age of Trump. An evening of laughing and thinking, covering topics including how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, trying to turn red congressional seats blue, #MeToo and more. If you like Trump, you’ll hate this show! Enjoy the Freedom Singers before the show. Tickets $45 buy HERE  

6.24.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team Members and friends,

If you take just ONE THING this week, do this!
The fight is still on to oppose the planned coup against Community Choice for electricity, something that is crucial to the reduction of CA's green house gasses.

We've done much of the work for you; now all you have to do is four simple steps: copy, paste; copy, paste

Cut and paste these names and addresses of the Senate committee into one email and send the committee your version of the sample letter below:

Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications (SEUC) Committee

christopher.nielsen@sen.ca.gov

heather.hopkins@sen.ca.gov

katerina.robinson@sen.ca.gov

miles.horton@sen.ca.gov

laura.mcwilliams@sen.ca.gov

elizabeth.bojorquez@sen.ca.gov

krystal.moreno@sen.ca.gov

eusevio.padilla@sen.ca.gov

chris.norden@sen.ca.gov

chase.hopkins@sen.ca.gov

jennifer.hodgkins@sen.ca.gov

abraham.mendoza@sen.ca.gov

nidia.bautista@sen.ca.gov

SAMPLE LETTER TO SEUC

I am writing to urge the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications (SEUC) Committee  to oppose the following three bills:
 

·         AB 56

·         AB 1362

·         AB 1584 

. These bills respectively threaten the right of Community Choice programs to procure electricity;  amend the Code of Conduct that has required investor-owned utilities to be neutral in their treatment of Community Choice; and Gives CPUC the mandate to impose procurement costs on Community Choice energy programs

Community Choice is our best alternative to the rigid, failed, old-style top-down energy system of the monopoly utilities. These bills would take California backward, harming the progress we have already made toward clean, locally-controlled renewable energy solutions. Please do not weaken Community Choice in this way – please Oppose these Bills.

Thank you, [ your name ]

Now do it again for the House committee:

Here are the addresses of the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee

miranda.flores@asm.ca.gov

christina.nelson@asm.ca.gov

taylor.melody@asm.ca.gov

Elle.hoxworth@asm.ca.gov

brandon.ebeck@asm.ca.gov

matthew.hamlett@asm.ca.gov

dorian.almaraz@asm.ca.gov

marilyn.limon@asm.ca.gov

lauren.aguilar@asm.ca.gov

carlos.gonzalez@asm.ca.gov

mandi.strella@asm.ca.gov

renee.estoista@asm.ca.gov

bryan.singh@asm.ca.gov

inez.taylor@asm.ca.gov

mary.mcdonald@asm.ca.gov

Here is the sample letter to send to them:
 

SAMPLE LETTER TO  the AUEC

I am writing to urge the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee to oppose the following three bills:

·         SB 155

·         SB 520

·         SB 676 

. These bills respectively would increase CPUC control over Community Choice energy programs; make investor-owned utilities the default providers of last resort; and undermines the ability of Community Choice agencies to design and offer electric vehicle programs as they see fit.

Community Choice is our best alternative to the rigid, failed, old-style top-down energy system of the monopoly utilities. These bills would take California backward, harming the progress we have already made toward clean, locally-controlled renewable energy solutions. Please do not weaken Community Choice in this way – please Oppose these Bills.

Thank you, [ your name ]

 

Your Eco-Team
Marilyn, Elspeth, and Jenny

 

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 6/24/2019  

·         From EDF: Families and communities across America are reeling from historic floods, rising sea levels, heat waves, and other devastating impacts of climate change. And yet, the Trump Administration finalized a decision to scrap the Clean Power Plan — and “replace” it with a plan that has no meaningful limits on carbon pollution.  Our experts will review the plan carefully — but based on what we do know now, and the proposed rule that came out last August, it’s a “do-nothing” program that could actually increase pollution from inefficient, highly-polluting coal-fired power plants in many states. This rule completely fails to fulfill EPA's responsibility to protect Americans from climate and health-harming pollution. And we're not falling for it. Tell Congress: Americans won’t stand for fake climate action. It’s time to demand a real plan from EPA.  HERE 

·         From 350Marin: AB857, California’s Public Banking Law passed the Assembly.  Now, the Wall St. lobby in Sacramento is getting desperate to kill it in the state senate side, and it's going to the Government and Finance Committee that McGuire chairs!  You can see why public banks are crucial to a Green New Deal HERE  Local governments including the City of Los Angeles, City and County of San Francisco, labor unions and environmental groups across the state have endorsed AB 857, California's Public Banking Law Click HERE for endorsements.  Call Senator Mike McGuire 415-479-6612 or 916-651-4902 today to Support AB857, Public Banking!

·         From Friends of the Earth:  Sign the petition: Demand the 2020 candidates directly address racial justice policies in the presidential debates!  HERE 

·         From Story of Stuff: Take action to support the WATER Act by writing to your representatives in Congress  HERE 

·         69 U.S. House representatives signed a letter to the Administration opposing their attack on wolves. Now it’s time for the Senate to speak up. Please call Senator Dianne Feinstein to #SaveOurWolves? HERE 

·         From the Sierra Club: Tell your representative to vote yes on funding environmental bills protecting clean water, clean air, wildlife, public lands, and a safer climate.  HERE 

·         The House has passed  legislation that would require the United States to remain in the Paris Agreement after 2020. Now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to take up the measure in the Senate.  Tell the Senate  -- pass the bill NOW!  HERE 

·         US PIRG:  Amazon has been spearheading a shift from bulky cardboard boxes to lightweight plastic mailers -- a good move for their efficiency, but bad for the plastic waste catastrophe. Urge Amazon to lead the way and switch to plastic-free packaging today.HERE 

·         From Credo: Glyphosate is linked to devastating incidences of cancer, plummeting monarch butterfly populations and catastrophic bee colony collapse. But the EPA is still refusing to ban glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's toxic Roundup weed killer. Sign this petition and tell EPA to ban glysophate. Your signature will be included in public comments to the EPA, due July 5.  HERE 

·         From Friends of the Earth: Tell your Senator to support healthy, climate-friendly school meals! HERE  

·         Hope dies, Action begins! Join The Extinction Rebellion - the group recently formed in the UK that believes the climate disruption we're facing represents an unprecedented global emergency. Their strategy is one of non-violent, disruptive civil disobedience – a rebellion, as seen playing out in the streets of London.  To find out more, sign up for the Marin group's mailing list HERE  and see their Facebook page HERE

 

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ARTICLES 

United States of Plastic, a new series that will run for the rest of 2019, will reveal global inequality and the environmental consequences of our dependence on a miracle material. United States of Plastic is supported by Ford on USA of Plastic HERE 

Election 2020: The Candidates' Climate Change Positions and Accomplishments HERE  

Renewables are winning the economics battle against new coal and gas, stunning study shows. By 2030, wind and solar will "undercut existing coal and gas almost everywhere." HERE  

'A True Public Health Emergency': 70+ Medical Groups Sound Alarm on Climate Crisis HERE  

Global Warming Is Pushing Microbes into Damaging Climate Feedback Loops & Raising Health Risks. Research is raising serious concerns about the impact of climate change on the world's tiniest organisms, and scientists say much more attention is needed. HERE  

World's population could swell to 10.9 billion by 2100, U.N. report finds HERE  

The inventor turning plant life into biofuel. Marshall Medoff unveils to "60 Minutes" his innovative method of turning plant life into fuel and other useful products. Lesley Stahl reports. HERE  

From Greenpeace :  Find out how your supermarket ranks on throwaway plastic! CHECK YOUR STORE HERE 

WE WON NEWS 

From Amazon Watch: This spring, indigenous people in Ecuador's Amazon took to the streets and the courts to defend their rights and territories. And they won! A series of victories over the last two months have set important new precedents in the ongoing conflict pitting indigenous rights against government plans to expand rainforest oil drilling.

ECO TIP FOR THE WEEK

A Zero Waste action: Get in the habit of carrying around your own reusable cutlery, mugs, plates, straw, etc when you go to events or meetings and your own bags when you shop. And when  you host events/meetings  suggest in your event fliers that attendees do likewise.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES

 Saturday, June 29, 10 am, 630 Drake Avenue,. Marin City:  The 3rd Annual observance commemorates the delayed announcement to the enslaved in Texas of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Many call this important day a 4th of July for African-Americans. Held in a beautiful natural setting surrounded by trees,  the event features live bands: Jazz Fusion, R&B, Afro World, Blues; a Community Gospel Choir and Local Talent. Cozy Food Court offers delicious meals for all tastes. Shop in our African Marketplace or Youth Enterprise Zone. Children's Play Area. Free Admission or purchase a VIP Ticket for valet service -- perfect for venerable elders & those with special needs. Check out last years video HERE  

July 1 - July 31 Join EcoChallenge.org's   Plastic Free EcoChallenge ! Registration is now open! Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a month-long effort for all of us to shift away from our single-use plastic dependency. Throughout the EcoChallenge, share your progress, success, and reflections with fellow EcoChallengers, all while earning points for completed actions. Just select the actions you'd like to commit to, and invite everyone you know who's ready to get on this bandwagon. 

Monday, July 8, 3 - 4:30 pm:  Sunrise Movement and their Local Actions will be presented by Zoe Vavrek a teen with Green New Deal Marin Team. Redwoods Retirement Center, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. (Please note this event was to be June 24 but has moved to July 8) 

Friday, July 12 at 7 – 9:30 pm Lights for Liberty, Novato City Hall,  901 Sherman Avenue. Join with others throughout the nation to take part in Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps. The gathering will begin at 7 pm. The event will culminate in a candlelight vigil at 9 pm.  Sign up HERE  Learn more about the rallies nationwide HERE The Freedom Singers will sing at the rally. 

Tuesday, July 16  12:30 - 1:30 pm: Rally in support of the Marin City Golden Gate Village Residential Plan. The rally is across from the Marin County Civic Center on the front lawn of the Post Office. It is held before the Housing Authority Commission meeting 1:20 - 3:30 pm at the Civic Center. The Freedom Singers will sing at the rally.

Monday, July 22,  7 - 8pm:  Sunrise Movement Marin Hub Meeting: More information later on place.

6.17.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team Members and friends,

This is something to do right now: TODAY.
California Alliance for Community Energy www.cacommunityenergy.org is warning of a legislative coup against community choice of electricity. They are asking us to take this action TODAY . They warn of a deluge of  nearly a dozen bills that would undermine the autonomy of Community Choice energy programs and their ability to best serve our communities.

Listed below are the two coming up this week.
Please take action before Thursday, to Oppose the Following Bills: 
Bills in the Assembly Utilities and Energy (U&E) Committee: 

  • SB 155 – This Bill increases CPUC control over Community Choice. The Committee has set a hearing date of June 26.

  • SB 676 – This Bill prevents Community Choice agencies from developing EV programs. The Committee will hear this bill also on June 26.

 Sample Letter
I am writing to urge the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee to oppose [list the bills above plus the reasons to oppose them]

Community Choice is our best alternative to the rigid, failed, old-style top-down energy system of the monopoly utilities. These bills would take California backward, harming the progress we have already made toward clean, locally-controlled renewable energy solutions. Please do not weaken Community Choice in this way – please oppose these bills.
Thank you, [ your name ]
Email Addresses -- Here are email addresses of the energy staffers for each member of the Assembly U&E Committee. Please cut and paste the addresses from this list into your email letter:

miranda.flores@asm.ca.gov
christina.nelson@asm.ca.gov
taylor.melody@asm.ca.gov
Elle.hoxworth@asm.ca.gov
brandon.ebeck@asm.ca.gov
matthew.hamlett@asm.ca.gov
dorian.almaraz@asm.ca.gov
marilyn.limon@asm.ca.gov
lauren.aguilar@asm.ca.gov
carlos.gonzalez@asm.ca.gov
mandi.strella@asm.ca.gov
renee.estoista@asm.ca.gov
bryan.singh@asm.ca.gov
inez.taylor@asm.ca.gov
mary.mcdonald@asm.ca.gov

NEXT: California Alliance for Community Energy tells us it is also crucial that we explain to our state representatives--directly and urgently--that the cumulative impact of these bills is to weaken Community Choice, our best vehicle for addressing climate chaos while placing electricity resources under local control. For the full list of problematic bills, go to their Legislative Alert page.   So once you have emailed the committee please also consider sending an email to: 
Sen Mike McGuire: mike.mcguire@senatormikemcguire.com 
Representative Marc Levine: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD10 

Thank you!!!

Your Eco-Team
Marilyn, Elspeth, and Jenny

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 6/17/2019  

·         From EDF: Some in Congress are  trying to use the budget to reverse our progress on tackling the climate crisis! Take action today, and tell your Representative: Don’t stand for these underhanded tactics. Reject these attempts to undermine progress. HERE

 ·         From Avaaz: This is HUGE -- Europe’s leaders are about to decide whether to END carbon pollution completely!. The meeting starts in days -- let’s flood Donald Tusk, the President of the EU Council, and other key leaders with inspiring messages and letters pushing them to support the plan for 100% clean energy. Write an urgent message now!  HERE

 ·         From the Sierra Club: For corporate polluters, the federal government guarantees a profit as high as 14% on building gas and oil pipelines. Submit a public comment now to oppose runaway profits for dirty, dangerous, unnecessary fossil fuels! HERE

 ·         From Oil Change International: Tell Europe’s Biggest Public Bank (EIB) to stop funding fossils.No more cash for gas! HERE

 ·         From Food & Water Watch: Support the Omar/Jayapal amendment # 105! It restricts the types of projects the Department of Energy could financially back and would block funding for ALL projects that wouldn’t mitigate climate change. It’s up for a full vote in the House of Representatives. Send a message today to get your representative on board.HERE  

 ·         The US consumes 2.2 times as much as its own ecosystems can provide (food, fiber, wood, land for buildings and infrastructure, carbon absorption, etc.), according to data from Global Footprint Network.  Tell the heads of agencies: Interior, Agriculture, Forest Service, EPA to stop the US from using more resources than nature can regenerate!HERE

 ·         President Trump recently proposed wiping out all funding for the LWCF (Land and Water Conservation Fund) in next year’s federal budget, an unthinkable cut that would severely impact local, state, and federal efforts aimed at supporting public lands across the country. Urge your Representative to fight for LWCF full-funding by cosponsoring the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act. HERE

 ·         Protect drinking water from “forever chemicals!” Tell Congress to take strong action on the public health threat from PFAS.   HERE

 ·         From Clean Water Action:  According to a federal study, California has the most known detections of toxic PFAS chemicals in the nation. AB 756 is a commonsense bill that clarifies the State Water Board's role in requiring public water systems to monitor for any PFAS with a verified testing method. Please  tell your Senator to vote for AB 756 (C. Garcia) when it comes up in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on June 19th.  HERE

 ·         Protect Bristol Bay and its critical salmon habitat from destruction! Add your name now to tell the Army Corps of Engineers to reject the proposed mining permit for the Pebble Mine before vulnerable wildlife pays the price. HERE  

 ·         From NRDC: We're counting on you to help us turn up the heat on Wendy's — the third largest burger chain in the country: Tell Wendy's to stop serving beef produced with antibiotics. HERE

 

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES & VIDEOS

Yeah for NBC they are airing much more frequently  environmental news.  Tiny plastic particles have been found in the deep ocean — and animals are eating them. At depths of 200 to 600 meters, the concentration of plastic particles was found to be roughly four times what it was near the surface.  HERE

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES

 Saturday June 22, Summer Eco Fest: Community Getting on Track Toward Zero Waste, 12 - 5pm Mill Valley Lumber Yard, 129 Miller. All are welcome to this free day of live music, food, film, natural kid craft, zero waste Vendors and special guest Mill Valley Refuse Service and Extrafood.org Lets step up our composting and ease off using single use disposables to honor our beautiful natural home.  Do you know what is actually recyclable in most of Marin County? Why diverting all of your food scraps out of landfill and into your green bin is excellent for our climate and our farmers? Do you wish all your compostable plastics and bio bags are accepted in your compost? They're not! Come find out what goes into what bin and have fun doing it-  For more info click   HERE

Monday, June 24,  5:30 - 6:30 pm: Sunrise Marin Hub's first meeting at the Fairfax Public Library Community room.  Although younger people are encouraged to come as this is a youth-led movement, everyone is welcome no matter the age! At the meeting, we will introduce what the Sunrise Movement is, what the climate crisis is, what the movement has been doing to mobilize and how you can be a part of it! RSVP for the first meeting HERE

Monday, June 24, 7 - 8 pm:  Find out How to "Plug In to Deep Green" if you think that the climate crisis requires a bold leap into 100% green energy,  Fairfax Library,  2097 Sir Francis Drake.  Join 350Marin and Sustainable Fairfax to learn ways you can take major climate actions starting now.  Speakers include Leslie Alden from Supervisor Kate Sears office speaking on the Drawdown Marin program,  Annika Osborn on Drive Clean Marin campaign of Cool the Earth, and Ryan Maecker on the Opt Up to Deep Green campaign for MCE Clean Energy. The event is free. Refreshments 6:45pm.

Monday, July 8, 3 - 4:30 pm:  Sunrise Movement and their Local Actions will be presented by Zoe Vavrek a teen with Green New Deal Marin Team. Redwoods Retirement Center, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. (Please note this event was to be June 24 but has moved to July 8)

July 1 - July 31 Join EcoChallenge.org's   Plastic Free EcoChallenge ! Registration is now open! Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a month-long effort for all of us to shift away from our single-use plastic dependency. Throughout the EcoChallenge, share your progress, success, and reflections with fellow EcoChallengers, all while earning points for completed actions. Just select the actions you'd like to commit to, and invite everyone you know who's ready to get on this bandwagon.

Sunday August 18, 7:30 pm THE GREAT AMERICAN SH*T SHOW, Showcase Theater at the Marin Center, 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael.  The show returns for one night only! Solo performance stars Brian Copeland and Charlie Varon join forces to present new monologues on the life in the Age of Trump. An evening of laughing and thinking, covering topics including how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, trying to turn red congressional seats blue, #MeToo and more. If you like Trump, you’ll hate this show! Enjoy the Freedom Singers before the show. Tickets $45 buy HERE  

Friday, September 20 Naomi Klein, Nnimmo Bassey, Bill McKibben are calling for a global strike on 20 September.  Disrupting our normal lives is the only way to secure our future! We’re stepping up -- join us for a day to halt this climate crisis. At the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis. Read the article HERE  

Week of Climate Actions starting Friday, September 20.  Pledge to participate in the next wave of global Climate Walkouts and a week of actions. Click HERE and 350.org will send you information on how you can get involved wherever you live.  

 

6.10.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team Members and friends,

It's not too soon to start thinking about September 20.  That is the day when Bill McKibbon and other climate activists are calling for a Climate Walkout.  As the organizers write: "Obviously this is a lot to ask. A day in the life of the world is a big deal, and all of us are used to our routines. But we’re not comfortable letting schoolchildren carry all the weight here – they need our backing."  One day will not suffice, but it will symbolize the kind of disruption needed to accomplish the change we need to make in order to save future generations from the threat of climate change.
 So, it's not too early to start thinking about how we can participate. To read the article, click HERE.   To learn about the week of actions to follow click HERE and 350.org will send you information on how you can get involved wherever you live.  

Your Eco-Team
Marilyn, Elspeth, and Jenny

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 6/10/2019  

  • From Sunrise Movement: The DNC has refused to host a climate debate and has threatened to ban any candidate who participates in a climate debate from any future debates. Tell the DNC: Hold a 2020 presidential primary debate focused on climate action.  HERE

  • From the California Alliance for Community Energy: This session in the California legislature is turning out to be critical for Community Choice  energy programs. This Coup stems from nine bills, all of which undermine the autonomy of Community Choice programs in some way.  Please call the key Committee members today; find phone numbers here: Senate Energy Committee; Assembly Utilities Committee.   Tell them You OPPOSE the Coup Against Community Choice!   For additional info, contact lists, bill status, copies of CACE's letters in protest against these bills and the COUP they represent, visit our Campaign page.

  • June is National Oceans Month! Our oceans demand urgent action to help them heal and prevent further damage. Urge Congress to take immediate steps to protect them! HERE

  • Don’t let the Trump EPA reverse the critical progress we’ve made on chemical safety. Tell Congress to demand that EPA follow the law and take actions needed to protect public health. HERE

  • Sign this petition demanding that Amazon switch their packaging to all paper envelopes to save the environment HERE

  • From the Sierra Club: Many car dealers are actually fighting hard against electric vehicles. They push consumers to buy gas guzzlers.  You can help fix the broken system that prevents electric vehicle adoption. Call or visit a dealership (or several!) before June 30, ask about electric vehicles, take a test drive if you'd like, and tell us how your experience went. Sierra Club will provide some guidance for your visit, and afterwards just fill out a short survey. To help sign up for Rev Up 2.0 before June 30?  HERE

  • From SierraRise: Stop the overuse of antibiotics by demanding the FDA put limits on the use of these critically important drugs on farm animals! HERE

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES & VIDEOS

The Climate Crisis is our Third World War. Critics of the Green New Deal ask if we can afford it. But we can’t afford not to: our civilisation is at stake by Joseph Stiglitz, a university professor at Columbia, the 2001 recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, a former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, a former chief economist of the World Bank and an author.  HERE  

Glaciers and Arctic ice are vanishing. Time to get radical before it's too late by Bill McKibben. No one should be annoyed when schoolkids start leaving class en masse or surprised that Green New Deal advocates call for dramatic overhaul of American society. We should be grateful. HERE

On NBC News: Civilization could crumble by 2050 if we don't stop climate change now. HERE  

Biden's Climate Plan Embraces Green New Deal, Goes Beyond Obama-Era Ambition HERE

CLIMATE VICTORIES

From Greenpeace: It’s been less than a week since we released the official #Climate2020 scorecard ranking and our plan to set a high standard for climate action among the 2020 Democratic candidates is working — today we have ironclad proof.  Just days after getting a D- grade on our #Climate2020 presidential climate scorecard, Joe Biden released his climate plan. It’s not perfect, but Biden has given us a lot to like, which is why we're updating his grade to a B: 100% clean energy, promises to hold polluters accountable, a strong international focus, and making sure we don’t leave workers or communities behind in the transition to a renewable energy economy. Take a minute to share the scorecard with your friends, especially those who are going to be voting in the primary.  This only happened because of your loud and unwavering support. We came out so strong. The whole climate movement did. HERE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES

Wednesday, June 12,  6-8pm Clean Energy Meetup at the South Marin Wastewater Treatment Plant at 450 Sycamore Avenue in Mill Valley, across from the MV Middle School This free meetup is hosted by Green Change, and will feature these guest speakers: • Ryan Maecker from Marin Clean Energy (MCE) on their Deep Green 100% Renewable Electricity, Alexandra Ramey from Rising Sun Center for Opportunity on their Green House Call Service , It will present three climate actions you can take to use clean energy in your home: • Use Renewable Electricity Get a Home Energy Checkup Install Solar Panels Please RSVP now on our event page to get your free ticket, as space is limited.

Thursday, June 13, 11:30 am: Lobby Day for Wolves at  Congressman Jared Huffman’s  San Rafael District Office, 999 Fifth Avenue, Suite 290. Everyone is welcome to join this meeting with U.S. House Representative Jared Huffman's field representative Blake Hooper to discuss the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed rule to strip gray wolves from protections under the Endangered Species Act. RSVP  Also email Diane elise Gentile dianegentile@gmail.com 707-347-6703 if you plan to attend as they may meet earlier.

Saturday June 22, Summer Eco Fest: Community Getting on Track Toward Zero Waste, 12 - 5pm Mill Valley Lumber Yard, 129 Miller. Speakers, music, makers, DIY, workshops and more.

Monday, June 24, 7 - 8 pm:  Find out How to "Plug In to Deep Green" if you think that the climate crisis requires a bold leap into 100% green energy,  Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake. Join 350Marin and Sustainable Fairfax to learn ways you can take major climate actions starting now.  Speakers include Leslie Alden from Supervisor Kate Sears office speaking on the Drawdown Marin program, Annika Osborn on Drive Clean Marin campaign of Cool the Earth, and Ryan Maecker on the Opt Up to Deep Green campaign for MCE Clean Energy. The event is free. Refreshments 6:45pm.

Monday, July 8, 3 - 4:30 pm:  Sunrise Movement and their Local Actions will be presented by Zoe Vavrek a teen with Green New Deal Marin Team. Redwoods Retirement Center, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. (Please note this event was to be June 24 but has moved to July 8)

July 1 - July 31 Join EcoChallenge.org's   Plastic Free EcoChallenge ! Registration is now open! Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a month-long effort for all of us to shift away from our single-use plastic dependency. Throughout the EcoChallenge, share your progress, success, and reflections with fellow EcoChallengers, all while earning points for completed actions. Just select the actions you'd like to commit to, and invite everyone you know who's ready to get on this bandwagon.

Sunday August 18, 7:30 pm THE GREAT AMERICAN SH*T SHOW, Showcase Theater at the Marin Center, 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael.  The show returns for one night only! Solo performance stars Brian Copeland and Charlie Varon join forces to present new monologues on the life in the Age of Trump. An evening of laughing and thinking, covering topics including how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, trying to turn red congressional seats blue, #MeToo and more. If you like Trump, you’ll hate this show! Enjoy the Freedom Singers before the show. Tickets $45 buy HERE  

Friday, September 20 Naomi Klein, Nnimmo Bassey, Bill McKibben are calling for a global strike on 20 September.  Disrupting our normal lives is the only way to secure our future! We’re stepping up -- join us for a day to halt this climate crisis. At the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis. Read the article HERE  

Week of Climate Actions starting Friday, September 20.  Pledge to participate in the next wave of global Climate Walkouts and a week of actions. Click HERE and 350.org will send you information on how you can get involved wherever you live.  

6.3.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Thank you for continuing to subscribe to our weekly emails. Below you will find the action items, articles and calendar for this week.

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 6/3/2019

  • Climate Hawks: Reject Trump’s Attack on Science! The USGS is halting the prediction of climate change’s long-term effects on the country. HERE

  • We want a climate debate this June: Tell Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, and Harris!  HERE

  • From NRDC: Urge Congress to Tackle the Climate Crisis Before It’s Too Late HERE

  • From 350.org  Sign the petition urging Governor Cuomo to stop The Williams pipeline once and for all and ban all new fossil fuel projects.  HERE  

  • Send your comment to the BLM now: Stop the Administration from permanently scarring some of our last wild places with new coal leasing!  HERE

  • Tell these governors to stop touting gas as a ‘bridge fuel,’ start promoting real clean energy solutions, and reject all permits for gas infrastructure.  HERE

  • Tell the California Energy Commission to phase out methane gas and transition to clean energy. HERE

  • From Friends of the  Earth: Tell Congress to support a tax on Wall Street!  The “Robin Hood Tax” introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Barbara Lee. HERE

  • Endorsed by SierraRise & Greenpeace: Demand the Senate reject Barry Myers, Trump’s pick to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. HERE

  • The SAVE Right Whales Act would provide millions of dollars in funding to help the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale recover (fewer than 411 of these majestic creatures remain on the planet) and Rep. Huffman has already signed on as a cosponsor. Thank him and urge him to do all  he can to get this bill passed and save whales from extinction. HERE

  • Tell the California Fish and Game Commission: these bumble bees are desperately in need of the protections that come with being on California’s Endangered Species list! HERE

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES & VIDEOS

Uplifting video from Paul Hawken about his Dream of a Hundred Year plan HERE

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg addresses leaders at world summit. Thunberg calls climate change an emergency that world leaders need to focus on. HERE

CO2 Concentration Is Higher Than Ever in Human History: by Dahr Jamail  HERE

Patagonia new film trailer: "Artifishal” is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms and our continued loss of faith in nature. HERE

CLIMATE VICTORIES

Food & Water Watch was the first national group to call for a ban on fracking, and we've helped win bans in New York, Maryland and hundreds of communities across the country.  So it is a great victory that on May 8, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a permanent ban on fracking and came out in opposition to two major fracked gas infrastructure projects in the state. This is a win for the citizens of Washington and a step forward in the movement to ban fracking everywhere!  

The New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands signed an Executive Order placing a moratorium on new oil and gas development protecting 72,776 acres of State Trust land. And a federal appeals court ruled that the Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management illegally approved oil and gas drilling and fracking in the region, reversing the approval of 25 drilling permits and halting hundreds of approved permits and those currently under consideration in the region.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES

Monday, June 24, 3 - 4:30 pm:  Sunrise Movement and their Local Actions will be presented by Zoe Vavrek a teen with Green New Deal Marin Team. Redwoods Retirement Center, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley  

July 1 - July 31 Join EcoChallenge.org's   Plastic Free EcoChallenge ! Registration is now open! Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a month-long effort for all of us to shift away from our single-use plastic dependency. Throughout the EcoChallenge, share your progress, success, and reflections with fellow EcoChallengers, all while earning points for completed actions. Just select the actions you'd like to commit to, and invite everyone you know who's ready to get on this bandwagon.

Friday, September 20 Naomi Klein, Nnimmo Bassey, Bill McKibben are calling for a global strike on 20 September.  Disrupting our normal lives is the only way to secure our future! We’re stepping up -- join us for a day to halt this climate crisis. At the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis. Read the article HERE  

Week of Climate Actions starting Friday, September 20.  Pledge to participate in the next wave of global Climate Walkouts and a week of actions. Click HERE and 350.org will send you information on how you can get involved wherever you live.

5.27.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team Members and friends,

Once again we are highlighting actions by youth. In this case we draw your attention to a suit by young people against the US government for imperiling their future by its failure to act on climate change.  On June 4, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Portland, OR, will hear Our Children's Trust's lawsuit called Juliana v United States.  Read below (Coming Soon) for how you can watch livestream of this historic action.

Looking further ahead, and also under Coming Soon below,  350.org  is asking that we join the next wave of global Climate Walkouts on September 20. Click HERE for information on how you can get involved wherever you live. 

Your Eco-Team
Marilyn, Elspeth, and Jenny

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 5/27/2019

  • From 350.0rg: Pledge to participate in the next wave of global Climate Walkouts and a week of actions starting on Friday 20 September. Click HERE. We will send you information on how you can get involved wherever you live.  

  • California Lawmakers will vote on several environmental bills before the end of NEXT WEEK — so we need to show them that Californians support these critical pieces of legislation.  (Please note a few of the bills were in a message from 350Marin last week but this one has some new ones: AB 1440. SB 307, and AB 454) HERE  

  • Please make an urgent call right now. Urge Senator McGuire at (916) 651-4002 to vote NO on SB 772 to stop the Eagle Crest Project which the National Park Service found would pump thousands of acre feet of water from an already over-drafted desert aquifer and threaten Joshua Tree National Park and surrounding lands and wildlife.  

  • Take action today, and make sure your representative stands with the 2 out of 3 Americans who support laws that cut the oil & gas industry’s wasteful practices and support Methane Waste Prevention Act of 2019. HERE

  • Tell your Senators: Don’t Hit the Brakes on Electric Cars! A bill in the U.S. Senate would make it more expensive for consumers to switch to clean, electric vehicles. HERE

  • Tell the Fish and Wildlife Service to protect monarch butterflies from extinction! Friends of the Earth urge us to help send 40,000 comments.  HERE

  • From U.S. PIRG: Chlorpyrifos is a dangerous pesticide that can damage children's brains but the EPA is is not taking action. Send a message to your senators urging them to support S. 921, which will ban chlorpyrifos once and for all.  HERE

  • Tell Costco: be responsible and protect the Boreal forests. Switch to recycled pulp in your toilet paper  HERE

  • Take action NOW!  Call your Assembly Member this week to vote YES on AB 479, an important California schools bill which would increase student access to healthy, plant-based food.  HERE

  • Tell Safeway to get PFAS chemicals out of food packaging and products.  HERE

CLIMATE VICTORIES

Governor Newsom signed an important executive order to develop a climate-resilient water system. All Californians will have an opportunity to help shape this plan in the coming months, and it should ensure that the Golden State is better prepared to cope with our changing climate and that our drinking water sources and rivers are protected. And then just days later, the Governor wisely pulled the plug on an environmentally destructive proposal to construct two massive tunnels under the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. You can thank Governor Newsom by clicking HERE

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES & VIDEOS

What if reporters covered the climate crisis like Edward R. Murrow covered the start of World War II? By Bill Moyers HERE

A nascent global movement proclaims that access to nature is a human right - by Richard Louv HERE

Skipping School to Stop Climate Change: Greta Thunberg and the Student Protests. Upon realizing her generation won’t have a future unless the world’s politicians act now on climate change, then 15-year-old Greta Thunberg skipped school in August 2018 to protest outside the Swedish parliament. What started as a one person strike soon gained global momentum. Vice follows Greta and the organizers of the school strikes for climate as they are cementing a worldwide movement ahead of their first global protest that took place on March 15th, 2019. It was the biggest climate strike in history with up to 1.6 million students in more than 125 countries. HERE  FYI link to Vice

From the New York Times: Environmental Scorecards for presidential candidates:  a few scorecards have emerged to help primary voters who care about the issue weigh their choices.

The environmental group 350 Action has the 2020 Climate Test, which takes into consideration where candidates stand on fossil fuel development, accepting money from energy companies, and the Green New Deal. HERE  

The League of Conservation Voters evaluates candidates on whether they adhere to seven policy positions, like 100 percent clean energy by 2050. HERE

Also, Climate Advisers, a private consulting group, has come up with a ranking system based on weighted scoring in four areas: a candidate’s past climate and environment policies; his or her current proposals; the extent to which the candidate uses social media to raise the issue of climate change; and willingness to refuse fossil fuel campaign money.  HERE

Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle in an RV published by Your RV Lifestyle. .Click  HERE to read the article. (P.S. the Editor of  Your RV Lifestyle found our Eco Actions and will share our article with their 100k newsletter subscribers and followers across their social platforms.)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES

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Tuesday, June 4 at 2pm from Our Children’s Trust: The constitutional climate lawsuit that 21 young Americans filed against the federal government, called Juliana v. United States, will be heard before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Portland, Oregon. We want everyone to tune in to the livestream of this hearing. The government is doing everything in its power to try to deny our rights in court, and we want it to know that the American people are watching. We  filed this lawsuit to protect the constitutional rights of young people and on June 4, we need #AllEyesOnJuliana.

SIGN UP TO WATCH THE LIVESTREAM  You can watch at work, organize a teach-in at your school,  or host a watch party  

To help us get the word out, you can:

   Retweet this.

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  Use our #AllEyesOnJuliana social media toolkit to create your own posts.

Monday, June 24, 3 - 4:30 pm:  Sunrise Movement and their Local Actions will be presented by Zoe Vavrek a teen with Green New Deal Marin Team. Redwoods Retirement Center, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley  

July 1 - July 31 Join EcoChallenge.org's   Plastic Free EcoChallenge ! Registration is now open! Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a month-long effort for all of us to shift away from our single-use plastic dependency. Throughout the EcoChallenge, share your progress, success, and reflections with fellow EcoChallengers, all while earning points for completed actions. Just select the actions you'd like to commit to, and invite everyone you know who's ready to get on this bandwagon.

Friday, September 20 Naomi Klein, Nnimmo Bassey, Bill McKibben are calling for a global strike on 20 September.

Disrupting our normal lives is the only way to secure our future! We’re stepping up -- join us for a day to halt this climate crisis. At the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis. Read the article HERE  

Week of Climate Actions starting Friday, September 20.  Pledge to participate in the next wave of global Climate Walkouts and a week of actions. Click HERE and 350.org will send you information on how you can get involved wherever you live.  

5.20.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

First, here is a very  important local action we can take to  support the young people of the Marin Green New Deal who are working so hard to save our planet. Please make every effort to attend the Fairfax Women’s Club Townhall on May 26.  Here are the details:

Fairfax Women's Club, 46 Park Road, 11:30 - 1:30. Youth from the Marin New Green Marin Team invite you to hear leaders in our community share about how the Green New Deal is the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to invest in the American people, and what that looks like for us. Host Contact Info: cghamilton@me.com  Click HERE to register.

Also, we encourage you to volunteer for  the Environmental Voter Project: this project identifies  environmentalists across the United States and makes sure that they vote in every election. They've already canvassed, called, texted, mailed, and sent digital ads to over 1 million environmentalists just in 2019! If the environmental movement is serious about dramatically changing the number of environmentalists who vote, we can't hope to change people's behavior by only focusing on the big elections every two years. We must work year-round - in every election - to accomplish our goals. To sign up to volunteer Click HERE   

Finally, some state news and an opportunity to learn more about  Our Last Chance: Mill Valley Community Action Network, Elders Climate Action, & Elders Climate Action NorCal have all signed the letter from Last Chance Alliance  to Newsom as organizational allies to urge Governor Newsom to take the historic step forward of becoming the first elected leader of a major oil-producing region to: STOP new fossil fuel projects, DROP existing fossil fuel production, ROLL out science-based setbacks. As he continues to build his climate leadership, Governor Newsom can prove that a world-leading economy can and must make a just transition to a fossil-free future. Here’s how you can help us seize #OurLastChance:

1. Watch and retweet our first video, featuring 3 phenomenal frontline leaders. https://twitter.com/CBECal/status/1128691515126054913

2. Click to Tweet @GavinNewsom and urge him to continue building towards our fossil-free future.  

3 Visit our new website to learn more: lastchancealliance.org

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 5/20/2019

From Friends of the Earth: Tell Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi: No new fossil fuel infrastructure! HERE

From Sunrise Bay Area covers AB 345 as above from NRDC but also AB 857): Show your support for bills AB 345 and AB 857 - Sunrise Bay Area recently endorsed two bills that aim to protect Californians from the impacts of oil and gas wells (AB 345), as well as cutting ties with Wall Street banks that bankroll the climate crisis (AB 857). Find out how you can support these bills HERE  

Also From Sunrise Bay Area: Tell Senator Feinstein: Cosponsor the Green New Deal  HERE

Tell the 2020 Dems: No middle ground on climate!  HERE

From Food & Water Watch: We are facing a global climate crisis, but instead of focusing on moving toward clean, renewable energy, the Senate is considering a bill that would invest tens of millions of dollars in dirty and dangerous fracking. Let your Senators know we don't need more fracking! HERE

From Common Cause: It's time for BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and ExxonMobil to step up and improve on Shell's first step towards transparency and accountability—urge Big Oil to say no to anti-climate lobby groups. HERE

From Jared Huffman:  Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, the former oil, mining, and agribusiness lobbyist who now oversees America's public lands for Donald Trump, finally agreed to testify before the House Natural Resources Committee this week. Here we have a member of the Trump administration who should be looking out for the public interest — the public trust — but instead seems to be working for his friends and former paying clients. This has got to stop. Add your name if you agree.  HERE

From the Sierra Club: In the next week, the California legislature will vote on bills that will protect California’s air, water and wildlife. You can make a difference by calling Senator McGuire at (916) 651-4002 today and urging a YES vote on four key bills that cover different environmental policy areas.

The four senate bills (SB) are:

SB 1 (Atkins), a bill that would protect California’s water, air and wildlife even if the Trump Administration continues to roll back major federal regulations we rely on.

SB 54 (Allen), a bill that would help cut down on single-use plastic packaging.

SB 210 (Leyva), a bill that would make sure owners of dirty, heavy-duty diesel trucks comply with smog check programs.

SB 307 (Roth), a bill that would help stop a water grab in the desert by a politically powerful water merchant.

Also rom the Sierra Club: New research has shown that congestion has increased in large cities where Uber, Lyft, and other ride-hailing services operate. At the same time, ride-hailing has simultaneously reduced transit ridership in nine major U.S. cities, including the three biggest. Both Lyft and Uber have run ads telling people to get out of public transit and into cars, and Uber even admits in its recent initial public offering (IPO) filing that it views public transit as a competitor. We must hold these companies accountable and pressure them to go 100% electric! HERE

From Friends of the Earth: The Trump administration wants to open lands near Sequoia National Park to the fossil fuel industry. This is part of its new plan to expand drilling and fracking to vast amounts of federal lands in California. It’s not just Sequoia at risk -- the plan also threatens Yosemite and Kings Canyon. Tell the Bureau of Land Management: Don't let the fossil fuel industry destroy California’s National Parks! HERE

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES & VIDEOS

Tune into this recording of the Green New Deal Town Hall in DC. At the end AOC gives quite a good speech (it starts at about -20 minutes (ie 20 minutes left of the video) and at -7.21 (7 minutes 21 seconds left) she talks quite eloquently about hope and says it comes from our ability to act - lots of other great parts to her speech. FYI Bernie Sanders, Ed Markley and Naomi Klein also present.

