Join the Global Movement to Solve the Climate Crisis with Action here in Silicon Valley


Less than a month to SLO decision on Oil Trains! Sign this letter: LINK

During the week of March 13-17, the supervisors down in San Luis Obispo County will be deciding the fate of oil trains coming through San Jose. From the residents and workers in the Blast Zone right up to the Mayor, we are united in opposition to this idea.

See our brand new 5 minute video on this, and afterwards, please do your part in stopping this oil-by-rail massive project by signing a letter opposing it here: LINK.

  


Please Sign Petition to Divest CA Pensions From DAPL - Deadline Feb. 13th!

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On Day 5 of his administration, Donald Trump has signed executive orders that attempt to re-start work on Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). 

Both of California's huge public pension funds, CalPERS and CalSTRS, hold significant investments in Energy Transfer Partners, the conglomeration of companies building DAPL. CalPERS investments total about $65 million, CalSTRS about $30 million. Most of the funds’ holdings are in corporate bonds, high-risk investments that companies sell to raise funds for construction projects. 

State Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San José) has introduced AB 20, a bill that would require the funds to divest from companies "constructing, or funding the construction of, the Dakota Access Pipeline" by July 1, 2018. CalPERS has this topic on their agenda for Feb. 13 so we need to get signatures asap.

Sign this petition to tell the funds to divest from DAPL, and support AB20: LINK


Please sign petition to keep Aliso Canyon Gas Facility Closed

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New State Senator Henry Stern introduced -- as his first bill -- an urgency measure to keep the Aliso Canyon gas facility closed, at least until the state conducts the full required analysis of why the blowout happened.
Please sign this petition to support his efforts:

350 Silicon Valley's "No Way in San Jose" Campaign joined 25,000 marchers in Women's March, San Jose, Sat., Jan. 21

Film Producer Ralph King, with cinematographer Max Good, did video interviews along the route and filmed our "oil train" in action, carried by about 30 of our crew.

We distributed flyers, website link cards, and engaged San Jose residents in a dialogue about the real threat of Phillips 66 oil trains coming through the city. For more information on this threat and what you can do, please go to: LINK


Climate Success:  

Monterey County Becomes California's First Oil Producing County to Ban Fracking

Monterey County has now become the sixth county in California to ban fracking, with a 56% to 44% margin in favor of Measure Z, that bans fracking in Monterey County.   It ranks as the first area with a significant oil industry to ban fracking.

This is a huge win for local grass roots efforts.  Despite being outspent by 30 to 1 funding, with Chevron infusing 5 million dollars into their campaign, the environmental, health and safety issues were heard and understood by the community.  

This win is bigger than Monterey County. It will create added momentum for other areas to be counted as a NO to this environmentally devastating industry practice.

Congratulations to Monterey County and all Activists that supported the Measure Z effort. 


 

Learn About the CalSTRS Petition to Divest from All Oil and Gas Companies

Fossil Free California is petitioning CalSTRS to divest, by 2020, from all oil and gas companies, beginning with ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Shell

These companies have known for decades that their products increase the dangers of climate change, but they have not joined the international effort to minimize global warming. Since they refuse to modify their business plans or activities, and since their reserves are at risk of becoming worthless stranded assets, we believe that CalSTRS should divest for both financial and ethical reasons.

Watch for the 350 Silicon Valley email, sent directly to our members, that provides more information.  And go this link to sign the petition. 

And join 350SV to stay tuned to climate change issues at a local, national and global level. Join and donate here.


Help Us Ban Fracking in Santa Clara County

Stephanie_Fracking_Activist.jpgBy signing this Petition, you will encourage the Board of Supervisors to stop additional oil and gas development in the county.  There are currently 15 active wells and 2 injection wells in Sargent Field in South County close to three earthquake faults and critical water supplies.  We need more environmental protections on existing wells and a ban on any new ones. The Sierra Club, 350 Silicon Valley, PDC, Dean Club, the Democratic Central Committee and South County Democratic Club are all in favor of this ban.

Help protect our water, our air, our health and our climate, by signing this Petition. 
Go to:  https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2763

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Silicon Valley Stands With The People Of Standing Rock #NoDAPL

People from all across our nation and the globe are raising their voices.  Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline is growing stronger by the day. On the evening of 9.13.16 in Silicon Valley over 100 activists lit candles and raised our voices to send a message to President Obama that he must permanently halt construction of the DAPL! Check out our photos from our candlelight vigil, 9.13.16: LINK

 

 


 

Divesting Fossil Fuels from Your Portfolio

A Forum for Individual Investors

  • Considering eliminating fossil fuels from your portfolio? Since burning any more than 20 percent of known reserves will destroy Earth's habitable climate, carbon fuels will soon be seen as "stranded assets" — and wise investors are moving out of such risky investments.
  • Seeking a concrete way to expedite the transition away from fossil fuels? You can align your investments with your values and add your voice to the rapidly growing global divestment movement. 

Join us for a forum about fossil-free investing

  • Pose your questions to Christian Ortez, Director of LPL Financial's Blackmont Wealth Management Group.  
  • Explore Internet resources for individuals and financial managers: fossilfreefunds.orgclean200organd divestinvest.org.  
  • Sandy Emerson from Fossil Free California will introduce key topics for the discussion with Christian Ortez.

More Forums coming up TBA

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What Can You Do About Climate Change?

An excellent article by 350SV member David Coale:

As our electricity grid gets cleaner and cleaner with California’s Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) increasing the percentages of renewables to 50% by 20301 and with many communities opting for Community Choice Energy where this will happen even sooner and at a lower price, the switch to electric energy to do our bidding is getting more attention.

With a cleaner energy source coming on-line, our next easiest opportunity to address climate change is to switch to using this clean energy for as much as possible as we go about our daily lives. With the recent advances in technology, switching to electricity to meet our daily needs is now more available than ever before and cost effective as well.  READ MORE: LINK 

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