This is an amazing time in history. While those in power continue with business as usual, seemingly oblivious to the climate crisis that's upon us, ordinary people are stepping up to find solutions. The local 350 Sacramento group is as busy as can be and we have more ideas than we can possibly implement. So please join us. Bring your ideas, talents, and enthusiasm and let's see what we can do to turn this crisis around.
Upcoming events (we'll be tabling at these events—please volunteer to help):
• April 10—California Native Plant Society meeting “Species vulnerabilities and extinction risk from climate Change: What are our options for action?” (7 pm, Shepard Garden & Arts Center, McKinley Park)
• CSUS Earth Day—April 17, 10–2 (CSUS)
• Earth Day—April 21, 11-4 (Southside Park)
• Bike Fest—May 9, 11-1 (Capitol)
• Green Fair—May 29, 11-1:30 (Capitol)
Citizens Climate Lobby—On Saturday, April 6, from 9 am to 1 pm (or whatever part of that you can make) at 2208 Gerber Ave, Sacramento (Med center area, near Stockton and T) join fellow climate lovers and CCL Regional Coordinator Jerry Hinkle to learn about the Citizen's Climate Lobby mission and structure. Check out the website for lots of info and background material at citizensclimatelobby.org. From 10 to 11, listen to the monthly conference call which will feature author Sam Daley-Harris. For the rest of the time, we will get to know each other, how the chapters work, and what action items we will do along with the other chapters across the nation. Light refreshments. For more information contact Jennifer Wood (Sacramento) 707-845-1216 or Elisabeth Robbins (Davis) 319-981-6555. An RSVP would be much appreciated!
Keystone—we continue to encourage President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. This is a rapidly evolving and growing issue--the line in the sand that can't be crossed or, as James Hansen, NASA chief climate scientist, called it "game over for the climate." You can make a comment to the State Department about Keystone XL at act.350.org/letter/a_million_strong_against_keystone/—the goal is to get a million comments. The 10 arguments against Keystone are compelling.
Divestment/Reinvestment—350 Sacramento has been involved in the effort to encourage large investors to divest their fossil fuel holdings and switch to sustainable investments that will help revitalize our economy while protecting our environment. This is an exciting and challenging issue. If you have interest/expertise in this area, please consider joining the subcommittee working on this.
May is Bike Month—Join the 350 Sacramento team—all are welcome. This month of riding will get you out of your car, in better shape, and is just plain fun. It's simple--you pledge the miles you want to ride for the month, then try to reach that goal. We are developing a calendar of rides and events, including a ride to the Davis Farmers Market, the CycleFemme Ride, a Day on the Farm at Soil Born, and our grand finale: a ride to Karen's in Folsom. Also, the Eco Home Tour on May 18.
Eco Home Tour—May 18. We're going to ride around to see what people in the Sacramento area have done to make their homes more climate friendly, from native gardens to insulation to windows to solar, etc. We're still looking for folks who would like to share their story, projects, and challenges with others—renters, owners, big & small, inexpensive & fancy. Contact Ashley. More details in a few weeks.
Many more ideas/projects: Town Hall meeting on climate change, study on how can we make Sacramento carbon neutral, art show, book group, media outreach, movie night, direct actions...what are your interests/talents and how would you like to get involved in this greatest challenge of our time? Join a subcommittee focused on one of the many climate change issues or help with outreach and other aspects (we need bike flags for May is Bike Month, planners, doers, artists, phoners, meetup organizers, etc).
A few more calendar items:
• April 16--Garth Lenz will be back to present his slideshow at 7pm at the Yolo County Library, 315 E. 14th St, Davis
• April 21--Author Kim Stanley Robinson will give a talk/slideshow, 3-5 pm at the Davis Community Church
• April 24—Interfaith Legislative Prayer Breakfast, St. John’s Church, 7:30–9 am—join the faith community and legislative officials at a morning breakfast with briefing and prayer for the protection of our environment. (http://event.pingg.com/April24Breakfast)
Keep in touch with 350 Sacramento through Facebook & Twitter (350 Sacramento) and our website http://www.350Sacramento.org