Scientists sound alarm on carbon dioxide levels not seen in 3 million years. In the latest bit of bad news for a planet beset by climate change, Earth’s carbon dioxide concentration has climbed to a level last seen more than 3 million years ago. On Saturday, sensors at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii indicated that concentrations of the greenhouse gas — a byproduct of the burning of fossil fuels — had reached 415 parts per million, meaning that for every 1 million molecules of gas in the atmosphere, 415 were of carbon dioxide. “We’re racing toward a state very different from the kind humans evolved in and that civilization developed in,” one geochemist said. HERE

Mass extinction isn't an abstract idea for scientists who have watched species die. How many more people would live differently if they could feel the pain and grief that I feel for each species that I watch vanish forever?  HERE

Almost every country in the world, except the United States, agreed to an international deal on Friday that would treat plastics as hazardous waste and sharply reduce the amount of it being washed into the world's oceans. Read more from ICN on investors pressuring oil giants to reduce plastics pollution. HERE

Join EcoChallenge.org's  July 1 - July 31 Plastic Free EcoChallenge! Registration is now open! Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a month-long effort for all of us to shift away from our single-use plastic dependency. Throughout the EcoChallenge, share your progress, success, and reflections with fellow EcoChallengers, all while earning points for completed actions. Just select the actions you'd like to commit to, and invite everyone you know who's ready to get on this bandwagon.

Americans now live in places committed to 100% clean power  HERE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES…

Wednesday May 22, 7 pm: Restoring Plants, Soil and Water: Nature Wants to Help, Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito.  Environmental journalist Judith Schwartz will describe how we can make the carbon cycle work as nature intended, including the role of plants in attracting water and existing solutions for restoring living systems.

Thursday  May 23: "Right Relationship to the Earth." What do faith traditions teach us? Discussion with local interfaith leaders, moderated by California Interfaith Power & Light, with Marin Interfaith Climate Action. 7:00 pm. The Gathering Space, 1520 Grand Ave, San Rafael. Information & rsvp (or 415.453.8303).   

Friday, May 24,  5:30 pm Meet and Greet with Senator Mike McGuire, 1535 South Novato Blvd. Novato. Senator McGuire has invited members of citizen action groups in Marin to socialize with him and key staff members at Trattoria Ghiringehelli’s in Novato. There will be appetizers and a cash bar. This reception is a great opportunity to meet the Senator and chat about district issues that are on our minds. He will also speak briefly about some of his top priorities. There is a maximum capacity of 50 people so please encourage them to sign up early!  HERE is the link to RSVP.

Sunday May 26, 11:30 am  - 1:30 pm, Fairfax Town Hall for a Green New Deal, Fairfax Women's Club, 46 Park Road. Youth from the  Marin New Green Marin Team invite you to hear leaders in our community share about how the Green New Deal is the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to invest in the American people, and what that looks like for us. Host Contact Info: cghamilton@me.com  Click HERE to register.


5.13.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team Members and friends,

We are highlighting this week publicity for the latest student climate initiative. It's called  "Class of 0000: A Graduation Takeover for Climate Action".  You can find links and read more about it below. Together, valedictorians and salutatorians across the country will deliver the same message to our leaders in their commencement speeches: Deliver a plan for ZERO emissions—or get ZERO of our votes. We demand ZERO net emissions and will accept ZERO excuses from our elected leaders, because we have ZERO time left.  So this year, we're not the Class of 2019, we're the Class of 0000. 

Meanwhile, locally there are lots of important events coming up including a Green New Deal Town Hall in Santa Rosa (details below) on  Wednesday, May 15, 5:30 to 8:30 and on  Friday, May 24,  5:30 pm a  Meet and Greet with Senator Mike McGuire in Novato at Trattoria Ghiringehelli’s HERE is the link to RSVP.

Your Eco-Team
Marilyn, Elspeth, and Jenny

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 5/13/2019

From NRDC: This shocking U.N. report on the severe decline of imperiled wildlife and their habitats isn’t stopping Trump from gutting critical safeguards for endangered species. We need to raise the alarm now.  Take Action HERE

TAKE ACTION: Nearly one million plant and animal species—more than at any other period in human history—are on the verge of extinction, according to a United Nation report released this week. Ask your members of Congress to be original cosponsors of the soon-to-be-reintroduced Save America’s Pollinators Act! HERE

From Jared Huffman: I’m happy to report that the House Committee on Natural Resources approved my bill to protect one of America’s most pristine wild places, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, from reckless oil drilling. Our bill repeals a provision in President Trump's 2017 tax law that opened the refuge up to oil and gas development. This is timely in light of the United Nation’s bombshell new report from leading scientists warning that we are on the cusp of a massive global extinction crisis. Click here to sign our petition telling Congress to pass this crucial bill. We must repeal the terrible provision that was snuck into the GOP tax bill of 2017 so that we can protect this special place. HERE

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the fiscal year 2020 included dangerous cuts to critical environmental and energy programs, including a 31 percent decrease in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency, an 11 percent decrease from current funding at the Department of Energy, and a 14 percent cut at the Interior Department. the Interior Department.  Urge Congress to ignore Trump's budget request and fully fund the EPA. HERE   (Please note when you click your opinion is registered without filling in your contact information)

From the Sierra Club: Californians' public health and safety will be threatened if the Trump administration opens up more than a million acres of public lands to drilling and fracking. Take action now by submitting a comment to the California Bureau of Land Management. HERE

From NRDC: Right now the State Assembly is considering an important bill — AB 936 — to protect California's coastlines, waters, and wildlife from hazardous oil spills.   Urge your assembly member to help mitigate the risks of increased oil tanker traffic off California's coast by supporting AB 936! HERE

Trump’s Bureau of Land Management recently released a draft plan for new oil and gas leasing on public land in the Bakersfield region. This plan to reopen more than a million acres of public land and mineral estate to fracking and drilling is an unacceptable  threat to the climate and to residents already burdened by pollution. Take Action! HERE

Urge your state attorney general: Investigate Exxon’s climate deception HERE

From the Sierra Club: Protect Public Health, Tell the EPA to Follow Science On Air Quality  HERE

Tell Congress: Pass the Scientific Integrity Act. Click the link below to sign the petition: HERE

From Friends of the Earth: The recent announcement from Interior Secretary Bernhardt that the Five Year Plan was being postponed is only a temporary deferral. Please do not ease any efforts to protect all our coasts from offshore drilling. It’s clear that the Trump Administration is not going to stop its efforts to hand over our oceans to the offshore drilling industry.  In fact, just one week after the announcement, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement finalized its rollback of security regulations for offshore drilling, which were put in place to prevent another Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. Tell Congress to protect communities in the Gulf from a future oil disaster! HERE

Tell your Senators: Prevent climate chaos! Vote against the directors of Trump’s Export-Import Bank.  HERE

From Xavier Becerra  Are you standing with us in this fight against climate change? Add your name now.  HERE

 INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES & VIDEOS

From Zero Hour: Class of 0000: A Graduation Takeover for Climate Action. Class of 0000 is a student-led campaign to take over graduation for climate action. Together, valedictorians and salutatorians across the country will deliver the same message to our leaders in their commencement speeches: Deliver a plan for ZERO emissions—or get ZERO of our votes. We demand zero net emissions and will accept zero excuses from our elected leaders, because we have zero time left.  So this year, we're not the Class of 2019, we're the Class of 0000. Join us: www.classof0000.com/#join0000. Here is some social hot off the presses from the last 24 hours where we'd love a re-share.  HERE  for their templates  and read article on Class of 0000 HERE

Notes from a Remarkable Political Moment for Climate Change by Bill McKibben  HERE

World ‘not on track’ to stop 1.5 degrees of global warming warns UN Secretary General "Climate change is running faster" than we are warns António Guterres. HERE

Silicon Valley Could Care Less About Earth’s Imminent Demise plus interview with Bill Mckibben HERE

'Magic moment': Climate rises to the top for Democrats and gets a big new push.  Environmentalists have predicted for years the next election would be fought on climate. This time they may be right, at least in the Democratic primary. HERE

 MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES…

Tuesday May 14, 6:30 pm: Benefit Screening The Camp Fire Documentary at CineArts Sequoia Theater in Mill Valley.  Tells a small part of the story one county experienced during its darkest day. The Camp Fire Documentary is a powerful and moving first person account from individuals and First Responders that battled the inferno that struck Concow, Paradise, Magalia and Chico in Butte County California on November 8, 2018. All funds raised will be distributed to charities supporting Camp Fire survivors, and to support FIRESafe MARIN's fledgling goat grazing program to reduce wildfire hazards in Marin. HERE for tickets

 Wednesday, May 15, 5:30  – 8:30 pm., Green New Deal Town Hall. Garrett Hall, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF CONVERSATION, INFORMATION, COLLABORATION, and ENGAGEMENT on what the future of our nation and our community can be when we address climate change, grow good jobs, enhance economic justice, and create vibrant communities  $10 suggested donation, students free (with valid ID). No one turned away for lack of funds. PLEASE GET YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE IF POSSIBLE, though some tickets will be available at the door. For more information and tickets  HERE

 Wednesday May 22, 7 pm: Restoring Plants, Soil and Water: Nature Wants to Help, Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito.  Environmental journalist Judith Schwartz will describe how we can make the carbon cycle work as nature intended, including the role of plants in attracting water and existing solutions for restoring living systems.

Thursday  May 23: "Right Relationship to the Earth." What do faith traditions teach us? Discussion with local interfaith leaders, moderated by California Interfaith Power & Light, with Marin Interfaith Climate Action. 7:00 pm. The Gathering Space, 1520 Grand Ave, San Rafael. Information & rsvp (or 415.453.8303).  

Friday, May 24,  5:30 pm Meet and Greet with Senator Mike McGuire, 1535 South Novato Blvd. Novato. Senator McGuire has invited members of citizen action groups in Marin to socialize with him and key staff members at Trattoria Ghiringehelli’s in Novato. There will be appetizers and a cash bar. This reception is a great opportunity to meet the Senator and chat about district issues that are on our minds. He will also speak briefly about some of his top priorities. There is a maximum capacity of 50 people so please encourage them to sign up early!  HERE is the link to RSVP.

 Sunday May 26, 11:30 am  - 1:30 pm, Fairfax Town Hall for a Green New Deal, Fairfax Women's Club, 46 Park Road. Youth from the  Marin New Green Marin Team invite you to hear leaders in our community share about how the Green New Deal is the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to invest in the American people, and what that looks like for us. Host Contact Info: cghamilton@me.com  Click HERE to register.

5.6.2019

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 5/6/2019

·         From Jared Huffman: I'm happy to report that the Climate Action Now Act has passed the House and is on its way to the Senate. We need to keep the pressure up. Please add your name to my petition to urge the Senate to take action. We need to keep the pressure up. HERE  

·         Urge the BOEM (Bureau of Ocean & Energy Management) to scrap its offshore drilling plan for good, now and forever, even after the 2020 election!  HERE

·         Words matter! We need the media to call the climate crisis exactly what it is: a climate crisis! Call on ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSNBC and NBC to call climate change a crisis. HERE  (This campaign is a joint effort by Public Citizen, The Climate Reality Project, Food and Water Watch, Climate Hawks Vote, The Climate Mobilization, Years of Living Dangerously, Hip Hop Caucus, Friends of the Earth, Progressive Democrats of America and 350.org)

·         From Community Water Center: Contact your CA  Legislator to Take Action for Safe Water! Tell your representative to support the Governor's efforts to create a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.  HERE

·         From the Sierra Club: As part of the Clean Air Act, California is allowed to set its own emissions standards for cars and trucks. Now the Trump administration is trying to take away states' rights to keep you breathing clean air. Tell them:  Hands off our clean air! HERE

·         Help protect our marine life from deadly plastic pollution! The nation’s largest grocery chain has already committed to phasing out plastic checkout bags. But we need grassroots advocates to demand Albertson’s and Safeway do the same.  HERE

·         Friends of the Earth urge us to tell the EPA: Don’t gut protections from pesticides in states across the country. HERE

·         It's time to protect consumers and workers from deadly paint strippers! Tell the EPA to immediately move to ban commercial use of methylene chloride in paint strippers. HERE

·         Ban the use of neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos in California! Urge your senator to keep this pesticide out of our food and bodies by voting YES on SB458 -- it must pass the Senate Floor by May 31  HERE

WE WON NEWS

On May 1, the UK Parliament responded by declaring a Climate Emergency, hot on the heels of the Welsh government earlier this week. “This can set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the globe,” said Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Read article & watch video HERE

From Indivisible Marin: We just received confirmation that Senator McGuire has changed his position on SB 386 and will now vote NO on this bill that would jeopardize California's clean energy future. In this shift, Mike is being responsive to a broad range of his constituents including many of the environmental groups represented on this thread. Thanks also to everyone of you who called or wrote his office. Our calls DO make a difference!

In March, because of pressure from citizens and activists, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer halted work on Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 replacement oil tunnel. A rupture in Line 5 would cause irreversible damage to the drinking water for 35 million people, and to the region’s environment and economy.  The governor’s order stopped short of shutting down Line 5 completely.

In February, after years of campaigning, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles stopped the plan to re-build three gas-fired power plants, in a push to move the city closer to 100% renewable energy.¹ Now we are calling on the mayor and the City Council to make the shift to renewable energy by 2030.

Because Center for Food Safety members wrote to grocery stores across the country, more than 80 food companies—including Kroger, Walmart, Costco, Albertson's, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and many more—have made commitments never to sell GMO salmon. Please send a thank you note to the grocery stores that have policies that reflect your environmental values HERE

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES & VIDEOS

Biodiversity: what the UN has found and what it means for humanity. The global assessment report paints a dire picture of our effect on the natural world. HERE

From World Resource Institute: Climate Action Now: 3 U.S. States, 3 Cities and Puerto Rico Lead the Way. The Green New Deal has inspired activism and debate, but not much action on Capitol Hill so far. That hasn't stopped states, cities and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico from taking bold steps now.  HERE  

Los Angeles Launched Its Own Green New Deal: L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti released a plan for the country’s second-largest city to be carbon neutral by 2050.  HERE

Excellent map  for calculating consequences locally of sea-level rise.  Target a neighborhood and you can see what will be under water if sea rises 1-5 feet by moving sea level indicator on left side of screen.  HERE

Consider signing  up for Years of Living Dangerouly videos and  receive 4 videos each week. View recent ones below: To subscribe click HERE

·         New York City’s Green New Deal

·         Insects which are disappearing at an alarming rate

·         Young people are calling on presidential candidates to hold a climate change debate

·         Travel with  Michael C. Hall to Bangledesh to see what life is like there and the daunting future ahead   

Starbucks, Dunkin Race Against Bans, Taxes on Disposable Cups HERE

 MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES…

Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 - 9:00 pm: Wildfires and Climate Change,, B St. Community Center, San Rafael. This forum addresses the threat of devastating wildfires driven by worsening climate change conditions, what is being done to reduce and manage risks and what each of us can do to help. Featured speakers: Christie Neill, Marin County Fire Dept, VMP Battalion Chief; Leroy Westerling, Professor, Management of Complex Systems, UC Merced; Lisa Santora, Deputy Director, Marin Health and Human Services; Joel Laucher, Senior Advisor, California Department of Insurance; Kate Sears, Marin County Supervisor;  Todd Lando, FIREsave MARIN; Moderator: Peter B. Collins, veteran radio host. Congressman Jared Huffman  welcomes the group by video.  RSVP HERE

Thursday May 9, 7pm  Firewise Landscaping: Can Native Plants Help Save Our Homes from Fire?  Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Learn how to determine which type of design, irrigation, and maintenance encourages fire resistance in native landscapes.

May 9 - June 27 Resilient Neighborhoods Climate Action Workshop Series: Are you concerned about climate change and a healthy planet? Want to meet great people who also care and do something about it? Join Resilient Neighborhoods for a five meeting workshop series to personalize your climate action plan and get your household prepared for emergencies. Have fun calculating your carbon footprint, and taking effective, measurable and money-saving actions to reduce it. Over 1,100 Marin residents have already reduced more than 6-million pounds of CO2 pollution through Resilient Neighborhoods. All you need to participate is access to your utility bills and a computer. Registration is required. Learn more HERE  Mill Valley Team is held on the following Thursdays, 5/9, 5/23, 5/30, 6/20, and 6/27  from 7-9:00 pm.  Register for the Mill Valley team HERE.  

Saturday May 11, 5:00 - 8:30 pm FREE Community Sustainable Fashion Event Invite! Hosted by Zoe Vavrek, a member of  the Green New Deal Marin Team and an intern with Fibershed. Location: in and around the Drake High School Little Theater, 1327 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard San Anselmo, San Anselmo.  5:00 - 5:45 pm there will be a community clothing swap in front of the Little Theater. Bring any kind of clothing you want and swapping style is up to you!  6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Little Theater there will be a showing of the documentary "The True Cost" about the environmental and social-justice effects of the fashion industry. 8:00 - 8:30 pm Zoe will lead a community conversation about how we can be a part of the solution! Please RSVP HERE

Tuesday May 14, 6:30 pm: Benefit Screening The Camp Fire Documentary at CineArts Sequoia Theater in Mill Valley.  Tells a small part of the story one county experienced during its darkest day. The Camp Fire Documentary is a powerful and moving first person account from individuals and First Responders that battled the inferno that struck Concow, Paradise, Magalia and Chico in Butte County California on November 8, 2018. All funds raised will be distributed to charities supporting Camp Fire survivors, and to support FIRESafe MARIN's fledgling goat grazing program to reduce wildfire hazards in Marin. HERE for tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camp-fire-documentary-fundraiser-tickets-59927630155

Wednesday May 22, 7 pm: Restoring Plants, Soil and Water: Nature Wants to Help, Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito.  Environmental journalist Judith Schwartz will describe how we can make the carbon cycle work as nature intended, including the role of plants in attracting water and existing solutions for restoring living systems.

Thursday  May 23: "Right Relationship to the Earth." What do faith traditions teach us? Discussion with local interfaith leaders, moderated by California Interfaith Power & Light, with Marin Interfaith Climate Action. 7:00 pm. The Gathering Space, 1520 Grand Ave, San Rafael. Information & rsvp (or 415.453.8303). Sunday May 26, 11:30 am  - 1:30 pm, Fairfax Town Hall for a Green New Deal, Fairfax Women's Club, 46 Park Road. Youth from the  Marin New Green Marin Team invite you to hear leaders in our community share about how the Green New Deal is the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to invest in the American people, and what that looks like for us. Host Contact Info: cghamilton@me.com  Click HERE to register:

5.1.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team Members and friends,

As usual, there is no shortage of environmentally focused activities coming up in Marin County.  Although with all the rain we have been having fire may not be uppermost in your thoughts, it is bound to be an on-going risk as we move into summer.  Coming up next Saturday, May 4, there will be a 
community presentation and panel discussion in the morning on wildfire preparedness at Embassy Suites, San Rafael. Then, the following Wednesday evening,  May 8, at the Community Center, San Rafael, another forum will address the threat of devastating wildfires driven by worsening climate change conditions, what is being done to reduce and manage risk, and what each of us can do to help. Finally, on May 9 you can learn about Firewise Landscaping at the  Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito.  You will find details of all these event below.
Your Eco-Team
Marilyn, Elspeth, and Jenny

 ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 5/1/2019

A Global Deal for Nature: Guiding Principles, Milestones & Targets.  This month scientists published a landmark paper explaining why protecting and restoring half the Earth is necessary to halt the extinction crisis and sustain human livelihoods. It presents an ambitious, science-driven plan to save the diversity and abundance of life on Earth. Join 95 organizations and send a petition to World Leaders to support  a "Global Deal for Nature." HERE  

  • To view an article on the the new study Global Deal for Nature led by conservation biologist and strategist Eric Dinerstein click HERE

  • Biden could move the whole Democratic field on climate action! Tell Joe Biden to be a climate leader!  HERE

  • Urge the Trump administration to drop its misguided attempt to fast-track the Keystone XL pipeline yet again.  Submit your letter of opposition: HERE  

  • Tell BlackRock, Vanguard, and Fidelity to support climate solutions, not dirty fossil fuels! HERE

  • Sign the Green Consumers for a Green New Deal petition HERE

  • Urge the Bureau of Land Management : No more lease sales for potential oil and gas drilling near Chaco Canyon HERE

  • Sierra Club urges us to: Protect whales, seals, and other mammals from offshore drilling  HERE

  • Tell Whole Foods to take on the planet’s plastic crisis and ban single-use plastic! Trader Joe’s is reducing 1 million pounds of plastic waste each year — all by cutting wasteful single-use packaging in its stores. HERE

  • Tell Burger King to Get Rid Of Plastic Foam Cups! HERE

  • EPA wants to make it easier for polluters to poison our nation’s water. Clean Water Action asks us to help stop the latest assault on our water and health! HERE

WE WON NEWS

  • Trump has been threatening to drill off 90 percent of America’s coastlines -- California, Florida, Alaska, Maine, here, there, everywhere. Now, thanks to the courts and public opinion he’s delaying the plan for the foreseeable future.

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES & VIDEOS

Preview of Earth Day 2019 Campaign to "Vote Earth" . Vote Earth has three main aims:

  • Registering 1,000,000 voters around Earth Day 2020 (March and April) in coordination with voter and community groups around the world;

  • Educating and activating new and existing registered voters to support climate candidates;

  • Demanding all political candidates make their support of climate action and environmental issues a central and top part of their platforms.

Click HERE to view  

Greta Thunberg condemns UK's climate stance in speech to Britain’s Members of Parliament (plus view a video of her speaking at a London Extinction Rebellion rally)  HERE  

Spain’s socialists win election with Green New Deal platform HERE

Unbroken Ground, a compelling new Patagonia Provisions film directed by Chris Malloy, explains the critical role food will play in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis. HERE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES…

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Jenny delete if goes out after 4/30 Wednesday, April 30, 7pm  ndivisible Sausalito Monthly Meeting focuses on Climate, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. They'll hear from Resilient Neighborhoods and from Sausalito's Sustainability Commission learn what Sausalito and other Marin towns can do collectively to address climate change., RSVP HERE:

May 1, 2 & 3, 9:45am - 2pm: Experience the 11th annual Environmental Youth Forum film program Smith Rafael Film Center at 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael (for school kids grades 1-12). The EYF  will utilize a selection of powerful and impactful DocLands Documentary Film Festival films to provide a unique interactive learning experience to foster awareness and activism around a range of environmental and global issues. HERE

Wednesday, May 1: Bee Audacious Conference. Explore how to help support habitat for pollinators. 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Marin  Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake, Ross. Tickets HERE

Saturday May 4, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. Marin Wildfire Forum. Community presentation and panel discussion on wildfire preparedness, with an introduction to important new efforts that will help make Marin more wildfire resilient. There will be tables and booths representing a variety of stakeholders, contractors, and representatives of agencies and industries that play a role in Marin's wildfire readiness. Free. Location: Embassy Suites, San Rafael. (Click HERE for details and to register)   

Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 - 9:00 pm: Wildfires and Climate Change,, B St. Community Center, San Rafael. This forum addresses the threat of devastating wildfires driven by worsening climate change conditions, what is being done to reduce and manage risks and what each of us can do to help. Featured speakers: Christie Neill, Marin County Fire Dept, VMP Battalion Chief; Leroy Westerling, Professor, Management of Complex Systems, UC Merced; Lisa Santora, Deputy Director, Marin Health and Human Services; Joel Laucher, Senior Advisor, California Department of Insurance; Kate Sears, Marin County Supervisor;  Todd Lando, FIREsave MARIN; Moderator: Peter B. Collins, veteran radio host. Congressman Jared Huffman  welcomes the group by video.  RSVP HERE

Thursday, May 23: "Right Relationship to the Earth." What do faith traditions teach us? Discussion with local interfaith leaders, moderated by California Interfaith Power & Light, with Marin Interfaith Climate Action. 7:00 pm. The Gathering Space, 1520 Grand Ave, San Rafael. Information & rsvp (or 415.453.8303).   

Thursday May 9, 7pm  Firewise Landscaping: Can Native Plants Help Save Our Homes from Fire?  Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Learn how to determine which type of design, irrigation, and maintenance encourages fire resistance in native landscapes.

May 9 - June 27 Resilient Neighborhoods Climate Action Workshop Series: Are you concerned about climate change and a healthy planet? Want to meet great people who also care and do something about it? Join Resilient Neighborhoods for a five meeting workshop series to personalize your climate action plan and get your household prepared for emergencies. Have fun calculating your carbon footprint, and taking effective, measurable and money-saving actions to reduce it. Over 1,100 Marin residents have already reduced more than 6-million pounds of CO2 pollution through Resilient Neighborhoods. All you need to participate is access to your utility bills and a computer. Registration is required. Learn more HERE  Mill Valley Team is held on the following Thursdays, 5/9, 5/23, 5/30, 6/20, and 6/27  from 7-9:00 pm.  Register for the Mill Valley team HERE.  

May 14, 2019, 6:30 pm: Benefit Screening The Camp Fire Documentary at CineArts Sequoia Theater in Mill Valley.  Tells a small part of the story one county experienced during its darkest day. The Camp Fire Documentary is a powerful and moving first person account from individuals and First Responders that battled the inferno that struck Concow, Paradise, Magalia and Chico in Butte County California on November 8, 2018. All funds raised will be distributed to charities supporting Camp Fire survivors, and to support FIRESafe MARIN's fledgling goat grazing program to reduce wildfire hazards in Marin. HERE for tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camp-fire-documentary-fundraiser-tickets-59927630155

Wednesday May 22, 7 pm Restoring Plants, Soil and Water: Nature Wants to Help, Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito.  Environmental journalist Judith Schwartz will describe how we can make the carbon cycle work as nature intended, including the role of plants in attracting water and existing solutions for restoring living systems.

Sunday May 26, 11:30 am  - 1:30 pm, Fairfax Town Hall for a Green New Deal, Fairfax Women's Club, 46 Park Road. Youth from the  Marin New Green Marin Team invite you to hear leaders in our community share about how the Green New Deal is the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to invest in the American people, and what that looks like for us. Host Contact Info: cghamilton@me.com  Click HERE to register

4.22.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

The member of our team who formats our newsletter into its final form is out of the country so this week we are sending them via email.  Thanks so much for being an Eco Warrior member and allowing us to send these simple ways we can all participate.

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 4/22/2019

  • Demand the Democratic National Committee end the climate silence and hold a debate about climate action for the 2020 presidential candidates. HERE

  • From Friends of the Earth: Join the April recess action for a Green New Deal in Mill Valley: Sign up now and we’ll send you everything you need! HERE

  • Tell Bank of America to cut funding for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline! HERE

  • Say no to gas industry subsidies -- it’s time to electrify everything! Tell the CEC and CPUC that polluting gas appliances are bad for our health and bad for the climate -- and that public funding should go only to truly clean, efficient electric alternatives. ? HERE

  • From Plastic Pollution Coalition: Tell World Leaders Time is Up -- Protect our Planet NOW! At the fourth UN Environment Assembly, the US blocked ambitious efforts to address the global plastic pollution crisis because of a strong industry lobby to expand plastic production. HERE  

  • Tell Congress: The Green New Deal Needs to Include Our Food & Farming Issues HERE

  • Liberty Mutual -- Don’t Insure Adani! Coal giant Adani Group is desperate to build one of the biggest coal mines in the world, right on the edge of Australia's precious Great Barrier Reef. But it's missing one key thing: insurance. HERE

  • Call on Trump's Fish and Wildlife Service to drop its senseless attack and save America's iconic gray wolves. HERE  

  • From Friends of the Earth: Tell NOAA to protect endangered beluga whales! HERE

  • Tell Congress: Stand up for human rights in Brazil! Call on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to hold President Bolsonaro accountable. HERE

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES & VIDEOS

Democracy Now Video: “Falter”: In New Book, Bill McKibben Asks If the Human Game Has Begun to Play Itself Out HERE

A Must Watch: Sunrise Movement  A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. A powerful new animated doodle video narrated and co-written by Ocasio-Cortez on how we got where we are at today and what could be possible over the coming decade if we come together and fight for a Green New Deal. HERE

U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Weren’t Built for Climate Change. After the 2011 nuclear plant meltdown in Japan, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission directed operators of U.S. nuclear power plants to evaluate their flood risk using the latest weather modeling technology and accounting for climate change. The process revealed gaps, and NRC's new leadership under the Trump administration hasn't done much to address them. HERE  

A Market-Driven Green New Deal? We’d Be Unstoppable. Any serious energy transformation will need to harness America’s powerful and creative economic engine. By Amory B. Lovins and Rushad R. Nanavatty  HERE

Emissions climb: The International Energy Agency found that global carbon dioxide emissions from energy hit a record high in 2018, the highest annual rate of growth since 2013. Global energy consumption last year increased at a rate that was almost two times the average rate of growth since 2010, with resultant demand for fuels. Energy efficiency improvements were slower than in recent years. U.S. emissions overall rose by more than 3 percent, reversing the previous year’s decline.  HERE

Climate Change: The Facts review – our greatest threat, laid bare David Attenborough’s rousing, horrifying call to arms should do for climate change denial what Blue Planet did for plastic HERE

New York Times: When the Glaciers Disappear, These Species Will Go Extinct.  As North America's glaciers shrink, the melting is disrupting habitats for everything from bacteria to fish. A photo essay from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. HERE

Following Their Lead: Youth In Action - Youth Vs. Apocalypse film (youth group of 350 Bay Area) HERE

Thousands block roads in Extinction Rebellion protests across London Climate group occupies major landmarks in campaign that could last several days HERE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES…

April 2-June 1, “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change”  Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito Opening reception: April 6, 1-3pm. Meet the artists.

Friday April 26, 1:00– 3:00 pm: Join COM's Earthweek Celebrations:  College of Marin, 835 College Ave., Fusselman Hall, Kentfield.   The event will feature an inspiring movie called 'Symbiotic Earth' In addition there will be free food and drink from Sol Food, a raffle of sustainable products, and a discussion with UC Berkeley Professor and film contributor Fritjof Capra. If questions email EACCOM415@gmail.com Entry is free but RSVP HERE  

Sunday, April 28, 3-5 pm: Community Drive Electric event. at College of Marin (parking lot near pool/gym. EVs will be available to test drive from Chevy, Nissan, Tesla, BMW and more.  EV owners and experts will be available to share best practices with charging at home and on the road and tapping into rebates and incentives.  Please join us to learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint by 50% by making the switch to electric! Register at bit.ly/EVTestDrive

April 28, 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Discovery Day at SF State's Estuary & Ocean Science Center. See science in action at the only marine laboratory on the San Francisco Bay. The theme this year is "Hope for the Bay". Hands-on activities help you learn more about the Bay and solutions to its environmental challenges. Admission and parking for Discovery Day is FREE, but registration is required! (Click HERE for details and to RSVP.)

Monday, April 29,  7pm,  Bill McKibben talks About "Falter",  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera! Come hear climate activist, 350 founder and author Bill McKibben talk about his just released book Falter.   Thirty years ago McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out.    Get more details about the event and the book HERE.

May 1, 2 & 3, 9:45am - 2pm: Experience the 11th annual Environmental Youth Forum film program Smith Rafael Film Center at 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael (for school kids grades 1-12). The EYF  will utilize a selection of powerful and impactful DocLands Documentary Film Festival films to provide a unique interactive learning experience to foster awareness and activism around a range of environmental and global issues. HERE

Saturday May 4, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. Marin Wildfire Forum. Community presentation and panel discussion on wildfire preparedness, with an introduction to important new efforts that will help make Marin more wildfire resilient. There will be tables and booths representing a variety of stakeholders, contractors, and representatives of agencies and industries that play a role in Marin's wildfire readiness. Free. Location: Embassy Suites, San Rafael. (Click HERE for details and to register)   

Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 - 9:00 pm: Wildfires and Climate Change,, B St. Community Center, San Rafael. This forum addresses the threat of devastating wildfires driven by worsening climate change conditions, what is being done to reduce and manage risks and what each of us can do to help. Featured speakers: Christie Neill, Marin County Fire Dept, VMP Battalion Chief; Leroy Westerling, Professor, Management of Complex Systems, UC Merced; Lisa Santora, Deputy Director, Marin Health and Human Services; Joel Laucher, Senior Advisor, California Department of Insurance; Kate Sears, Marin County Supervisor;  Todd Lando, FIREsave MARIN; Moderator: Peter B. Collins, veteran radio host. Congressman Jared Huffman  welcomes the group by video.  RSVP HERE

Sunday May 26, 11:30 am  1:30 pm, Fairfax Town Hall for a Green New Deal, Fairfax Women's Club, 46 Park Road. Youth from the  Marin New Green Marin Team invite you to hear leaders in our community share about how the Green New Deal is the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to invest in the American people, and what that looks like for us. Host Contact Info: cghamilton@me.com  Click HERE to register:

May 9 - June 27 Resilient Neighborhoods Climate Action Workshop Series: Are you concerned about climate change and a healthy planet? Want to meet great people who also care and do something about it? Join Resilient Neighborhoods for a five meeting workshop series to personalize your climate action plan and get your household prepared for emergencies. Have fun calculating your carbon footprint, and taking effective, measurable and money-saving actions to reduce it. Over 1,100 Marin residents have already reduced more than 6-million pounds of CO2 pollution through Resilient Neighborhoods. All you need to participate is access to your utility bills and a computer. Registration is required. Learn more HERE  Mill Valley Team is held on the following Thursdays, 5/9, 5/23, 5/30, 6/20, and 6/27  from 7-9:00 pm.  Register for the Mill Valley team HERE.   

May 14, 2019, 6:30 pm: Benefit Screening The Camp Fire Documentary at CineArts Sequoia Theater in Mill Valley.  Tells a small part of the story one county experienced during its darkest day. The Camp Fire Documentary is a powerful and moving first person account from individuals and First Responders that battled the inferno that struck Concow, Paradise, Magalia and Chico in Butte County California on November 8, 2018. All funds raised will be distributed to charities supporting Camp Fire survivors, and to support FIRESafe MARIN's fledgling goat grazing program to reduce wildfire hazards in Marin. HERE for tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camp-fire-documentary-fundraiser-tickets-59927630155

4.15.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members and friends, What a week for climate action as activists around the globe occupied streets and parks and bridges as part of the Climate Rebellion (see photo above).  In the streets of London, dozens were arrested, only to be replaced by new protesters.  Here in Marin, we are asking you to take rather more sedate action:  our colleagues at OFA ask that you please take this 10 minute online survey to help a Marin community-based organization better understand local yard and garden care practices and product use. No need to know a lot about gardening.  By participating, you may WIN A $100 GIFT CARD! HERE

Your Eco-Team
Marilyn, Elspeth, and Jenny

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 4/15/2019

  • From Friends of the Earth Tell your Representative to reject GOP climate denial and support a strong Green New Deal! HERE

  • Take action NOW: Tell your Senators to restore protections for the Arctic Wildlife Refuge!  We need legislators to feel the pressure from concerned environmentalists like you to advance this bill. HERE

  • Tell Congress: Save Endangered Species from Extinction  HERE

  • Sign a petition to 190 governments around the world:  Update an international law minimising marine pollution and dumping of plastic waste on poor communities HERE

  • Tell Costco: Consumers don’t want unhealthy factory farm chicken and a polluted environment! HERE

  • Juliana v. US Hearing at Ninth Circuit in Portland,OR, June 4, 2019!  Get the word out by sharing this Facebook event with your family and community HERE

If you’d like to help with  our organizing efforts, please sign up to become a Volunteer Community Organizer HERE.

  • From 350.org: Please  call JPMorgan Chase CEO, Jamie Dimon, today to demand that he stop funding climate wrecking fossil fuel companies!  We’ve got a script ready for you so you know what to say HERE

  • Tell BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world, to use its power for good and force shareholder resolution on the climate crisis. HERE

  • Tell the Democratic National Committee: Hold a climate debate HERE

  • From Sierra Rise: What you say on Facebook makes a difference --  Company leaders often pay more attention to their public social media than their private inboxes!  Go to Albertsons' page and demand they eliminate single-use plastic , eliminating an estimated 3 billion bags/year!  HERE

  • Gather your friends and tell Nestlé : You’ve created a monstrous  threat to this planet! Click HERE to  learn how you can drive calls to Nestlé HQ, filling their phone lines with urgent messages to take real action phasing out single-use plastic packaging.

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES & VIDEOS

Glaciers and Arctic ice are vanishing. Time to get radical before it's too late by Bill McKibben HERE

Climate Crisis: Today’s children face lives with tiny carbon footprints  Next generation must keep their own carbon levels at a fraction of their grandparents’ in order to prevent catastrophe  HERE

The Problem with Putting a Price on the End of the World”—complements the presentation on carbon pricing in yesterday’s chapter meeting, offering a critical view and contrasting it with the Green New Deal. HERE

"Trump Mocks Climate Change. That’s a Key to Defeating Him"—comments favorably on the Green New Deal and its prospects for defeating Trump in 2020. HERE

Next generation must keep their own carbon levels at a fraction of their grandparents’ in order to prevent catastrophe  HERE

The documentary film Burned: Are Trees the New Coal? exposes the impacts of biomass incineration on forests, public health and the climate. HERE

Small shifts can stop climate change—if they happen in the right places  HERE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES…

April 2-June 1, “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change”  Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito Opening reception: April 6, 1-3pm. Meet the artists.

April 3- 24 Take the Drawdown EcoChallenge. This online challenge is a fun and social way to take measurable action on the top solutions to global warming. Participants pick their own actions, learn how to take them, then track their progress, both individually and in groups. Badges add a bit of fun to this online experience, challenging neighbors, peers, schools and entire cities to compete in this challenge.

Wednesday, April 17,  Drake High School Earth Day 9:30am – 6:15pm, presented by SEA-DISC.  The event is filled with visiting non-profits, environmentally focused learning games, student work, live music, tie dye, food. There is something for everyone to learn & enjoy! Students organize the whole event from start to finish! For more info click HERE

Thursday, April 18, 7:30 - 9:30pm: TED TALK with Harvard Scholar Lawrence Lessig and political satirist Will Durst on “The Future of Democracy.”  Angelico Hall, Dominican University 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael. MVCAN members will get a special insider discount on tickets. With the VIP discount, it is only $23.50 (plus ticket fees). REGISTER with your discount:  Here

Thursday, April 18, 7:30 pm: The Great American Sh*t Show, New Monologues on life in the age of Trump, Showcase Theater San Rafael, $40 (plus fees) Solo performance stars Brian Copeland (Not A Genuine Black Man, Waiting Period) and Charlie Varon (Rush Limbaugh in Night School, Rabbi Sam) join forces to present an evening of laughing... but more importantly, an evening of THINKING as we explore how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, turning red Congressional seats blue in the Central Valley, #MeToo and more. HERE for tickets

Saturday, April 20, 12 to 4 pm, Novato Green Living Festival  Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato Organized by the City of Novato - Sustainability Program. Event includes electric car test drives sponsored by Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association. For more information and to sign up click HERE.

