350 Sacramento: A Local Response to a Global Emergency
Town Hall Meeting on Climate Change, May 17
Climate change is already affecting the Sacramento region but the pace of response so far has been limited. Considering the scope of the challenge, we must “Up the Game.”
Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 17, the Town Hall Meeting on Climate Change, a full-day event designed to "Up the Game" on addressing climate change in the Sacramento area.
A town hall is democracy in action. This 1-day event will provide a forum for the community to come together to seek solutions to the climate crisis. The day will include opportunities for the public to speak and present ideas; time for elected officials to share their vision of what needs to be done and the barriers they face; we will finalize an crowd-sourced Action Plan; there will be networking opportunities by interest area and across issues; and an after-party/reception to relax and network some more. Details to follow. Volunteers needed, please contact Laurie.
New Climate Flag introduced in March by 350 Bay Area--for more information, go to climateflag.org . "The Climate Flag is in the public domain. There are no royalties. It is everyone's flag."
[See also blog post, 4/3/14]
Showtime Climate Series: Years of Living Dangerously
Sunday, April 13--Years of Living Dangerously, first of new nine-part documentary television series on the climate crisis on Showtime, produced by James Cameron. The first episode is being streamed for free on YouTube.
7 APR 2014: Showtime Climate Series 'Years of Living Dangerously':
From Climate Progress: Must See Video: Showtime Climate Series 'Years of Living Dangerously', Joe Romm. YouTube link to entire first episode of 9-part series, as well as an exclusive link to the post-panel discussion is provided in the article. The first episode airs on Showtime on Sunday, April 13, 10 pm EDT/PDT.
From Climate Consensus--the 97% blog, The Guardian: Years of Living Dangerously - a global warming blockbuster, John Abraham [9 APR 2014].
350 Sac update:
See blog entry, 4/10/14, for latest update.
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 (occurred 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, 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.
KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE/ Final Comment Period ended March 7: The release of the State Department's Final Environmental Impact Statement at the end of January started a crucial public comment period, which ended March 7.
See 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.
350 SACRAMENTO PLANNING MEETING. Our next planning meeting will be on April 9. 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.
News from Sacramento Citizens Climate Lobby
8 MAR 2014:
From The Sacramento Bee: Sacramento faithful examines what religion teaches us about climate change, Stephen Magagnini. Coverage of the March 8 Faith in Action: A Climate Change Forum, hosted by Citizens Climate Lobby. Also from Sacramento Bee: Letter to the Editor: solving climate change, Dana Nuccitelli, 9 March 2014, regarding Magagnini's article on climate forum.
Visit CCL Sacramento's website, www.sacramentoccl.org
Citizens Climate Lobby Sacramento Chapter News
The Faith in Action Forum on Climate Change in Rancho Cordova went great! Thanks Christine Bailey for spearheading this important event. There was some coverage in the Bee and a follow up letter by Dana that generated a little back and forth with LTE by CCL member Bill Becker.
Saturday, April 5th
Total Wine & More, 2121 Arden Way
9:45-12:00 Monthly Conference Call and Meeting
1-3:30 pm CCL Workshop, more info below
Join us for one or both. We will have lunch at Chipotle from noon-1.
CCL Workshop--Become a Citizen Climate Lobbyist
Saturday, April 5th, 1-3:30 pm
Total Wine & More, 2121 Arden Way, corner of Howe and Arden across from Nordstrom Rack
35 seats are available so please RSVP to email@example.com with your name and phone number.
- Learn more about the CCL organization and our methodologies
- Learn about the revenue-neutral carbon tax
- Learn about the quiet, but rapidly growing movement to pass legislation in 2015
If you can't make it to the afternoon workshop, please join us in the morning that same day and place for our monthly meeting, 9:45-12:00.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Climate radio show in planning stages
Want to help produce CCL segments on a local climate-themed radio show?
Looking for people to learn the ropes, training available.
Contact Jennifer for more info.
Letter to the Editor opportunities will be coming up with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report due for official release, as well as early leaks on Friday. Look for coverage in the Bee as well as the Lodi Sentinel and Fresno Bee. Let's respond with a flurry of LTE's about the need put a fee on emissions and to return the proceeds to households, with a revenue-neutral carbon fee/tax and 100% dividend.
-Jennifer and the Sacramento CCL Team
Register now for the 2014 CCL International Conference
June 20-24, Washington D.C.
(See also Pricing Carbon issue pages)
New IPCC Report
30 MAR 2014: new IPCC report on "Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability"
From Climate Progress: Conservative Climate Panel Warns World Faces 'Breakdown Of Food Systems' And More Violent Conflict, Joe Romm. "The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued its second of four planned reports examining the state of climate science. This one summarizes what the scientific literature says about "Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability" (big PDF here). As with every recent IPCC report, it is super-cautious to a fault and yet still incredibly alarming."
From Climate Consensus-The 97% blog (The Guardian): IPCC report warns of future climate change risks, but is spun by contrarians, Dana Nuccitelli, 30 Mar 2014. "In the end it all boils down to risk management. The stronger our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the lower the risk of extreme climate impacts." [See also Reports/Conferences page]
31 MAR 2014: On Charlie Rose show: discussion of IPCC report and climate change with Michael Oppenheimer, Jeffrey Sachs, and Michael Mann.
1 APR 2014:
From The Sacramento Bee: Editorial: Yes, climate change is real and damaging, Bee Editorial Board.
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.
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.
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 in 2013.