350 Sacramento: A Local Response to a Global Emergency
Faith in Action: A Climate Change Forum on March 8
FAITH IN ACTION: A CLIMATE CHANGE FORUM
Saturday, March 8, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Hagen Community Center, Rancho Cordova.
Sponsored by Citizens Climate Lobby.
(See also Faith Community page.)
Concern about the climate crisis continues to grow as extreme weather becomes the norm. The drought in California is unprecedented--see blog post (2/21/14) for Drought Talking Points and share them with others.
350 Sacramento is seeking solutions to climate change on many fronts. We have low-carbon lifestyle activities like the book group on Feb 22 and our bike team for May is Bike Month, we encourage politicians to do the right thing by supporting the anti-fracking gathering on March 15 and sending comments to the State Dept (if you haven't submitted yours time is running out--see below), we support other organizations working on climate issues, and we are planning a Town Hall meeting in May to network and share ideas on what needs to be done locally.
Get involved in whatever way you prefer. Participate in events, volunteer, bike, send in comments, go to rallies. It's going to take all of us to address this huge challenge. 350 Sac needs volunteers to table, help with the Town Hall, and other activities. Join us.
TOWN HALL: On Saturday, May 17, we'll convene the 1st Annual Town Hall Meeting on Climate Change. This will be an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and agencies to highlight what they are doing locally to address climate change and talk about what needs to be done. There will be speakers, elected officials, a crowd-sourced wiki Action Plan with concrete measurable steps, a people-powered PA system, and a chance to share your own ideas. We are still in the planning stages and welcome your involvement. Contact Laurie for more information.
Did you know that each and every fracking well uses millions of gallons of water, and that the water becomes so toxic it has to be permanently removed from the water cycle? On Saturday, March 15, from 12–5 pm, thousands of people from all over the state are coming to Sacramento to tell Governor Brown that it's time to stop fracking in California. Join us at noon at the Capitol Lawn to save our water and our climate.
March 15--Don't Frack California Rally at the Capitol, Sacramento, noon. Sponsored by Californians Against Fracking and 350.org .
[See also Fracking page.]
KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE/ Final Comment Period ends March 7: The release of the State Department's Final Environmental Impact Statement at the end of January started a crucial public comment period. Please tell Secretary Kerry that Keystone XL is NOT in our national interest! For more information and to sign on to a public comment go to credoaction.com or 350.org .
Here is a short and funny video called "Keystone XL Has a Job for You!"
[Also: Let President Obama know that the Keystone Pipeline is not in our national interest. Sign Credo's petition to urge President Obama to reject Keystone XL. ]
[*Bill McKibben on recent episode of Moyers & Company (PBS)/ billmoyers.com: Bill McKibben to Obama: Say No to Big Oil , Feb 7, 2014.]
See also KXL Pipeline page.
OIL TRAINS THROUGH SACRAMENTO/DAVIS: More oil was spilled from trains in 2013 than the last 40 years combined. Here, in 3.5 minutes, is the story: "Video: How Oil Trains Put the Northwest At Risk". These are the trains that are going through Sacramento. We will have more information about actions to stop the oil trains soon. Local residents participated in the public discussion of crude-by-rail trains rolling through Davis at the city’s Natural Resources Commission meeting on January 27th. See also Oil Trains page.
FAITH IN ACTION: A CLIMATE CHANGE FORUM. Saturday, March 8 from 1-3:30 pm at the Hagan Community Center, 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. Sponsored by Citizens Climate Lobby. Contact Christine Bailey.
350 SACRAMENTO PLANNING MEETING. Our next planning meeting will be in March--TBA. We will talk about these activities and more. Please join us--call for location.
The graphic below says it all. We are now in uncharted territory and our current emissions will determine whether the next century is livable or not. From Quartz (qz.com); Jos Hagelaars/Max Edkins/World Bank.
Sacramento Citizens Climate Lobby
Visit our new website, www.sacramentoccl.org
Join Citizens Climate Lobby Sacramento Chapter this Saturday, at Total Wine & More, or call in, wherever you are, to 1-866-642-1665, passcode: 440699#.
Check out the LTE published in the Bee by Dana Nuccitelli, on climate change and drought: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/02/24/6186769/global-warming-contributes-to.html
Saturday, March 1, 9:45-11:30am
Monthly Meeting and National Conference Call
Hear about how the insurance industry is managing climate risk.Total Wine and More, Howe and Arden (next to Toys R Us), Sacramento
This Sunday, March 2, 5pm
CCL Book Club: Reclaiming Our Democracy, by Sam Daley-Harris, 20th Anniversary Edition. This includes a chapter about Citizens Climate Lobby. RESULTS, of course is the organizational model for CCL, and this is a fascinating history.We will be interviewing Sam for the first half of the call, the second half is our members questions. It is not required for you to have finished the book to join the call! The call-in number is 1-866-642-1665, passcode: 440699#.
Saturday, March 8, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Faith in Action: Forum on Climate Change
Hagen Community Center, Rancho Cordova
Register now for the 2014 CCL International Conference
June 20-24, Washington D.C.
(See also Pricing Carbon issue pages)
Climate change sessions at World Economic Forum
24 JAN 2014:
World Economic Forum in Davos: video of the main climate plenary session "Changing the Climate for Growth and Development" with Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon, Al Gore, Bill Gates, Jim Yong Kim, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and others.
23 JAN 2014:
World Economic Forum in Davos: video of "Leading the Global Climate and Energy Agenda". Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank; Ban Ki-Moon, U.N. Secretary General; Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. Jim Yong Kim spoke out strongly to encourage immediate action on climate and called for world leaders to put a price on carbon. Also discusses 'green bond' market. Ban Ki-Moon describes climate action leadership summit to occur in September.
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.
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.
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.