Monday, April 227:00 – 8:00pm, Community Conversation: Sustainable Fairfax and Zero Waste On this Earth Day, learn about the programs and initiatives at Sustainable Fairfax with highlights about our Zero Waste campaign. Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.  Discover the many ways you can get involved! http://sustainablefairfax.org

Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 - 9:00 pm The Green New Deal: A Game Changer? Corte Madera Community Center 498 Tamalpais Drive  The evening will offer an opportunity to learn more from people on the front lines of the GND, including the Sunrise Movement. Jared Huffman and Mark Hertsgaard are two of the presenters. Register HERE

Wednesday, April 24 Berkeley: Green New Deal Town Hall with Gray Panthers 1:30 PM South Berkeley Senior Center 2939 Ellis St. Berkeley, CA 94703 HERE

Friday April 26,  Join COM's Earthweek Celebrations:  1:00– 3:00 pm College of Marin, 835 College Ave., Fusselman Hall, Kentfield.   The event will feature an inspiring movie called 'Symbiotic Earth' In addition there will be free food and drink from Sol Food, a raffle of sustainable products, and a discussion with UC Berkeley Professor and film contributor Fritjof Capra. If questions email EACCOM415@gmail.com Entry is free but RSVP HERE  

Sunday, April 28 3-5 pm Community Drive Electric event. at College of Marin (parking lot near pool/gym. EVs will be available to test drive from Chevy, Nissan, Tesla, BMW and more.  EV owners and experts will be available to share best practices with charging at home and on the road and tapping into rebates and incentives.  Please join us to learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint by 50% by making the switch to electric! Register at bit.ly/EVTestDrive

May 1, 2 & 3 9:45 - 2pm Experience the 11th annual Environmental Youth Forum film program Smith Rafael Film Center at 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael (for school kids grades 1-12). The EYF  will utilize a selection of powerful and impactful DocLands Documentary Film Festival films to provide a unique interactive learning experience to foster awareness and activism around a range of environmental and global issues, with an emphasis on youth engagement.  EYF will bring more than 2,000 Bay Area elementary, middle, and high school students to the Rafael Film Center for 3 days of film screenings, post-screening conversations, live presentations, and an Active Cinema Room, where representatives from Turtle Island Restoration Network, Rock the Bike, Mobile Climate Science Labs and many more organizations will present interactive exhibits and engage directly with students. HERE https://cfieducation.cafilm.org/eyf/

Wednesday, May 8: Wildfires and Climate Change, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, B St. Community Center, San Rafael. This forum addresses the threat of devastating wildfires driven by worsening climate change conditions, what is being done to reduce and manage risks and what each of us can do to help. Featured speakers: Christie Neill, Marin County Fire Dept, VMP Battalion Chief; Leroy Westerling, Professor, Management of Complex Systems, UC Merced; Lisa Santora, Deputy Director, Marin Health and Human Services; Joel Laucher, Senior Advisor, California Department of Insurance; Kate Sears, Marin County Supervisor;  Todd Lando, FIREsave MARIN; Moderator: Peter B. Collins, veteran radio host. Congressman Jared Huffman  welcomes the group by video.  RSVP HERE

May 9 - June 27 Resilient Neighborhoods Climate Action Workshop Series: Are you concerned about climate change and a healthy planet? Want to meet great people who also care and do something about it? Join Resilient Neighborhoods for a five meeting workshop series to personalize your climate action plan and get your household prepared for emergencies. Have fun calculating your carbon footprint, and taking effective, measurable and money-saving actions to reduce it. Over 1,100 Marin residents have already reduced more than 6-million pounds of CO2 pollution through Resilient Neighborhoods. All you need to participate is access to your utility bills and a computer. Registration is required. Learn more HERE  Mill Valley Team is held on the following Thursdays, 5/9, 5/23, 5/30, 6/20, and 6/27  from 7-9:00 pm.  Register for the Mill Valley team HERE.

4.8.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team Members,

Our recent monthly MVCAN meeting featured passionate and inspiring young people Alex Morrison and Jon Kocher  from Sunrise, the under 35 group that is championing the New Green Deal and Max Perrey of the Marin Sierra Club who has been an environmental  activist since high school. Max framed the challenge we face:  Our human-caused CO2 emissions must fall to 45% of their 2010 levels by 2030  and reach net zero by 2050, which will also require  removing any residual  C02 from the air.  This will only happen, he believes, if we apply overwhelming pressure on elected representatives, as  Sunrise, the Sierra Club and others are working  to accomplish. They deserve our support.  Max also recommended joining local groups such as the new Sustainable Mill Valley  that will be working to strengthen  environmental policies locally.  You can call Marilyn (415-381-2941) about this or email her at  mprice@the-acorn.com.  

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 4/8/2019

·         Submit a public comment to NOAA opposing streamlining of offshore oil drilling.  HERE

·          From Jared Huffman:Please take a moment to show your support for this important legislation by signing this petition today. Tell Trump and the oil and gas lobbyists running his administration that you won’t tolerate them selling off the Arctic wildlife refuge to Big Oil. HERE

·         Help Keep Mojave Groundwater in the Mojave! California must protect our vulnerable aquifers from corporate water grabs. Email Senator McGuire today to urge a “Yes” vote SB 307! HERE

·         From Earth Island Institute:  The EPA’s revised “Waters of the United States” rule dramatically restricts what falls under the purview of the Clean Water Act, the law that regulates water pollution in the United States. Submit your comment on the proposed rule by April 15 HERE  

·         Tell 2020 Presidential Candidates: Sign the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge  HERE

·         From Friends of the Earth: Tell Congress: Protect Americans and children from Monsanto’s cancer-causing pesticide Roundup!  HERE

·         From California Alliance for Community Energy Action Alert – Roll back the CPUC attack on our communities!  HERE

·         From Friends of the Earth: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just lifted the import ban on genetically engineered salmon, which means that it could enter the U.S. market and be the first genetically engineered animal to land on our plates. Take action now: Tell grocery stores to stay strong and keep their promises to not sell GMO salmon. HERE

 WE WON NEWS

Oceana Wins Lawsuit to Protect Overfished Dusky Sharks. A federal judge has ruled against the Trump administration for violating federal law by failing to use all available scientific evidence to end the overfishing of dusky sharks in U.S. waters. The ruling, in response to an Oceana lawsuit filed by Earthjustice, requires the federal government to do more to end the rampant overfishing that has plagued dusky sharks.

 INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES and VIDEOS

 "We live in a strange world", says young climate hero Greta Thunberg, speaking in Berlin about the burden placed on her generation to fix the climate crisis we caused.  HERE

Findings Should Inspire Naked Fear': Canada Warming at Twice the Global Rate "We don't have any other choice but to take bold action on climate change, now." HERE

The Green New Deal and the case against incremental climate policy. The only way Democrats can hope to pass climate legislation is by radically shaking up the status quo balance of powers. By David  Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com HERE

Cities and states are modeling what a Green New Deal could look like Smaller-scale efforts show local governments are prepared to act on climate change. HERE  

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis held its first hearing on Thursday, April 4th. In contrast to a typical Congressional hearing, the committee heard from young leaders who are urging policymakers to take climate action now and finally address the climate crisis. HERE  

Most Now Choose Environment Over Economy  HERE

WWF Sounds Alarm After 48 Pounds of Plastic Found in Dead Whale HERE

Netflix’s ‘Our Planet’ Is the Ultimate Plea for Fighting Climate Change HERE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THESE DATES…

April 2-June 1, “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change”  Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito Opening reception: April 6, 1-3pm. Meet the artists.

April 3- 24 Take the Drawdown EcoChallenge. This online challenge is a fun and social way to take measurable action on the top solutions to global warming. Participants pick their own actions, learn how to take them, then track their progress, both individually and in groups. Badges add a bit of fun to this online experience, challenging neighbors, peers, schools and entire cities to compete in this challenge.

Wednesday April 10, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Defund Disaster/Shut Down Chase: You've Got to Change Your Oily Ways    JPMorgan Chase Bank, Red Hill Shopping Center,  894 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. Register HERE

Saturday, April 13, 1:15pm.  HOW CAN WE HELP SOLVE THE CLIMATE CRISIS? Wilford H. Welch, author of In Our Hands: A Handbook for Intergenerational Actions to Solve the Climate Crisis at Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. Please reserve your seat - rsvp@kolshofar.org

Monday,  April 15, Extinction Rebellion rally,  UN Plaza, 355 McAllister St, San Francisco 4pm. This is their first SF Bay Area's major public demonstration and direct action, and they hope for a  big turn out. HERE for more information

Monday April 15, 7 pm The Camp Fire benefit performance at The Rafael Theater, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. Fundraiser for the victims of the Camp Fire disaster! HERE for more information.

Tuesday, April 16, ⋅4:30 – 5:30pm Organics and Carbon: A Talk with Good Earth’s Mark Squire, Good Earth 201 Flamingo, Mill Valley, Recent studies have shown a promising correlation between organic agricultural practices and carbon sequestration. Join Good Earth’s very own Mark Squire for an information talk on the powerful impact organics can play in slowing climate change. This free event will be held in Good Earth’s new classroom, located at the Mill Valley location. Entrance is next to the UPS Store entrance.

Wednesday, April 17,  Drake High School  Earth Day 9:30am – 6:15pm, presented by SEA-DISC.  The event is filled with visiting non-profits, environmentally focused learning games, student work, live music, tie dye, food. There is something for everyone to learn & enjoy! Students organize the whole event from start to finish! For more info click HERE

Thursday, April 18, 7:30 - 9:30pm: TED TALK with Harvard Scholar Lawrence Lessig and political satirist Will Durst on “The Future of Democracy.”  Angelico Hall, Dominican University 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael. MVCAN members will get a special insider discount on tickets. With the VIP discount, it is only $23.50 (plus ticket fees). REGISTER with your discount:  Here 

Thursday, April 18, 7:30 pm: The Great American Sh*t Show, New Monologues on life in the age of Trump, Showcase Theater San Rafael, $40 (plus fees) Solo performance stars Brian Copeland (Not A Genuine Black Man, Waiting Period) and Charlie Varon (Rush Limbaugh in Night School, Rabbi Sam) join forces to present an evening of laughing... but more importantly, an evening of THINKING as we explore how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, turning red Congressional seats blue in the Central Valley, #MeToo and more. HERE for tickets

 Saturday, April 20, 12 to 4 pm,Novato Green Living Festival  Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato Organized by the City of Novato - Sustainability Program. Event includes electric car test drives sponsored by Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association. For more information and to sign up click HERE.

Monday, April 22⋅7:00 – 8:00pm, Community Conversation: Sustainable Fairfax and Zero Waste On this Earth Day, learn about the programs and initiatives at Sustainable Fairfax with highlights about our Zero Waste campaign. Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.  Discover the many ways you can get involved! http://sustainablefairfax.org

Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 - 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) The Green New Deal: A Game Changer?

Corte Madera Community Center 498 Tamalpais Drive  The evening will offer an opportunity to learn more from people on the front lines of the GND, including the Sunrise Movement. Jared Huffman and Mark Hertsgaard are two of the presenters. Register HERE

Wednesday, April 24 Berkeley:Green New Deal Town Hall with Gray Panthers 1:30 PM South Berkeley Senior Center 2939 Ellis St. Berkeley, CA 94703 HERE

Friday Apr 26,  Join COM's Earthweek Celebrations:  1:00– 3:00 pm College of Marin, 835 College Ave., Fusselman Hall, Kentfield.   The event will feature an inspiring movie called 'Symbiotic Earth' In addition there will be free food and drink from Sol Food, a raffle of sustainable products, and a discussion with UC Berkeley Professor and film contributor Fritjof Capra. If questions email EACCOM415@gmail.com Entry is free but RSVP HERE  

Wednesday, May 8: Wildfires and Climate Change, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, B St. Community Center, San Rafael. This forum addresses the threat of devastating wildfires driven by worsening climate change conditions, what is being done to reduce and manage risks and what each of us can do to help. Featured speakers are: Chief of San Rafael Fire Department, Christopher Gray; UCB Climate Change Scientist and Forest Ecologist, Patrick Gonzalez; Marin County Deputy of Public Health, Lisa Santora; and Senior Advisor of the California Department of Insurance, Joel Laucher. Todd Lando, Firesafe Marin, will moderate. RSVP HERE

May 9 - June 27 Resilient Neighborhoods Climate Action Workshop Series: Are you concerned about climate change and a healthy planet? Want to meet great people who also care and do something about it? Join Resilient Neighborhoods for a five meeting workshop series to personalize your climate action plan and get your household prepared for emergencies. Have fun calculating your carbon footprint, and taking effective, measurable and money-saving actions to reduce it. Over 1,100 Marin residents have already reduced more than 6-million pounds of CO2 pollution through Resilient Neighborhoods. All you need to participate is access to your utility bills and a computer. Registration is required. Learn more HERE  Mill Valley Team is held on the following Thursdays, 5/9, 5/23, 5/30, 6/20, and 6/27  from 7-9:00 pm.  Register for the Mill Valley team HERE.   

4.2.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team Members,

We remind you that April's MV CAN monthly meeting on Sunday, April 7 at 5:00 p.m at Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto. is a MUST for all of us who care about the planet.  

The meeting will feature amazing young speakers from the Sunrise movement that is winning popular support for the Green New Deal, as well as Max Perrey from the Marin Sierra Club.  This meeting is open to all so do invite your friends. HERE

In solidarity, Marilyn, Elspeth and Jenny

P.S.  We didn't include Senator McGuire's phone # last week.  Here it is, in case you didn't call: 916-651-4002. Please ask him to support SB 34 that calling for the ban of single use plastics and for truly recyclable/compostable packaging  (see below). This is somewhere your voice really makes a difference.

 ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 4/1/2019

From NRDC: Senate Majority Leader's sham vote on the Green New Deal resolution was a political stunt to distract us from the life-or-death issue at hand. Please, in the wake of this vote, send another message to Rep. Jared Huffman and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris right now, and urge them to keep fighting for climate action!  HERE

Sign the petition to tell Nestlé: Stop producing single-use plastic and immediately start shifting toward refillable and reusable products!  HERE

From Oceana: Acting Interior Secretary Bernhardt to receive confirmation hearing this week. Tell your senators to ensure that he protects our coasts  HERE

From Sierra Club: Assembly Bill 178 wrongly identifies solar in new construction as an impediment to communities rebuilding in the wake of wildfires and other disasters.  Rebuilding with solar is a cost-effective form of renewable energy that provides resilience and cost savings to communities coping with the threat of wildfire. Please call Asm. Marc Levine NOW to urge a NO vote on Assembly Bill 178.

 WE WON NEWS

European parliament votes to ban single-use plastics  HERE

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES and VIDEOS

From 350,org: Check out the scorecard here to see how every presidential hopeful scores on the 2020 Climate Test — and use it to call on them to commit to the climate solutions science and justice demand.  HERE

 MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THESE DATES…

April 4 - 24 Take the Drawdown EcoChallenge. This online challenge is a fun and social way to take measurable action on the top solutions to global warming. Participants pick their own actions, learn how to take them, then track their progress, both individually and in groups. Badges add a bit of fun to this online experience, challenging neighbors, peers, schools and entire cities to compete in this challenge.

Wednesday April 10, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Defund Disaster/Shut Down Chase: You've Got to Change Your Oily Ways Start,     JPMorgan Chase Bank, Red Hill Shopping Center,  894 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. Register HERE

Friday, April 12, Global School Strike planned Links and details to follow

Saturday, April 13, 1:15pm.  HOW CAN WE HELP SOLVE THE CLIMATE CRISIS? Wilford H. Welch, author of In Our Hands: A Handbook for Intergenerational Actions to Solve the Climate Crisis at Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. Please reserve your seat - rsvp@kolshofar.org

 Thursday, April 18, 7:30 - 9:30pm: TED TALK with Harvard Scholar Lawrence Lessig and political satirist Will Durst on “The Future of Democracy.”  Angelico Hall, Dominican University 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael. MVCAN members will get a special insider discount on tickets. With the VIP discount, it is only $23.50 (plus ticket fees). REGISTER with your discount:  Here

 Thursday, April 18, 7:30 pm: The Great American Sh*t Show, New Monologues on life in the age of Trump, Showcase Theater San Rafael, $40 (plus fees) Solo performance stars Brian Copeland (Not A Genuine Black Man, Waiting Period) and Charlie Varon (Rush Limbaugh in Night School, Rabbi Sam) join forces to present an evening of laughing... but more importantly, an evening of THINKING as we explore how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, turning red Congressional seats blue in the Central Valley, #MeToo and more. HERE for tickets

 Tuesday, April 23,  7:00 - 9:00pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) The Green New Deal: A Game Changer?

Corte Madera Community Center 498 Tamalpais Drive  The evening will offer an opportunity to learn more from people on the front lines of the GND, including the Sunrise Movement. Jared Huffman and Mark Hertsgaard are two of the presenters.

Wednesday, May 8: Wildfires and Climate Change, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, B St. Community Center, San Rafael

May 9 - June 27 Resilient Neighborhoods Climate Action Workshop Series: Are you concerned about climate change and a healthy planet? Want to meet great people who also care and do something about it? You are invited to join Resilient Neighborhoods for a five meeting workshop series to personalize your climate action plan and get your household prepared for emergencies. Have fun calculating your carbon footprint, and taking effective, measurable and money-saving actions to reduce it. You’ll get prepared for emergencies and help build a stronger, safer, and healthier community. Over 1,100 Marin residents have already reduced more than 6-million pounds of CO2 pollution through Resilient Neighborhoods. Are you next? All you need to participate is access to your utility bills and a computer. Registration is required. Learn more HERE  Mill Valley Team is held on the following Thursdays, 5/9, 5/23, 5/30, 6/20, and 6/27  from 7-9:00 pm.  Register for the Mill Valley team HERE 

3.26.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team Members,
April's MV CAN monthly meeting at the Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto on Sunday, April 7 at 5:00 p.m. is a MUST for all of us who care about the planet.
The entire meeting will focus on saving the planet. It will feature amazing young speakers from the Sunrise movement that is spearheading winning popular support for the Green New Deal as well as Max Perrey from the Marin Sierra Club. This meeting is open to all so do invite your friends.

P.S. Too busy to make all those phone calls? Here's one that really counts: Call Senator McGuire (707) 468-8914) to ask him to support SB 34 that calling for the ban of single use plastics and for truly recyclable/compostable packaging (see below). This is somewhere your voice really makes a difference..

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 3/25/2019

  • Mitch McConnell is forcing a vote on the Green New Deal this  week. Call your senators right now and urge them to support this much-needed action on climate change. HERE

  • California must address the plastic pollution crisis!. Senate Bill 54 and Assembly Bill 1080 would create a framework to dramatically reduce the amount of single-use waste generated in the state and require that the remaining packaging be truly recyclable or compostable. Tell Senator McGuire to support SB 54, the first bill to come up in Committee. HERE

  • Tell America's largest banks to stop funding fossil fuels!  HERE  (See calendar item below re a 4/10 rally at the Red Hill Shopping Center,  4 - 6:30 pm, to protest at Chase Bank.)

  • From  Avaaz - (The World in Action:  We’ve identified 10 key world leaders who could back an ambitious plan to protect half the planet, and save life as we know it. Let’s send them inspiration, calling for their leadership. HERE

  • Friends of the Earth: Help break the cycle of deforestation and land grabbing: Tell your legislator to support the California Deforestation Free Procurement Act!  HERE

  • Help send 20,000 comments and Tell OPIC to reject funding for the new Kosovo coal plant! HERE  

  • Tell your Senators: Put our wild places and wildlife before Big Oil's profits!HERE  

  • Turn Off Your Lights For Earth Hour Sat. March 30 8:30 pm HERE

WE WON NEWS

After years of fighting against the repowering of three gas plants in the Los Angeles area, Food & Water Watch, our allies, and communities across the county won big when Mayor Garcetti announced his commitment to no new gas plants for L.A.

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES and VIDEOS

A Future Without Fossil Fuels? Bill McKibben April 4, 2019 Issue HERE

NBC News video on the Sunrise Movement. (The fact that a major news network aired this is a sign that a critical mass of people recognize it’s time for ambitious  climate action on a historic scale.) HERE  

World Resources Institute: Climate Action Barometer: 12 Charts explain Where We Are Today, and Where We Need to Be in 2020 HERE

Inside Climate News: New Wind and Solar Power Is Cheaper Than Existing Coal in Much of the U.S., Analysis Finds HERE

Feeding 10 Billion By 2050: Creating a Sustainable and Healthy Food Future.   This  one-hour event considered a recent report from the EAT-Lancet Commission prepared by 37 scientists from 16 countries.  HERE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THESE DATES…

Wednesday, March 27, 7 - 9pm Climate Imperative: Reduce, Reuse and Sequester Greenhouse Gases

Marin Health and Wellness Campus, RM 109-110 3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael,  Learn more about the cutting edge of carbon sequestration and the ’new carbon economy. Register https://marinefm.org/event-3282033/Registration

Thursday, March 28: Sunrise Movement March Meeting,  6:30pm Manny’s, 3092 16th Street, San Francisco HERE

April 4 - 24 Take the Drawdown EcoChallenge. This online challenge is a fun and social way to take measurable action on the top solutions to global warming. Participants pick their own actions, learn how to take them, then track their progress, both individually and in groups. Badges add a bit of fun to this online experience, challenging neighbors, peers, schools and entire cities to compete in this challenge.

Wednesday April 10 Defund Disaster/Shut Down Chase: You've Got to Change Your Oily Ways Start,    4:30 - 6:00 pm, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Red Hill Shopping Center,  894 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. Register HERE

Friday, April 12, Global School Strike planned Links and details to follow

Saturday, April 13, 1:15pm.  HOW CAN WE HELP SOLVE THE CLIMATE CRISIS? Wilford H. Welch, author of In Our Hands: A Handbook for Intergenerational Actions to Solve the Climate Crisis at Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. Please reserve your seat - rsvp@kolshofar.org

Thursday, April 18, 7:30 - 9:30pm: TED TALK with Harvard Scholar Lawrence Lessig and political satirist Will Durst on “The Future of Democracy.”  Angelico Hall, Dominican University 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael. MVCAN members will get a special insider discount on tickets. With the VIP discount, it is only $23.50 (plus ticket fees). REGISTER with your discount:  Here

Thursday, April 18, 7:30 pm: The Great American Sh*t Show, New Monologues on life in the age of Trump, Showcase Theater San Rafael, $40 (plus fees) Solo performance stars Brian Copeland (Not A Genuine Black Man, Waiting Period) and Charlie Varon (Rush Limbaugh in Night School, Rabbi Sam) join forces to present an evening of laughing... but more importantly, an evening of THINKING as we explore how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, turning red Congressional seats blue in the Central Valley, #MeToo and more. HERE for tickets

Wednesday, May 8: Wildfires and Climate Change, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, B St. Community Center, San Rafael

May 9 - June 27 Resilient Neighborhoods Climate Action Workshop Series: Are you concerned about climate change and a healthy planet? Want to meet great people who also care and do something about it? You are invited to join Resilient Neighborhoods for a five meeting workshop series to personalize your climate action plan and get your household prepared for emergencies. Have fun calculating your carbon footprint, and taking effective, measurable and money-saving actions to reduce it. You’ll get prepared for emergencies and help build a stronger, safer, and healthier community. Over 1,100 Marin residents have already reduced more than 6-million pounds of CO2 pollution through Resilient Neighborhoods. Are you next? All you need to participate is access to your utility bills and a computer. Registration is required. Learn more HERE  Mill Valley Team is held on the following Thursdays, 5/9, 5/23, 5/30, 6/20, and 6/27  from 7-9:00 pm. Register for the Mill Valley team HERE.  

3.18.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

The students of Marin, of San Francisco, and around the world walked out last week.  Marilyn was there to cheer them on. And here is an extract from a report by Vox:

“An estimated 1.4 million young people in 123 countries skipped school Friday to demand stronger climate policies in what may be one of the largest environmental protests in history. “This movement had to happen, we didn’t have a choice,” wrote the Swedish activist and strike leader Greta Thunberg with other young climate activists in the Guardian Friday. ‘We knew there was a climate crisis ... We knew, because everything we read and watched screamed out to us that something was very wrong.’”Read more HERE .

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 3/18/2019

  • Sierra Club: Don't let Trump's EPA allow more dirty, climate-disrupting coal plants! HERE

  • Greenpeace:The countdown is on. Let’s go all in for #Climate2020 and demand strong leadership in Congress and the White House.  HERE

  • EDF:  The Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) are on the chopping block. Stop the Trump Administration from putting these toxic pollutants into our air. HERE

  • Sign the petition to the EPA: Deleting “Climate Change” won’t make the crisis disappear.HERE

  • Send the EPA a message: keep the life-saving limits on carbon pollution on carbon pollution from dirty coal-fired power plants.HERE

  • Urge your state senator to support SB 1, a landmark bill  protecting California’s air, water, wildlife and communities.    HERE

  • From NRDC: Submit an official public comment urging the Trump administration to abandon its assault on energy efficiency and stay committed to reducing carbon emissions from light bulbs and appliances. HERE

  • Sierra Club: Join us in telling Congress: Stop wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on the destruction of our border communities, lands, water, and wildlife. HERE

  • Tell Our Leaders: Take the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge HERE

  • Trust for Public Land urges: Tell Congress the proposed budget cuts for conservation funding are unacceptable and place the future of public lands at risk. HERE

WE WON NEWS

SumOfUs Victories:

  • The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) just suspended Indonesia’s largest food company and notorious palm oil villain, Indofood.

  • European Commission was forced to stand up to the palm oil lobby and outlaw most palm oil in European biodiesel!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THESE DATES…

Friday, March 22,  9-11 am: Carbon Pricing Roundtable, Marin Conservation League offices, 175 N. Redwood Dr., Suite 135, San Rafael.  A special chance for Marin climate leaders and activists to get questions answered and weigh in about the best ways to achieve carbon pricing nationally—and how it fits in with other climate actions. Join this free-range discussion with Marin climate leaders, including Chance Cutrano, Sierra Club; David Kunhardt and Jonathan Marshall, Citizens Climate Lobby; Doug Wilson and Bob Miller, Marin Conservation League Climate Action Working Group; and Kiki La Porta, Sustainable Marin.

Monday, March 25th, 7 - 8pm:  Come Hear From Youth on the Frontline of Activism! Join 350Marin and Sustainable Fairfax at the Fairfax Library for a community conversation on climate action.  Come hear the stories, struggles and successes of young activists. Free event. RSVP and get more details HERE.

Wednesday, March 27, 7 - 9pm Climate Imperative: Reduce, Reuse and Sequester Greenhouse Gases 6:30 - 9:00 Marin Health and Wellness Campus, RM 109-110 3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael,  Learn more about the cutting edge of carbon sequestration and the ’new carbon economy. Register https://marinefm.org/event-3282033/Registration

Thursday, March 28: Sunrise Movement March Meeting,  6:30pm,  Manny’s, 3092 16th Street, San Francisco

April 4 - 24 Take the Drawdown EcoChallenge. This online challenge is a fun and social way to take measurable action on the top solutions to global warming. Participants pick their own actions, learn how to take them, then track their progress, both individually and in groups. Badges add a bit of fun to this online experience, challenging neighbors, peers, schools and entire cities to compete in this challenge.

Saturday, April 13, 1:15pm.  HOW CAN WE HELP SOLVE THE CLIMATE CRISIS? Wilford H. Welch, author of In Our Hands: A Handbook for Intergenerational Actions to Solve the Climate Crisis at Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. Please reserve your seat - rsvp@kolshofar.org

Thursday, April 18, 7:30 - 9:30pm: TED TALK with Harvard Scholar Lawrence Lessig and political satirist Will Durst on “The Future of Democracy.”  Angelico Hall, Dominican University 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael. MVCAN members will get a special insider discount on tickets. With the VIP discount, it is only $23.50 (plus ticket fees). REGISTER with your discount:  Here

Thursday, April 18, 7:30 pm: The Great American Sh*t Show, New Monologues on life in the age of Trump, Showcase Theater San Rafael, $40 (plus fees) Solo performance stars Brian Copeland (Not A Genuine Black Man, Waiting Period) and Charlie Varon (Rush Limbaugh in Night School, Rabbi Sam) join forces to present an evening of laughing... but more importantly, an evening of THINKING as we explore how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, turning red Congressional seats blue in the Central Valley, #MeToo and more. HERE for tickets

Wednesday, May 8: Wildfires and Climate Change, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, B St. Community Center, San Rafael.

3.12.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

We are asking you again to please support the Sierra Club’s  ordinance restricting single use plastic foodware in Mill Valley on Monday March 18.  (See calendar below for details.. A similar ordinance was recently passed in San Anselmo, Berkeley, Alameda and other cities around the country. They will need people to show up at two meetings. If you are able to attend, please email Marilyn Price at mprice@the-acorn.com

In solidarity, Marilyn, Elspeth and Jenny

 ACTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 11
From NRDC: Tell Senators: It’s Time to Act On Climate Change!  HERE

From Clean Water Act: On 3/8/19 the House of Representatives took a big step toward restoring our democracy and putting power back into the hands of the people. It passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act. Now, it’s up to the Senate to stand with the public and pass H.R. 1. Send a message to your Senators right now. HERE

Tell Roosevelt Conservation Caucus members: Reject fossil fuel money -- sign the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge!  HERE

March is the month to save Wolves! Comments are urgently needed to prevent wolves from becoming delisted from the Endangered Species Act before the end of March.   A large public outcry now CAN work as it did to save some national monuments. Make your comment HERE

From Friends of the Earth: Tell your Senators: Don't confirm an anti-environment extremist for a seat on the nation’s second-most powerful court! HERE  also:

Tell Congress to support the Fairness for Farmworkers Act TODAY!  HERE

From Center for Biological Diversity: Contact your Assembly member today and tell them to support A.B. 273 and ban fur trapping. HERE

From Amazon Watch:  Last March, Amazonian indigenous women delivered their demands directly to Ecuador's president calling for respect for their rights and an end to Amazon oil extraction and mining on their territories. Since then, however, they are facing increased threats. Despite promising otherwise, the government has recently approved new rainforest oil and mining concessions on indigenous territories. Demand that President Moreno respect their rights and territories! HERE

 COMING SOON: SAVE THE DATE!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THESE DATES:

Friday, March 15, Global student strike  It's not only for school students. From taking photos and sharing them online with #climatestrike, to helping sort out on-the-ground logistics, or speaking to other parents and young people in your family, we can all play a role. Find an event near you and register  One of the locations is in San Rafael 11:00 am Marin County Civic Center 3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael. To register for the San Rafael strike click HERE and to register for other nearby events click HERE

Saturday, March 16, 2-4:00pm Fairfax Library 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. How is sea level rise affecting communities of color? We’ll view several short films which explore the intersection of environmentalism and the social justice movement. Following the films, there will be a discussion with members of Shore Up Marin and SURJ-Marin to explore how sea level rise is affecting Marin and actions we can take now to prepare. All Library events are free.

Sunday  March 17, Indivisible Marin Climate Conversation⋅4:00 – 5:30pm: An informal discussion group once a month for people to talk and learn about various ways to reduce their personal carbon footprint, such as driving electric cars, installing solar panels, changing one's’ diet. etc. Link to sign up HERE

Monday, March 18 6:20 pm: MVCAN Eco Warriors NEEDS people to show up at Mill Valley City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Ave to support during the Council’s Open Time session (at the beginning of their meeting)  a request for Mill Valley to adopt an ordinance restricting single use plastic foodware. A similar ordinance was recently passed in San Anselmo, Berkeley, Alameda and other cities around the county. If you can attend please email Marilyn Price mprice@the-acorn.com so we can coordinate our presentation.

March 16-18, the March for Fossil Fuel Freedom is being organized by a coalition of faith communities, non-profit grassroots groups, and 350 Silicon Valley, to shine a spotlight on Wells Fargo’s role in financing the fossil fuel industry.  This 32-mile “pilgrimage” march from Palo Alto to San Francisco will draw attention to how Wells Fargo’s investment policies (including the funding of private prisons) have devastated our climate and our communities. At the same time, it will hold up the promise and possibility of reinvesting instead in climate solutions and of transitioning to a better, more just world. Click HERE for more information

Friday, March 22,  9-11 am: Carbon Pricing Roundtable, Marin Conservation League offices, 175 N. Redwood Dr., Suite 135, San Rafael.  A special chance for Marin climate leaders and activists to get questions answered and weigh in about the best ways to achieve carbon pricing nationally—and how it fits in with other climate actions. Join this free-range discussion with Marin climate leaders, including Chance Cutrano, Sierra Club; David Kunhardt and Jonathan Marshall, Citizens Climate Lobby; Doug Wilson and Bob Miller, Marin Conservation League Climate Action Working Group; and Kiki La Porta, Sustainable Marin.

Wednesday, March 27:  Climate Imperative: Reduce, Reuse and Sequester Greenhouse Gases 7:00 - 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm), (TBD) Marin Health and Wellness Campus, RM 109-110 3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael,  Learn more about the cutting edge of carbon sequestration and the ’new carbon economy. Register https://marinefm.org/event-3282033/Registration

April 4 - 24 Take the Drawdown EcoChallenge. This online challenge is a fun and social way to take measurable action on the top solutions to global warming. Participants pick their own actions, learn how to take them, then track their progress, both individually and in groups. Badges add a bit of fun to this online experience, challenging neighbors, peers, schools and entire cities to compete in this challenge.


Thursday, April 18, 7:30 pm: The Great American Sh*t Show, New Monologues on life in the age of Trump, Showcase Theater San Rafael, $40 (plus fees) Solo performance stars Brian Copeland (Not A Genuine Black Man, Waiting Period) and Charlie Varon (Rush Limbaugh in Night School, Rabbi Sam) join forces to present an evening of laughing... but more importantly, an evening of THINKING as we explore how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, turning red Congressional seats blue in the Central Valley, #MeToo and more. HERE for tickets

WE WON NEWS

YEAH OUR PETITIONS HELP! Trader Joe’s announced plans to phase out plastic waste after Greenpeace circulated petitions  HERE (But as Greenpeace states: Trader Joe’s announcement is a step in the right direction but Trader Joe’s doesn’t go nearly far enough. There’s plenty more plastic — way more than 1 million pounds — that Trader Joe’s needs to remove from its stores. And Trader Joe’s is just one supermarket — we’re calling on all supermarkets to ditch single-use plastics and immediately start shifting towards systems of refill and reuse.)

INTERESTING ENVIRONMENTAL VIDEOS and ARTICLES
Why The Green New Deal Cuts Consumer Energy Costs & Unemployment  by Mark Z. Jacobson HERE

Is this the end of recycling?  HERE

A relatively painless guide to cutting plastic out of your life HERE

Did you know that up to 40 percent of food in the United States is never eaten? Join NRDC in their quest to reduce food waste nationwide. Visit their Save the Food headquarters HERE
This may be a bridge too far for most of us but lessons to be learned nevertheless. Simple and Sustainable Living in My 100 Square Foot Tiny House HERE  

3.6.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

The Sierra Club Marin Group is working on an ordinance restricting single use plastic foodware for all our Marin cities and the country. A similar ordinance was recently passed in San Anselmo, Berkeley, Alameda and other cities around the country. They will need people to show up at two meetings. So that they can coordinate and inform people of any changes, If you can attend either or both meetings, please email Marilyn Price at mprice@the-acorn.com

  • Tuesday, March 12 at the open session of the Marin County Board of Supervisors, 3501 Civic Center Dr # 329, San Rafael. The meeting starts at 9am and open session is at the beginning of the meeting  but best to check their agenda on 3/7 to find out a more precise time.

  • Monday, March 18 6:20 pm: MVCAN Eco Warriors NEEDS people to show up at Mill Valley City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Ave to show support during the Council’s Open Time session (at the beginning of their meeting).  Also sending an email to our Mill Valley Council members to show your support of the Ordinance would be most helpful.  

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 3/6/2019

  • A local Mill Valley Request: The Mill Valley School Districts’ ‘Pilot’ School Bus Program is in danger of being cancelled. The bus has many positive effects on traffic and our community. For more information and to sign the petition  HERE

  • From 350.org: Add your name to call on all Members of Congress to support the Green New Deal now! . HERE

  • President Trump and his administration just gave oil exploration companies the green light to harass marine mammals with seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic. It’s urgent that you tell ell your members of Congress to oppose potentially deadly seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean. HERE

  • Submit a public comment to the BLM before March 13th to stop the land grab for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Wildlife National Refuge.  HERE

  • Urge President Trump to sign this important legislation -- the  Natural Resources Management Act -- now so we can protect the future of America’s public lands.  HERE

  • The Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act reinvests federal dollars to provide $35 billion a year. Send a message to your Members of Congress calling on them to cosponsor the WATER Act! HERE

  • Tell EPA to protect our pollinators and regulate pesticide-coated seeds! HERE

  • Help send 5,000 signatures: Tell your Assemblymember that kids in school deserve access to food that is healthier for people and the planet. HERE  

  • Call on Lowe’s and Home Depot to protect customers and stop selling products containing toxic glyphosate.  HERE

  • From Amazon Watch: No Oil Drilling On Waorani Land HERE

WE WON NEWS

At the 2/26 Marin Board of Supervisors meeting the Green New Deal Marin Team of youth from 6 Marin High schools was  successful in getting our Board of Supervisors to endorse a Green New Deal!

Ace Hardware has confirmed it is eliminating bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides from the products that it sells. For the first year, all major garden retailers are on record committing to eliminate the use of neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides on the products and garden plants  they sell.

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES and VIDEOS

~ Lots of environmentalists are talking about the new book by David Wallace-Wells, The Uninhabitable Earth.  HERE is one of many reviews from the Washington Post

~ An Iceberg Twice the Size of New York City Set to Break Off from Antarctica  A crack along part of the Brunt ice shelf in Antarctica is spreading and set to intersect with another fissure that had been stable for 35 years but is now accelerating. NASA says it could destabilize the ice shelf. HERE

~ How to Cut U.S. Emissions Faster? Do What These Countries Are Doing HERE

~ From the California League of Conservation Voters:  Just out: the 2018 California Environmental Scorecard.  HERE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THESE DATES…

Friday, March 15 Global student strike. It's not only for school students. From taking photos and sharing them online with #climatestrike, to helping sort out on-the-ground logistics, or speaking to other parents and young ones in your family, we can all play a role. Some schools and teachers unions are even explicitly backing the actions. Maybe yours will too?  (More details later.)

Saturday, March 16, 2-4:00pm Fairfax Library 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. How is sea level rise affecting communities of color? We’ll view several short films which explore the intersection of environmentalism and the social justice movement. Following the films, there will be a discussion with members of Shore Up Marin and SURJ-Marin to explore how sea level rise is affecting Marin and actions we can take now to prepare. All Library events are free.

Monday, March 18 6:20 pm: MVCAN Eco Warriors NEEDS people to show up at Mill Valley City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Ave to support during the Council’s Open Time session (at the beginning of their meeting)  a request for Mill Valley to adopt an ordinance restricting single use plastic foodware. A similar ordinance was recently passed in San Anselmo, Berkeley, Alameda and other cities around the country. If you can attend please email Marilyn Price mprice@the-acorn.com so we can coordinate our presentation.

March 16-18, the March for Fossil Fuel Freedom is being organized by a coalition of faith communities, non-profit grassroots groups, and 350 Silicon Valley, to shine a spotlight on Wells Fargo’s role in financing the fossil fuel industry.  This 32-mile “pilgrimage” march from Palo Alto to San Francisco will draw attention to how Wells Fargo’s investment policies (including the funding of private prisons) have devastated our climate and our communities. At the same time, it will hold up the promise and possibility of reinvesting instead in climate solutions and of transitioning to a better, more just world. Click HERE for more information

Thursday, April 18, 7:30 pm: The Great American Sh*t Show, New Monologues on life in the age of Trump, Showcase Theater San Rafael, $40 (plus fees) Solo performance stars Brian Copeland (Not A Genuine Black Man, Waiting Period) and Charlie Varon (Rush Limbaugh in Night School, Rabbi Sam) join forces to present an evening of laughing... but more importantly, an evening of THINKING as we explore how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, turning red Congressional seats blue in the Central Valley, #MeToo and more. HERE for tickets


2.25.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

TOMORROW, February 26, we ask you to please turn out, please to support the Green New Deal Marin Team! A group of teens are presenting to the Marin Board of Supervisors asking them to pass a resolution in support of the federal Green New Deal! PLEASE RSVP here: HERE

Then, coming down the pike, here is an advance notice of something we hope you will all get behind:

Monday, March 18 6:20 pm: MVCAN Eco Warriors NEEDS people to show up at Mill Valley City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Ave to support during the Council’s Open Time session (at the beginning of their meeting)  a request for Mill Valley to adopt an ordinance restricting single use plastic foodware. A similar ordinance was recently passed in San Anselmo, Berkeley, Alameda and other cities around the county. If you can attend please email Marilyn Price mprice@the-acorn.com so we can coordinate our presentation. Sending an email to our Mill Valley Council members to also show your support of the Ordinance  would be most helpful.

