Join the Global Movement to Solve the Climate Crisis - and Take Action here in Silicon Valley
We've DONE IT!! 1073 Letters to the EPA and more still to be counted!
EPA Letter-Writing Marathon! Goal: 1000 Letters by December 1st
The public comment period on EPA's proposed rules on CO2 emissions from existing power plants (that's 40% of US emissions!) ends on December 1st; if we blanket the EPA with another 2 million comments like we did on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline we can have a huge impact, far greater even than stopping KXL. Of course this time we're *supporting* the EPA's proposed rules! Let's aim to send out 1000 hand-written letters to the EPA by December 1st!
You can help by asking your circle of people (family, friends, club, house of worship, colleagues) to write a letter. The package put together by 350SV members Kathy Pimentel and Sister Ginny Pfluger makes this super easy! Find everything you need to write your own handwritten letter and print out packages for friends to write their letters, here: LINK
** And be sure to sign the latest CalPERS/CalSTRS petition! Any Californian can sign.
Our 350 Silicon Valley Table at Carry the Vision Conference 2014
350SV members Kathy Pimentel, Tonya Parnak staffed our table at the Carry the Vision Conference (CarryTheVison.Org) in Los Gatos. They came prepared to educate conference goers on the EPA's proposed rules on CO2 emissions from existing power plants and they succeeded in convincing 35 attendees to send in their own, handwritten letters to EPA supporting the new regulations! Go Kathy and Tonya! If you'd like to write your own letter you can find all the information to do so here on our website: LINK
Precinct Walking for Yes on J Ban Fracking Initiative
On 9/28/14, 350 Silicon Valley activists Mark, Lesa, Paul and Brian complete an afternoon of precinct walking in Hollister for the Yes on J Ban Fracking initiative.
350 Silicon Valley Activists Make History at People's Climate March in NYC and Rally in Oakland on 9/21/14!
From Todd Gitlin, The Nation: "...the People’s Climate March changed the social map — many maps, in fact, since hundreds of smaller marches took place in 162 countries. That march in New York City, spectacular as it may have been with its 400,000 participants, joyous as it was, moving as it was (slow-moving, actually, since it filled more than a mile’s worth of wide avenues and countless side streets), was no simple spectacle for a day. It represented the upwelling of something that matters so much more: a genuine global climate movement." Good work fellow 350 Silicon Valley activists extraordinaire! (LINK to the Nation article.)
Intergenerational Call for Divestment at UC Regents Meeting
On July 17th over 40 students, alumni, faculty and supporters, including 3 members of 350 Silicon Valley, showed up to call on the Board of Regents to stand on the right side of history, and to let them know that the world is watching and waiting for bold leadership. The Regents will vote on a divestment resolution in September. Divestment activists have made their eighth appearance at a Regents Meeting with the message that fossil fuel corporations are a risky investment which should be avoided. Go Fossil Free UC! (Photo Courtesy of 350 Silicon Valley activist Phil Ritter.)
350 Silicon Valley Updates:
Obama Protest Rally Huge Success!
350.org Silicon Valley members, joined by members from 350 Bay Area, 350 SF, Citizen's Climate Lobby, the Sierra Club and Credo, were out in force to tell President Obama NO to the Keystone XL Pipeline! — at The Fairmont San José on 5.8.14. Photos courtesy of 350SV activist and photographer Bijan Mottahedeh (check out his beautiful work at http://www.verseye.com).
350 Silicon Valley and Citizen's Climate Lobby members met with Congresswoman Eshoo!
A coalition of members of Citizens Climate Lobby and 350 Silicon Valley met with Congresswoman Eshoo and her staff to discuss action on climate change. They had a great discussion that lasted nearly an hour, and appreciated Congresswoman Eshoo’s interest, knowledge and commitment on climate issues. Updates and potential next steps will be posted here – stay tuned! From L to R: Christine Padilla (staff member), Bill Betchart (CCL), Tasha Reddy (CCL and 350 SV), Lynda Marin (CCL), Jane Melia (350 SV), Polly Hughes (CCL), Sudhanshu Jain (CCL and 350 SV), Walt Hayes, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo. More information on Citizen's Climate Lobby: http://citizensclimatelobby.org/
Members of 350 Silicon Valley joined thousands at massive rally in Sacramento to call for a ban on fracking!
