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

Eco-Warriors Team


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 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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