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 2/25/2019

Urge your representative to sponsor H. Res. 15 a new resolution to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement! HERE

From the Sierra Club: Our coalition needs 100,000 activists like you to help fight back against the Trump administration’s efforts to drill for oil along our coasts. Will you add your name right now to oppose offshore drilling? HERE

Tell the Army Corps to deny the permit for Line 3 by submitting a public comment now.  HERE

From Greenpeace: Be a part of the massive data collection effort that will shine a light on the tons of unnecessary plastic on grocery store shelves across America. Sign up today to be one of the thousands of people who will build a report card and hold stores accountable for carrying unnecessary, polluting plastic.  HERE

From Story of Stuff: Join our campaign calling on Coca-cola, Pepsi and Nestle to support container deposits! HERE

From the Sierra Club: Send a message urging your Representative to vote YES on the Every Kid Outdoors Act and keep the outdoors accessible for fourth graders and their families! HERE

From Friends of the Earth: Help send 30,000 comments: Tell the Army Corps not to rush Pebble Mine's permit application! HERE

From Friends of the Earth: Help send 40,000 comments: Tell Congress to ban uranium mining near the Grand Canyon! HERE  

From NRDC: Did you know that Charmin toilet paper is still being made from old-growth forests that are critical to meeting the world's climate objectives? Tell Charmin's manufacturer, Procter & Gamble, to stop the tree-to-toilet pipeline and make Charmin planet-safe. HERE

Ask Your Congress Member to Support Bill to Label GMO Salmon  HERE

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES and VIDEOS

‘Plastic Is Lethal’: Groundbreaking Report Reveals Health Risks at Every Stage in Plastics Life Cycle HERE

Zero Hour launched its nationwide #JoinJuliana campaign to help thousands of young people add their names in support of the Young People’s amicus (“friend of the court”) brief it will file in support of the 21 Juliana v. United States youth plaintiffs. Since Saturday, more than 3,000 youth have signed on. The brief will be filed by PowerShift Network, the parent organization of Zero Hour, with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on March 1, 2019, demanding that the Court allow the voices of the Juliana plaintiffs be heard at trial. To help us spread the word about this groundbreaking campaign, watch the compelling video of the Juliana plaintiffs calling on young Americans to join them in their stand for climate rights, and then share it on Facebook, retweet it on Twitter, and/or repost it on Instagram.If a young person in your life would like to #JoinJuliana and add their name in support of the Juliana plaintiffs, have them them visit www.joinjuliana.org

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THESE DATES…

Monday, February 25, 7:00-8:00pm.  Green New Deal Community Conversation. Learn about efforts to meet the climate emergency with a Green New Deal, in Marin and beyond. 7:00 - 8:00 pm (6:45 refreshments). Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax. Facilitated by 350Marin and Sustainable Fairfax. Information.

Tues. Feb 26th: Come Support the Teen Green New Deal Marin Team!

Come out to support the Green New Deal Marin Team! We are a group made up of passionate teenagers from six high schools all across Marin including Sir Francis Drake, Branson, San Rafael, San Domineco, Terra Linda and Redwood! We are presenting to the Marin Board of Supervisors asking them to pass a resolution in support of the federal Green New Deal! We would love people come out and support us (we have signs you can hold!) PLEASE RSVP here: HERE

Wednesday, February 27,  7:00 - 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm): Building to Cool the Planet—Beyond 'Green Building' Marin Health and Wellness Campus, RM 109-110 3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael

Monday March 4, 11:30-1:00 pm, Tamra Peters, Founder & Executive Director of Resilient Neighborhoods presents at Marin League of Women Voters, 4340, Redwood Hwy, San Rafael, CA 94903 Conference Room F138,  The Conference Room is in the back of a office complex on Redwood Hwy between Las Gallinas and Smith Ranch Road on the east side of Hwy 101.

Friday, March 15 Global student strike. It's not only for school students. From taking photos and sharing them online with #climatestrike, to helping sort out on-the-ground logistics, or speaking to other parents and young ones in your family, we can all play a role. Some schools and teachers unions are even explicitly backing the actions. Maybe yours will too?  (More details later.)

Saturday, March 16, 2-4:00pm Fairfax Library 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. How is sea level rise affecting communities of color? We’ll view several short films which explore the intersection of environmentalism and the social justice movement. Following the films, there will be a discussion with members of Shore Up Marin and SURJ-Marin to explore how sea level rise is affecting Marin and actions we can take now to prepare. All Library events are free.

Monday, March 18 6:20 pm: MVCAN Eco Warriors NEEDS people to show up at Mill Valley City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Ave to support during the Council’s Open Time session (at the beginning of their meeting)  a request for Mill Valley to adopt an ordinance restricting single use plastic foodware. A similar ordinance was recently passed in San Anselmo, Berkeley, Alameda and other cities around the county. If you can attend please email Marilyn Price mprice@the-acorn.com so we can coordinate our presentation.

March 16-18, the March for Fossil Fuel Freedom is being organized by a coalition of faith communities, non-profit grassroots groups, and 350 Silicon Valley, to shine a spotlight on Wells Fargo’s role in financing the fossil fuel industry.  This 32-mile “pilgrimage” march from Palo Alto to San Francisco will draw attention to how Wells Fargo’s investment policies (including the funding of private prisons) have devastated our climate and our communities. At the same time, it will hold up the promise and possibility of reinvesting instead in climate solutions and of transitioning to a better, more just world. Click HERE for more information

Thursday, April 18, 7:30 pm: The Great American Sh*t Show, New Monologues on life in the age of Trump, Showcase Theater San Rafael, $40 (plus fees) Solo performance stars Brian Copeland (Not A Genuine Black Man, Waiting Period) and Charlie Varon (Rush Limbaugh in Night School, Rabbi Sam) join forces to present an evening of laughing... but more importantly, an evening of THINKING as we explore how to deal with a family member who’s all in for the Donald when you’re not, turning red Congressional seats blue in the Central Valley, #MeToo and more. HERE for tickets

 

2.19.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Top on our agenda for this week is urging you all to support Sunrise Movement by making a call today to Senator Feinstein.. This is urgent because they believe the Senate will vote on the resolution by the end

·  Make the call before the Senate reconvenes on Feb. 25th

·  You can use the sample script here to guide your call

·  Please call either:

o    San Francisco Office at (415) 393-0707

o    Washington DC Office at (202) 224-3841

·  For more guidance on how to call and what to say, check out this great guide

  • Then, turn out at Senator Feinstein's San Francisco office this Friday, 22 2/22.Tell Senator Dianne Feinstein to stand with the majority of Californians and champion the Green New Deal! Come out and be part of the action!

Momentum is really building, so let’s keep pushing to make the Green New Deal a reality!

 In solidarity, Marilyn, Elspeth and Jenny

 ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 2/18/2019

Urge Acting Administrator Wheeler to review the National Climate Assessment immediately and start implementing meaningful changes to address climate change.  HERE

From the Sierra Club: Don’t let gas companies drive the Energy Commission’s goals. We need to outnumber any oppositional letters from gas companies before February 20th. The plan, called the The Final 2018 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update, includes a landmark focus on electrifying buildings to get the carbon–and especially the methane gas–out of our homes and buildings. This is the best state agency report to date calling on California policymakers and utilities to phase-out gas and ramp up smart electric homes that can be powered by clean energy! Help make sure the Commission adopts this report without it getting watered down by the gas industry. HERE

Also from the Sierra Club: The Dirty Water Rule is the biggest attack on protections for our water in 46 years. We only have 60 days to make our voices heard. Take action now to tell Trump and Acting EPA Administrator Wheeler to stop attacking the Clean Water Act! HERE

 From Friends of  the Earth: We need you demand that Kroger commit to stop selling food with toxic pesticides linked to cancer and brain damage. Visit a Kroger-owned store Feb 23rd - Feb 26th: Sign up to deliver a letter to your local store manager asking them to take immediate action! We’ll send you everything you need to visit your local store.  HERE

Also this: Help send 40,000 signatures to Representatives: Demand an end to pesticides in our food, and the beginning of organic food for all! HERE

 From Greenpeace:  Join me in telling Amazon to do the right thing by following through on its 100% renewable commitment. HERE

 Ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor the SAVE Right Whales Act HERE

 Ask Your Member of Congress to Cosponsor the Ban Toxic Pesticides Act of 2019  HERE

 Tell the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Congress to require that organic foods be a part of the National School Lunch Program!  HERE

 WE WON NEWS

2/14 Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption strategy PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. in San Anselmo. For more information click HERE

2/14 From Greenpeace: The USD $900 million lawsuit from Energy Transfer — the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline against Greenpeace and others has been thrown out of court!

 2/14 From the NYT: The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping public lands conservation bill, designating more than one million acres of wilderness for environmental protection and permanently reauthorizing a federal program to pay for conservation measures. The Senate voted 92 to 8 in favor of the bill, offering a rare moment of bipartisanship in a divided chamber and a rare victory for environmentalists at a time when the Trump administration is working aggressively to strip away protections on public lands and open them to mining and drilling.

2/12 From Sierra Club: We got some great news out of Alaska this week. The Department of the Interior just confirmed that there will be NO seismic oil testing in the Arctic Refuge this winter.

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES

Watch this video and feel hopeful! Costa Rica wants to be single-use plastic and carbon free  HERE  

The Years Project’s Recycling Video: When did we start recycling, and why? The rise of disposable packaging has made it a necessity. But there's a better way to deal with our trash.  HERE

The Years Project is producing excellent videos like this one each week. To receive them just subscribe HERE (go to the bottom of the page)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THESE DATES…

Friday February 22, 8:30 - 10:30, 1 Post Street, San Fransisco Rally at Senator Feinstein’s Office to secure her support of the Green New Deal 1 Post

Saturday, February 23, 10am - 12noon. Climate Change Realities & Solutions. Follow-up discussion of 'The Human Element' film (2/10) and detailed update on the carbon pricing bills now in Congress. With Citizens Climate Lobby Marin leaders Peter Joseph and David Kunhardt. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Information & Sign-up.  

 Monday, February 25, 7:00-8:00pm.  Green New Deal Community Conversation. Learn about efforts to meet the climate emergency with a Green New Deal, in Marin and beyond. 7:00 - 8:00 pm (6:45 refreshments). Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax. Facilitated by 350Marin and Sustainable Fairfax. Information.

 Wednesday, February 27,  7:00 - 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm): Building to Cool the Planet—Beyond 'Green Building' Marin Health and Wellness Campus, RM 109-110 3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael

 Monday March 4, 11:30-1:00 pm, Tamra Peters, Founder & Executive Director of Resilient Neighborhoods presents at Marin League of Women Voters, 4340, Redwood Hwy, San Rafael, CA 94903 Conference Room F138,  The Conference Room is in the back of a office complex on Redwood Hwy between Las Gallinas and Smith Ranch Road on the east side of Hwy 101.

Friday, March 15 Global student strike. It's not only for school students. From taking photos and sharing them online with #climatestrike, to helping sort out on-the-ground logistics, or speaking to other parents and young ones in your family, we can all play a role. Some schools and teachers unions are even explicitly backing the actions. Maybe yours will too?  (More details later.)

March 16-18, the March for Fossil Fuel Freedom is being organized by a coalition of faith communities, non-profit grassroots groups, and 350 Silicon Valley, to shine a spotlight on Wells Fargo’s role in financing the fossil fuel industry.  This 32-mile “pilgrimage” march from Palo Alto to San Francisco will draw attention to how Wells Fargo’s investment policies (including the funding of private prisons) have devastated our climate and our communities. At the same time, it will hold up the promise and possibility of reinvesting instead in climate solutions and of transitioning to a better, more just world. Click HERE for more information

Monday, March 18 6:20 pm: MVCAN Eco Warriors NEEDS people to show up at Mill Valley City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Ave to support during the Council’s Open Time session (at the beginning of their meeting)  a request for Mill Valley to adopt an ordinance restricting single use plastic foodware. A similar ordinance was recently passed in San Anselmo, Berkeley, Alameda and other cities around the county. If you can attend please email Marilyn Price mprice@the-acorn.com so we can coordinate our presentation.

2.12.2019

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 2/12/2019

  • From Sunrise Movement: Tell Congress: Support Sen Markey & Rep Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution for a Green New Deal! Can you sign now and share with your friends? HERE

  • From Friends of the Earth: Send a Tweet to your Representative and tell them to support a strong Green New Deal! HERE

  • From Sunrise Movement: Can you take 15 minutes to draft a Letter to the Editor to share your support for the Green New Deal with your community?  HERE

  • From SEEC PAC: Our pro-environment majority in the House is wasting no time in taking action to protect our coast: SEEC PAC member Rep. Jared Huffman has introduced H.R. 309, the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act. We’re asking you to join Rep. Huffman and SEEC PAC in support of this important bill and sign on as a citizen co-sponsor.  HERE

  • From Oceana: Tell your representative in Congress to support this 2019 bill to ban the sale of shark fin products in the U.S. to protect sharks and help stabilize ocean ecosystems around the world  HERE

  • From Trust for Public Land: Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the Bears Ears Expansion and Respect for Sovereignty Act, the Antiquities Act of 2019, and the Natural Resources Management Act today! HERE

  • Contact Our State Assemblymember to Support Safe Drinking Water! HERE

  • From Friends of the Earth Help send 40,000 signatures demanding Congress protect our oceans from dangerous industrial fish farming!  HERE

  • From Sierra Rise  Protect consumer health by telling Combe to ditch their opposition to the lead ban! HERE

  • 350 Bay Area is forming a coalition of groups to promote a new vision for living a low-emissions life. Electrify Everything will present new options for low-emission electric cars, air heating and cooling, water heating, and cooking. Electric options allow for no carbon emissions when combined with rooftop solar or the 100% clean energy options available from Community Choice Energy programs. Learn more about the project and how you can help HERE  

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES

From World Resources Institute: 5 Things to Look for in the Green New Deal  HERE

Want to find out more about the State of Marin County in 2019 (Goal: A Sustainable Future) click HERE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THESE DATES…

Saturday, February 23, 10am - 12noon. Climate Change Realities & Solutions. Follow-up discussion of 'The Human Element' film (2/10) and detailed update on the carbon pricing bills now in Congress. With Citizens Climate Lobby Marin leaders Peter Joseph and David Kunhardt. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Information & Sign-up.  

Monday, February 25, 7:00-8:00pm.  Green New Deal Community Conversation. Learn about efforts to meet the climate emergency with a Green New Deal, in Marin and beyond. 7:00 - 8:00 pm (6:45 refreshments). Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax. Facilitated by 350Marin and Sustainable Fairfax. Information.

Wednesday, February 27,  7:00 - 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm): Building to Cool the Planet—Beyond 'Green Building' Marin Health and Wellness Campus, RM 109-110 3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael

Monday March 4, 11:30-1:00 pm, Tamra Peters, Founder & Executive Director of Resilient Neighborhoods presents at Marin League of Women Voters, 4340, Redwood Hwy, San Rafael, CA 94903 Conference Room F138 ,  The Conference Room is in the back of a office complex on Redwood Hwy between Las Gallinas and Smith Ranch Road on the east side of Hwy 101.

March 16-18, the March for Fossil Fuel Freedom is being organized by a coalition of faith communities, non-profit grassroots groups, and 350 Silicon Valley, to shine a spotlight on Wells Fargo’s role in financing the fossil fuel industry.  This 32-mile “pilgrimage” march from Palo Alto to San Francisco will draw attention to how Wells Fargo’s investment policies (including the funding of private prisons) have devastated our climate and our communities. At the same time, it will hold up the promise and possibility of reinvesting instead in climate solutions and of transitioning to a better, more just world. Click HERE for more information

Monday, March 18 6:20 pm: MVCAN Eco Warriors NEEDS people to show up at Mill Valley City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Ave to support during the Council’s Open Time session (at the beginning of their meeting)  a request for Mill Valley to adopt an ordinance restricting single use plastic foodware. A similar ordinance was recently passed in San Anselmo, Berkeley, Alameda and other cities around the county. If you can attend please email Marilyn Price mprice@the-acorn.com so we can coordinate our presentation.

2.4.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

There will be no meeting in February but we will be in touch each week with our action items.

We had an excellent gathering last week for the Community Conversations and learned what is on people's minds about what should change in our community:  traffic, housing and flooding were among the chief concerns expressed.  We didn't come up with plans to tackle these specific issues but we are going to stay in touch to work on initiatives as they come up.   We'll be watching as Drawdown Marin unfolds, looking for ways to work with Mill Valley and other towns in our area on climate change, and reaching out to MCE on Deep Green.

It's not too late to attend  350 Bay Area’s gathering in support of the Green New Deal at Nancy Pelosi’s office,  February 6 @ 10:45 am - 12:30 pm. This is one of numerous protests in support of long-overdue policies that support a carbon-free economy.  This is our best chance at moving rapidly to sustainability for our planet.  Come and make your voice heard.  Details Here.

If you can't go, then see our "Get Smart" section below to read all about what the Green New Deal would entail.
Best from, Marilyn, Elspeth and Jenny  

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 2/4/2019

  • Help us stop Trump from dragging the World Bank back to climate denial and inaction. Tell the World Bank’s executive directors: Pick a climate champion president, not a Trump crony.  HERE

  • Want Amazon to pick up and reuse Amazon shipping boxes in Marin County?  Sign the petition at:  http://chng.it/cTrbLd4GbZ and forward it to other neighbors.  An estimated 3.5 million Amazon boxes went to the landfill in 2018.

  • Democratic Reps. Ruben Gallego and Deb Haaland have re-introduced the Bears Ears Expansion and Respect for Sovereignty Act of 2019.  Add your name: Restore and expand protections for the Bears Ears National Monument.  HERE

  • Urge our state’s attorney general to join the investigation into what #ExxonKnew.  HERE

  • Tell the Senate: David Bernhardt is a walking conflict of interest and is unfit to be Secretary of the Interior. HERE

  • From EarthJustice: The Trump administration would like to hide its unpopular anti-wildlife agenda under political cover from governors across the West and elsewhere. Don’t let them get away with this — urge your governor to stand up for the Endangered Species Act and for wolf recovery by opposing this national wolf-delisting plan. HERE

  • Support legislation by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Raúl Grijalva and tell Congress: Pass the "Save Oak Flat Act" and protect Apache sacred lands from copper mining. HERE  

  • TAKE ACTION: The Save America’s Pollinators Act will soon be reintroduced. Ask your members of Congress to be original cosponsors of this important bill!  HERE

  • From NRDC: Help Protect the Endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee! HERE

  • From Avaaz: Let’s save Africa’s giraffes and give them the protection they deserve! HERE

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES

Greta Thunberg article: In Response to Lies and Hate, Let Me Make Some Things Clear About My Climate Strike HERE

From Global Footprint Network: ESRI’s storymap on human impact worth many thousands of words. Our data visualization partner ESRI has put together a beautiful "storymap" (storytelling through infographics and maps) designed to give an overview of the impact of humanity on the planet. It features the Ecological Footprint metric – together with the work of some of our partners whom you will recognize. And yes, this stunning storymap also provides a list of tools and solutions, including our Footprint Calculator. Enjoy and share widely through your network and on social media

The Green New Deal Must Put Utilities Under Public Control  HERE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THESE DATES…

Tuesday, February 5 Green New Deal Watch Party: Join a  livestream watch party detailing the Green New Deal strategy! There are a few events in Marin. Click  HERE  to sign up.

Tuesday , February 5 at 5:30pm. Make your voice heard about the imminent placement of 5G Small Cell Towers on a telephone pole near you by:

• Taking this survey if you live in the unincorporated areas of County of Marin  HERE

• Attending the Marin County Board of Supervisors Public Workshop on 5G Technology on February 5, 5:30 p.m. at the Marin County Civic Center, designed to hear from residents about their views.

Saturday, February 9, 6:30 - 10:30 pm: Sustainable Fairfax Benefit at the Bike Museum- Registration Open!     $40. Sustainable Fairfax is throwing another lively party at the Marin Museum of Bicycling (1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax)!  Enjoy a night of music, dancing, celebration.. and an evening celebrating February LOVE.

Sunday, February 10, 3pm: The Human Element: Earth, Air, Water, Fire, a film by James Balog at George Lucas Theater in San Rafael. Seating is limited to 125 and is free.   For more info click HERE   

Saturday, February 23, 10am - 12noon. Climate Change Realities & Solutions. Follow-up discussion of 'The Human Element' film (2/10) and detailed update on the carbon pricing bills now in Congress. With Citizens Climate Lobby Marin leaders Peter Joseph and David Kunhardt. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Information & Sign-up.  

Monday, February 25, 7:00-8:00pm.  Green New Deal Community Conversation. Learn about efforts to meet the climate emergency with a Green New Deal, in Marin and beyond. 7:00 - 8:00 pm (6:45 refreshments). Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax. Facilitated by 350Marin and Sustainable Fairfax. Information.

Wednesday, February 27,  7:00 - 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm): Building to Cool the Planet—Beyond 'Green Building' Marin Health and Wellness Campus, RM 109-110 3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael

March 16-18, the March for Fossil Fuel Freedom is being organized by a coalition of faith communities, non-profit grassroots groups, and 350 Silicon Valley, to shine a spotlight on Wells Fargo’s role in financing the fossil fuel industry.  This 32-mile “pilgrimage” march from Palo Alto to San Francisco will draw attention to how Wells Fargo’s investment policies (including the funding of private prisons) have devastated our climate and our communities. At the same time, it will hold up the promise and possibility of reinvesting instead in climate solutions and of transitioning to a better, more just world. Click HERE for more information

1.30.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

There will be no meeting in February but we will be in touch each week with our action items.  

We’d particularly like to draw to your attention Tuesday, February 5 Green New Deal Watch Party: Join a livestream watch party detailing the Green New Deal strategy! There are a few events in Marin. Click  HERE  to sign up.

Also, we urge you to attend 350 Bay Area’s gathering in support of the Green New Deal at Nancy Pelosi’s office,  February 6 @ 10:45 am - 12:30 pm.  Details Here.

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 01/28/2019 

· Demand that your Representative fight for a Green New Deal: Make a two-minute phone call now!  HERE

· Let's keep the momentum going! The fight’s not over! Tell Congress: Reject Trump’s border wall outright and pass a clean funding bill past February. No more tax payer dollars  HERE

· Join Earth Island Advocates in voicing your opposition to the EPA greenhouse gas emissions rollback by February 19! Last December, the EPA announced plans to roll back a 2015 rule that put strict limits on greenhouse gas emissions for new coal-fired power plants. As a result, new power plants will be allowed to pump more carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. HERE  

· Tell Trader Joe's: Make the resolution to #BreakFreeFromPlastic this year! Act fast -- Greenpeace  will deliver your responses on January 30, 2019! HERE

·  Tell Minnesota's governor Tim Walz to do everything in his power to #StopLine3 -- a project that could devastate our fresh water supply and critical Indigenous cultural resources for generations to come.  HERE

· The Sierra Club urges us to tell the Dept. of State Lands: No Fracked Gas Pipeline and Export Terminal in Oregon! HERE

· Congress must act on toxic water! Highly toxic chemicals (PFAS) that are linked to various cancers, liver damage, and asthma, are found in our water at alarming rates  but we lack strong, science-based safeguards and contamination clean-up plans. Ask the 116th Congress to protect our communities by acting on PFAS and holding the Trump administration accountable.  HERE

·From the Trust for Public Land: Send your message to the National Park Service and Congress: Conduct a thorough assessment of the damage and provide emergency funding to clean up and repair our parks. HERE

· Take action today and tell your senators and representatives: Don’t Let the Trump EPA Leave Workers Unprotected. HERE

·  Friends of the Earth urges action now. Tell Congress to speak out against the destruction of the Oura Bay!  HERE 

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES 

David Attenborough Issues Climate Warning at Davos: ‘The Garden of Eden Is No More’

David Attenborough, the naturalist, is warning that the planet has changed so rapidly because of climate change that we risk destroying it. He made the comments while accepting an award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, telling the audience, "We need to move beyond guilt or blame and get on with the practical tasks at hand." HERE 

Another great speech from Greta Thunberg: 'Our house is on fire': Greta Thunberg, 16, urges world  leaders to take immediate action to fight climate change at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. HERE  

Stanford University futurist Tony Seba spent the last decades studying technological disruptions. He argues that the Electric Vehicle, battery storage, and solar power, along with autonomous vehicles, are a perfect example of a 10x exponential process which will wipe fossil fuels off the market in about a decade. HERE 

Major brands commit to selling products in refillable containers HERE  (Let’s all hope this idea takes off big time)
Learn More about the New Green Deal here:

·         What Is a Green New Deal?

·         The Green New Deal Explained

·         Five Big Ideas for a Green New Deal

·         Webinar: Green New Deal 101

·         Momentum Is Building for a Green New Deal

·         Local Progress toward a Green New Deal  

 COMING SOON: SAVE THE DATE!

  Saturday, February 2, 7:30 pm: 'The End of Ice.' Bearing witness and finding meaning in the path of climate disruption. Discussion and book signing with author Dahr Jamail and radio host Peter B. Collins. Green Chautauqua, First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. Information

Tuesday, February 5 Green New Deal Watch Party: Join a  livestream watch party detailing the Green New Deal strategy! There are a few events in Marin. Click  HERE  to sign up. 

Wednesday February 6 10:45 - 13:30 gather at Nancy Pelosi’s office at Federal building, 90 7th Street San Francisco  to support the Green New Deal. Details HERE  

Saturday, February 9, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm: Sustainable Fairfax Benefit at the Bike Museum- Registration Open! $40. Sustainable Fairfax is throwing another lively party at the Marin Museum of Bicycling (1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax)!  Enjoy a night of music, dancing, celebration.. and an evening celebrating February LOVE.

Sunday, February 10, 3pm: The Human Element: Earth, Air, Water, Fire, a film by James Balog at George Lucas Theater in San Rafael. Seating is limited to 125 and is free.   For more info click HERE   

 Saturday, February 23: Climate Change Realities & Solutions. Follow-up discussion of 'The Human Element' film (2/10) and detailed update on the carbon pricing bills now in Congress. With Citizens Climate Lobby Marin leaders Peter Joseph and David Kunhardt. 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Information & Sign-up.  

Wednesday, February 27,  7:00 - 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm): Building to Cool the Planet—Beyond 'Green Building' Marin Health and Wellness Campus, RM 109-110 3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael

March 16-18, the March for Fossil Fuel Freedom is being organized by a coalition of faith communities, non-profit grassroots groups, and 350 Silicon Valley, to shine a spotlight on Wells Fargo’s role in financing the fossil fuel industry.  This 32-mile “pilgrimage” march from Palo Alto to San Francisco will draw attention to how Wells Fargo’s investment policies (including the funding of private prisons) have devastated our climate and our communities. At the same time, it will hold up the promise and possibility of reinvesting instead in climate solutions and of transitioning to a better, more just world. Click HERE for more information

1.21.2019  

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Plan to attend our important community conversation.  Give us a Piece of Your Mind on how we build a New Green Economy.

We want to know what’s on your mind about how we can address climate change together in Mill Valley, California and our country. What do you want to see our community and country looking like in 12 years time? (The deadline that climate scientists tell us we need to meet if our planet is to remain habitable for future generations.)

Drop by Starbucks in Strawberry on Thursday, January 24 from 7 and 8:30 p.m. and talk about your good ideas and hear what your neighbors have to say, too.  We'll share what we know about the good work going on among local environmental organizations and how to get involved. 

Let’s chat.  And then let's roll up our sleeves to help meet that deadline.  We can do it.

We are Jennifer and Alicia of the Mill Valley Community Action Network Eco-WarriorsTeam. We look forward to meeting you.  If you can join us, let us know here: https://www.eventbrite.com/edit?eid=54779127846

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 01/21/201

·  From Jared Huffman: Stand with me and tell Trump to stop stealing crucial funds from California to build his ludicrous wall! Sign the petition and make your voice heard.  HERE

·  From Food &Water Watch: Join us in telling Governor Newsom to protect the health and safety of Californians by banning fracking and other dangerous drilling once and for all! HERE

·  From NRDC: Help California Fight for the Environment! Tell  Governor Newsom and your state legislators that you’re counting on them to keep making California a national leader on fighting climate change. HERE

·  From Earthjustice:  Urge your new legislator to make our communities’ health and our planet a priority. Tell them that every vote they cast must be a vote for environmental justice; healthy communities; strong protections for our lands, oceans, and wildlife; and a swift and just transition to clean, 100 percent renewable energy. HERE

· From the Sierra Club: We helped stop TransCanada's dirty Keystone XL pipeline in federal court, and now we've got a chance to stop its financing. HERE

·From SumOfUs: Palm oil production destroys rainforests and kills orangutans, yet Europeis using more palm oil than ever, burning half of it in cars and buses. That’s because it’s subsidized as a “green” fuel -- even though the deforestation it causes makes it three times worse for the climate than regular diesel.  On February 1, the EU Commission has to decide whether to cut off the palm oil subsidies . Please send a message to the stop commissioners to convince them to take palm oil out of Europe's fuel tanks? HERE

·From SierraRise: Prevent the Interior Department from Hiding Public Records!  Help keep our public land agencies transparent and honest!? HERE

·   From the Sierra Club: Tell Ford to Protect Clean Car Standards! Yearly carbon pollution from a Ford SUV = One 9 ton T-Rex. The 2012 Standards for #CleanerCars help limit this pollution but Ford is not sticking to its original commitment. HERE

· Tell the EPA: Ban Monsanto’s carcinogenic glyphosate-based Roundup weedkiller! HERE

·  Send your message to the Trump Administration: For the safety of our parks—and their visitors—close all national parks immediately until they can be fully staffed and maintained. HERE  

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES

'We Can't Undo This': On a Planet in Crisis by Dahr Jamail  HERE  (Excellent article. Please note Mr Jamail will be presenting on February 2 at 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo- see calendar list below)

COMING SOON: SAVE THE DATE! 

OUR FIRST 2019 JOINT EVENT WITH THE SIERRA CLUB:
JANUARY 24:  Eco-Warriors and Sierra Club hold Community Conversations on 100 % clean energy for all and Fight for a Green Agenda in your New Congress.  7:00 - 8:30.  SIGN UP HERE: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/edit?eid=54779127846

Thursday, January 24, 6:30 pm: ‘WILDER THAN WILD: Fire, Forests and the Future’ film at Novato City Hall, 922 Machin Avenue, followed by a panel discussion on fire safety. The event is free to attend but seating is limited – reservations are highly recommended.  HERE for tickets

Friday, January 25, 7:00pm:  'Wasted--the Story of Food Waste.' Sustainable Fairfax film series. Fairfax Women's Club, 46 Park Road, Fairfax. Information & tickets.  

Sunday, January 27, 4:15pm:  'Just Eat It--a Food Waste Story.' Film followed by panel discussion with ExtraFood and Children for Change. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. Information & tickets.

Saturday, February 2, 7:30 pm: 'The End of Ice.' Bearing witness and finding meaning in the path of climate disruption. Discussion and book signing with author Dahr Jamail and radio host Peter B. Collins. Green Chautauqua, First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. Information.

Sunday, February 10, 3pm: The Human Element: Earth, Air, Water, Fire, a film by James Balog at George Lucas Theater in San Rafael. Seating is limited to 125 and is free.  For more info click HERE   

March 16-18, the March for Fossil Fuel Freedom is being organized by a coalition of faith communities, non-profit grassroots groups, and 350 Silicon Valley, to shine a spotlight on Wells Fargo’s role in financing the fossil fuel industry.  This 32-mile “pilgrimage” march from Palo Alto to San Francisco will draw attention to how Wells Fargo’s investment policies (including the funding of private prisons) have devastated our climate and our communities. At the same time, it will hold up the promise and possibility of reinvesting instead in climate solutions and of transitioning to a better, more just world. Click HERE for more information

 

1.14.2019  

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

GIVE US A PIECE OF YOUR MIND ON BUILDING A NEW GREEN ECONOMY

We want to know what’s on your mind about how we can address climate change together in Mill Valley, California and our country. What do you want to see our community and country looking like in 12 years time? (The deadline that climate scientists tell us we need to meet if our planet is to remain habitable for future generations.)

Drop by Starbucks in Strawberry on Thursday, January 24 from 7 and 8:30 p.m. and talk about your good ideas and hear what your neighbors have to say, too.  We'll share what we know about the good work going on among local environmental organizations and how to get involved. 

Let’s chat.  And then let's roll up our sleeves to help meet that deadline.  We can do it.

are Jennifer and Alicia of the Mill Valley Community Action Network Eco-WarriorsTeam. We look forward to meeting you.  If you can join us, let us know here: https://www.eventbrite.com/edit?eid=54779127846

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 01/14/2018

  • The EPA announced plans to roll back a 2015 rule that put strict limits on greenhouse gas emissions for new coal-fired plants. As a result of the rollback, new power plants will be allowed to pump more carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. Please voice your opposition to the rollback by February 19. HERE

  • From The Sierra Club: Oppose the BLM's reckless Arctic drilling plan HERE

  • Stop Caltrans from Trashing our Bay!  Trash from our busy state roads and freeways is poisoning fish and wildlife in San Francisco Bay. Caltrans should be cleaning up the garbage before it ever reaches our waterways, instead of continuing to violate the Clean Water Act. Force this state agency to prevent pollution of the Bay by signing HERE

  • Prevent the Reckless Use Of Antibiotics On Citrus Plants HERE

INTERESTING ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES

600+ Groups Demand Congress Back Visionary Green New Deal   HERE

From Citizens Climate Lobby Marin's January 2019 newsletter: Watch Justin Trudeau’s  masterful rollout of Canada's carbon tax plan. Pay attention to the framing -- his use of language, imagery, and values.  HERE

COMING SOON: SAVE THE DATE!

OUR FIRST 2019 JOINT EVENT WITH THE SIERRA CLUB:
JANUARY 24:  Eco-Warriors and Sierra Club hold Community Conversations on 100 % clean energy for all and Fight for a Green Agenda in your New Congress.  7:00 - 8:30.  SIGN UP HERE: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/edit?eid=54779127846

January Classes Resilient Neighborhoods -- Be Part of the Solution, Now! Resilient Neighborhoods brings people together and empowers them to do something about climate change, lower their bills, strengthen their communities and prepare for emergencies. It teaches us how to lower our carbon footprint in 5 workshop meetings. You will also learn how to make more sustainable life choices in the areas of transportation, housing, water conservation, consumption, and, equally importantly, how to prepare for  emergencies. Gather your friends and have fun going on a “low-carbon” diet to lose at least 5,000 lbs. of carbon emissions in 60 days! Mill Valley Library classes start on 1/17/19; San Rafael classes on 1/23/19 and Novato classes on 1/29.  Click HERE to view all the class dates and to pre-register.

Tuesday January 15, 7:00 -9:00pm:  Biomimicry: Nature Inspired Solutions to Environmental Protection  (doors open at 6:30 pm), Marin County Health and Wellness Center RM 109-110, 3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael. Speaker Beth Rattner, Executive Director, Biomimicry Institute  $10* members/$15 non members in advance. $15 members/ $20 non members - day of the event Register HERE

Saturday January 19, Women's March 11:00 am - 3pm.  March begins with a rally at the SF Civic Center at 11:30 followed by a March to Embarcadero Plaza at 1:30.  For more info & to register click HERE

Thursday, January 24, 6:30 pm: ‘WILDER THAN WILD: Fire, Forests and the Future’ film at Novato City Hall, 922 Machin Avenue, followed by a panel discussion on fire safety. The event is free to attend but seating is limited – reservations are highly recommended.  HERE for tickets

Friday, January 25, 7:00pm:  'Wasted--the Story of Food Waste.' Sustainable Fairfax film series. Fairfax Women's Club, 46 Park Road, Fairfax. Information & tickets.  

Sunday, January 27, 4:15pm:  'Just Eat It--a Food Waste Story.' Film followed by panel discussion with ExtraFood and Children for Change. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. Information & tickets.

Saturday, February 2, 1:15 - 2:15 pm at Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Dr.,  former U.S. diplomat Wilford Welch will address five core convictions that underlie In Our Hands, his handbook for intergenerational actions to solve the climate crisis.

Saturday, February 2, 7:30 pm: 'The End of Ice.' Bearing witness and finding meaning in the path of climate disruption. Discussion and book signing with author Dahr Jamail and radio host Peter B. Collins. Green Chautauqua, First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. Information.

Sunday, February 10, 3pm: The Human Element: Earth, Air, Water, Fire, a film by James Balog at George Lucas Theater in San Rafael. Seating is limited to 125 and is free.   For more info click HERE   

March 16-18, the March for Fossil Fuel Freedom is being organized by a coalition of faith communities, non-profit grassroots groups, and 350 Silicon Valley, to shine a spotlight on Wells Fargo’s role in financing the fossil fuel industry.  This 32-mile “pilgrimage” march from Palo Alto to San Francisco will draw attention to how Wells Fargo’s investment policies (including the funding of private prisons) have devastated our climate and our communities. At the same time, it will hold up the promise and possibility of reinvesting instead in climate solutions and of transitioning to a better, more just world. Click HERE for more information

 

1.7.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Plan to attend our Community Conversations Event in collaboration with the Sierra Club on January 24, 7:00 p.m  - 8:30 p.m. See below for details. Location will either be Larkspur of Mill Valley. Contact Marilyn or Jenny for details and to attend.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, February 6 at 7pm via zoom call. It will be for people who want to take the lead on a MVCAN Eco Team environmental project(s) in 2019. If you would like to help lead a project in 2019 please email mprice@the-acorn.com so you can receive the dial in information for the call. Some of the projects we will be working on are: Sierra Club Community Conversations on 100% Clean Energy and the Green New Deal, a plastic ban ordinance for Marin cities and the county, and promotion of Deep Green and Resilient Neighborhoods.

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 1/7/2019

  • Tell Rep. Jared Huffman and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris: Stand up to President Trump — make climate action your Top Priority! Raise your voice now! HERE

  • Help send 30,000 petition signatures: Call out the Trump Administration's attacks on science NOW! HERE

  • Protect our livelihoods and lands! Tell Congress to reject Trump's border wall boondoggle and pass a clean funding bill to reopen the government.  HERE

  • From EDF: President Trump has nominated Andrew Wheeler to be the official EPA Administrator. Take action today, and tell your Senators to stand against this dangerous nomination.  HERE

  • From the Sierra Club: Tell SAEXploration that if it moves forward with destructive seismic testing, the company will be infamous for harming threatened polar bears, undermining the human rights of the Gwich'in Nation, and destroying our country's last great wilderness.  Your voice is more necessary than ever before, and our coalition needs 100,000 people to speak out and demand SAExploration stay out of the United States’ last unspoiled wilderness. HERE

  • From the Sierra Club: Tell the Army Corps: We need more time for public comment on the massive Line 3 dirty tar sands pipeline. HERE

  • Help send thousands of comments to the EPA: Stop Trump from poisoning our communities with mercury! HERE

  • From Corporate Accountability: The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey clearing the way for a probe of Exxon’s internal documents to unearth how it misled the public on its knowledge of the role fossil fuels play in climate change. Urge your state’s attorney general to join Attorney General Healey’s investigation.  HERE

  • From Clean Water Action: We need you to encourage Newsom to prioritize a safe and affordable drinking water fund for the one million Californians who live with the daily hardship of unsafe water! HERE

  • Demand your right to know about Toxic Sewage Sludge. Ask your Member of Congress to cosponsor the Sewage Sludge in Food Production Consumer Notification Act. HERE

WE WON NEWS

1/8/19 From SierraRise: We're excited to say that we've heard from Clorox (which owns companies such as Burt's Bees, Brita, and Glad) and Ascena Retail Group (which owns companies such as Ann Taylor and Loft). Both parent companies will NOT be renewing their memberships in the Plastic Industry Association in 2019!  Please send a request to Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Milliken, Newell Rubbermaid, PepsiCo, and SC Johnson to ditch their support for Big Plastics as well.  HERE

NTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES

A beautiful video 4 minute video definitely worth viewing of Amanda Gorman, the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate, reciting her Climate Poem dedicated to Al Gore. HERE

Check out Thomas L. Friedman’s 2007 and 2019 articles on the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal Rises Again: It was a good idea that didn’t catch on in 2007. Now we’re running out of time (1/8/2019)  HERE  and  Warning from the Garden (1/19/07) HERE  (Mr. Friedman in 2007 may have been the originator of the phrase Green New Deal)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THESE DATES…

JANUARY 24:  Eco-Warriors and Sierra Club hold Community Conversations on 100 % clean energy for all and Fight for a Green Agenda in your New Congress.  7:00 - 8:30. For details, contact jennifers.tomkins@gmail.com or mprice@the-acorn.com

January Classes Resilient Neighborhoods -- Be Part of the Solution, Now!

Resilient Neighborhoods brings people together and empowers them to do something about climate change, lower their bills, strengthen their communities and prepare for emergencies. It teaches us how to lower our carbon footprint in 5 workshop meetings. You will also learn how to make more sustainable life choices in the areas of transportation, housing, water conservation, consumption, and, equally importantly, how to prepare for  emergencies. Gather your friends and have fun going on a “low-carbon” diet to lose at least 5,000 lbs. of carbon emissions in 60 days! Mill Valley Library classes start on 1/17/19; San Rafael classes on 1/23/19 and Novato classes on 1/29.  Click HERE to view all the class dates and to pre-register.

