350 Sacramento: A Local Response to a Global Emergency
A party and other activities--join us!
While 350 Sacramento is involved in efforts to stop those activities digging us deeper into the climate change hole (Keystone, tar sands transport, fracking, etc.) we are also working on opportunities for positive change in Sacramento. And, we like to have fun--please join us for our meeting/party on December 10.
350 Sacramento Holiday Meeting and Potluck—Please join us on Tuesday, December 10, for our final meeting of the year (1 hour only) and a potluck party (the rest of the time). Meeting starts at 5:30 and party at 6:30. Our venue will accommodate only 25 people so please RSVP soon (http://www.evite.com/l/d7g6BjfxHz/v?utm_content=title). All are welcome! If you want to get involved but are feeling shy, or just want to meet the 350 Sac core planning group, this is a great time to join us.
Candlelight Vigil: Climate Justice for the Philippines—On November 22 we held a candlelight vigil for victims of the supertyphoon that devastated the Philippines and killed thousands. This typhoon was the strongest storm ever recorded on landfall and was exacerbated by sea level rise--undoubtedly related to climate change. We organized this event to highlight the connections between this tragedy, climate change, and the UN climate talks going on at the time in Warsaw. Thank you to all who came out at such short notice! You can still make donations to recovery in the Philippines at Brigada Kalikasan (http://brigadakalikasan.org/) or Friends of the Earth Philippines (https://org.salsalabs.com/o/455/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=10497)_
Town Hall Meeting—We're working to present a Town Hall Meeting on Climate Change that will involve the Sacramento community and elected officials in this important issue. The next planning meeting is December 4 at 7 pm. If you are interested in participating in the planning process please call Laurie 916-284-1627 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Details to come.
Keystone Pledge of Resistance—President Obama will make his decision about the Keystone XL Pipeline soon, probably sometime in January. If this pipeline is built NASA Chief Climate Scientist James Hansen calls it "game over for the climate." This is the line in the sand we have to hold. If the President approves the project, over 76,000 people, including many in Sacramento, have pledged to engage in civil disobedience. For more information about the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance go to http://act.credoaction.com/sign/kxl_pledge.
COP19 Warsaw Climate Change Summit
11 NOV 2013:
IISD Video: Philippines delegate Naderev Sano, COP19 Warsaw. Philippines delegate Naderev Sano speaks out on the reality of climate change and announces his decision to go on hunger strike on the first day of the COP19 Climate Change Summit in Poland.
"To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare you to get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of your armchair. I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian Ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels ... to the hills of Central America that confront similar monstrous hurricanes, to the vast savannas of Africa where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce ... And if that is not enough, you may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now."
Town Hall Planning, met on Oct. 30
The first planning meeting for the Town Hall Meeting on Climate Change was held on Wednesday, Oct 30, 7pm, at the Cohousing common room at 434 T Street. We are encouraging a broad representation of organizations and individuals to join in to ensure that the Town Hall Meeting (planned for mid-March) is a true community effort.
Citizens Climate Lobby met on Nov. 2
The local Citizens Climate Lobby met on Saturday, November 2 at 9:45 am, Waffle Square meeting room, 1825 10th St., Sacramento. "We're trying out a new venue as we listen to our November national conference call - Working with Faith Communities. You can enjoy breakfast (purchase not required) as we connect to CCL members across the country, and get our monthly action sheet, http://citizensclimatelobby.org/action-sheet-november-2013/.
Our guest is Eric Sapp. Sapp works with Eleison Group, a consulting firm that helps political, non-profit, business and government entities better understand America’s rich and complex faith landscape and build relationships with people of faith from across the ideological spectrum on the local and national level. He has been a regular speaker on faith and politics on television and radio shows."
At these monthly meetings, all are welcome to join in the national conference call and local discussion--drop by anytime between 9:45 and 11:30 am. You can check out the PowerPoint slides from the recent Climate Change Forum (Sept. 16) presentations here. Mark your calendars for the weekend of February 8th, 2014 for the Citizens Climate Lobby North Regional Conference, details to come. Visit CCL Sacramento on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CCLsacramento. Email Jennifer Wood at email@example.com for more info.
24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon
October 22-23-- 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon.
Though the third installment of 24 Hours of Reality has past, you can still watch all of the episodes on their website.
New IPCC Report
27 SEPT 2013:
From Climate Progress: 15 Things You Should Know About The New IPCC Report On Climate Science, Ryan Koronowski. Note item #4--"Pause? What pause?"; also from Climate Progress: Alarming IPCC Prognosis: 9-Degree F Warming For US, Faster Sea Rise, More Extreme Weather, Permafrost Collapse, Joe Romm. From Climate Consensus--The 97%: Global warming: why is IPCC report so certain about the influence of humans, Dana Nuccitelli. Link to the released IPCC report summary here.
350 Sac Catching Up and Book Discussion met on Sept. 26:
Waste could be a thing of the past . . . or could it? Discussion on The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability--Designing for Abundance by Bill McDonough and Michael Braungart. "Bill McDonough and Michael Braungart argue that systems well designed can significantly reduce need for wastewater treatment, solid waste disposal and other “downcycling” effects of our built and technological lives. People are already stepping away from fossil fuel-based lives. Here's one vision, already implemented around the world through the cradle-to-cradle approach to design for products and cities. Read the book. Share your views on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/350Sacramento. Come to the discussion." -mlt. See Facebook event page .
Update on time/location: 7 PM, Old Soul at Weatherstone, 812 21st St.
350 Sacramento initiated a book discussion group on August 6. Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver's novel was discussed--the first of three book discussions. For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Also: see Books.
Summer Heat Richmond
Media coverage of Summer Heat Richmond rally/march that took place on Saturday, August 3:
SUMMER HEAT 2013:
Bill McKibben: "We've put up a slideshow with photos and reportbacks from Summer Heat events -- it's a small glimpse of the power and beauty shown across the country in the past few weeks." Click here to see it.
Separate Oil & State -- July 11
Separation of Oil & State: Follow the Money, a march to expose the connections between government and oil lobbyists, took place on Thursday July 11 at noon in downtown Sacramento, from the north steps of the Capitol past oil lobbyists' offices and the Federal Building. Organized by 350 Sacramento and Stop Fooling CA .
The march was in the spirit of the nationwide “Summer Heat” campaign against the fossil fuel industry sponsored by 350.org.
For more, see About us > 2013 .
President Obama on Climate Change
President Obama delivered a major speech on climate change on June 25th:
KQED's Forum on Obama's new climate plan, July 2. Host: Michael Krasny.
Fossil Free: Divest From Fossil Fuels
A campaign to divest from fossil fuels and protect our future--gofossilfree.org
Students and alumni can get involved with the divestment campaign at your college or university. Local campaigns:
In Rolling Stone: The Case for Fossil-Fuel Divestment: On the road with the new generation of college activists fighting for the environment, by Bill McKibben, 22 Feb 2013. In Climate Progress: McKibben Must-Read: The Case For Fossil-Fuel Divestment, Joe Romm, 26 Feb 2013.
350 Sacramento is an organization that supports local initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and works to engage Sacramento area citizens and local community groups in helping to build a global climate movement.
What is 350?
350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Scientists measure carbon dioxide in “parts per million” (ppm), so 350 ppm is the number humanity needs to get below as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change. We reached 400 ppm earlier this year.