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

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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 hereSuggestion: 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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