Saturday January 19 Women's March 11:00 am - 3pm March begins with a rally at the SF Civic Center at 11:30 followed by a March to Embarcadero Plaza at 1:30.  For more info & to register click HERE

Tuesday January 15 Biomimicry: Nature Inspired Solutions to Environmental Protection 7:00 - 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm), Marin County Health and Wellness Center RM 109-110, 3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael. Speaker Beth Rattner, Executive Director, Biomimicry Institute  $10* members/$15 non members in advance. $15 members/ $20 non members - day of the event Register HERE

Friday, January 25 at 7pm, join Sustainable Fairfax for the next film in its Film and Speaker series, 'Wasted!  The Story of Food Waste".  Through the eyes of Anthony Bourdain and other chef-heros, see how the world's most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people think of as scraps into incredible food.  See how food waste contributes to climate change, and how each of us can make small changes - all of them delicious - that help solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st century. Check out the event flyer HERE

Saturday February 2, 7:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Rd,  San Anselmo, award-winning environmental journalist Dahr Jamail will speak about his new book The End of Ice, a firsthand chronicle of the catastrophic impact of climate changed to our planet’s wild and fragile places. ($10 suggested donation)

1.2.2019

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

There will be no meeting in January but we invite you to help host two National Sierra Club Community Conversations.  

1 A Conversation about engaging local cities to join the 100% Clean Energy For All. Read about how to facilitate this conversation HERE

2. A Conversation about the Fight for a Green Congressional Agenda.  Read more about how to facilitate this conversation HERE.

Please contact Marilyn or Jenny if you are interested in FACILITATING or ATTENDING either of these conversations or attending the event: jennifers.tomkins@gmail.com or mprice@the-acorn.com

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 1/2/19

From Friends of the Earth: Tell Kroger supermarkets to stop selling food grown with toxic pesticides NOW!  HERE

From the Sierra Club: Protect Our Air From Toxic Mercury. Trump and Wheeler’s proposal is open for public comment. Send them a message that we oppose any weakening of protections against mercury and other toxic pollution.  HERE

From Friends of the Earth: Help send 30,000 messages to Congress: Stop Monsanto from wiping out monarch butterflies!  HERE

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES

Democrats blocked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Push For A Green New Deal Committee  HERE

Beyond the glare of official Washington the story of President Trump’s retreat on the environment is unfolding in extraordinary consequential ways for the health and safety of Americans. In just two years, Trump has unleashed a regulatory rollback with little parallel in the past half-century. Read the details in this New York Times article "Retreat on the Environment Is Affecting Communities Across America"   HERE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HEAs37Cn8k And for an extra treat click HERE for an MSNBC video interview on this NYT article where Eric Lipton the author of the article  is interviewed in the 2nd half of the video

Yeah for Jerry Brown - watch this NBC clip of his interview particularly at 6 minutes to the end: California Gov. Jerry Brown says climate change poses challenges as serious as those faced in World War II HERE

New York Times: 6 Things You’re Recycling Wrong.”  HERE  (Please bear in mind as you read the article that what can be recycled is determined by who picks up your recycled items. If you live in Mill Valley check Mill Valley Refuse's "What goes where" site but many of the items they say need to go into trash can actually be recycled at other locations (like electronics at Renew Computers in San Rafael). The best thing to do before items go in the trash is to check re alternative places to take them on the Zero Waste Marin site.  And of course remember the priority of the 3R's (reduce, reuse, then recycle). Cutting back on our consumption like  carrying your own eating utensils and non plastic water containers with you wherever you go, and tons of other actions are key.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THESE DATES…

January Classes Resilient Neighborhoods -- Be Part of the Solution, Now!

If you have not yet taken the Resilient Neighborhoods classes that teaches us how to lower our carbon footprint, consider signing up for their upcoming Mill Valley 5-meeting workshop.  You will learn how to make more sustainable life choices in the areas of transportation, housing, water conservation, consumption, and, equally importantly, how to prepare for emergencies. Gather your friends and have fun going on a “low-carbon” diet to lose at least 5,000 lbs. of carbon emissions in 60 days! Mill Valley Library classes start on 1/17/19 and San Rafael classes on 1/23/19. Click HERE to view all the class dates and to pre-register

Saturday January 12  Green New Deal training. 9:30 - 5:30pm . Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks will be provided.  (This is a movement of young people – which generally means between high school and 35 ish. If you do not fall within that age group but are interested in coming, please reach out to us! People of all ages, backgrounds, and identities are welcome and supported in this space.) To register click  HERE  and for a video of Sunrise’s 2018 accomplishments click HERE

Tuesday January 15 Biomimicry: Nature Inspired Solutions to Environmental Protection 7:00 - 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm), Marin County Health and Wellness Center RM 109-110, 3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael. Speaker Beth Rattner, Executive Director, Biomimicry Institute  $10* members/$15 non members in advance. $15 members/ $20 non members - day of the event Register HERE

Friday, January 25 at 7pm, join Sustainable Fairfax for the next film in its Film and Speaker series, 'Wasted!  The Story of Food Waste".  Through the eyes of Anthony Bourdain and other chef-heros, see how the world's most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people think of as scraps into incredible food.  See how food waste contributes to climate change, and how each of us can make small changes - all of them delicious - that help solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st century. Check out the event flyer HERE

12.26.2018

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

As the New Year approaches, we invite you to participate in or lead our 2019 initiatives.

There will be no open meeting in January-- instead, we invite you to resolve to be an active environmentalist in 2019; we need your involvement in our Eco-Warriors team and its proposed projects for the year ahead.    

The immediate focus will be two Community Conversations being sponsored by the National Sierra Club, one local and one at the federal level.  Sierra Club is asking for volunteers to host two conversations.

1. A Conversation about engaging local cities to join the 100% Clean Energy For All. Read about how to facilitate this conversation HERE

2. A Conversation about the Fight for a Green Congressional Agenda.  Read more about how to facilitate this conversation HERE.

Learn More HERE.e contact Marilyn or Jenny if you are interested in FACILITATING or ATTENDING  either of these conversations. jennifers.tomkins@gmail.com or mprice@the-acorn.com

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 12/24/2018

From the Sierra Club:
Zinke is leaving office, but his policies will live on unless we stop them. Tell the House Natural Resources Committee to stop his reckless lease sales on public lands.  HERETell This Seismic Testing Company to Meet With the Gwich'in tribal leaders.  HERE

Send a message to your members of Congress. Tell them to reject any funding for Trump’s border wall whatsoever and to provide a clean funding package to reopen the government right away. HERE

From Friends of the Earth:

The Trump administration just got closer to handing over our Arctic wilderness to Big Oil. Help send 50,000 comments to the Department of the Interior: Say NO to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge! HERE

The Trump administration is at it again. It’s about to finalize a new set of rules that could weaken the Endangered Species Act.  Tell your Member of Congress: Don’t let Trump put endangered wildlife at risk! HERE

Don’t greenlight Duke and Dominion Energy’s disastrous Atlantic Coast Pipeline! HERE

Help send 30,000 signatures to the Forest Service and help protect the greater sage-grouse and their habitat!  HERE

Take action today: Don’t let Trump put a Dow Chemical employee in charge of science and research at USDA.  HERE

From Ignite Change:

A project of the Center for Biological Diversity: Will you join our online "Leader of the Pack" training series to gain the skills needed to protect wolves? Register HERE    

WE WON NEWS!

From SierraRise:
A bipartisan farm bill was signed into law.

From SumofUs:
All 28 European countries, including the UK, are set to ban a list of throwaway plastic items including plates, cutlery and foam take-away food containers and cups from 2021. Single-use plastic straws will be banned too, except for people who need them for medical reasons.
 

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES
Description of the history, content and politics of the Green New Deal being promoted by Sunrise Movement and a growing body of progressive groups in and out of government. In the words of the author David Roberts, “This is a deep dive into what the GND means, its history, the role it is playing in current politics, the effort to fill it out with policy, and the many challenges it faces”.  HERE

ECO TIP

Recycle plastic grocery bags at Safeway, Lucky, Target. All the major stores that distribute plastic bags also collect them for recycling into other products. Of course the best is to use paper or reusable bags instead, but if you have plastic bags, here’s info on recycling. You can recycle a bunch of different types of plastic bags and wrap via these boxes. Click HERE for details.
 

COMING SOON: SAVE THE DATE!

Eco Warriors'  initial 2019 Projects coming the week of January 21 - 27.  Dates and times tbd:  In conjunction with the Sierra Club, we will be holding two Community Conversations   (See letter above).  One conversation will focus on 100% Green Energy here in Marin; the other will focus on a Green Congressional Agenda.

January Classes Resilient Neighborhoods -- Be Part of the Solution, Now!

Mill Valley Library classes start on Thursday January 17 and San Rafael classes on Thursday January 23. If you have not yet taken the Resilient Neighborhoods classes that teaches us how to lower our carbon footprint, consider signing up for their upcoming Mill Valley 5-meeting workshop.  You will learn how to make more sustainable life choices in the areas of transportation, housing, water conservation, consumption, and, equally importantly, how to prepare for emergencies. Gather your friends and have fun going on a “low-carbon” diet to lose at least 5,000 lbs. of carbon emissions in 60 days! Mill Valley Library classes start on 1/17/19 and San Rafael classes on 1/23/19. Click HERE to view all the class dates and to pre-register.

Tuesday January 15 Biomimicry: Nature Inspired Solutions to Environmental Protection 7:00 - 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm), Marin County Health and Wellness Center RM 109-110, 3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael. Speaker Beth Rattner, Executive Director, Biomimicry Institute  $10* members/$15 non members in advance. $15 members/ $20 non members - day of the event Register HERE

Friday, January 25 at 7pm, join Sustainable Fairfax for the next film in its Film and Speaker series, 'Wasted! The Story of Food Waste".  Through the eyes of Anthony Bourdain and other chef-heros, see how the world's most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people think of as scraps into incredible food.  See how food waste contributes to climate change, and how each of us can make small changes - all of them delicious - that help solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st century. Check out the event flyer HERE
  

12.18.2018  

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Our next meeting wlll be in January.  The date is yet to be determined.

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 17/12/2018

From Oilchange International: Sign the Lofoten Declaration that calls upon wealthy  fossil fuel producers to urgently meet their moral obligation to put an end to fossil fuel development and to manage the decline of existing production. Join the 500 organizations from 76 countries who have signed onto this declaration by signing  by signing the people’s version of this declaration. HERE

From SierraRise: The Arctic is warming at a rate of almost twice the global average. Yet the Trump administration is fast-tracking the process to allow Hilcorp Energy to drill in the Beaufort Sea. Hilcorp's "Liberty Project" would entail building a 9-acre artificial island close to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the world's last pristine wildernesses. HERE  
and:
Every minute, the equivalent of an entire garbage truck of plastic gets dumped into our oceans. Take action to demand nine major companies withdraw their support from an industry association that is actively promoting plastic bag pollution. HERE

From Earth Justice: In 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency finalized requirements to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Now, acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is attempting to roll those standards back — lining the pockets of Big Oil and Gas at the expense of public health. Tell the EPA to leave these vital protections in place!   HERE

From Climate Hawks:  Apparently Donald Trump has never been briefed on climate change. The acting head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed that Trump has never been briefed. Nor has NOAA been asked to give a briefing. So we’re asking you to take action. Write a letter to NOAA asking the agency to brief Trump on climate change. HERE

From Friends of the Earth: Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is fighting for a seat on House Ways and Means Committee.  If she gets it, she’ll be in a perfect position to make sure progressive priorities like the Green New Deal get fair consideration, and funding.Sign Now: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Ways and Means HERE

From the Sierra Club: Zinke just resigned from office. Tell your senators to replace him with someone who will work for the public -- not the oil and gas lobby.  HERE

Tell Senator Feinstein to support real water solutions, not sell-out corporate schemes like the WIIN Act that make things worse! HERE

The Trump Administration announced a fresh attack on America’s efforts to combat the climate crisis: They’re working to unravel an Obama-era rule that coal plants being newly built had to adhere to clear carbon pollution limits.  Take action today, and demand Americans remain protected from this dangerous pollution. HERE

WE WON NEWS

12/15/18 the Sierra Club successfully pushed the California Air Resources Board to approve a rule that public transit buses deliver cleaner air, not dirty tailpipe pollution.

12/15/18  Ryan Zinke, secretary of the Interior, is leaving the Trump cabinet!   Zinke’s ouster shows that when we all take action together, we win.

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ARTICLES AND VIDEOS

Be inspired!  View this video on Democracy Now of Fifteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the U.N. plenary in Katowice, Poland, condemning global inaction in the face of catastrophic climate change. HERE

How The Iconic 1968 Earthrise Photo Changed Our Relationship To The Planet by Bill McKibben 12/06/2018 HERE  

From Cool Effect: Check out Zero Carbon Home by David Green: a roadmap for how to make money by cutting the carbon footprint of your home to zero. HERE  
 

COMING SOON: SAVE THE DATE!

January Classes Resilient Neighborhoods -- Be Part of the Solution, Now! Mill Valley Library classes start on 1/17/19 and San Rafael classes on 1/23/19. If you have not yet taken the Resilient Neighborhoods classes that teaches us how to lower our carbon footprint, consider signing up for their upcoming Mill Valley 5-meeting workshop.  You will learn how to make more sustainable life choices in the areas of transportation, housing, water conservation, consumption, and, equally importantly, how to prepare for emergencies. Gather your friends and have fun going on a “low-carbon” diet to lose at least 5,000 lbs. of carbon emissions in 60 days! Mill Valley Library classes start on 1/17/19 and San Rafael classes on 1/23/19. Click HERE to view all the class dates and to pre-register.

Tuesday January 15 Biomimicry: Nature Inspired Solutions to Environmental Protection 7:00 - 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm), Marin County Health and Wellness Center RM 109-110, 3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael. Speaker Beth Rattner, Executive Director, Biomimicry Institute  $10* members/$15 non members in advance. $15 members/ $20 non members - day of the event Register HERE

Friday, January 25 at 7pm, join Sustainable Fairfax for the next film in its Film and Speaker series, 'Wasted!  The Story of Food Waste".  Through the eyes of Anthony Bourdain and other chef-heros, see how the world's most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people think of as scraps into incredible food.  See how food waste contributes to climate change, and how each of us can make small changes - all of them delicious - that help solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st century. Check out the event flyer HERE
 

12.10.2018

Still Top Priority!!
TOMORROW: Stand with Young People who demand "Nancy Pelosi: Take a Stand on Our Lives"

The Sunrise Movement, a youth group grabbing national attention, is working to halt climate change by garnering support for the Green New Deal.

TOMORROW, December 11,West Coast Sunrisers go to Representative Pelosi's office in San Francisco with candles (electric) to memorialize the 85 people burned in the most recent fires, and carrying items that represent what they are fighting to protect from the climate crisis. Demanding "Nancy Pelosi, "Take a Stand for Our Lives", speakers will share stories of why they are in this fight and why a Green New Deal is our only hope to protect the communities we hold dear from the fires that are  increasing in frequency and severity at an alarming rate and from worsening droughts that threaten our economic well-being and our food supply. Support from adults is encouraged. Register for this action HERE.

Learn more about Sunrise and the Green New Deal:

Sunrise Movement https://youtu.be/aYIBIqsD1s4

Green New Deal https://youtu.be/r2x7AGDI0gc  

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Our next meeting date has not been determined yet. Please stay tuned.

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 12/10/2018

100+ Cities Committed to 100% Clean Energy -- Let Your Mayor & Local Leaders Know You’re #ReadyFor100% Clean Energy Too!  HERE

From Sierra Club: Donald Trump's Department of the Interior is proposing the largest expansion of offshore drilling ever -- a plan that would jeopardize our waters, communities, and wildlife! Tell Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that the public has spoken: no more offshore drilling! HERE

From NRDC: Please, contact your members of Congress right now, and tell them to oppos ANYlastditchefforts to sneak President Trump's anti-environment agenda into law. HERE  

From AVAAZ To national, local, and international leaders: Scientists warn us that climate change is accelerating beyond our control, threatening our survival and everything we love. We call on you to keep global temperature rise under the unacceptably dangerous level of 1.5 degrees C. To achieve this you must urgently deliver clear plans that phase out carbon pollution to zero before 2050, and rapidly shift our societies and economies to 100% clean energy. HERE

From EDF: The Trump Administration announced a fresh attack on America’s efforts to combat the climate crisis: They’re working to unravel an Obama-era rule — one that ensured that coal plants being newly built had to adhere to clear carbon pollution limits, reflecting the best available approaches to reducing this dangerous pollution.  Take action today, and demand Americans remain protected from this dangerous pollution. HERE

From Greenpeace: Trump just announced his plans to greenlight seismic testing — the whale-killing precursor to offshore drilling. Something that hasn't happened in nearly 50 years. It's decisions like these that make a legally-mandated pact on climate not only important, but a tool to accelerate action on climate change in the time needed to make a difference.  It's time for our new leaders in Congress to push for a Green New Deal. Add your name today! HERE

Tell the Senate: Block and resist the confirmation of coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as EPA administrator.  HERE

The Trump Administration wants to eliminate federal subsidies for electric vehicles. Tell Congress to block him. HERE

Call on ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC to Cover Climate HERE

From Friends of the Earth: Help send 30,000 comments to NOAA to protect endangered blue whales! HERE

From Sierra Rise: Trump's EPA wants to give confined animal facilities a special loophole to continue hiding their toxic emissions. Force factory farms to disclose hazardous, excessive pollutants like ammonia and methane.

Do not exempt factory farm animal waste from air pollution reporting requirements  HERE


INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ARTICLES
AND VIDEOS

Please check out a wonderful Bernie Sanders Town Hall meeting on 12/3. The environment was the topic and the panel consisted of Bill McKibben, Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Van Jones, Shailene Woodley and others. HERE

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR THESE DATES…

Tuesday, December 11 Sunrise Movement’s demonstration "Nancy Pelosi, Take a Stand for Our Lives" - The Sunrise Movement, a youth group grabbing national attention, is working to halt climate change by garnering support for the Green New Deal.  See above and HERE.
 

January Classes Resilient Neighborhoods -- Be Part of the Solution, Now!

If you have not yet taken the Resilient Neighborhoods classes that teaches us how to lower our carbon footprint, consider signing up for their upcoming Mill Valley 5-meeting workshop.  You will learn how to make more sustainable life choices in the areas of transportation, housing, water conservation, consumption, and, equally importantly, how to prepare for emergencies. Gather your friends and have fun going on a “low-carbon” diet to lose at least 5,000 lbs. of carbon emissions in 60 days! Mill Valley Library classes start on 1/17/19 and San Rafael classes on 1/23/19. Click HERE to view all the class dates and to pre-register

 

12.3.2018

Top Priority:   Please Mark Your Calendars and Tell your Friends

Tuesday, December 11 "Nancy Pelosi, Take a Stand for Our Lives" - The Sunrise Movement, a youth group grabbing national attention, is working to halt climate change by garnering support for the Green New Deal.

Next Tuesday, West Coast Sunrisers go to Representative Pelosi's office in San Francisco with candles (electric) to memorialize the 85 people burned in the most recent fires, and carrying items that represent what they are fighting to protect from the climate crisis. Speakers will share stories of why they are in this fight and why a Green New Deal is our only hope to protect the communities we hold dear from the fires that are  increasing in frequency and severity at an alarming rate and from worsening droughts that threaten our economic well-being and our food supply. Support from adults is encouraged. Register for this action HERE.

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Our next meeting will be Wednesday December 5  7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School).

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 12/3/2018

From CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra: Add your name now: say you’re standing with me in our fight to hold the Trump administration accountable on climate. HERE

Click here to call Senator Schumer right now and demand he keep West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin out of the top Democratic spot on the Senate Energy Committee. HERE

From 350.org: To Angela Merkel, Peter Altmaier and Svenja Schulze, as representatives of the German government: "Together with people around the world impacted by climate change, we demand that you immediately put a stop to coal expansion, and start rapidly phasing out coal. HERE

President Trump and his administration have given oil exploration companies the green light to harass marine mammals with seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic. Tell your members of Congress to oppose seismic airgun blasting. HERE   

Tell Congress: Stop the Native American land grab in Utah. HERE

Take action to stop Congress from abandoning gray wolves!  Push your elected leaders to remove toxic anti-wildlife riders! HERE

WE WON NEWS

12/1/18 From Our Daily Planet: conservationists working to save the world's most endangered porpoise species won a key victory in a federal appeals court when, over the Trump Administration's repeated objections, the court refused to lift a court-ordered ban on seafood imported from Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California and caught with gillnets that drown the vaquita porpoise.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR THESE DATES…

Thursday, December 6: "Rebels With a Cause." Rare screening of this classic story of how Marin saved its natural heritage--though with cautionary images of the spiraling housing costs we have yet to solve with similar caring attention to our town centers and built environment. Filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto will be there to talk about it. 6:30 - 8:30 pm (doors open at 6). Green Film Series, Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Ave. Reserve seats.

Monday, December 10: Join Nick Wolf  from Earth Justice on December 10, 3:00 p.m. at the Redwoods Retirement Community Auditorium, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.  (Earth Justice "provides free legal representation to hundreds of citizens' groups in the fight to preserve irreplaceable wild places and wildlife, defend everyone's right to a healthy environment, combat climate change, and advance clean energy. They use the power of the law to fight back.)

Tuesday, December 11 Sunrise Movement’s demonstration at Nancy Pelosi's office They do want adults to join in. (See above.)

January Classes Resilient Neighborhoods -- Be Part of the Solution, Now!

If you have not yet taken the Resilient Neighborhoods classes that teaches us how to lower our carbon footprint, consider signing up for their upcoming Mill Valley 5-meeting workshop.  You will learn how to make more sustainable life choices in the areas of transportation, housing, water conservation, consumption, and, equally importantly, how to prepare for emergencies. Gather your friends and have fun going on a “low-carbon” diet to lose at least 5,000 lbs. of carbon emissions in 60 days! Mill Valley Library classes start on 1/17/19 and San Rafael classes on 1/23/19. Click HERE to view all the class dates and to pre-register

11.28.2018

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Our next meeting will be Wednesday December 5  at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School).

FEATURED ITEM OF THE WEEK
Tuesday, December 11 Sunrise Movement’s demonstration at Nancy Pelosi's office:
More information is below in the calendar listing but We’ve moved it here as it is an important one to support. We hope you have been following the activities of the Sunrise Movement, a youth group receiving national attention that is working to stop climate change and garner support for the Green New Deal. If not do go to their website to find out more and sign up  so you receive their news directly. Although they are a youth group they welcome older folk to join in. Please register for the action HERE.

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 11/29/2018

Last month, the world’s leading climate scientists issued a warning that we have just 12 years to keep global temperature rise below 1.5ºC before irrevocable climate-worsened droughts, floods, extreme heat, and poverty become imminent. To stop the worst impacts, countries must agree to more ambitious climate action and ensure that climate policies in Poland. Take action: Remind negotiators of the inextricable link between climate change and human rights and demand they take meaningful steps to protect human rights in climate action. HERE

From Friends of the Earth: Tell House Democrats to reject leaders who take fossil fuel money! HERE

From 350.org: Politico Pro released a list of Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom’s anticipated priorities for California and climate action isn’t on the list. Luckily, Newsom released a survey asking Californians for feedback on his priorities and it’s our job to demand that stopping fossil fuel extraction and a just transition to clean energy is top of the list. Tell Gavin Newsom that bold climate action – which requires phasing out oil drilling – must be a top priority for California. Please fill out his survey now. HERE  

From the Sierra Club: Only days left to stop Congress from wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on Trump's racist border wall. Act now and send an email to your representative and senators to say #NoBorderWall! HERE  

Will you call on JPMorgan executives demanding a firm commitment to pull funding on corporations who dump toxic mine tailings directly into the ocean HERE  

Tell the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil  (RSPO) to stand up to corruption and kick Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) off its board! GAR is linked to nearly six years’ worth of human rights violations, environmental degradation, and disregard for communities’ land rights in its subsidiary operations in Liberia. Now two of its executives have been arrested on bribery charges. But so far, RSPO hasn’t done enough to hold this destructive corporation accountable  We need your help to stop this conflict of interest and hold GAR accountable for its destruction. HERE

Email Oreo’s CEO and ask him to drop the biggest and dirtiest palm oil trader on the planet!  HERE

Give orcas a fighting chance. Help send 100,000 comments to the National Energy Board TODAY!  HERE

Tell U.S. Fish and Wildlife: No Mega-development in Florida Panther Habitat! HERE

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ARTICLES

We mentioned the Green New Deal in last week’s action items. To view the Draft Green New Deal and see Frequently Asked Questions click HERE   (Also to view the Draft Green New Deal and see Frequently Asked Questions click HERE. And to watch a video on the Green New Deal click HERE )

FOURTH NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States:  A major scientific report issued by 13 federal agencies on Friday presents the starkest warnings to date of the consequences of climate change for the United States, predicting that if significant steps are not taken to rein in global warming, the damage will knock as much as 10 percent off the size of the American economy by century’s end. The authors put forth three main solutions: putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions, which usually means imposing taxes or fees on companies that release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere; establishing government regulations on how much greenhouse pollution can be emitted; and spending public money on clean-energy research. HERE for New York Times article. For more information check these links:

The Union of Concerned Scientists conducted a survey of more than 63,000 scientific experts employed by the federal government across 16 Federal Agencies. They asked federal scientists what it's like to work in the Trump administration and concluded that their answers point to widespread, serious problems that should concern all of us. Click HERE to view the report and HERE to watch a video by The Years Project.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR THESE DATES…

Thursday, December 6: "Rebels With a Cause." Rare screening of this classic story of how Marin saved its natural heritage--though with cautionary images of the spiraling housing costs we have yet to solve with similar caring attention to our town centers and built environment. Filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto will be there to talk about it. 6:30 - 8:30 pm (doors open at 6). Green Film Series, Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Ave. Reserve seats.

Monday, December 10: Join Nick Wolf  from Earth Justice on December 10, 3:00 at the Redwoods Retirement Community Auditorium, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.  (Earth Justice "provides free legal representation to hundreds of citizens' groups in the fight to preserve irreplaceable wild places and wildlife, defend everyone's right to a healthy environment, combat climate change, and advance clean energy. They use the power of the law to fight back.)

Tuesday, December 11 Sunrise Movement’s demonstration at Nancy Pelosi's office They do want adults to join in.

Nancy Pelosi: Take a Stand for Our Lives

Sunrisers across the west coast are going to Representative Pelosi's office in San Francisco with candles(electric) to memorialize the 85 people burned in the most recent fires, and carrying items that represent what they are fighting to protect from the climate crisis. Speakers will share stories of why they are in this fight and why a Green New Deal is our only hope to protect communities we come from and hold dear from the fires increasing in frequency and severity at an alarming rate. In California people are already experiencing climate change, and its here in the form of drought-induced infernos across the state. We are calling for action in alignment with what science and justice demand. Join us.

Please register for the action HERE.

*Schedule*

Sunrise training Sat. Dec. 8 10am-3pm

Action training -required for action- Mon. Dec. 10th 6-9pm

ACTION DAY Tues. Dec. 11th

 Sunday, January 19, 2019 Women’s March (details will come later)

Resilient Neighborhoods -- Be Part of the Solution, Now!

If you have not yet taken the Resilient Neighborhoods classes that teaches us how to lower our carbon footprint please consider signing up for their  upcoming Mill Valley 5-meeting workshop which focuses on transportation, housing, water conservation, mindful consumption, and emergency preparation. Gather your friends and have fun going on a “low-carbon” diet to lose at least 5,000 lbs. of carbon emissions in 60 days! Mill Valley Library classes start on 1/17/19 and San Rafael classes on 1/23/19. Click HERE to view all the class dates and to pre-register

11.19.2018

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

First of all we want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday week. I am sure everyone will be more than busy with family and friends but we are sending our weekly actions in case you have some time during this week to glance and act on them.  We are more than thankful that you permit us to send you this email each week!

Our next meeting will be Wednesday December 5  at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School).

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 11/19/2018   

From 350Marin:  Please Tell Rep. Huffman to Support Two Actions:  Now that we've got a strong majority of climate realists in the US House and California legislature along with a Governor who's outspoken on climate, it's crucial that we press them to convert political positions into action.  What you can do now: Read more in the following links, then write or call Rep. Huffman at (202) 225-5161 to ask him to support the Green New Deal  supported by many new progressive Representatives and to co-sponsor the Off-Fossil Fuels Act by Tulsi Gabbard!  When we vote, volunteer, and take action - we win!

From 350.org: We’re building real momentum for climate leadership in our new Congress — now, we need leadership on board. Tweet at Nancy Pelosi asking her to step up and fight for the real climate solutions science and justice demand.  HERE  

From Greenpeace: Join me right now to demand climate leaders in the new House of Representatives investigate Exxon and other polluters for their role in denying the science of climate change! HERE

Help send 50,000 signatures from people around the world to Big Banks demanding that they stop financing coal, oil, and gas. Sign the global call for banks to stop financing fossil fuels!  HERE

From the Sierra Club: In order to stop the worst impacts of climate change, major corporations have to own their climate responsibility and make urgent changes. And no company has more money and influence to push for climate action than the largest investor in the world: BlackRock.  Send a message now: tell BlackRock to align their investments and practices with a climate-safe world! HERE

From the Sierra Club: Tell SAExploration: No Seismic Testing without Tribal Consultation! HERE

From Amazon Watch: This is a pivotal year for the United Nations Paris Agreement on climate change – and for the planet.  That's why we've joined with movements around the world to issue the People's Demands for Climate Justice – a call to government delegates demanding that this year's climate talks actually lead to meaningful, just climate solutions. By signing your name, you can help ensure that the Paris Agreement isn't weakened by the fossil-fuel industry, but instead becomes a powerful force for ensuring our survival, enacting real climate solutions, advancing climate justice, and righting historical wrongs. HERE

Take Action: Tell Senators to vote no on Bernard McNamee for FERC. McNamee is an unacceptable choice for FERC. McNamee’s attempt to bail out failing coal and nuclear power plants was unanimously rejected by FERC and the vast majority of the utility sector. He has a political agenda that has no place in FERC. It is an agenda of the past that locks us into more pollution and more climate change. HERE  

The FDA is failing to test wheat or oats for glyphosate, which are  two crops likely to have some of the highest levels. It is encouraging that the agency has started to test some foods for glyphosate including corn, soy, milk and eggs, but it’s concerning that FDA just started testing for glyphosate and is failing to test crops likely to have some of the highest levels. Tell the FDA to test all our food for Monsanto’s toxic glyphosate. HERE  

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ARTICLES

Powerful article by Bill McKibben with 350.org.  How Extreme Weather is Shrinking the Planet.  With wildfires, heat waves, and rising sea levels, large tracts of the earth are at risk of becoming uninhabitable. But the fossil-fuel industry continues its assault on the facts. HERE

Nice to see this from NBC News: 6 Ways Ordinary People Can Prevent Climate Change. Worried about the environment? Scientists, researchers and advocates share the top changes we can make to be part of the climate change solution.  HERE

Indivisible has produced  two new Guides that offer a road map for 2020 election. To view and download click the links.

Read our new federal Guide: Indivisible on Offense. New power in the House means we need a new game plan to demand that our newly-elected members of Congress check Trump and offer an alternative to his backwards agenda.

Read our new state Guide: Empowering the States to Resist the Trump Agenda. Some of the most important work you can do to save our democracy is to take action in your state legislatures around the country.

UK’s Extinction Rebellion:  In order to create a political crisis they believe mass civil disobedience must involve roughly three percent of the UK’s population. They believe it’s possible to build such a coalition, because the kind of changes that Extinction Rebellion is advocating for would ultimately benefit everyone. The by-products of forcing governments around the world to take drastic actions to mitigate the climate crisis at hand are a more beautiful Earth, deeper connections and less frenetic lives. HERE

WE WON NEWS

11/18 From SumofUs: Thousands of you emailed and tweeted at the RSPO, ahead of a crucial vote this week at the palm oil event of the year -- held in the heart of orangutan territory, in Malaysian Borneo. Together, we persuaded the RSPO’s membership of civil society organizations, palm oil traders, growers, and big brands, to improve the industry standards. That’s a huge win for people power.  However, without proper enforcement, these new ‘Principles & Criteria’ won’t be worth more than the paper they're printed on. We need to continue to pressure the RSPO and its members to walk the talk and produce truly sustainable palm oil.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR THESE DATES…

Monday November 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm:  The "Great Divide": Can We Work Together for a Healthy Environment? Corte Madera Community Center 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA. Join Jared Huffman and award-winning Bay Area authors, Arlie Hochschild and Mark Hertsgaard, for a lively evening of discussion about how and why our values and beliefs on environmental issues vary across the political divide. Can we bridge the political divide for effective environmental problem-solving? Register

Thursday, December 6: "Rebels With a Cause." Rare screening of this classic story of how Marin saved its natural heritage--though with cautionary images of the spiraling housing costs we have yet to solve with similar caring attention to our town centers and built environment. Filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto will be there to talk about it. 6:30 - 8:30 pm (doors open at 6). Green Film Series, Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Ave. Reserve seats.

11.14.2018

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Our next meeting will be Wednesday December 5  at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School).

LET’S MAKE 2019 THE YEAR WHEN THE ENVIRONMENT BECOMES A TOP PRIORITY FOR ALL

I am sure each of you have seen the 11/6  election results. As Environmentalists we have our work cut for us to bring the Environment front and center as a priority issue in 2019 and beyond.  A couple examples why this is necessary:

  1. An 11/6  election exit poll reported that ”41% of voters picked health care as the top issue facing the country, compared with 23% favoring immigration, 21% picking the economy and 11% going with gun policy”.

  2. Another example are the articles below re newspaper coverage of the IPCC report.

Majority of top U.S. newspapers fail to mention landmark climate change report on their homepages. After new U.N. IPCC climate report comes out, only 22 of the top 50 U.S. newspapers' homepages made note of it. Click HERE for entire article.

Media coverage of the IPCC report did not reach all American voters: An Oct. 11-14 poll of 1,959 voters indicated that one in 10 respondents heard a lot about the report, while the remaining 90 percent of voters were fairly evenly split between those who had either heard some news, not much news or nothing at all about it.

Let’s remember Rebecca Solnit’s recent quote: "Hope just means another world might be possible – not promised, not guaranteed. Hope calls for action; action is impossible without hope."  Let’s all roll up our sleeves and work even harder in 2019.

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 11/12/2018   

From EDF: 12 days before the election the DCCC — the party now leading the House of Representatives — sent out a “Democratic Values Survey” that had supporters pick a priority from a list of 15 options, climate change was conspicuously missing from the list.  It's up to us to make sure the new majority knows Americans expect them to take climate change seriously — and fast. Take action today, and flood the new congressional majority with a simple demand: Put climate action at the top of your 2019 agenda. HERE

From March for Science: Send a message today to newly elected and existing officials and we'll hit send in January 2019 when they take office. In the new year, let's make sure that every elected official on a local, state, and federal is welcomed to the new term with a message: science advocates are here and we're going to keep fighting for our future.  HERE

From 350.org On 11/8  a federal judge invalidated Trump’s "presidential permit" for Keystone XL, ruling that the Administration violated key laws when it approved the pipeline. This momentous ruling is a major delay that sends the Trump administration and TransCanada back to the drawing board on Keystone XL. If thousands of us pledge to resist Keystone XL, it could be enough to convince them that this project isn’t worth pursuing. Sign the Promise to Protect now.  HERE

From NRDC: If you have not already done please submit before 11/15 an official public comment to Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke opposing his department’s outrageous management plans for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. HERE

From Amazon Watch: The election of right-wing extremist Jair Bolsonaro to Brazil's presidency still has us reeling. After all, he has stated that he plans to open up the Amazon to rampant development and slash protections for indigenous rights. Send your message of solidarity to Brazil's resistance movement and pledge to stand with them against Bolsonaro's catastrophic agenda! HERE

From Story of Stuff: the beverage industry, including members of the top three polluters identified by our brand audit -- Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestle -- have funded industry groups lobbying against new container deposit laws. They’re doubling down on plastic pollution despite everything we know about its effects! HERE

The endangered Southern Resident Orcas of Puget Sound are down to just 74 individuals—the lowest number in 34 years.  Despite being listed as endangered, the orcas lack enough food. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has created an Emergency Orca Task Force, but more action is needed to rebuild the salmon populations on which the orcas depend.  Ask Governor Inslee to provide relief to hungry, stressed orcas.

Tell the EPA to say no to even more bee-killing pesticides in our food system by urging them to not grant Dow approval for expanded use of sulfoxaflor and terminate all uses of this pesticide.  HERE

Whether you eat meat or not — tell the 22 failing chains to get routine antibiotics out of our burgers and help save medically-important antibiotics for human use! HERE

From Center for International Environmental Law: Take Action: Demand Disclosure of Toxic Fragrance Chemicals Now!  HERE


INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ARTICLES

A bumpy ride ahead Sir Martin Rees is a leading British astrophysicist and director of the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge. In this interview he talks about the existential risks that could face humanity this century. A bumpy ride ahead HERE

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR THESE DATES…

Thursday 11/15 11:45am-1pm - from 350BayArea: Stop Insuring Climate Change lunchtime protest in San Francisco , corner of Taylor and O’Farrell organized by 350BayArea.. Insurance companies are supposed to protect us from catastrophic risks.  Yet when it comes to climate change, the largest threat to humanity, U.S. insurance companies are doing the exact opposite. With their massive investments in fossil fuel companies and insuring of drilling and mining projects, the U.S. insurance industry is making a terrible problem worse.  Hundreds of lobbyists for the U.S. insurance industry are coming to downtown San Francisco for a convention. Join us at lunch time to send them a message: Insure Our Future—Stop Insuring Climate Change!

Sunday, November 18, 10am- 1pm: Climate Change: Present Realities and Promising Solutions, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.  Corte Madera - $40.  Marin Citizens Climate Lobby leaders David Kunhardt & Dr. Peter Joseph deep dive into the current science, solutions and politics.  good news. Click here for more information and to register (cost $40)

Monday November 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm:  The "Great Divide": Can We Work Together for a Healthy Environment? Corte Madera Community Center 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA. Join Jared Huffman and award-winning Bay Area authors, Arlie Hochschild and Mark Hertsgaard, for a lively evening of discussion about how and why our values and beliefs on environmental issues vary across the political divide. Can we bridge the political divide for effective environmental problem-solving? Register

11.7.2018

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members, "MVCAN Eco all google group" <eco-all@mvcan.org>

Please remember that we will not have a meeting in October or November.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday December 5  at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School).

Great news: re Juliana v. United States (Our Children’s Trust) moves forward, again!

On November 2, for the second time, the United States Supreme Court denied the Trump Administration’s application for stay in the landmark constitutional climate lawsuit, Juliana v. United States. The lawsuit, brought by 21 young Americans and supported by Our Children’s Trust, is back on track for trial! “The youth of our nation won an important decision today from the Supreme Court that shows even the most powerful government in the world must follow the rules and process of litigation in our democracy," said Julia Olson, executive director and chief legal counsel of Our Children’s Trust and co-counsel for the youth plaintiff. Seven of the Justices found the Defendants did not have a "fair prospect" of success on their petition for a writ of mandamus, one of the factors necessary for the Court to stay lower court proceedings. Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch would have granted the application.

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 11/5/2018   

Comment Title: "Jumpstarting building electrification"

  • "California must move away from methane and transition toward zero-emission homes and businesses. This will improve air quality and safety in our communities.  I urge the Commission to prioritize building decarbonization and identify more strategies that will jumpstart electrification. It’s clear that electrifying over 13 million homes and buildings across the state will take all hands on deck. The IEPR should help prompt a successful transition toward zero-emission buildings.”

  • Add your name to the People's Demands for climate justice.  Here

  • From World Wildlife Fund: Send a message to the Zambian President, and protect the Luangwa from threats such as the dam at Ndevu Gorge.  Here

  • Tell the EPA: Restore the head of children's health  protection! Dr. Ruth Etzel is the EPA's top expert on children's health. Her job is to protect children from toxic chemicals, pesticides and lead in our environment. But a month ago and with no explanation, Trump's acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler abruptly put her on leave.  Here

INTERESTING AND RELEVANT ARTICLE

Trump administration releases report finding ‘no convincing alternative explanation’ for climate change - Government's dire climate change report blames humans. The government’s National Climate Assessment cited human influence as the "dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century." (Patrick Martin/The Washington Post) Click HERE for entire Article

WE WON NEWS!

11/4/2018 The Food & Drug Administration sided with environmentalists and public health advocates in banning lead acetate from hair dye. The agency decided that evidence has shown there is no safe exposure level for lead, and that lead acetate cannot be assumed to be harmless.

11/2/18 From Oceana: California Governor Jerry Brown  signed into law a bill that will clean up this fishery. The new law will phase out the use of large-mesh driftnet fishing for swordfish, establish a buyout program and incentivize the use of clean swordfish fishing gear.

11/1/18 From World Wildlife Fund: Earlier this year, we delivered a petition to officials in Slovenia from 77,310 activists demanding that eight proposed dams planned along the Mura River be denied. In September, the Slovenian government signed an agreement that they won't build these dams—a major victory for freshwater conservation! AND This summer, Colombia's free-flowing Bita River was announced as a Wetland of International Importance, designating its significance for humanity as a whole. The Bita River basin is home to at least 254 fish species, 200+ bird species, and 63 species of mammals.

10/23/18 From Citizens Climate Lobby:  Justin Trudeau announced that, in order to ensure a healthy climate, Canada will adopt a national price on carbon pollution starting in January 2019. Specifically, Canada will implement a carbon fee and dividend, with revenue from the fee returned directly to Canadians….As the first country to implement a national carbon fee and dividend, Canada has shown us all that it is politically possible.

10/05/18 From EDF: In response to a 2015 food additive petition by Environmental Defense Fund and other public health advocates, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) removed its approval of seven artificial flavors because they have been shown to cause cancer in animal studies.  These chemicals are believed to be used in foods like candy, chewing gum, baked goods, ice cream and beverages to simulate flavors like mint, cinnamon, and citrus. They would appear on the label as "artificial flavors."

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR THESE DATES…

Thursday, November 8, 4:30 pm: Water and Watersheds Speaker Series- Marin Conservation League. "Delta Waters: Hour of Decision?  with writer John Hart. The headline-grabbing fight about Delta tunnels masks a more fundamental issue: the way that California has over-promised and overdeveloped the waters that flow from the mountains to the Golden Gate. Are we finally on the verge of a real change of course? Cost: Free. Location: Central Marin Police Headquarters Community Room, 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur. (Click here for more information)

Sunday, November 18, 10am- 1pm: Climate Change: Present Realities and Promising Solutions, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.  Corte Madera - $40.  Marin Citizens Climate Lobby leaders David Kunhardt & Dr. Peter Joseph deep dive into the current science, solutions and politics.  good news. Click here for more information and to register (cost $40)

Monday November 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm:  The "Great Divide": Can We Work Together for a Healthy Environment? Corte Madera Community Center 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA. Join Jared Huffman and award-winning Bay Area authors, Arlie Hochschild and Mark Hertsgaard, for a lively evening of discussion about how and why our values and beliefs on environmental issues vary across the political divide. Can we bridge the political divide for effective environmental problem-solving? Register

10.29.2018

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Please remember that we will not have a meeting in October or November.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday December 5  at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School).

On Oct. 27,  the Marin Independent Journal published two articles that members of our Eco Team helped facilitate. We wanted to spread the word of the recent IPCC report that indicated  “we have only twelve years to make a substantial change in our greenhouse gas emissions, or face devastating consequences of climate change” plus “the window for meaningful climate action will then close.” We wanted to alert people to the urgency for everyone to get involved to help prevent global warming NOW. You can view the letters by clicking Here  (The first letter in the link submitted by Dolores Heeb is titled “Climate change report a call for more action” and the last  letter in the link was submitted by Marilyn Price is titled “What we can do to combat climate change”)

 

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 10/29/2018  

  • Tell the California Air Resources Board: California polluters need to keep fossil fuels in the ground!  Right now, Governor Brown’s administration is trying to let tropical forest carbon offsets into California’s cap and trade system. A proposal from the California Air Resources Board would let big polluters off the hook for almost all of their carbon emission reductions. Here

  • Tell the Trump Administration: Don't Roll Back Clean Car Standards!  Americans deserve clean air and protection from rising costs at the gas pump, and that’s exactly what the current clean car standards deliver. Here

  • Ask big corporations to stop plastic pollution! For years, corporations like Nestlé - Procter & Gamble - PepsiCo - Unilever - Coca-Cola Company - Mars - Kraft Heinz - Mondelez - Colgate-Palmolive - Johnson & Johnson and Danone have forced plastic packaging on consumers like you and me. Now we urgently need to address the source of the problem. Plastic production is on track to quadruple by 2050. Here  Watch this excellent Greenpeace 1 minute video on the issue Here

  • Tell Amazon and other big grocery stores that you don’t want GMO apples! McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Gerber have committed to not sell Intrexon’s new GMO apples, but Amazon has yet to make a similar commitment.  Here

  • Tell Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Dept. to do better for Bear Recovery!  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to remove Endangered Species protections for grizzly bears that live in and around Glacier National Park.  Give the Grizzlies a Fighting Chance For Recovery!  Here

  • From World Wildlife Fund: Sign our petition to President Macri of Argentina to keep the Santa Cruz healthy and free-flowing. If the dams are built as planned, the Santa Cruz River and the Perito Moreno Glacier as we know them may be destroyed. Here

  • Stop Trump's Border Wall from Breaking Ground in South Texas  Here

  • The Department of the Interior has sent NARA a massive Request for Records Disposition Authority. Stanford librarian James R. Jacobs:  “I wanted to alert you to a very disturbing thing happening in the National Archives world that may severely impact research, especially historical and scientific research. The DOI is asking for permission to destroy records about oil and gas leases, mining, dams, wells, timber sales, marine conservation, fishing, endangered species, non-endangered species, critical habitats, land acquisition, and lots more. Basically records from every agency within the Interior Department, including the BLM, NPS, US Fish & Wildlife, USGS, etc. This is all content that would normally go to NARA for collection and preservation. This administration is basically just destroying records so they'll  never be accessible.”  Mail to: request.schedule@nara.gov /// fax:  301-837-3698 /// NARA (ACRA), 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park MD  20740-6001. (Be sure to say that you're referring to  DAA-0048-2015-0003.) More information Here  and NARA's appraisal memo Here

 

WE WON NEWS!

10/25 VICTORY !!! In a groundbreaking vote, the European Parliament passed wide ranging laws on plastic pollution!  View their Facebook  post Here

10/25 From Amazon Watch:  In an unprecedented victory for indigenous rights in Ecuador, the Kofán people won a landmark legal battle on Monday to defend one of Ecuador’s largest and most important rivers, and nullify 52 gold mining concessions, protecting more than 79,000 acres of primary rainforest in their ancestral homeland.  Check out the video about the Kofán peoples’ historic victory and read our news release Here

10/24 Mondelez Int'l committed to make all its packaging recyclable! You may not have heard of them but they own billion-dollar brands like Nabisco, Oreos, and Ritz Crackers. Plus, they pledged to eliminate 65 million kilograms of packaging material altogether by 2020.

INTERESTING ENVIRONMENTAL ARTICLES, VIDEOS AND LINKS

Environmentalist Stewart Brand and the creators of the Whole Earth Catalog celebrated its 50th Anniversary at Fort Mason this month. Fabrice Florin, one of the organizers of our Eco Team’s Earth Day event, produced and directed “Whole Earth Flashback” a beautiful video history of a culture that helped changed the world. Click Here to view the video.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR THESE DATES…

Thursday November 1, 6:30 – 8:30pm: “Made in the Shade” documentary.  Can Marin learn from Sacramento How to Plant More Trees (& Store More Carbon)?   Novato City Hall 801 Sherman Documentary on how the city with the largest tree canopy in the U.S. did it, followed by panel including producer Bruce Handley, Sacramento Tree Foundation director Ray Tretheway, and California Urban Forests Council director Nancy Hughes. For information click Here  

Thursday, November 8, 4:30 pm: Water and Watersheds Speaker Series- Marin Conservation League. "Delta Waters: Hour of Decision?  with writer John Hart. The headline-grabbing fight about Delta tunnels masks a more fundamental issue: the way that California has over-promised and overdeveloped the waters that flow from the mountains to the Golden Gate. Are we finally on the verge of a real change of course? Cost: Free. Location: Central Marin Police Headquarters Community Room, 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur. (Click here for more information)

Sunday, November 18, 10am- 1pm: Climate Change: Present Realities and Promising Solutions, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.  Corte Madera - $40.  Marin Citizens Climate Lobby leaders David Kunhardt & Dr. Peter Joseph deep dive into the current science, solutions and politics.  good news.  Click here for more information and to register (cost $40)

Monday November 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm:  The "Great Divide": Can We Work Together for a Healthy Environment? Corte Madera Community Center 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA. Jared Huffman and award-winning Bay Area authors, Arlie Hochschild and Mark Hertsgaard, for a lively evening of discussion about how and why our values and beliefs on environmental issues vary across the political divide. Can we bridge the political divide for effective environmental problem-solving? Register

Eco Tips

Do you know your #foodprint? It's the impact your food has on the environment, animals and people. Take our quiz to find out what you know, and to learn more.   TAKE THE QUIZ

10.24.2018

Our Children Defend themselves from Our Government: Stand with them

Monday,  October 29,  Bay Area Rallies for Trial of the Century:  
Our Children's Trust's plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States allege that the U.S. government has knowingly violated their constitutional rights for over 50 years by contributing to climate change. 21 youth will confront the Federal Government at trial in open court. Stand with them! The Supreme Court may delay the date of the trial but, in that case we want even more people to show up!

San Rafael Rally 4 - 6pm:  The Freedom Singers are working with 350Marin to hold a rally in support of their October 29 court date. The rally will be held on Monday, October 29 from 4 - 6 pm at the Square in San Rafael in front of Cold Creamery, 1002 Court St.  Please join us! Go to 350Marin's Website for more information and to register to attend the rally.

San Francisco Rally 3 - 6pm pm: Click Here for information and to register.  

Your Call or Email Makes a Difference:

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 10/22/18 

Time is running out for avoiding catastrophic climate change. The Keystone XL pipeline would intensify the problem by releasing even more greenhouse gas emissions. Tar sands are one of the world's dirtiest oils — over a lifetime, a gallon of gasoline produced from tar sands releases 15% more carbon dioxide than one from conventional oil.  Submit your comment to the State Department telling them to reject the KXL pipeline. Here

Tell the California Air Resources Board: California polluters need to keep fossil fuels in the ground!  Here

Make your voice heard before the public comment period closes on October 31. Add your name calling on Donald Trump and the EPA to put public health and the planet ahead of industry profits.  Here

Tell Interior Sec. Zinke: No coal exports from military bases Here

Educational Leaders Please Pass Climate Action Resolutions to Protect Students Here

Tell the California Department of Education to increase climate-friendly food in our schools! Here

EVENTS for this week and beyond

Mark Your Calendars NOW for these dates… 


Thursday, October 25: Marin Sustainable Enterprise Conference. Exhibition program: 8am - 5:30pm, Reception: 5:30pm — 7pm  Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael. Full day of green business perspectives.  
Information & tickets.

Sunday, November 18 10am- 1pm Climate Change: Present Realities and Promising Solutions, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.  Corte Madera - $40.  Marin Citizens Climate Lobby leaders David Kunhardt & Dr. Peter Joseph deep dive into the current science, solutions and politics.  good news. Click here for more information and to register (cost $40)

Monday November 19 The "Great Divide": Can We Work Together for a Healthy Environment? 6:30 - 8:30 pm Corte Madera Community Center 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA. Jared Huffman and award-winning Bay Area authors, Arlie Hochschild and Mark Hertsgaard, for a lively evening of discussion about how and why our values and beliefs on environmental issues vary across the political divide. Can we bridge the political divide for effective environmental problem-solving? Register

Incase you missed it:
If you missed attending the September 15 event
Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington  you can view it by clicking Here

WE WON  NEWS!
Earlier this year, state officials in Wyoming and Idaho launched plans to allow trophy hunters to legally kill up to two dozen grizzly bears near Yellowstone National Park — after Yellowstone grizzlies had their endangered status prematurely and unfairly revoked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.   In response to a lawsuit brought forward by NRDC's partner organizations in the region, a federal judge in Montana ruled to shut down officials' grizzly hunting plans in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana and reinstate the imperiled bears' protections under the Endangered Species Act.

If You've Not Voted Yet....  

NRDC.org. blog   Here

California Environmental Justice Alliance  2018 Environmental Justice Voter Guide.   Here

From 350BayArea

Prop 1 would authorize $4 billion in affordable housing bonds - enough to fund 100,000 homes. The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), the Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters (LWV), Jobs with Justice, and many other labor unions and community groups have endorsed Prop 1.

Back in 2004, California passed an extra 1% income tax on millionaires to fund mental health services. Prop 2 would allocate some funds from that tax to authorize a $2 billion bond to fund supportive housing. LCV, LWV, and many community groups have endorsed Prop 2.

Prop 3 would authorize an $8.877 billion bond for water projects. While there are some good projects in the mix, most of the funding is earmarked for projects benefiting those that helped pay to get this massive barrel of pork on the ballot, including big ag and dam interests. LCV, LWV, and the Sierra Club recommends a No vote.

Prop 4 would authorize a $1.5 billion bond for children's hospital expansions and retrofits. The California Teachers Association supports Prop 4 while the LWV does not.

Currently, property taxes in California are based on price at time of purchase, with a below-inflation annual increase. However, when people move and buy a new home, usually they will have to pay full taxes. Currently, there are exemptions for people over 55. Realtors put Prop 5 on the ballot to expand the number of exemptions. LCV and LWV oppose Prop 5, as nearly all the benefit of Prop 5 would go to the rich, and schools and local governments would lose up to $1 billion a year each.

Prop 6 would repeal the recent 12-cent/gallon gas tax. This would remove $3-5 billion a year in transportation funding from bridges, highways, and transit. 350 Bay Area Action, LCV, LWV, the Sierra Club and unions all oppose Prop 6.

Prop 7 would allow the state to extend Daylight Savings Time to be year-round, eliminating the time changes. Sunrise and sunset would be later in the winter than currently. California Democratic Party endorses Prop 7.

Currently, private clinics provide most kidney dialysis services. Prop 8 would limit private clinics' profits to 15% and require any additional money to go back into services or lowered prices. Labor unions want clinics to address problems of understaffing. The California Democratic Party also endorses Prop 8.

Prop 10 would repeal Costa-Hawkins, allowing cities to pass stronger forms of rent control, such as vacancy control (no rent increases between tenants), rent control on single family houses, and rent control on buildings built after 1995. Tenant and community groups, East Bay for Everyone, LCV, LWV, the Sierra Club, and unions endorse Prop 10.

Prop 11, funded by private ambulance corporation AMR, would give ambulance companies an exemption from labor laws, allowing them to require staff to be on call during their lunch breaks. What could possibly go wrong? Unions and the California Democratic Party oppose Prop 11.

Prop 12 sets minimum cage sizes for chickens, cows, and pigs. The Humane Society, the Sierra Club, and the California Democratic Party endorse Prop 12. Meat corporations oppose it, PETA also opposes it because they don't think it goes far enough and are concerned it might give consumers a false sense that things are OK.          

 

10.15.2018

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Please remember that we will not have a meeting in October or November.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday December 5  at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School).

 SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

In light of the recent  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report  we mentioned last week in which “the world’s leading scientific experts collectively concluded that unprecedented and aggressive measures must be taken to reduce emissions to safe levels today”,  we are sharing Bill McKibben’s new article: “Climate politicking isn't working. We need climate civil disobedience” Click Here to read

(If you did not check the World Resources Institute’s Summary of the IPCC last week please do so now. It will inspire all of us as concerned environmentalists to continue our present work with a greater sense of urgency).

 ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 10/15/2018  

·         Submit an official comment to the EBRD demanding that it listen to the world’s best scientists and stop promoting dirty gas as a climate solution. Here

·         Tell the G20’s leaders: Gas is not a “Bridge Fuel”. Stop promoting the dangerous lie that dirty fossil gas has any role as a climate solution:  Here

·         Tell the biggest investors in the U.S. to stop funding rainforest destruction and conflict palm oil!  Here

·         Tell the U.S. Forest Service: Save America’s Largest Wild Forest!  Here

·         Please speak up for our public lands today! The Department of the Interior has hastily drafted land management plans that are another step towards shrinking and destroying Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Here

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Tell Albertsons to stop distributing single-use plastic products. Here

·         Tell the European Parliament to fix the proposed EU law on plastic pollution, so corporations can’t simply market single-use items as reusable.  Here

·         Take action now! Tell the National Park Service : do not restrict protestors’use of public spaces.  Here

·         Tell major food companies like General Mills, Mars, and Nestle: New GMOs aren’t “natural!”  Here

·         Tell the EPA: Ban the hazardous chemical Atrazine! Here

 

TWO WAYS YOU CAN HELP FROM HOME TO ELECT ENVIRONMENTAL CANDIDATES

Text or call with the  Environmental Voter Project to encourage environmentalist who are not voting to vote.  The Environmental Voting Project  reports that "15.78 million environmentalists did not vote in the 2014 midterm elections. Their project focuses on finding these environmentalists and turning them into consistent voters." To volunteer click here

GiveGreen, offers you a powerful, easy, and strategic way to support environmental candidates and accelerate action on climate change. Learn more about how they select priority candidates. It is a project of LCV Victory Fund and NextGen America with the support of NRDC Action Fund PAC. ("GiveGreen allows donors to do more than just contribute money. If you give to a candidate, they know you support them; if you give through GiveGreen, they know why you support them." Gene Karpinski, Tom Steyer, and Rhea Suh.)

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR THESE DATES…

Wednesday, October 17, 6pm: 'In Our Hands - Solving the Climate Crisis.'  Sausalito author Wilford Welch gives his take and signs his book. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco.  

Thursday, October 18, 7pm: 'Public Banking to Serve the Public Good.' Learn how a range of cities, including Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco, are exploring "changing finance to finance change." 350Marin hosts Ellen Brown, Public Banking Institute founder, and Susan Harman, Commonomics USA co-founder. 7:00 pm (6:30 refreshments). Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro St., San Rafael. Information

Thursday, October 25: Marin Sustainable Enterprise Conference. Exhibition program: 8am - 5:30pm, Reception: 5:30pm — 7pm  Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael.  Full day of green business perspectives.  Information & tickets.

Monday,  October 29,  Bay Area Rallies for Trial of the Century:  Our Children's Trust's plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States allege that the U.S. government has knowingly violated their constitutional rights for over 50 years by contributing to climate change. 21 youth will confront the Federal Government at trial in open court. Stand with them!

·         San Rafael Rally 4 - 6pm:  The Freedom Singers are working with 350Marin to hold a rally in support of their October 29 court date. The rally will be held on Monday, October 29 from 4 - 6 pm at the Square in San Rafael in front of Cold Creamery, 1002 Court St.  Please join us! Go to 350Marin's Website for more information and to register to attend the rally.

·         San Francisco Rally 3 - 6pm: Click Here for information and to register.    

 Eco Tips

Our Mill Valley Community Action Network's team (Eco Warriors) holds its meetings at the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin. We picked up a couple of fliers on topics we had not heard about and are sharing the tips with you:

Think before you flush and to view items that should not be placed in the toilet click Here

Fats, oils and grease (FOG) should NOT go down your drains

10.8.2018

Call to Action from IPCC

8 things You Need to Know About the IPCC 1.5˚C Report  New research from the world's leading climate scientists finds that annual emissions must drop by half by 2030 to limit average temperature rise to 1.5˚C. WRI Senior Associate Kelly Levin, who unpacks the landmark study a series of blog posts, warns that “falling short would lock in climate impacts so catastrophic our world would be unrecognizable.” Read More.

What Kavanaugh’s Appointment Could Mean for Environmental Policy

“Kavanaugh’s long legal record shows his clear antagonism to common-sense laws and safeguards that protect the environment and our health. We expect Kavanaugh’s confirmation will shift the balance of the Supreme Court more in favor of corporate polluters and against the safety and well-being of the American people. This unfortunate vote also underscores a critical fact: Congress could be one of the last checks on Trump’s dangerous and dirty anti-environment agenda — but only if we can change Congress in the midterm elections on November 6.”  

Your Call Makes a Difference:

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 10/08/2018  

  • Trump's new NAFTA deal threatens our air, water, and climate. Tell your members of Congress to speak out against this toxic trade deal!  Here

  • Congress: Revitalize the Land and Water Conservation Fund! Sign now to keep the pressure on Congress to permanently renew one of our most successful public land programs. Here

  • Tell the EPA to Protect Our Climate and Health From Dangerous Methane Gas Leaks!  Here

  • Tell Wells Fargo: No more money for dirty tar sands oil  Here

  • Send a message to SAExploration Chairman Jeff Hastings and the Executive Leadership Team : Keep out of the Arctic Refuge. SAExploration just applied for a permit to conduct seismic testing for oil in the Refuge.  Here

  • Tell your Representative to oppose Rep. Palazzo companion legislation to the AQUAA Act/S.3138, which would permit marine finfish aquaculture in federal waters. Here

  • Tell Your Representative: Ban the Trade of Shark Fins in the U.S. Here

  • Demand that the EPA maintain current protection against mercury poisoning. Our public health depends on it.  Sign the petition Here

  • Tell the EPA: it’s time to stop defending chemical industry profits and start standing up for children’s health. Ban chlorpyrifos! Here

  • Tell the USDA: Test our food for Monsanto’s toxic glyphosate. Here  

EVENTS for this week and beyond

Mark Your Calendars NOW for these dates… 

Wednesday, October 10, 6 - 7:15pm: 'The Environmental Documentary--Cinema Activism in the 21st Century.' Presentation and book signing by Dominican University Professor John Duvall. 6:00 - 7:15 pm. Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco. Tickets.    

Thursday, October 18, 6:30pm:  Public Banking to serve the Public Good, San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro Street, San Rafael, 6:30 refreshments; 7pm, speakers; 8pm, Q&A, 350 Marin. $10 suggested donation. Information

Thursday, October 25: Marin Sustainable Enterprise Conference. Exhibition program: 8am - 5:30pm, Reception: 5:30pm — 7pm  Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael. Full day of green business perspectives.  Information & tickets.

Monday October 29th:  21 youth will confront the Federal Government at trial in open court. Join us in a San Francisco Rally to be a part of the #TrialoftheCentury and support these young climate warriors. They are the #youthvgov plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States, and they allege that the U.S. government has knowingly violated their constitutional rights for over 50 years by contributing to climate change. These brave youth need you to stand with them! To participate in the  San Francisco Rally click Here  P.S. The Freedom Singers may host a rally in Marin and, if so, we will notify everyone.

WE WON  NEWS!

  • 10/1 Governor Brown Signs Bill to End Destructive Swordfish Drift Gillnet Fishing off California: In a hard-won victory for Oceana, last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill — Senate Bill (SB) 1017 — that will clean up California’s swordfish fishery. SB 1017 will phase out the use of large-mesh driftnet fishing for swordfish, establish a buyout program, and incentivize the use of cleaner fishing gear to reduce the incidental catch of marine wildlife.

  • 10/4 Thanks to your activism, California has taken a big step towards better protecting kids from lead poisoning.  Last month, Gov. Brown signed into law three major pieces of lead protection legislation. Together these bills will require licensed child day care centers to test their tap water for lead, ensure that doctors tell parents about blood lead test standards and compel state agencies to compile and share data on child lead test rates, lead exposure and lead cleanup in each county. The legislature also directed $5 million to help child day care centers pay to test their drinking water for lead and ensure that their drinking water is safe for kids to drink.

  • 10/4 From Food & Water Watch: A federal agency overstepped its authority, creating a scheme that would have allowed industrial fish farms to barge in on waters that local fishermen and women rely on. Food and Water Watch teamed up with a handful of plaintiffs and stopped it.

  • 10/4 From Food & Water Watch: People like YOU took action to keep nuclear waste out of Yucca Mountain in Nevada. You kept this bad project out of the budget for next year by sending over 7,000 comments to your members of Congress and making your voices heard. People power for the win!

  • 10/8 Big news! ust announced that it will stop buying palm oil from Indofood -- and Nestlé has ended a 13 year Joint Venture Partnership with the palm oil villain -- after huge pressure from hundreds of thousands of SumOfUs members.  Our people-powered campaign has pushed two of the palm oil industry’s biggest players into protecting our rainforests, the orangutans, and palm oil workers!

 

10.1.2018

Resilient Neighborhoods -- Be Part of the Solution, Now!

Following the fabulous College of Marin event: “Getting to Paris without stopping in Washington,” let’s re-energize our personal commitment to halting climate change. You can sign up right now for the upcoming Mill Valley 5-meeting workshop which focuses on transportation, housing, water conservation, mindful consumption, and emergency preparation. Gather your friends and have fun going on a “low-carbon” diet to lose at least 5,000 lbs. of carbon emissions in 60 days! Mill Valley Library classes start on Oct. 4. Register here

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Please remember that we will not have a meeting in October or November.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday December 5  at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School).

TION ITEMS WEEK OF 10/1/2018  

  • Tell the Trump Administration again: No Keystone XL pipeline! Submit a public comment to tell the Administration they won’t get away with this sham review.  Here.

  • Stop the assault on the Endangered Species Act and protect our vulnerable wildlife. Add your name,   Here

  • Tell Congress: Pass Senator Warren's Climate Risk Disclosure Act.  The bill would require every public company to disclose greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuel assets, and plans for managing climate risks.  Here

  • Protect Organic Farms From Fracking NOW! Here

  • Tell Ace Hardware: Stop selling deadly paint strippers immediately! Major retailers like Lowe's, The Home Depot, Sherwin-Williams and Walmart have already caved to massive public pressure and announced plans to discontinue selling these toxic products.. Here

  • Push Pepsi’s departing CEO to clear her legacy and cut ties with palm oil villain Indofood.Can you take 1 minute to tweet, alongside thousands of other SumOfUs members? Let’s make saving our rainforests and the orangutans the CEO’s last act!  Send a tweet

  • Protect Our Climate from the Largest Ever U.S. Coal Leases! The proposed BLM coal leases in Wyoming's Powder River Basin would open up billions of tons of new coal for mining on public lands. Here

  • Don't let Trump open up Giant Sequoia National Monument to logging!  Here

  • Tell the EPA to get glyphosate out of our food! Monsanto’s cancer-causing chemical shouldn’t be anywhere near our cereal.  Here

  • Tell The Senate to Support Getting Every Kid Outdoors! The bill passed the House by a vote of 383-2. Now it's on to the Senate—and you can help! Here

  • Tell the California Department of Pesticide Regulation: Ban the use of bee-killing pesticides!  Here

Mark Your Calendars NOW for these dates…

  • Sunday, October 7, 4 - 6pm:  Invitation from Max Perrey: I'm extending an invite to you and all of MVCAN for a special event I'm hosting for three local candidates at 161 Marlin Ave, Mill Valley. Lots of great discussion AND music! It's a fundraiser but no cost at the door - pay what you will after you hear from candidates!! Details at new-wave.eventbrite.com

  • Wednesday, October 10:, 6 - 7:15pm: 'The Environmental Documentary--Cinema Activism in the 21st Century.' Presentation and book signing by Dominican University Professor John Duvall. 6:00 - 7:15 pm. Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco. Tickets

  • Thursday, October 25: Marin Sustainable Enterprise Conference. Exhibition program: 8am - 5:30pm, Reception: 5:30pm — 7pm  Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael. Full day of green business perspectives.  Information & tickets.

  • Monday October 29th:  21 youth will confront the Federal Government at trial in open court. Join us in a San Francisco Rally to be a part of the #TrialoftheCentury and support these young climate warriors. They are the #youthvgov plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States, and they allege that the U.S. government has knowingly violated their constitutional rights for over 50 years by contributing to climate change. These brave youth need you to stand with them! To participate in the  San Francisco Rally click Here  P.S. The Freedom Singers may host a rally in Marin and, if so, we will notify everyone.

WE WON  NEWS!

  • 9/28 Governor Brown signed SB 700 into law: "Starting January 1, 2019, the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) is reauthorized for an additional five years, resulting in an estimated 3 GW of behind-the-meter energy storage systems at schools, farms, homes, nonprofits and businesses by 2026. With this new law, an additional $800 million in incentive funding is likely to come on line in a few short months."  We are on track for 100% clean electricity by 2045 with laws in place to help make it happen!

  • 9/24 Greater Yellowstone grizzlies win back Endangered Species protections. After two small victories when a federal court twice postponed Wyoming and Idaho grizzly trophy hunts to reach a final decision, --  the hunts are off for good!

  • 9/20 Plastic pollution reduction bills signed by Governor Brown:AB 1884 (Calderon, Bloom)requires restaurants to offer straws only upon request. SB 1335 (Allen) requires reusable, recyclable, or compostable takeout food packaging at state facilities, including parks, beaches, colleges, and fairgrounds. SB 1263 (Portantino) directs the California Ocean Protection Council to develop a Statewide Microplastics Strategy. SB 1422 (Portantino) requires drinking water to be tested for microplastic pollution, and for results to be disclosed to the public.

ENVIRONMENTAL TIP

The grass found in lawns, parks, and schoolyards in the U.S. alone uses 9 billion gallons of water, 70 million pounds of pesticides, and 200 million gallons of gasoline annually. But what if there was a better way to use these spaces? Edible landscaping mixes both beauty and utility, using plants as part of decorative landscapes. And best of all, edible landscapes can be better for the environment and pollinators — and they can help increase access to healthy, fresh food.  See how organizations around the world are working to create more edible landscapes (and even get inspired to create your own!).

9.28.18

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Please remember that we will not have a meeting in October or November.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday December 5  at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School).

Resilient Neighborhoods -- Be Part of the Solution, Now!

Following the fabulous College of Marin event: “Getting to Paris without stopping in Washington,” let’s re-energize our personal commitment to halting climate change. You can sign up right now for the upcoming Mill Valley 5-meeting workshop which focuses on transportation, housing, water conservation, mindful consumption, and emergency preparation. Gather your friends and have fun going on a “low-carbon” diet to lose at least 5,000lbs. of carbon emissions in 60 days! Mill Valley Library classes start on Oct. 4. Register here

Report on the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit from Point Blue Conservation Science:  “CA Had Its Own Climate Summit. Now What?” — With video, other links and highlights from the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit Here

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 9/24/2018  

  • SB 700, a bill to help put solar + storage into the hands of everyday consumers, is in trouble. It would provide incentive funding to expand energy storage systems. We just heard that it has not yet been signed by the governor due to opposition. SB 700 already passed the Senate and the Assembly and is an important companion bill to SB 100, for 100% clean electricity by 2045.  Governor Brown has just three more days to sign it (by this Sunday 9/30). We need you to weigh in directly with the governor’s office. Please send this letter ASAP urging Brown to sign SB 700 in time.  Here

  • From NRDC At the Summit, some 4,000 delegates from around the world reaffirmed that they're "still in" on climate action despite President Trump's cynical backtracking. Now please tell them that you — along with millions of Americans — stand with them and demand strong action on climate. Here

  • Tell Congress: Protect the communities and environment in the Arctic, not Big Oil's profits!   Here

  • We're calling on Governor Jerry Brown to intervene to protect California's precious water supply from Nestlé’s endless water bottling in the San Bernadino National Forest.  Add your name to show your support! Here

  • Urge your elected officials and political candidates to stop taking money from coal, oil, and natural gas.  Here  

  • Tell Big Companies to Stop Buying Palm Oil From Forest-Destroyers!  Here

  • From the Sierra Club: Tell your Members of Congress to oppose anti-environment riders in the Farm Bill! Here

  • Tell Costco: Time to Commit to Fair Trade Chocolate!  Here

  • From World Wildlife Fund: Sign our petition to President Macri of Argentina to keep the Santa Cruz River healthy and free-flowing.  Here

  • 5 ways to shop and eat smarter for the climate. You have the power to fight climate change and protect our planet by taking simple actions at home and in stores every day.   Here

Mark Your Calendars NOW for these dates…

October 7 Invitation from Max Perrey an Executive Committee member of the Sierra Club Marin Group: I'm extending an invite to you and all of MVCAN for a special event I'm hosting for three local candidates on Sunday Oct. 7th 4pm to 6pm at 161 Marlin Ave, Mill Valley. Lots of great discussion AND music! It's a fundraiser but no cost at the door - pay what you will after you hear from candidates!! Details at new-wave.eventbrite.com  

Wednesday, October 10: 'The Environmental Documentary--Cinema Activism in the 21st Century.' Presentation and book signing by Dominican University Professor John Duvall. 6:00 - 7:15 pm. Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco. Tickets.    

Thursday, October 25: Sustainable Enterprise Conference. Exhibition program: 8am - 5:30pm, Reception: 5:30pm — 7pm  Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael. Full day of green business perspectives.  Information & tickets.

Check out these INSPIRING ENVIRONMENTAL VIDEOS and CARTOONS WITH A SERIOUS MESSAGE

Sunrise Movement HEATWEEK  Comin’ in Hot. Hundreds of young people took action asking our politicians to choose them over fossil fuel CEO money. It was inspiring seeing so many of us, from ages 14-30, rising up and saying #NoFossilFuelMoney. Watch the video Here

A fellow environmentalist sent this work by Charles Eisenstein - it is  quite powerful!   Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein - A Short Film:  Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.

9/17/2018 

With so much energy going into the elections we are scheduling our next meeting for Wednesday December 5  at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School).

ACTION ITEMS FOR THE WEEK

Don’t let Trump Gut Limits on Oil and Gas Pollution! Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has proposed a dramatic weakening of pollution protections that have already been in place and enforced for a year. But he’s required to get public input before finalizing this disastrous plan. Take action today: Here

  • Help send 30,000 comments to the EPA: Don’t slash protections from methane pollution! Here  

  • Sign the petition: Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund  Here  

  • Earlier this summer, your Senators demanded the appropriations process be kept free of anti-environmental policy attacks. Take action today, and make sure your Senators stays true to their word.  Here

  • Urge the  California Air Resources Board to adopt the Innovative Clean Transit Rule which sets goals for transit agencies to replace older buses with zero-emission buses. Deadline for comments: Sept. 24. Here

  • Tell Governor Brown to sign SB 1017 into law.  The law will phase out the use of these massive nets, known as “drift gillnets.” But we still need the Governor  to sign the bill. Here

  • Californians  have the right to know what’s in their products!  Industry lobbyists just introduced an outrageous law in Congress that would eliminate your right to know about dangerous chemicals in their products.  Let Congress know this bill is unacceptable. Here

  • Join us in reducing food waste by improving food date! We are telling food retailers and manufacturers around the country to use industry standard labeling terms: Use By (for food safety) and Best If Used By (for food quality). labels.  Here

  • Urge Governor Brown to sign AB 2447 into law today.   Help build Green Zones in California and protect our right to know. Here

  • Tell the National School Boards Association: NoMoreMonsantoRoundupWeedkiller!  Here


9.11.18

These we WON! (Yes, our letters and emails help change policies.)  

From Food & Water Watch 9/1 : For the past few months we've been sending you emails like the one below asking you to take action against a bad energy bill, A.B. 813, that would have put California's clean energy future in jeopardy and given Trump control over our grid. With your support, we generated thousands of messages to the California Legislature and hundreds of calls to our key target, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, who ultimately killed the bill last night!

From EDF 9/6 : While the Trump Administration has attacked public health protections and stalled action on toxic chemicals, private companies are stepping up. America’s largest retailer — Walmart — has announced it will stop selling paint strippers containing methylene chloride or N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in stores across the US, Canada, Mexico, and Central America in addition to its online store by February 2019.

From Avaaz 9/6  : Our hearing just ended, and the judge absolutely DESTROYED Monsanto's subpoena on Avaaz!!!! He said the subpoena would have a “tremendous chilling effect”, saying "no member would want to have their privacy and their activity known" and actually gave Monsanto a lecture on democracy and free speech!!

From Greenpeace 9/7: This is really happening! Last week, a Canadian federal court “quashed” the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.1 It’s a massive victory for the Indigenous Nations and all of us who stood against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Construction is now indefinitely halted on this climate-destroying project.

NEXT MEETING DATE!!! Please join us...
Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 12  at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School). Please join us -- we welcome your participation.

We can win more victories together by making these calls:

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 9/10/2018

  • Last week the California Legislature passed one of the most extensive packages of bills that aim to reduce plastic pollution, and a sweeping overhaul of the state's tire recycling program. As these bills approach their final hurdle, awaiting the Governor's approval, there are two in particular that need your help. Take a minute to call and urge the Governor to make these bills law!  Here

  • SB 1335, will ensure that the State leads the way in tackling plastic food packaging pollution by transitioning from destructive materials like Styrofoam to materials that are truly sustainable.

  • SB 452, will provide increased financial support to all recycling operations, including curbside, and help keep recycling centers open through the current crisis.

  • Please urge the Governor now to sign the lead bill package. California has been on a steady path to reduce lead exposure and poisoning  and increase lead education. The latest package of six bills, AB2122, AB 2370, AB 2963, SB 1041 and SB 1097 add to those efforts. Here  

  • Tell Representative Huffman and Senators Feinstein and Harris that the American people demand strong clean car standards and that California's clean air waiver must stay in place!  Here

  • Tell your Senators: Stop a Dow employee from running the USDA’s science division!  Here

  • Send a message in support of redirecting settlement funds to the impacted Los Angeles community not to prop up SoCalGas and dairy farms! Deadline to submit this is 9/12 Here z

EVENTS for this week and beyond

Mark Your Calendars NOW for these dates…

September  6-13:  The 8th Annual San Francisco Green Film Festival returns with a week of new environmental films, discussions, and special events that spark ideas and connections.  A bold and fearless voice for our planet. Details Here  To see the many affiliate events occurring around the Summit click Here

Tuesday, September 11  1:00 - 8:30pm - Women’s Assembly For Climate Justice The Green Room - Second floor (address: 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco) What: The ‘Women’s Assembly For Climate Justice’, will be an extraordinary gathering of policy makers, grassroots, frontline, and Indigenous women leaders, joined in solidarity to speak out against environmental and social injustice, draw attention to root causes of the climate crisis, and present the diverse array of visions and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable world.  Livestream video on the WECAN International Facebook page. Please RSVP Here.|

September 11 - 13, National Heirloom Expo: An Exhibition that celebrates artists' interpretations of heirloom seeds and the cultural importance of preserving our collective garden heritage. Sonoma County Event Center 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa.

Wednesday,  September 12  12:00 - 3pm - Block Oakland’s coal terminal   Outside the Marriott Marquis Hotel (address: 780 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103) The Bank of Montreal has been instrumental in attempting to raise the money to finance the proposed coal terminal on the Oakland waterfront. They lobbied to get $50 million from the State of Utah and proposed to raise $200 million from pension funds, perhaps without disclosing that coal is involved. Protest in front of their hotel meeting! Read more about this at NoCoalinOakland.info. We want to stop the Bank of Montreal (which claims to practice socially responsible financing) and warn pension funds and other institutions that they might be targeted for this toxic and risky investment. If there is no funding, there will be no terminal!

September 12- 14 Governor Brown’s Global Climate Summit in SF and  sign up to attend their Affiliate Events . You can live stream the Summit program on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday, September 15, 9 am-4 pm: Elders Awakened Standing for our Grandchildren & All Life. First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, Martin Luther King Room, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco. Come join a deep examination of our elderhood and our needed, pivotal role in restoring the life-sustaining legacy for our grandchildren, future generations, and all life.  For more information and to register Here

Saturday, September 15, 5:30 - 9pm: Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington.  Architect of the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement Christiana Figueres, California EPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez, Berkeley Professor Daniel Kammen, Congressman Jared Huffman and other climate leaders. College of Marin gymnasium, Kentfield. 5:30 p.m. Marin Climate Action Showcase, sampling local drinks, tastes and activism. 7:00 p.m. Speakers. Time to Lead on Climate in association with Drawdown Marin. Information & tickets: www.leadonclimate.org and a video.

Saturday, September 15, 10:00 am - 3:30pm, Marin National Drive Electric Week, Electric Car Show and Test Drives. Test drive many of the new models of electric cars available to Marin drivers.  Electric car drivers will be there to share how much they love the fast acceleration and the quiet, smooth, and powerful performance of their cars. Compare cars in a no-hassle setting Location: Bon Air, 50 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. (Click her for more details)

Sunday, September 16, 10 am- 1 pm  Climate Change: Present Realities and Promising Solutions at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera:  A 3-hour deep discussion presented by CCL leaders Dr. Peter Joseph and Corte Madera Town Council member David Kunhardt. The latest science and solutions, with a focus on carbon pricing, politics, public opinion and the impending mid-term elections.

9.6.18
 

LAST CHANCE!  Sign up for Rise for Climate

Saturday, September 8:
Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice March.  

 Help make MV CAN's presence felt at Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice March, Saturday, September 8.  

1. Register for the March Here

2. Sign up for the bus click/ AND be sure to answer “Question 1” (with what group are you affiliated? --MV CAN) and “Question 2” (what is your preferred pick-up location-- probably MV).

3. We need Bus Captains. Please email Marilyn (mprice@the-acorn.com) or Jenny (jennifers.tomkins@gmail.com) if you can perform this vital function.

People will gather at 4 Embarcadero Center, SF at 10 am and at 11 am and will march to the Civic Center for a rally/art/music.  It is held the week before Governor Brown's Global Climate Summit in SF that will attract people from all over the world. . We will be arranging to march with our Marin environmental and social justice partners so we can all sing with the Freedom Singers during the March. Questions: call Jenny 608-609-4441 or Marilyn 415-381-2941.

You can pick up a Golden Gate Transit bus #70 or #30 along Highway 101.  You can also check the ferry schedule from Larkspur or Sausalito

NEXT MEETING DATE!!! Please join us...

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 12  at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School). Normally it is the 1st Wednesday of the month (9/5) but we had a conflict with the Sing-along for a Better World event at the Redwoods Retirement Community on the same night (more info on that event is below).  Please rsvp if you can join us by emailing Marilyn Price. We welcome your input and your help!

Help Save our Planet One Phone Call at a Time:

  • Make a 100% Clean Energy California a Reality: Urge the Governor to Sign Senate Bill 100  Here

  • Seize the Grid For 100% Clean Energy By 2030 Here

  • From NRDC: Stop  Kavanaugh! As a federal judge for the last 12 years, Kavanaugh’s legal record shows that he’s antagonistic to common-sense safeguards against big polluters. Tell your senators to oppose Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.  Here

  • Tell your Senators: Don’t roll back a crucial component of the Clean Water Act! Here

  • Don't let Trump's trade agenda get in the way of climate action! Tell your members of Congress to reject any trade deal without strong climate protections! Here  

  • From 350.org: Canada's Federal Court of Appeal overturned the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline approval. This is a huge victory for Indigenous rights, for communities, and for our planet!  Together, we can stop ALL dirty tar sands pipeline. Courageous pipeline fighters in Minnesota are currently facing off against the enormous Line 3 tar sands pipeline. Stand in solidarity with Indigenous water protectors and call the Governor of Minnesota today. Here

  • From the Sierra Club:  Add your name to demand Congress protect our right to vote! Congress must safeguard our elections.  Here
     

  • From Friends of the Earth: Tell Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass Group: Support sustainable farmers instead of factory farms which pollute water and contribute to climate chaos. Here

     

EVENTS for this week and beyond

Mark Your Calendars NOW for these dates…

Tuesday, September 4,  6pm: Generation our Climate (GOC) 'Rise For Justice' Town Hall and Rally Cry for

Saturday, September 8: Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice March.  People will gather at 4 Embarcadero Center, SF at 10 am and at 11 am and march to the Civic Center for a rally/art/music. Register for the March Here,  

September  6-13:  The 8th Annual San Francisco Green Film Festival returns with a week of new environmental films, discussions, and special events that spark ideas and connections.  A bold and fearless voice for our planet. Details Here

September 9 & 10, Soil Not Oil Conference: The 2018 Soil Not Oil Conference will bring together people passionate about restoring global systems of food, climate, ecology, and justice while eliminating usage of fossil fuels and agrochemicals. Farmers, organizers, scientists, policy makers, and activated people will converge for a deep dive into the worlds of implementable, community-powered solutions. Grey Area/Grand Teather, 2665 Mission St., San Francisco.

September 11 - 13, National Heirloom Expo: An Exhibition that celebrates artists' interpretations of heirloom seeds and the cultural importance of preserving our collective garden heritage. Sonoma County Event Center 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa.

September 12- 14 Governor Brown’s Global Climate Summit in SF and  sign up to attend their Affiliate Events . You can live stream the Summit program on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday, September 15, 9 am-4 pm: Elders Awakened Standing for our Grandchildren & All Life. First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, Martin Luther King Room, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco. Come join a deep examination of our elderhood and our needed, pivotal role in restoring the life-sustaining legacy for our grandchildren, future generations, and all life.  For more information and to register Here

Saturday, September 15, 5:30pm.  Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington.  How citizens can come together to achieve global climate goals. Architect of the UN Paris Climate Agreement Christiana Figueres, California EPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez, Berkeley Professor Daniel Kammen, Congressman Jared Huffman and other climate leaders. College of Marin gymnasium, Kentfield. Information & tickets: www.leadonclimate.org

 

8.29.2018



Don't Miss the Bus!  Sign up for Rise for Climate

Saturday, September 8:
Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice March.  

 Help make MV CAN's presence felt at Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice March, Saturday, September 8.  

1. Register for the March Here

2. Sign up for the bus click/ AND be sure to answer “Question 1” (with what group are you affiliated? --MV CAN) and “Question 2” (what is your preferred pick-up location-- probably MV).

3. We need Bus Captains. Please email Marilyn (mprice@the-acorn.com) or Jenny (jennifers.tomkins@gmail.com) if you can perform this vital function.

People will gather at 4 Embarcadero Center, SF at 10 am and at 11 am and will march to the Civic Center for a rally/art/music.  It is held the week before Governor Brown's Global Climate Summit in SF that will attract people from all over the world. . We will be arranging to march with our Marin environmental and social justice partners so we can all sing with the Freedom Singers during the March. Questions: call Jenny 608-609-4441 or Marilyn 415-381-2941.

You can pick up a Golden Gate Transit bus #70 or #30 along Highway 101.  You can also check the ferry schedule from Larkspur or Sausalito.  

NEXT MEETING DATE!!!
Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 12  at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School). Normally it is the 1st Wednesday of the month (9/5) but we had a conflict with the Sing-along for a Better World event at the Redwoods Retirement Community on the same night (more info on that event is below).  Please rsvp if you can join us by emailing Marilyn Price. We welcome your input and your help!

Help Save our Planet One Phone Call at a Time:

 

  • The Trump Administration proposed their "replacement" for the Clean Power Plan — America's first-ever national limits on carbon polluting coal-fired power plants — and put simply, it's a watered-down plan that will do nothing to solve the climate crisis. We need California to lead more than ever  and we're counting on you to make the call today, and ensure California's legislators can't ignore your demands for action? Here

  • Support SB 844 and SB 845 to Ensure Sustainable Funding for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water.  Safe drinking water can come at a high cost.  Urge your Representative to commit to sustainable funding in the next two weeks.  Ensure all Californians have safe and affordable drinking water. Here

  • Tell the Democratic National Committee: Put the Health Of Our Communities Before Fossil Fuel Profit! Tell the DNC to reject fossil fuel donations and prioritize our health and planet over corporate polluters' profit. Here

  • Two bills in the legislature will protect and expand recycling capacity in CA:

SB 168 (Wieckowski) requires all plastic beverage containers sold in CA to be made with recycled materials. This puts California on a path for closing the loop on plastic container recycling, without depending on overseas markets.

SB 452 (Glazer) will provide increased financial support to all recycling operations, including curbside, and help keep recycling centers open through the current crisis.  Click Here to call your Assemblymember to vote YES on SB 168 and SB 452.

  • CA is considering legislation that could phase out the use of Styrofoam at all state parks, beaches, and facilities. Click  Here  to urge your Assemblymember to vote YES on SB 1335

  • Tell US Fish and Wildlife Service we won’t accept their plan to turn their backs on Threatened wildlife. Sign Here.

  • A new pesticide is damaging millions of acres of cropland. Tell the Environmental Protection Agency to let dicamba's approval lapse! Here

Tell the Senate: Block and resist Dow Chemical executive Peter Wright at the EPA  Here

EVENTS for this week and beyond

Mark Your Calendars NOW for these dates…

Tuesday, September 4,  6pm: Generation our Climate (GOC) 'Rise For Justice' Town Hall and Rally Cry for SF March (9/8/18) Mill Valley Community Center . We are a passionate and diverse student lead organization from San Francisco, Oakland and Marin.  We are shaking things up by testifying at local, county, regional and state governments to get serious about climate action at all levels. More info Here

Wednesday, September 5, 7:00  - 9:00pm:  "Sing-along for a Peaceful World" with Reed Fromer at The Redwoods Retirement Community Auditorium. 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.  Songs will be led by Reed Fromer in support of peace, environmental preservation, immigrant rights and social justice.  The event is hosted by the Mill Valley Seniors for Peace and the Freedom Singers. RSVP mprice@the-acorn.com  Click Here for a flier .

Saturday, September 8: Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice March.  People will gather at 4 Embarcadero Center, SF at 10 am and at 11 am and march to the Civic Center for a rally/art/music. Register for the March Here,  

September  6-13:  The 8th Annual San Francisco Green Film Festival returns with a week of new environmental films, discussions, and special events that spark ideas and connections.  A bold and fearless voice for our planet. Details Here

September 9 & 10, Soil Not Oil Conference: The 2018 Soil Not Oil Conference will bring together people passionate about restoring global systems of food, climate, ecology, and justice while eliminating usage of fossil fuels and agrochemicals. Farmers, organizers, scientists, policy makers, and activated people will converge for a deep dive into the worlds of implementable, community-powered solutions. Grey Area/Grand Teather, 2665 Mission St., San Francisco.

September 11 - 13, National Heirloom Expo: An Exhibition that celebrates artists' interpretations of heirloom seeds and the cultural importance of preserving our collective garden heritage. Sonoma County Event Center 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa.

September 12- 14 Governor Brown’s Global Climate Summit in SF and  sign up to attend their Affiliate Events . You can live stream the Summit program on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday, September 15, 9 am-4 pm: Elders Awakened Standing for our Grandchildren & All Life. First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, Martin Luther King Room, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco. Come join a deep examination of our elderhood and our needed, pivotal role in restoring the life-sustaining legacy for our grandchildren, future generations, and all life.  For more information and to register Here

Saturday, September 15, 5:30pm.  Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington.  How citizens can come together to achieve global climate goals. Architect of the UN Paris Climate Agreement Christiana Figueres, California EPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez, Berkeley Professor Daniel Kammen, Congressman Jared Huffman and other climate leaders. College of Marin gymnasium, Kentfield. Information & tickets: www.leadonclimate.org

8.22.18
 

Have you done it?   Sign up for Rise for Climate

Saturday, September 8:
Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice March.  

 Help make MV CAN's presence felt at Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice March, Saturday, September 8.  

1. Register for the March Here

2. Sign up for the bus click/ AND be sure to answer “Question 1” (with what group are you affiliated? --MV CAN) and “Question 2” (what is your preferred pick-up location-- probably MV).

3. We need Bus Captains. Please email Marilyn (mprice@the-acorn.com) or Jenny (jennifers.tomkins@gmail.com) if you can perform this vital function.

People will gather at 4 Embarcadero Center, SF at 10 am and at 11 am and will march to the Civic Center for a rally/art/music.  It is held the week before Governor Brown's Global Climate Summit in SF that will attract people from all over the world. . We will be arranging to march with our Marin environmental and social justice partners so we can all sing with the Freedom Singers during the March. Questions: call Jenny 608-609-4441 or Marilyn 415-381-2941.

You can pick up a Golden Gate Transit bus #70 or #30 along Highway 101.  You can also check the ferry schedule from Larkspur or Sausalito.  

CHANGE OF MEETING DATE!!!
Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 12  at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School). Normally it is the 1st Wednesday of the month (9/5) but we had a conflict with the Sing-along for a Better World event at the Redwoods Retirement Community on the same night (more info on that event is below)  Please rsvp if you can join us by emailing Marilyn Price. We welcome your input and your help!

THIS WEEK'S ACTION ITEMS

Volunteer to block the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh: Help  keep the pressure on Senators Collins and Murkowski to vote against Brettt Kavanaugh for Supreme Court by phoning voters in Maine and Alaska and asking them to tell their senator they oppose going forward with approval of Kavanaugh, especially in light of the  GOP leadership's tactic of rushing the hearings.. YOU CAN CALL FROM YOUR HOME USING A WEB TOOL THAT IS VERY CONSUMER-FRIENDLY!  Just email Susanne Huttner, of OFA (Organizing for Action), at phonebankcoalition@gmail.com  She will set you up with the web tool and  provide a script.

From the Sierra Club: We’re in the last two weeks of the legislative session and need your help getting four priority bills voted off of the California Assembly Floor. Help make sure your assembly member votes with the environment. Please call Assemblymember Levine at (916) 319-2010 now and urge support on Senate Bills SB 834 (Jackson), SB 1014 (Skinner), SB 1260 (Jackson) and SB 1335 (Allen).

If you have not yet made this call, please do so now. California legislators have only twelve days to pass SB 100 and commit the Golden State to building a clean energy grid by 2045, and we still need a few more votes. In this key moment, your Assemblymember needs to feel the pressure from constituents like you to vote yes on this bill. Call now and urge them to vote YES on SB 100.  Here

The Trump Administration just released a hastily done Environmental Assessment on KXL. This pipeline – like every fossil fuel project – threatens our water, our communities, and our climate.  We have until August 29th to give public comment on this sham review. If thousands of us submit comments, they’ll hear our objections loud and clear.   Here

The Trump administration just lifted a ban on bee killing pesticides ... in our wildlife refuges!?! Trump's dragging us backwards -- and he could wipe out our bees in the process! Here

Tell the Army Corps of Engineers & Dept. of Environmental Quality: No Fracked Gas Projects in Southern Oregon! Here

The EPA has announced a proposal that would obstruct the agency’s ability to determine whether chemicals and pollutants cause cancer, heart disease, and more.  Send a message to the EPA today to defend our science! Here

From EDF: Take action today, and tell your Senators: Support action on cancer clusters, before it’s too late. Here

Save Antarctica’s penguin paradise before it’s too late. This is a massive public priority -- sign the petition now!  Here   

Please sign this petition urging CVS to improve its receipt practices and be a leader on this issue for other companies to follow. Here  

EVENTS for this week and beyond

Mark Your Calendars NOW for these dates…

Tuesday, August 21: 'Global Climate Change' Class. Science, Impact & Solutions, taught by Joe Mueller and Dayna Quick. 6:10 - 9:00 pm Tuesdays, starting 8/21. College of Marin.

Sunday, August 26, 1pm, 3 Hayes Street,  San Francisco Civic Center Unite for Justice Rally. All across the country, Americans will stand united in commitment to our freedom and our future to demand that the U.S. Senate stop Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for a lifelong appointment to the Supreme Court.  Sign up to attend here

Tuesday, September 4,  Generation our Climate (GOC) 'Rise For Justice' Town Hall. Mill Valley Community Center 6pm. We are a passionate and diverse student lead organization from San Francisco, Oakland and Marin.  We are shaking things up by testifying at local, county, regional and state governments to get serious about climate action at all levels. By organizing a Town Hall at our community center on September 4th and coordinating attendance at the March on September 8th – we can engage our friends to get involved to protect our rights and access to the natural resources that will ensure a livable future. More info Here

Wednesday, September 5, 7:00 pm - 9:00, "Sing-along for a Peaceful World" with Reed Fromer at The Redwoods Retirement Community Auditorium. 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.  Songs will be led by Reed Fromer in support of peace, environmental preservation, immigrant rights and social justice.  The event is hosted by the Mill Valley Seniors for Peace and the Freedom Singers. RSVP mprice@the-acorn.com  Click Here for a flier that can be downloaded.

Saturday, September 8: Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice March.  People will gather at 4 Embarcadero Center, SF at 10 am and at 11 am and will march to the Civic Center for a rally/art/music. Register for the March Here,  It is held the week before Governor Brown's Global Climate Summit in SF that will attract people from all over the world and the March expects to attract thousands of people. We will be arranging to march with our Marin environmental and social justice partners so we can all sing with the Freedom Singers during the March. MVCAN is helping to arrange buses. To sign up for the bus click Here https://marinorsonomarisebus.brownpapertickets.com/

September 9 & 10, Soil Not Oil Conference: The event will showcase agro-ecological practices –regenerative agriculture, no-till/bio-intensive farming, permaculture solutions --  as well as community powered solutions that people in the global south have creatively implemented to adapt and prevent the ecological and social impacts of climate change.Grey Area/Grand Teather, 2665 Mission St., San Francisco/

September 11 - 13, National Heirloom Expo: An Exhibition that celebrates artists' interpretations of heirloom seeds and the cultural importance of preserving our collective garden heritage. Sonoma County Event Center 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa

September 12- 14 Governor Brown’s Global Climate Summit in SF and  sign up to attend their Affiliate Events . You can live stream the Summit program on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday, September 15, 9 am-4 pm: Elders Awakened Standing for our Grandchildren & All Life. First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, Martin Luther King Room, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco. Come join a deep examination of our elderhood and our needed, pivotal role in restoring the life-sustaining legacy for our grandchildren, future generations, and all life.  For more information and to register Here

Saturday, September 15: Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington.  Architect of the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement Christiana Figueres, California EPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez, Berkeley Professor Daniel Kammen, Congressman Jared Huffman and other climate leaders. How citizens and communities can take charge of solving climate change. College of Marin gymnasium, Kentfield. 5:30 p.m. Marin Climate Action Showcase, sampling local drinks, tastes and activism. 7:00 p.m. Speakers. Time to Lead on Climate in association with Drawdown Marin. An affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit. Information & tickets: www.leadonclimate.org

Saturday, September 15, 10:00 am - 3:30, Marin National Drive Electric Week, Electric Car Show and Test Drives. Test drive many of the new models of electric cars available to Marin drivers.  Electric car drivers will be there to share how much they love the fast acceleration and the quiet, smooth, and powerful performance of their cars. Compare cars in a no-hassle setting Location: Bon Air, 50 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. (Click her for more details)

Sunday, September 16, from 10 am- 1 pm  Climate Change: Present Realities and Promising Solutions at


8.14.18

THE Most Important Climate Action You will Take this month: Sign up for Rise for Climate

Saturday, September 8:
Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice March.  

Register for the March Here,
To sign up for the bus click Here https://marinorsonomarisebus.brownpapertickets.com/   Be sure to answer “Question 1” (with what group are you affiliated?) and “Question 2” (what is your preferred pick-up location).
NOTE:  We also need bus captains.  Please call Jenny at 608-608-4441 if you can volunteer.  Or email her at jennifers.tomkins@gmail.com.
People will gather at 4 Embarcadero Center, SF at 10 am and at 11 am and will march to the Civic Center for a rally/art/music.  It is held the week before Governor Brown's Global Climate Summit in SF that will attract people from all over the world and the March expects to attract thousands of people. We will be arranging to march with our Marin environmental and social justice partners so we can all sing with the Freedom Singers during the March. MVCAN is helping to arrange buses. 

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 5  at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School). Please rsvp if you can join us by emailing Marilyn Price. We welcome your input and your help! 

THIS WEEK'S ACTION ITEMS

From NRDC: Tell your state legislators to vote "YES" on SB 100, SB 1477, AB 3232, SB 1013, and AB 813 to help expand clean energy and fight climate change in California! Here

Here is an more information from Food & Water on A.B. 813  There's less than a month left of the legislative session, and legislators are still considering A.B. 813, a bill that would jeopardize California's energy future. If this bill makes it through the legislature, fracking and coal interests will take over California's energy grid, keeping us hooked on dirty energy for decades to come! The bill now sits before the Senate Appropriations Committee, where Senate leadership will decide next week whether the bill advances or dies. Watch this new video with Loretta Lynch, former President of California's PUC, that explains more — then take action against this proposal as we near the end of the legislative session! Here

If you have not taken this action before, call your members of Congress today, and tell them to stop Trump's destructive plan to open California's coast for oil drilling — or pay a political price. Here

From Food & Water Watch  There's less than a month left of the legislative session, and legislators are still considering A.B. 813, a bill that would jeopardize California's energy future. If this bill makes it through the legislature, fracking and coal interests will take over California's energy grid, keeping us hooked on dirty energy for decades to come! The bill now sits before the Senate Appropriations Committee, where Senate leadership will decide next week whether the bill advances or dies. Watch this new video with Loretta Lynch, former President of California's PUC, that explains more — then take action against this proposal as we near the end of the legislative session! Here

The Koch brothers are doing all they can to attack the EPA, spread climate change denial, and gut environmental protections. Sign now to stop these attacks. Here

Petition CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest from fossil fuels! Here

From Greenpeace:  Please request that Gov. Brown stop permitting oil drilling and fracking in California. Call 1-855-636-8150 and be patched through to Gov. Brown’s office.

From Climate Hawks: this link will give you tools so you can easily send a Letter to the Editor Connecting Wildfires with Climate Change  Here

Tell your Representative: Ban toxic nerve agent pesticides! Here

Indigenous Earth Defenders in Ecuador are facing increasing danger. Ecuador's president has promised to protect indigenous rights, yet his administration has done little to defend these indigenous Earth Defenders. Right now he has a key opportunity to match his words with effective action to prevent more attacks by ratifying the Escazú Agreement.Add your voice to the call to #DefendEarthDefenders! Here

EVENTS for this week and beyond

Upcoming Classes

Resilient Neighborhoods (RN) is a project supported by our Eco Team and we encourage all MVCAN members to participate  as their personal commitment to halting climate change. RN, a 5-meeting workshop will empower you to act on reducing carbon emissions, lower your bills, strengthen your community, and prepare for emergencies. he workshops focus on transportation, housing, water conservation, mindful consumption, and emergency preparation. In a fun and supportive atmosphere, class participants form an EcoTeam and go on a 'low-carbon' diet to lose at least 5,000 lbs. of carbon emissions in 60 days. Mill Join a team this fall in San Rafael or Mill Valley  or start one with people you know.

Speaking of Resilient Neighborhoods please check out this nice reminder from NRDC re various ways each of us can lower our carbon footprint: Easy Ways to Stop Throwing Out So Much Trash

Consider Registering for COM's Course on Global Climate Change: Once again, College of Marin is offering its course on Global Climate Change this fall. The course introduces the scientific, ecological, and economic issues underlying the threat of climate change.  This year, the course uses Paul Hawkin's inspiring new book, Project Drawdown, as one of its two textbooks, and will include field trips, guest lectures, and focus on solutions. Official registration will soon close on August 15th as classes begin, though students may still sign up during the first week of class with the instructors permission if space remains.  Don't miss it! For more information, see the catalogue HERE, or contact professors Dayna Quick or Joe Mueller at emails: dquick@marin.edu and jmueller@marin.edu.

Mark Your Calendars NOW for these dates…

Tuesday, August 21: 'Global Climate Change' Class. Science, Impact & Solutions, taught by Joe Mueller and Dayna Quick. 6:10 - 9:00 pm Tuesdays, starting 8/21. College of Marin. Information.

Sunday, August 26, 1pm, 3 Hayes Street,  San Francisco Civic Center Unite for Justice Rally. All across the country, Americans will stand united in commitment to our freedom and our future to demand that the U.S. Senate stop Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for a lifelong appointment to the Supreme Court.  Sign up to attend here

September 5, 7:00 pm - 9:00, "Sing-along for a Peaceful World" with Reed Fromer at The Redwoods Retirement Community Auditorium. 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.  Songs will be led by Reed Fromer in support of peace, environmental preservation, immigrant rights and social justice. Reed is a longtime singer, songwriter, chorus instructor and activist. The event is hosted by the Mill Valley Seniors for Peace. and the Freedom Singers. Mill Valley Seniors for Peace are committed to the search for world peace, social justice and genuine democracy. The Freedom Singers are bringing back the tradition of Jon Fromer’s Freedom Song Network to our current rallies, marches and other events. RSVP mprice@the-acorn.com  Click Here for a flier that can be downloaded.

Saturday, September 8: Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice March.  SEE ABOVE!   People will gather at 4 Embarcadero Center, SF at 10 am and at 11 am and will march to the Civic Center for a rally/art/music. Register for the March Here,  It is held the week before Governor Brown's Global Climate Summit in SF that will attract people from all over the world and the March expects to attract thousands of people. We will be arranging to march with our Marin environmental and social justice partners so we can all sing with the Freedom Singers during the March. MVCAN is helping to arrange buses. To sign up for the bus click Here https://marinorsonomarisebus.brownpapertickets.com/ but be sure to answer “Question 1” (with what group are you affiliated?) and “Question 2” (what is your preferred pick-up location).

September 12- 14 Governor Brown’s Global Climate Summit in SF and  sign up to attend their Affiliate Events . You can live stream the Summit program on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday, September 15, 9 am-4 pm: Elders Awakened Standing for our Grandchildren & All Life. First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, Martin Luther King Room, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco. Come join a deep examination of our elderhood and our needed, pivotal role in restoring the life-sustaining legacy for our grandchildren, future generations, and all life. We will explore our passions and skills to effect change and to build relationships for a thriving future.  For more information and to register Here

Saturday, September 15: Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington.  Architect of the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement Christiana Figueres, California EPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez, Berkeley Professor Daniel Kammen, Congressman Jared Huffman and other climate leaders. How citizens and communities can take charge of solving climate change. College of Marin gymnasium, Kentfield. 5:30 p.m. Marin Climate Action Showcase, sampling local drinks, tastes and activism. 7:00 p.m. Speakers. Time to Lead on Climate in association with Drawdown Marin. An affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit. Information & tickets: www.leadonclimate.org

Sunday, September 16, from 10 am- 1 pm  Climate Change: Present Realities and Promising Solutions at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera:  A 3 hour deep discussion presented by CCL leaders Dr. Peter Joseph and Corte Madera Town Council member David Kunhardt. The latest science and solutions, with a focus on carbon pricing, politics, public opinion and the impending mid-term elections. (Nonpartisan!)

 

8.7.18


 

They did it!
Sean  Becker - Rebecca Brackman - Maeve Burke -Daisy Carlson- Katherine Da Silva Jain -Jay Gustafson -Marilyn Price- Laurie Riley- Vanitha Sampath -Elspeth Seddig -Jenny Tomkins

Will YOU be next?

Eleven members of the Eco-Warriors team have taken the Resilient Neighborhoods training and reduced their carbon footprint by thousands of pounds while also learning how they and their neighborhoods can prepare to survive the next fire or earthquake.  See below for times and locations of the next trainings.

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 5  at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School). Please rsvp if you can join us by emailing Marilyn Price. We welcome your input and your help!

What YOU  can do for our environment this week: 

From 350Marin: Help Us Pass SB 100 for CA Clean Energy by 2045! Take 5 minutes to add your voice for passing SB 100. It's hard to believe we need to do this in Marin, but our state Assembly Member Marc Levine is hesitant on this bill while others lead. Help us make calls to Mark Levine in the next two weeks now that he is back in Sacramento for the last month of the legislative session, which ends Aug 31. 350 groups and others are calling to ask all Assembly reps to become co-authors of this critical bill. As of August 1, there are 20 who have said they will.  Yet, Marc Levine’s staff has said he won’t. Why is that?? Find out exactly how you can help by calling in the next few days HERE.

Here is a petition on the same issue:  Help California reach 100% renewable energy - send a message to your Assemblymember today urging them to vote yes on SB 100.   Here  and Have a twitter account? If so, can you participate in a twitter party this Thursday from 10 AM until noon?

In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settled a lawsuit by committing to develop a program to prevent and clean-up chemical spills that contaminate our nation’s water bodies. Now the EPA has unveiled the details of the hazardous spill prevention program: there will be no program! Protect Our Water From Hazardous Chemical Spills  Here 

Governor Brown is moving quickly to make major changes to California’s state water supply contract without any process for public oversight.  The state legislature has scheduled a final hearing on the contract for August 14 even though they haven't seen all the proposed changes! Holding this hearing will give up ALL legislative oversight on the contract amendments, which if extended will be in effect for the next 50 years. Tell key legislators: it would be completely irresponsible to hold a final hearing on the water contract until we have all the information! Here

Communities across the country are more at-risk of being exposed to toxic pollution due to Trump's relentless attacks on our clean water. Stand up to Trump's efforts to gut water safeguards!   Here

Only one month until grizzly trophy hunts begin -- and Zinke still hasn't consulted with Tribes! We have until September 1 to move DOI Secretary Zinke to do the right thing -- halt the trophy hunts and hold meaningful consultation with Tribes! Secretary Zinke: Honor Tribal Sovereignty and Stop the Trophy Hunts! Here

Tell the Dept. of Justice: Stop the Bayer-Monsanto merger! Here

From Friends of the Earth: Tell Congress: Fire Zinke before he can do any more damage to our lands, waters and communities!  Here 

Tell the Senate: No Open Ocean Aquaculture Here

Help Protect Canada's Majestic Boreal Forest and Caribou Here

Stop Planned Fossil Fuel Extraction in Portugal  Here

From Friends of the Earth Tell the FDA: Take action to stop the use of engineered nanoparticles  in our sunscreen! Here

INTERESTING ARTICLE

The New York Times Magazine has published a special issue, “Losing Earth,” devoted entirely to one article by Nathaniel Rich (the 2nd time in the history of the magazine that one article covers the entire issue). In it, the author presents the history of the decade from 1979 to 1989, when, he argues, humanity had a chance to save the planet from climate change — and blew it.  Mr. Rich worked on the story for more than a year, and it’s accompanied by visuals from the aerial photographer George Steinmetz. To view Nathaniel Rich discussing the article on Democracy Now click here.

EVENTS for this week and beyond

Upcoming Classes

Resilient Neighborhoods (RN) is a project supported by our Eco Team and we encourage all MVCAN members to participate  as their personal commitment to halting climate change. RN, a 5-meeting workshop will empower you to act on reducing carbon emissions, lower your bills, strengthen your community, and prepare for emergencies. he workshops focus on transportation, housing, water conservation, mindful consumption, and emergency preparation. In a fun and supportive atmosphere, class participants form an EcoTeam and go on a 'low-carbon' diet to lose at least 5,000 lbs. of carbon emissions in 60 days. Mill Join a team this fall in San Rafael or Mill Valley  or start one with people you know.

Speaking of Resilient Neighborhoods please check out this nice reminder from NRDC re various ways each of us can lower our carbon footprint: Easy Ways to Stop Throwing Out So Much Trash

Consider Registering for COM's Course on Global Climate Change: Once again, College of Marin is offering its course on Global Climate Change this fall. The course introduces the scientific, ecological, and economic issues underlying the threat of climate change.  This year, the course uses Paul Hawkin's inspiring new book, Project Drawdown, as one of its two textbooks, and will include field trips, guest lectures, and focus on solutions. Official registration will soon close on August 15th as classes begin, though students may still sign up during the first week of class with the instructors permission if space remains.  Don't miss it! For more information, see the catalogue HERE, or contact professors Dayna Quick or Joe Mueller at emails: dquick@marin.edu and jmueller@marin.edu.

 

Mark Your Calendars NOW for these dates…

Thursday August 9 at 5:30 pm, 185 Berry Street, San Francisco: Learn about the Environmental Voter Project's at cutting-edge work getting environmentalists to vote. Featured Speaker Nathaniel Stinnett, Executive Director. , 185 Berry Street, San Francisco.  For articles on their important work you can check these links The New York Times has called our work "visionary."  Huffington Post said that we're "building an army of environmental super-voters to rival the NRA in turnout."     Please RSVP here.

Tuesday, August 21: 'Global Climate Change' Class. Science, Impact & Solutions, taught by Joe Mueller and Dayna Quick. 6:10 - 9:00 pm Tuesdays, starting 8/21. College of Marin. Information.

Sunday, August 26, 1pm, 3 Hayes Street,  San Francisco Civic Center Unite for Justice Rally. All across the country, Americans will stand united in commitment to our freedom and our future to demand that the U.S. Senate stop Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for a lifelong appointment to the Supreme Court.  Sign up to attend here

September 5, 7:00 pm - 9:00, "Sing-along for a Peaceful World" with Reed Fromer at The Redwoods Retirement Community Auditorium. 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.  Songs will be led by Reed Fromer in support of peace, environmental preservation, immigrant rights and social justice. Reed is a longtime singer, songwriter, chorus instructor and activist. The event is hosted by the Mill Valley Seniors for Peace. and the Freedom Singers. Mill Valley Seniors for Peace are committed to the search for world peace, social justice and genuine democracy. The Freedom Singers are bringing back the tradition of Jon Fromer’s Freedom Song Network to our current rallies, marches and other events. RSVP mprice@the-acorn.com  Click Here for a flier that can be downloaded.

Saturday, September 8: Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice March.  People will gather at 4 Embarcadero Center, SF at 10 am and at 11 am will march to the Civic Center for a rally/art/music.  It is held the week before Governor Brown's Global Climate Summit in SF that will attract people from all over the world and the March expects to attract thousands of people. We will be trying to arrange to march with our Marin environmental and social justice partners so we can all sing together during the March. MVCAN will probably arrange buses (more information on this later).  Register for the March Here

September 12- 14 Governor Brown’s Global Climate Summit in SF and  sign up to attend their Affiliate Events . You can live stream the Summit program on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday, September 15, 9 am-4 pm: Elders Awakened Standing for our Grandchildren & All Life. First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, Martin Luther King Room, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco. Come join a deep examination of our elderhood and our needed, pivotal role in restoring the life-sustaining legacy for our grandchildren, future generations, and all life. We will explore our passions and skills to effect change and to build relationships for a thriving future.  For more information and to register Here

Saturday, September 15: Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington.  Architect of the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement Christiana Figueres, California EPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez, Berkeley Professor Daniel Kammen, Congressman Jared Huffman and other climate leaders. How citizens and communities can take charge of solving climate change. College of Marin gymnasium, Kentfield. 5:30 p.m. Marin Climate Action Showcase, sampling local drinks, tastes and activism. 7:00 p.m. Speakers. Time to Lead on Climate in association with Drawdown Marin. An affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit. Information & tickets: www.leadonclimate.org

   

 

7.30.18

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 5 at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School). Please rsvp if you can join us by emailing Marilyn Price. We welcome your input and your help!

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 7/30/2018

Urgent request from 350BayArea: Please help us pass SB 100 to ensure California has 100% clean electricity by 2045. This is our top climate bill this year, but we need YOU to help push this critical policy over the finish line! Let's Take Action Now! Send this letter to urge your Assemblymember to vote YES on SB 100 before the vote in August. Here  See a list of 250+ other supporters of SB 100 Here.

The EPA is officially repealing Obama-era car emission standards dedicated to preserving clean air and protecting our environment. And not only is Trump destroying these protections on the national level, he’s also blocking tougher protections used by California and 13 other states representing one-third of the American auto market.  Add your name to demand Congress stop this climate protection rollback! Here

There are those in the state, like the Governor, who think having California join a regional electricity grid with coal states, that would be overseen and controlled by Trump’s FERC (Federal Energy Resource Commission), is a good thing. 350BayArea is opposed to this. Please visit the 350BayArea webpage for more information and action you can take. Here

From EDF: This is a crucial step forward! GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) put forward the MARKET CHOICE Act — an innovative proposal to fund American infrastructure that would also cut carbon pollution. This is a unique chance to return to bipartisan engagement on policy solutions.  Take action today, and encourage your Representative to support bipartisan climate action by co-sponsoring the MARKET CHOICE Act. Here

Don’t let the Trump administration excuse the fossil fuel industry from adopting crucial safety measures and equipment designed to avoid some of the same mistakes that led to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Take action today. Here

From the Sierra Club: Trump is threatening to shut down the government in September if he doesn’t receive $25 billion more for his senseless wall. Tell Congress: Protect our borderlands, don’t fund Trump’s wall! Here

Urge Governor Jerry Brown to support SB 49 and help safeguard threatened and endangered species in California. Here

Submit a comment to the EPA demanding an end to PFAS contamination and accelerated cleanup efforts for affected communities!! Here

In most grocery or big-box stores, it is nearly impossible to avoid plastic packaging. Much of this plastic is excessive and unnecessary, and can't be recycled. You can help turn the tide on plastic pollution by taking action the next time you go to the grocery store. Here's how

Sign this petition: Demand Koch Industries stop attacking the Environmental Protection Agency Here

Take action today, and tell your elected officials: Protect your people from the known dangers of TCE. Here

In recent months, Amazon Watch has made two trips to the majestic territory of the Achuar people in Peru's northern Amazon rainforest. Their request to us remains unequivocal: Help us keep oil companies out of our sacred ancestral territory! Tell GeoPark Oil Company: Stay Out of Achuar Territory! Here

Tell your Representative: Stop Trump's NAFTA! Here

CLASSES

Resilient Neighborhoods (RN) is a project supported by our Eco Team and we encourage all MVCAN members to participate  as their personal commitment to halting climate change. RN, a 5-meeting workshop will empower you to act on reducing carbon emissions, lower your bills, strengthen your community, and prepare for emergencies. he workshops focus on transportation, housing, water conservation, mindful consumption, and emergency preparation. In a fun and supportive atmosphere, class participants form an EcoTeam and go on a 'low-carbon' diet to lose at least 5,000 lbs. of carbon emissions in 60 days. Mill Join a team this fall in San Rafael or Mill Valley  or start one with people you know.

 

EVENTS

Mark Your Calendars NOW for these dates…

Thursday August 9 at 5:30 pm, 185 Berry Street, San Francisco: Learn about the Environmental Voter Project's at cutting-edge work getting environmentalists to vote. Featured Speaker Nathaniel Stinnett, Executive Director. , 185 Berry Street, San Francisco.  For articles on their important work you can check these links The New York Times has called our work "visionary."  Huffington Post said that we're "building an army of environmental super-voters to rival the NRA in turnout."     Please RSVP here.

Tuesday, August 21: 'Global Climate Change' Class. Science, Impact & Solutions, taught by Joe Mueller and Dayna Quick. 6:10 - 9:00 pm Tuesdays, starting 8/21. College of Marin. Information.

Sunday, August 26, 1pm, 3 Hayes Street,  San Francisco Civic Center Unite for Justice Rally. All across the country, Americans will stand united in commitment to our freedom and our future to demand that the U.S. Senate stop Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for a lifelong appointment to the Supreme Court.  Sign up to attend here

September 5, 7:00 pm - 9:00, "Sing-along for a Peaceful World" with Reed Fromer at The Redwoods Retirement Community Auditorium. 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.  Songs will be led by Reed Fromer in support of peace, environmental preservation, immigrant rights and social justice. Reed is a longtime singer, songwriter, chorus instructor and activist. The event is hosted by the Mill Valley Seniors for Peace. and the Freedom Singers. Mill Valley Seniors for Peace are committed to the search for world peace, social justice and genuine democracy. The Freedom Singers are bringing back the tradition of Jon Fromer’s Freedom Song Network to our current rallies, marches and other events. MVCAN has signed on as a "Friend" of this event. RSVP mprice@the-acorn.com  Click Here for a flier that can be downloaded.

Saturday, September 8: Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice March.  People will gather at 4 Embarcadero Center, SF at 10 am and at 11 am will march to the Civic Center for a rally/art/music.  It is held the week before Governor Brown's Global Climate Summit in SF that will attract people from all over the world and the March expects to attract thousands of people. We will be trying to arrange to march with our Marin environmental and social justice partners so we can all sing together during the March. MVCAN will probably arrange buses (more information on this later).  Register for the March Here

Saturday, September 15, 9 am-4 pm: Elders Awakened Standing for our Grandchildren & All Life. First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, Martin Luther King Room, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco. Come join a deep examination of our elderhood and our needed, pivotal role in restoring the life-sustaining legacy for our grandchildren, future generations, and all life. We will explore our passions and skills to effect change and to build relationships for a thriving future.  For more information and to register Here

Saturday, September 15: Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington.  Architect of the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement Christiana Figueres, California EPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez, Berkeley Professor Daniel Kammen, Congressman Jared Huffman and other climate leaders. How citizens and communities can take charge of solving climate change. College of Marin gymnasium, Kentfield. 5:30 p.m. Marin Climate Action Showcase, sampling local drinks, tastes and activism. 7:00 p.m. Speakers. Time to Lead on Climate in association with Drawdown Marin. An affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit. Information & tickets: www.leadonclimate.org

7.22.18

Have you done it yet?   Time to go DEEP GREEN !
Don’t Forget to Sign Up for Deep Green, 100% Clean Electricity!

Switch your electrical usage to 100% Renewable Energy Service (wind and solar) and join the growing clean energy movement! For $3-$5/month (a cup of coffee!), choose Deep Green HERE! And you can see the MCE Clean Energy press release celebrating Marin County’s big Deep Green first for California HERE

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Our next meeting is  Wednesday, August 1 at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School). Please rsvp if you can join us by emailing Marilyn Price. We welcome your input and your help!

and a heads up on Recycling:
 Mill Valley Refuse just made it easier for its customers to recycle correctly. Click on their What Goes Where tool to find out if a material can be reused, recycled, composted, or disposed of in your trash!

What YOU  can do for our environment this week: 

The Endangered Species Act is a wild success. Tell Sec. Zinke: Don't dismantle the Endangered Species Act. Here

Don’t let the GOP sweep Pruitt under the rug! Before Wheeler can continue the damage, demand a full review of Pruitt’s corruption! Here

The House of Representatives voted to pass an Interior Minibus Appropriations bill loaded up with attempts to gut the EPA & attack Americans’ health and safety. This bill now heads to the Senate — where we have a strong chance to block its worst components.Take action today, and tell your Senators: Reject this bloated funding bill that puts Americans at risk. Here

Trump’s EPA is working to ensure known carcinogens and other toxic chemicals continue to put Americans at risk, ignoring a 2016 law that finally updated our nation’s woefully weak chemical safety system and empowered EPA to take action. Here

Sign the petition: Tell Congress to hold Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke accountable for his deals with dirty energy interests that endanger our communities and environment!  Here

Demand supermarkets reduce plastic packaging! Here

Tell TIAA CEO Roger Ferguson to stop funding deforestation! Here

Clean up the rules on fuel! Corn ethanol and soy biodiesel are hurting our ecosystems.  Here

Support the Plan to End an Ecological Crisis in the SF Bay and Delta! Here

Take a stand for environmental justice today!  Tell the Water Board to protect all those who fish in San Francisco Bay—no matter their economic status or cultural background. Here

Wall Street CEO Marc Lasry wants to buy the largest coal plant in the Western U.S., rather than investing in clean, sustainable energy. A purchase would be a cave-in to the Trump Administration and its lobbyist buddies. We need to tell Marc Lasry to use his billions to invest in clean energy, not failing coal. Here    

Message from Robert Redford:  Please, watch my video now — then join me in calling on President Trump and Secretary Zinke to stop their dangerous, destructive attacks on our beloved national monuments. Here

Please sign and share our petition to the House urging a NO vote on the anti-carbon tax Resolution. Here

Help us reach 30,000 comments: Tell the Department of the Interior not to strip protections for the sage grouse! Here

Tell your Representative to protect wildlife refuges from pesticide-promoting GMOs!  Here

REMINDER for fall events....

Saturday, September 8: People’s Climate March in San Francisco. The March will precede Governor Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit from 9/12 -9/14  in cities across the country. The San Francisco March expects to attract tens of thousands of people. We hope many MVCAN Eco Warriors will march together! We  will keep you updated on plans but you can stay informed by signing up with the March Here  Also to read more about the March check this article Time Magazine

Saturday, September 15, 9 am-4 pm: Elders Awakened Standing for our Grandchildren & All Life. First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, Martin Luther King Room, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco.

Come join a deep examination of our elderhood and our needed, pivotal role in restoring the life-sustaining legacy for our grandchildren, future generations, and all life. We will explore our passions and skills to effect change and to build relationships for a thriving future.  For more information and to register Here

Saturday, September 15, 7:00 pm: Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington. Christiana Figueres, architect of the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement, in conversation with UC Berkeley Professor Daniel Kammen of the Nobel-Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Joined by local and international leaders focused on how citizens and communities can come together to achieve global climate goals. College of Marin, Kentfield. Marin Climate Action Showcase at 5:30, sampling local food, drink and activism. An Affiliate Event of the Global Climate Action Summit and Drawdown Marin. Ticket sales start July 3: www.leadonclimate.org

7.16.18

Have you done it yet?   Time to go DEEP GREEN !

Don’t Forget to Sign Up for Deep Green, 100% Clean Electricity!

Switch your electrical usage to 100% Renewable Energy Service (wind and solar) and join the growing clean energy movement! For $3-$5/month (a cup of coffee!), choose Deep Green HERE! And you can see the MCE Clean Energy press release celebrating Marin County’s big Deep Green first for California HERE

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Our next meeting is tonight Wednesday, August 1 at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School). Please rsvp if you can join us by emailing Marilyn Price. We welcome your input and your help!

Also on Sunday, July 22 MVCAN is holding their annual BBQ from 4 - 7pm at the Homestead Community Center Meadow and Patio, 315 Montford, Mill Valley.  Please help make it a zero waste event by bringing your own utensils, plates, glasses and napkins and to arrive by carpool, public transit or bike. ALSO we are looking for a couple volunteers to assist during the event in the clean up and proper placement of recyclables and, if necessary, to help cart home the recyclables generated to place in their own recycle bins. Please reply to Marilyn Price  if you can help with these tasks.  MVCAN is asking everyone to bring their favorite salad, hors d’oeuvre or dessert dish or bring drinks, MVCAN will supply meat choices, as well as veggie alternatives to barbecue. Please let MVCAN know you’re coming by sending an RSVP to Carol Korenbrot and tell her who and what you’d like to bring.

This week's important calls: 

The Senate could be voting on Trump's anti-immigrant and anti-environment judges as soon as next week. We must tell our senators to stop these dangerous nominees Here

From EDF: In just a matter of days, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a funding bill that takes direct aim at Americans’ health and safety. The Interior Minibus Appropriations bill is loaded down with policy riders that gut our bedrock environmental protections and aim to slash EPA’s staff.  Tell your Representative to reject this bloated funding bill Here

Tell your Representative that corporations should pay for the pollution they’re creating — not you and your family. Here

Tell the Antarctic Ocean Commission: Create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary  Here

Tell the Trump Administration and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement: Do not dismantle the Well Control Rule and risk another oil spilling catastrophe.  Here

From Xavier Becerra: I sent a letter, along with 12 other state Attorneys General, calling on the EPA to reverse course and withdraw former EPA head Scott Pruitt’s final attempt to roll back environmental regulations. Add your name to mine now to call on the EPA to reinstate the Glider Rule which protects our air from pollution caused by outdated truck engines. Here

Tell Carnival to stop polluting the Arctic! Here

Please tell the State Water Resources Control Board and your California state legislators that you support stronger water quality standards to protect California's rivers and San Francisco's Bay-Delta Estuary.  Here

Tell Congress: Keep Nuclear Waste Out of Yucca Mountain! Here

Tell Congress: Don’t allow any attacks on the Endangered Species Act! Here

Urge banks not to fund projects like the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and sign our petition to finally #StopPipelines for good.  Here

Germany’s national railway company is soaking its train tracks with glyphosate, a toxic weedkiller linked to cancer in humans and animals.  Tell Deutsche Bahn to honor its commitment to sustainability and end its use of the pesticide! Here

Coming  this week....

Saturday July 21, Zero Hour March, ICE Headquarters, 630 Sansome, SF at noon.  Youth will lobby and rally under the banner: #ThisIsZeroHour to act on climate change. The big march is in DC but there are sister marches across the country. Click Here for more information and to register.

Sunday, July 22 MVCAN annual BBQ from 4 - 7pm at the Homestead Community Center Meadow and Patio, 315 Montford, Mill Valley. Click here for information and to RSVP

And Mark Your Calendars NOW for these fall events....

Saturday, September 8: People’s Climate March in San Francisco. The March will precede Governor Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit from 9/12 -9/14  in cities across the country. The San Francisco March expects to attract tens of thousands of people. We hope many MVCAN Eco Warriors will march together! We  will keep you updated on plans but you can stay informed by signing up with the March Here  Also to read more about the March check this article Time Magazine

Saturday, September 15, 9 am-4 pm: Elders Awakened Standing for our Grandchildren & All Life. First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, Martin Luther King Room, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco.

Come join a deep examination of our elderhood and our needed, pivotal role in restoring the life-sustaining legacy for our grandchildren, future generations, and all life. We will explore our passions and skills to effect change and to build relationships for a thriving future.  For more information and to register Here

Saturday, September 15, 7:00 pm: Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington. Christiana Figueres, architect of the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement, in conversation with UC Berkeley Professor Daniel Kammen of the Nobel-Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Joined by local and international leaders focused on how citizens and communities can come together to achieve global climate goals. College of Marin, Kentfield. Marin Climate Action Showcase at 5:30, sampling local food, drink and activism. An Affiliate Event of the Global Climate Action Summit and Drawdown Marin. Ticket sales start July 3: www.leadonclimate.org

7.9.18

Dear MVCAN Eco Team members,

Our next meeting is Wednesday, August 1 at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School). Please rsvp if you can join us by emailing Marilyn Price. We welcome your input and your help!

ACTION ITEMS WEEK OF 7/9/2018

Take action today, and tell your Senators to ensure Americans receive answers to these crucial questions before a confirmation vote for Brett Kavanaugh takes place. Here  

President Trump has accepted embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation. But the next in line — Andrew Wheeler — went from coal lobbyist to Deputy EPA Administrator, and now he’s taking the reins. Wheeler could be more dangerous than Pruitt. Take action today, and tell the Senate: We need real change at the EPA. Here

The State Legislature is considering two bills — AB 1775 and SB 834 — that would make it harder to implement the Trump administration’s reckless plan to expand oil and gas drilling off the California coast. Urge your state legislators to help stop this expansion! Here

Sign the petition: tell Interim EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to put our country's long-term health ahead of industry profits and special interests. Here

Stop The Trump Administration’s Offshore Drilling Assault Here

Tell the Trump Administration and Congress: Save Our Oceans! Here

Add your name now to urge the Orca Recovery Task Force to develop bold actions to save the Southern Resident orca population before it’s too late  Here

Help us send 30,000 comments: Don’t let Big Oil destroy our oceans! Here  

Help California Go Straw Free to Protect Our Oceans and Marine Life  Here

The California Air Resources Board is about to take the next steps in deciding the future of California’s public transportation. Join Earthjustice and their partners to urge the ARB to adopt an Innovative Clean Transit Rule that mandates that all Californian transit agency bus fleets transition to entirely zero-emission buses by 2040, including strong near-term targets to get at least 1,250 zero-emission buses on California streets by the end of 2021. Here

From the Sierra Club: The only way we can protect communities and ensure clean air and water for all is to have a functioning democracy. Ask your representative to fight for a healthy democracy by co-sponsoring this proposal. Here

Tell the Department of the Interior: Don't declare open season on the last 30 wild red wolves in the world! Here

Tell the Senate: No underwater factory farms in federal waters Here

EVENTS

Mark Your Calendars NOW for these dates...

Saturday July 22, Zero Hour March, ICE Headquarters, 630 Sansome, SF at noon.  Youth will lobby and rally under the banner: #ThisIsZeroHour to act on climate change. The big march is in DC but there are sister marches across the country. Click Here for more information and to register.

Saturday, September 8: People’s Climate March in San Francisco. The March will precede Governor Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit from 9/12 -9/14  in cities across the country. The San Francisco March expects to attract tens of thousands of people. We hope many MVCAN Eco Warriors will march together! We  will keep you updated on plans but you can stay informed by signing up with the March Here  Also to read more about the March check this article Time Magazine

Saturday, September 15, 9 am-4 pm: Elders Awakened Standing for our Grandchildren & All Life. First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, Martin Luther King Room, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco.

Come join a deep examination of our elderhood and our needed, pivotal role in restoring the life-sustaining legacy for our grandchildren, future generations, and all life. We will explore our passions and skills to effect change and to build relationships for a thriving future.  For more information and to register Here

Saturday, September 15, 7:00 pm: Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington. Christiana Figueres, architect of the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement, in conversation with UC Berkeley Professor Daniel Kammen of the Nobel-Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Joined by local and international leaders focused on how citizens and communities can come together to achieve global climate goals. College of Marin, Kentfield. Marin Climate Action Showcase at 5:30, sampling local food, drink and activism. An Affiliate Event of the Global Climate Action Summit and Drawdown Marin. Ticket sales start July 3: www.leadonclimate.org

 

7/2/2018

Have you done it yet?   Time to go DEEP GREEN !

Don’t Forget to Sign Up for Deep Green, 100% Clean Electricity!

Switch your electrical usage to 100% Renewable Energy Service (wind and solar) and join the growing clean energy movement! For $3-$5/month (a cup of coffee!), choose Deep Green HERE! And you can see the MCE Clean Energy press release celebrating Marin County’s big Deep Green first for California HERE

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, JULY 11 at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School). Please rsvp if you can join us by emailing Marilyn Price. We would love to have many people at this meeting to meet and collaborate with our Indivisible friends. -- we welcome your input and your help!

This week's important calls: 
Support SB 100—Move California to 100% Clean Electricity! This is now doubly important as we hear the fossil fuel lobby is gearing up to oppose the bill.  Here

What else can you do?

You can phone your Assembly member, early and often. Click here to find his/her contact info.

Attend the SB 100 hearing - Sacramento, July 3  Click here for more information

 Comment on Proposed NEPA Rollback by July 20: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which advises the President on environmental matters, has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) related to its efforts to rollback the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a landmark environmental statute enacted nearly 50 years ago. The ANPRM includes a list of questions on which CEQ seeks feedback. Despite the extensive request for input and the vast implications that this NEPA rollback would have, CEQ it is only allowing 30 days for public comment. If you are concerned about the possibility of a weakened NEPA, please join Earth Island Advocates in opposing the rollback by submitting a public comment by July 20. Here

Take action now: Stop Congress from industrializing our oceans with floating factory farms! Here

 Call Kroger: Demand it stop selling food grown with toxic pesticides!  Here

Munich RE is deciding right now -- and in days they’re meeting their biggest customers at an insurance summit in Germany. Their CEO is hesitating on this issue right now, but he cares about his image on climate change, let's grab his attention!  Here

Join the NRDC Action Fund and our partners in telling your senators and representative: Don't turn your back on Puerto Rico!  Here  

If you want to receive the latest Climate news from the New York Times sign up Here

Coming  this week....

Friday, June 29, 7:30 am - 9 am:  Marin Conservation League, Business Environment Breakfast, From Wasteshed to Watershed: Reducing Marin's Wasteline and Protecting the Bay. What actions can businesses and residents take?  Engage with a panel of speakers followed by Q&A from the audience (you!) $15/$20 includes breakfast. Location: McInnis Park Golf Center,350 Smith Ranch Rd..San Rafael (Click here to register)

Tuesday July 10, CMSA will be voting on going Deep Green and it would be great to get some advocates for 100% renewable energy there!  Last month 4 of 5 Board members indicated strong support but the Board didn’t hold a vote because they were missing some information on a last minute issue.  Chris Kubik from MCE will be at the July 10 meeting to ensure that they have everything they need to make a decision. If you can go to this meeting or know anyone who lives in the CMSA service area and might be interested, please let Sarah Loughran know sarahloughran@comcast.net!  CMSA treats wastewater for the San Rafael Sanitation Agency, Ross Valley Sanitary, Sanitary District #2 (Corte Madera), and the city of Larkspur.

And Mark Your Calendars NOW for this....

Saturday, September 8: People’s Climate March in San Francisco. The March will precede Governor Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit from 9/12 -9/14  in cities across the country. The San Francisco March expects to attract tens of thousands of people. We hope many MVCAN Eco Warriors will march together! We  will keep you updated on plans but you can stay informed by signing up with the March Here  Also to read more about the March check this article Time Magazine

Saturday, September 15, 9 am-4 pm: Elders Awakened Standing for our Grandchildren & All Life. First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, Martin Luther King Room, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco. Come join a deep examination of our elderhood and our needed, pivotal role in restoring the life-sustaining legacy for our grandchildren, future generations, and all life. We will explore our passions and skills to effect change and to build relationships for a thriving future.  For more information and to register Here

Saturday, September 15, 7:00 pm: Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington.

Christiana Figueres, architect of the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement, in conversation with UC Berkeley Professor Daniel Kammen of the Nobel-Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Joined by local and international leaders focused on how citizens and communities can come together to achieve global climate goals. College of Marin, Kentfield. Marin Climate Action Showcase at 5:30, sampling local food, drink and activism. An Affiliate Event of the Global Climate Action Summit and Drawdown Marin. Ticket sales start July 3: www.leadonclimate.org

 

6/28/2018

Have you done it yet?   Time to go DEEP GREEN !

Don’t Forget to Sign Up for Deep Green, 100% Clean Electricity!

Switch your electrical usage to 100% Renewable Energy Service (wind and solar) and join the growing clean energy movement! For $3-$5/month (a cup of coffee!), choose Deep Green HERE! And you can see the MCE Clean Energy press release celebrating Marin County’s big Deep Green first for California HERE


Our next meeting will be Wednesday, JULY 11 at 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School). Please rsvp if you can join us by emailing Marilyn Price. We would love to have many people at this meeting to meet and collaborate with our Indivisible friends. -- we welcome your input and your help!

This week's important calls: 
 

Tell the Trump administration: No mining at Yellowstone Here

Urge the Army Corps to Reject the Permit for Alaska’s Pebble Mine Here

Tell your Representative Huffman: Vote for healthy, abundant oceans and oppose H.R. 200’s changes to our nation’s cornerstone fisheries law.  Here

“Protect the San Bernardino National Forest for Future Generations: Do not issue a new permit to Nestlé -- turn off the spigot!  Here

Tell your member to keep the Senate Farm Bill clean!  Here

Tell news media to cover the connection between Climate change and record-breaking heat Here

Call Vanguard -- Kroger’s largest shareholder -- and demand it vote for a resolution to make Kroger stop selling food grown with toxic pesticides!

You can also sign this petition to Kroger: Tell Kroger: Stop selling food grown with bee-killing pesticides! Here

It’s time for Europe to stop funding oil, gas and coal projects: #StopFundingFossils Here

Coming  this week....

Check out the 2018 Youth Poster Contest website to see how Marin youth are inspired to change our world! Bruce Birch was at our Earth Day event inviting people to create their own posters. Now he’s announced the 21 Marin County Student award-winning posters here: www.youthpostercontest.org

Friday, June 29, 7:30 am - 9 am:  Marin Conservation League, Business Environment Breakfast, From Wasteshed to Watershed: Reducing Marin's Wasteline and Protecting the Bay. What actions can businesses and residents take?  Engage with a panel of speakers followed by Q&A from the audience (you!) $15/$20 includes breakfast. Location: McInnis Park Golf Center,350 Smith Ranch Rd..San Rafael (Click here to register)

And Mark Your Calendars NOW for this....

Saturday, September 8: People’s Climate March in San Francisco. The March will precede Governor Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit from 9/12 -9/14  in cities across the country. The San Francisco March expects to attract tens of thousands of people. We hope many MVCAN Eco Warriors will march together! We  will keep you updated on plans but you can stay informed by signing up with the March Here  Also to read more about the March check this article Time Magazine

 

6.14.2018

MV Goes Deep Green!

Great News! The Board of the Sewage Agency of South Marin unanimously approved a budget which included going Deep Green! As a result, the agency will derive all of its electrical energy from renewable resources beginning in July.

Five members of MVCAN's Eco-Warriors attended the May meeting of the Sewage Agency of South Marin (SASM) and spoke out to advocate for the agency to go Deep Green.

The Eco-Warriors who attended were Marilyn Price, Liz Schumacher, Jay Gustafson, Grace Severtson and Elspeth Martin.

Congratulations to the ECO-WARRIORS TEAM for their effective advocacy!

Eco-Warriors encourage all individual members of MVCAN to also go Deep Green as their personal contribution to fighting climate change.  Click here to choose Deep Green.

The next Eco-Warriors team meeting will be Weds., July 11, 7-8:30pm, Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley

celebrate earth month with us!! 

Wednesday, April 4th at 7pm - Come learn about our Earth Day Event at Tam H.S. We meet at the Mill Valley Water Treatment Plant 450 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941. 

Wednesday, April 4th at 4:30pm -Jared Huffman is making a special appearance at the MVCAN monthly meeting to talk about saving our planet. This MVCAN meeting is at the Mill Valley Community Center 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.  

Also, have you signed up for Resilient Neighborhoods yet?  One of the best ways to make a personal commitment to our planet and our species.  (See details below)

3.19.2018

be a hero and take these Instant Warrior Actions:

  • EPA Proposed Repeal of Clean Power Plan: Tell Scott Pruitt what you think! Comments due by April 26. Act now: EPA Comments Link.

  • Stop Trump’s Anti-Environment Budget. Tell your Senators to oppose any funding bill that includes anti-environment cuts or riders! Here

  • Join Senator Whitehouse and stand UP to Big Polluters. Tell Congress: It's time to wake up now! Here

  • Stop Trump’s Two Giveaways to Oil & Gas and protect the 12 million people who live within ½ mile of oil and gas facilities. Here

  • Go CalPERS! Support its move to expand its environmental commitment! Here

  • Water is Life! Stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline! Tell JPMorgan Chase: Do not provide funding for pipeline projects. Here

  • Keep dirty trucks off the road! Thanks to public pressure, Tennessee Tech University withdrew its industry-funded and deeply flawed "study" on new trucks fitted with old dirty engines. Now tell EPA Administrator Pruitt we need cleaner trucks not dirtier rigs.Here

  • Save The Endangered Species Act from extinction! Tell your Members of Congress to protect imperiled ocean life by opposing any legislation that would weaken the ESA. . Here

  • Save the Monarch Butterflies that have declined by 80% in 20 years. Tell the EPA to restrict out-of-control use of glysophate, the toxic pesticide. Here

  • Tell the BLM to leave the California Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan intact. Here

  • Tell Congress: Don't defund vital cancer research to protect Monsanto's profits. Sign the petition. Here

  • Who says CO2 pollution can’t be funny. Worse than Poop won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the United Nations Association Film Festival!

 

2.10.2018

 

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12.23.17

 

URGENT ACTION: 

The CPUC just published a draft resolution that would impose substantial burdens on emerging Community Choice Agencies (CCAs) and will directly affect the growth of programs like MCE and ability to govern themselves. All Californians concerned about the climate crisis and who want to accelerate the adoption of decentralized clean energy economy please join us in the following actions:

Here’s how to stop them!

  1. Contact CPUC Commissioners and request that they pull the item from the January 11, 2018 agenda as this is not the appropriate way to address these issues and there is not enough time over this holiday season for stakeholders to review and comment on such an important matter.

    • Telephone: 1-866-849-8390 (click here for talking points)

    • E-mail: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov (click here for sample letters)

      • ALSO send your correspondence to:

      • Energy Division California Public Utilities Commission Email: edtariffunit@cpuc.ca.gov

      • Suzanne Casazza Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst Energy Division Suzanne.Casazza@cpuc.ca.gov

      • Jonathan Tom Program and Project Supervisor Energy Division Jonathan.Tom@cpuc.ca.gov

  2. Submit any additional comments to the CPUC by January 4, 2018 at 5pm. CPUC Instructions for submitting Comments are HERE.

  3. Mark your calendar for the Thursday, January 11, 2018 voting meeting of the CPUC, 9:30am to 5pm. But please come early (8:30am) if you can for a media event and rally on the steps of the CPUC building at 505 Van Ness in San Francisco. If the item is still on the agenda, please be prepared to attend and speak during public the comment period.

  4. Lastly, it is also important to contact your state representatives and urge them to tell CPUC to stop its attacks on Community Choice! Find your representatives HERE.

 



10.31.2017

 



Don't Miss This Important Event!

Sunday, November 12th, 4PM: National Climate Day of  Action at San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 
OFA is hosting a National Day of Action to show the world that we are #StillIn to act on climate and the MVCAN Eco-Warriors are planning to be there! It takes place during the next round of post-Paris international climate negotiations and events will serve to highlight the local leaders and institutions that have stepped up to uphold the U.S.'s Paris pledges. Click here to register. 

10.12.2017

Make these Five Important Calls to Protect the Clean Power Plan
In the midst of back-to-back environmental disasters, the Trump administration has announced the dismantling of the Clean Power plan - a set of guidelines that would save billions of dollars in both climate and health-related costs. We will not let this happen: 

  • Click here to make 5 crucial calls that can fight this destructive move.

  • And then click here to email EPA chief, Scott Pruitt.



Start Learning How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Today: Sign up at  Resilient Neighborhoods .

Start Learning How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Today: Sign up at Resilient Neighborhoods.

Sept, 2017

FEATURED TEAM ACTIONS!! 

1. Please tell your representatives to vote NO on AB 726 and AB 813. The Investor Owned Utilities and the electrical worker's union are trying to undermine local Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs (like Sonoma Clean Power) by sneaking last minute amendments into two bills at the last minute of the legislative session. These bills will require the utilities to purchase a massive amount of renewable energy before the federal investment tax credit for solar expires in 2020. Sounds good, right? The devil is in the details. This build-out is not necessary and undermines local governance of CCE programs. Community Choice operators are already procuring more clean energy than private utilities. This bill would force CCEs to pay the big utilities to build new renewables for for them and then stick CCE customers with a price increase.

CCEs already have a better track record at procuring cheaper renewable energy than PG&E and the other utilities. These bills:

  • Are bad for customers, pushing electricity rates up

  • Will undermine local communities ability to purchase their own clean power

  • Will potentially undercut the growing solar roof top and energy storage market

  • Subvert energy democracy, by nullifying local decision making

This effort would be a slap in the face to the existing Community Choice operators across the state who have been leading the way to meet the California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, and would be a death blow to new programs that are in the process of being developed in numerous communities.

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY!!
Assembly:
Jim Wood   (916) 319-2002
Marc Levine   (916) 319-2010
Message: Please vote "no" on on AB 726 and AB 813.
Please reach out to Speaker Rendon to let him know that you will vote no on AB 726 and AB 813, which harm Community Choice programs.

Senate:
Mike McGuire   (916) 651-4002
Bill Dodd   (916) 651-4003
Message: Please vote "no" on on AB 725 and AB 813.
Please reach out to Senate Pro Tem de Leon to let him know that you will vote no on on AB 726 and AB 813, which harm Community Choice programs.

You can emailthe Governor's Office here>
Message: I support Community Choice Energy and I've asked my representatives to vote "no" on AB 726 and AB 813. I'm asking the Governor to veto these bills that harm Community Choice programs.

No one will answer the phone over the weekend, but you can leave a message. If your representative is not listed above you can
Look up your reps here>>

2. Help Pass these Important Environmental Bills!

Please call your State Senator today and urge a YES vote on AB 262AB 890 and AB 1151. Sen. McGuire's tel: (916) 651-4002

AB 262the Buy Clean California Act is a Sierra Club California priority bill this year. It will help make sure the state government, spends its money on those that were manufactured creating less climate pollution and will level the playing field for manufacturers who have invested in cutting their own pollution.

AB 890 , will close a CEQA loophole and make sure large, environmentally destructive projects publicly disclose and mitigate their impacts.

AB 1151will ban the sale of seafood that has been caught using dangerous gillnets that are leading to the potential extinction of the vaquita. The vaquita is a small porpoise in the Gulf of New Mexico, whose population has declined to just a few dozen. 

Help get these important bills off the California Senate floor. Call your State Senator now and urge a YES vote on AB 262, AB 890 and AB 1151. If you get an answering machine, leave a message! Every call is counted.

Call Sen. McGuire now at (916) 651-4002!
Suggested Script:
"My name is __________ and I am a constituent. I want the Senator to vote YES on three important environmental bills: AB 262, AB 890 and AB 1151."

 

Mark Your Calendars!

Thursday, September 7: Affordable Housing in San Rafael & Marin. Among other topics, the Citizens Advisory Committee will explore possible approaches to the affordability crisis, including revitalizing downtown with more housing. 7:00 pm. San Rafael City Hall (upstairs conference room). Meeting agenda.


Saturday, September 9: National Drive Electric Week. Test drive and compare the wide range of electric cars now available. 10:00 am - 3:30 pm. Bon Air Center, Greenbrae.

Tuesday, September 12, 5:30 - 7:30 pm: "Ocean Soundscapes and the Industrialization of the Sea." Marin Green Drinks discussion with Michael Stocker, Director of Ocean Conservation Research. Lotus Cuisine of India, 704 4th St., SR. Information.

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The Resilient Neighborhoods September Schedule is Out!!
Check out Eco-Warriors Maeve & Sean! >>>
In this 5-sessions course, participants will learn how to reduce their carbon emissions and save money by trimming energy and waste, conserving water and driving smarter.
To register for the Mill Valley Library Team, Click HERE.
Where: 
Mill Valley Public Library 375 Throckmorton Ave, CA 94941
When: Thursdays, 7pm-9pm on 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2 and 11/16

8.16.2017

URGENT ACTION! HELP PASS SB100!
FOR CALIFORNIA TO REACH 100% CLEAN ELECTRICITY!

The bill, which passed the state Senate and is now in the Assembly, will speed our state’s move to clean energy— by requiring state agencies, utilities, and businesses to plan for a zero-carbon economy on an accelerated schedule.

PLEASE MAKE THIS IMPORTANT CALL TODAY TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!!
Call Marc Levine 916 319-2010 to urge him to vote for this bill AND ask him to encourage other Assemblymembers, who are being lobbied by the opposition, to join him in doing so.It only takes a few minutes!
ADDITIONAL WAYS TO GET SB 100 PASSED:

  • We will be writing and sending postcards at our next meeting but sooner is even better so write Marc Levine by clicking here to urge him to vote for this bill AND ask him to encourage other Assemblymembers, who are being lobbied by the opposition, to join him in doing so.

  • Writing a Letter to the Editor to a newspaper is important to create the buzz and excitement needed to show we still have the “right kind of energy”, to show Trump and Washington that there is a better way.

 

Our Network Keeps Growing...
This week, the Eco-Warriors teamed up with Mill Valley's Seniors for Peace to table for Deep Green at the Tam and Mill Valley Farmer's Markets. We are also working with MCE to create a clean and easy-to-read flyer so stay tuned! And we have teamed up with Indivisible Sausalito on Deep Green, Resilient Neighborhoods, and Beach Party 2030! They are planning an Inconvenient Truth outing so for those of you who haven't seen it, keep your eyes peeled for an email on this! 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Save the Date! Saturday, September 9: National Drive Electric Week. Test drive and compare the wide range of electric cars now available. 10:00 am - 3:30 pm. Bon Air Center, Greenbrae.

The Resilient Neighborhoods September Schedule is Out!!
Check out our very own Eco-Warriors Maeve & Sean! >>>
To register for the Mill Valley Library Team, Click HERE.
Where: 
Mill Valley Public Library 375 Throckmorton Ave, CA 94941
When: Thursdays, 7pm-9pm on 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2 and 11/16

August 19, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm, "Planning the Future of Highway 37." League of Woman Voters, Witness the Bay Area beginning to grapple with one of the first major pieces of infrastructure threatened by sea level rise  Novato City Council Chambers, 901 Sherman Ave., Novato. $10 donation. (Click here for information and tickets)

SO YOU SAW AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL, NOW WHAT?
For those of you who caught Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power over the weekend, it was realistic yet hopeful. But hope comes from action! What can you do to be a part of the Climate Solution? Visit the Inconvenient Sequel website for the many ways you can help make progress, including:
ACTION 1: START BY CLICKING HERE TO PLEDGE TO #BEINCONVENIENT
ACTION 2: THEN TAKE AL GORE'S SUGGESTED ACTIONS BY CLICKING here!
Psst...haven't seen the movie yet? Click here for times. 

 

7.24.2017

OUR TEAM MEETINGS ARE SWITCHING TO WEDNESDAYS! Next Meeting: Wed, Aug 30th, 7pm-8:30pm at 450 Sycamore Ave, MV,  94941 Contact: eco-lead@mvcan.org for more info.

MARIN COUNTY CHALLENGES BIG OIL 

Last Monday, July 17, the County of Marin filed a lawsuit against 37 oil, gas and coal companies, including Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron and BP. These major players were warned decades ago by their own scientists and experts and yet they not only did nothing to reduce the impacts, they launched a multi-million dollar campaign to discredit scientific evidence about climate change.
We applaud the County of Marin's decision to hold Big Oil accountable and for seeking monetary damages to help communities adapt to climate change. This is the first time a California county has filed a complaint of this kind against the fossil fuel industry. Read more from the Kate Sears article, Bringing Big Oil to Court: A Day of Reckoning in the Marin IJ.  

HOW CAN YOU CHALLENGE BIG OIL? 
Sign this important petition! Ask Elected officials to stop taking money from the oil industry!

 

TEAM ACTION: Deep Green: Taking it to the People! Grace Severtson and Marilyn Price have been working with Mill Valley Seniors for Peace on the Deep Green: Taking it to the People flyering campaign. We will be passing out Deep Green flyers at the start of the An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power showings in Marin. We need volunteers to pass out flyers before the movie starts (and you can always see the movie after)! Please email Grace if you'd like to volunteer: graziellacallegari@yahoo.com. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

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Sing for a Better World" Wed, July 26, 7pm – 9pm
Where: Redwoods Retirement Community, Auditorium. 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA (map) Hosted by the Mill Valley Seniors for Peace.  Reed Fromer, a longtime singer, songwriter, chorus instructor, and activist will lead Social Movement Songs. The aim of the event is to expand the circle of people who can help to lead in singing at rallies, marches, and other events in support of peace, environmental preservation, immigrant rights, and social justice. (RSVP to: kayzaydev@comcast.net

MVAHC - Mill Valley Affordable Housing Committee Meeting
When:
 Wednesday, July 26, 7:30 PM
Where: BSI238 E. Blithedale Ave Ste. 238, MillValley, CA
As mentioned in our last meeting, here's another way we can help the environment and our community. The more people can work where they live, the less energy that is expended. Attend and understand more about Affordable Housing in Mill Valley and learn how you can help support this worthy cause.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Viewing and Citizen's Climate Lobby Reception:
The sequel to Al Gore's powerful documentary on Climate Change, An Inconvenient Truth will be airing at Mill Valley's Cinemark Theater starting August 3rd. DON'T MISS THIS IMPORTANT AND INFORMATIVE FILM. View Times here

Citizen's Climate Lobby Hosts a Post-Viewing Reception on August 5th at 6:30PM(following the 4:30PM viewing of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, buy tix for the4:30pm
.here). This is an opportunity for all environmental groups in Marin to get together and discuss the film and how to combat climate change. After the movie, everyone will walk over from the theater to D'Angelo Ristorante for a 2-hour cocktail reception with delicious appetizers and wine. Space is limited to the first 50 who register. Register here showing of the film

The Resilient Neighborhoods September Schedule is out! 
Become a Part of the Climate Solution: To register, click HERE.
Where: 
Mill Valley Public Library 375 Throckmorton Ave, CA 94941
When: Thursdays, 7pm-9pm on 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2 and 11/16

 

7.13.2017

MILL VALLEY VOTES TO GO DEEP GREEN THIS MONDAY, JULY 17TH!! JOIN US for this historic vote! 

This is one of the moments our team has been working toward! Please join us this coming Monday, 7/17 at 6:30 PM to show our support for Deep Green. NOTE THAT WE NEED AS LARGE A SHOWING AS POSSIBLE to encourage Mill Valley to opt up to 100% renewable energy. 

Monday July 17th, 2017 6:20PM in the lobby (meeting starts at 6:30pm and opens with public comment) at 26 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley CA 94941. More info here

Our Next Meeting is a Special One! Marin County and 8 Marin municipalities have now gone Deep Green. It's time for an Eco-Team shindig to re-energize for our work ahead! Sierra Club's Max Perrey will be speaking on how we can join efforts on the Mayors for Clean Energy Campaign and promoting Deep Green. Join us at the Alpine Lodge on July 19th (5PM Hike; 6PM Potluck BBQ; 7PM Meeting). More details to come!

TEAM ACTION:
Marin County went Deep Green. What's Next?

A colossal THANK YOU to Grace Severtson, Bob Harlow and Daniel Heagerty's teen-team, Climate Our Generation. Grace and Bob both spoke to the board on Deep Green and 3 teen activists from Climate Our Generation gave persuasive and powerful presentations. Marin County went for it! So what's next?

  • Switching to Deep Green on your energy bill! - We have our work cut out for us. We have managed to influence many MVCAN members to make the switch but it's time to take our message further. Last week, team member Rebecca Brackman passed out flyers at the Throckmorton Theater. And Eco-warrior, Bob Harlow sent a letter-to-the-editor to the Marin IJ, encouraging households to go Deep Green. It will be appearing in Monday's edition! Here's what he wrote:

Headline: Heat Wave is a Reminder

"The recent heat wave “Marin posts record temperatures….” 6/18 should serve as a reminder to us all that 1) Global warming is real; 2) It’s caused by us; 3) It’s serious; and 4) we can and must do whatever we can to slow and reverse it.  Locally, many of us have not yet converted to 100% renewable energy on our electric bill.  Marin Clean Energy "Deep Green” is a way to do that, and it doesn’t cost very much extra. We should all open our electrical bill and see whether we are 100% green yet.  Hey, the County and most of our cities have pledged to do it; so should we as owners of homes and businesses.”

  • Want to send a letter-to-the-editor about Deep Green? Let's keep spreading the word however we can and get people to make the switch!

    • Submit your MarinScope LTE here.

    • Email your LTE to Marin Mag letters@marinmagazine.com

    • Email your LTE for Pacific Sun to letters@pacificsun.com

    • Submit your Marin IJ LTE here. Suggestion: wait until Tuesday and then write a letter thanking the guy who wrote in about Deep Green. 'It was easy to opt into Deep Green and cost little to make the switch. All I did was call MCE and it just took a few minutes. I was happy to know of a way I could make a difference!'

 

FEATURED ACTION: MAKE POLLUTERS PAY!

Call your Assemblymember and urge them to stand up to Big Oil: 916-694-1101

We have another chance to extend California’s polluters pay law — and our legislators are negotiating the bill right now. Make sure it reflects YOUR values, not Chevron’s wish list! Big Oil is trying to attack our state’s landmark clean air law — and last month, it worked: Pressure from the fossil fuel industry killed a proposed law in the California State Assembly that would have extended our state’s polluters pay law.

Call 916-694-1101 and urge your assemblymember to hold Big Oil accountable by supporting a strong polluters pay law.

Suggested talking points:

  • Hello, my name is [Name] and my zip code is [#####].

  • Please don’t let Big Oil weaken California’s clean air and climate protections.

  • I urge you to pass a cap and trade law that makes polluters pay the full cost of the damage that they do to our air and water.

Events you Should Know About!

  • June 29, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, "Wakefulness in a Time of Ecological Unrest"Marin Interfaith Council's Eco-Spirituality daylong retreat with Rev. Rob McClellan & Rev. Lauren Van Ham. Located at the Green Gulch Zen Center, 1601 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach, Cost: $80 (Link to register)

  • July 26, 7:00 pm - 9:00, "Sing for a Better World" Wed, July 26, 7pm – 9pm Where: The Redwoods Retirement Community, Auditorium. 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA (map) Hosted by the Mill Valley Seniors for Peace. Reed Fromer, a longtime singer, songwriter, chorus instructor, and activist will lead Social Movement Songs. The aim of the event is to expand the circle of people who can help to lead in singing at rallies, marches, and other events in support of peace, environmental preservation, immigrant rights, and social justice. (RSVP to: kayzaydev@comcast.net)

'THE WORLD CANNOT WAIT - AND NEITHER WILL WE' - 2 WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT THE PARIS AGREEMENT!

  1. The Climate Mayors have spoken: 'The world cannot wait - and neither will we.' Send this link to your mayor and city council members asking them to join the #ClimateMayors by signing on to the Mayors National Climate Agenda:http://bit.ly/2qG3yxG

  2. Then sign this to tell the world that you are also committed: Tell the world you’re still committed to the Paris Climate Agreement

A HUGE shout-out to San Rafael for becoming the next municipality to go Deep Green! Check out the Marin IJ article here. Let's keep up the good work! 

WHEN WILL MILL VALLEY GO DEEP GREEN?

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the recent Mill Valley City Council Meeting to ask when the council will vote for 100% renewable energy. Between the compelling speech given by the young Mimi of Mill Valley Middle School, the Deep Green signs that were held up throughout the room, the team members who spoke passionately, and the moment when everyone in favor of Deep Green stood up, the pressure is on! Our Eco-Team made it happen. Let's keep it up! Take these actions below.

Outside the Mill Valley City Council after the June 5th, 2017 City Council meeting.

Outside the Mill Valley City Council after the June 5th, 2017 City Council meeting.

 

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