Photos courtesy of photographer and climate warrior extraordinaire, Bijan Mottahedeh.
350 Silicon Valley Quarterly Meeting
So exciting to share ideas and strategize with such smart and interesting people who are all concerned about climate change and ready to take action! Photos courtesy of climate activist and extraordinary photographer, Bijan Mottahedeh, http://www.verseye.com
350 Silicon Valley members team up with First Unitarian Church of San José to write No KXL Letters to the State Department
350 Silicon Valley members (from right to left) Kathy Pimental, Linda Goytia and Deborah Levoy teamed up with the congregation of the First Unitarian Church of San José to write 42 letters to the State Department calling for the rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline and for strong support for clean energy solutions. What a fruitful collaboration!
350 Silicon Valley members Jane Melia and Nicole Kemeny team up with Interfaith Power and Light on No KXL Letter Writing Campaign
Members of 350 Silicon Valley, Jane Melia and Nicole Kemeny (left to right) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto as part of an event organized for the Interfaith Power and Light Preach-In on Climate Change. Over 90 letters and comments were written by attendees, calling for the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, supporting strong climate action in California and supporting the development of carbon emissions regulations for fossil fuel plants.
Over 200 attend No KXL Vigils in Palo Alto and San José on 2/3/14!
Bay Climate Action Plan Presented in Redwood City
Janet Stromberg, a co-founder of 350 Bay Area, gave a presentation on the Bay Climate Action Plan (“BayCAP” LINK to BayCap) to an interested audience at the Redwood City Library on Thursday, Dec. 12th. The action plan provides a roadmap to bring Bay Area Greenhouse gases back to livable levels by focusing on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s (LINK to BAAQMD's website) ability to build community consensus for Bay Area leadership to achieve real climate solutions. After the presentation, Janet explained how attendees and others can play a key role in lobbying the Board to make sure the Air District develops a program for deep cuts in GHGs, and implements the program. The meeting was co-sponsored by 350 Silicon Valley, 350 Bay Area and the Sierra Club. If you missed Thursday night’s program, it will be repeated on Tuesday, December 17th from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the Peninsula Conservation Center in Palo Alto, where the Sierra Club’s Loma Prieta Chapter offices are located.
A successful 350 activist training!
In December 2013, a group of local 350 activists, many from 350 Silicon Valley, attended an energizing activist training by the 350.org super trainers Deidre and Joshua, with the expert guidance of Anna G. What a great turnout - we've got the tools to solve the climate crisis! (Thank you Marc Franklin for your gorgeous photo!)
First Unitarian Church San José joined our EPA comment drive!
On 11/17/13, 50 members of the First Unitarian Church in San Jose wrote their requests to the EPA for strict standards for regulating carbon emissions from power plants currently in operation. Way to go, First Unitarian San Jose climate warriors! Carbon emissions from existing power plants account for 40% our country's total carbon emissions.
Caroline Spears' comment to the EPA last week was impressive!
Caroline is a member of Students for a Sustainable Stanford, a dynamic group working hard to solve the climate crisis.
The hearing in San Francisco was part of the EPA's 11-city "Listening Tour" designed for the EPA to hear comments from the public regarding regulation of existing power plants' carbon emissions. This hearing, on Nov. 5th 2013 in San Francisco, included many members of 350 Silicon Valley who spoke in support of strong regulation. Job well done!
A beautiful candlelight vigil in Palo Alto on 10/29/13 to commemorate the 1st Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and make the climate change connection:
A great meeting with Rep. Eshoo's office Friday 9/27/13!
Great meeting on Friday 9/27 at Congresswoman Eshoo's district office, with members of 350SiliconValley, Acterra, Citizen's Climate Lobby and Organizing For Action, during which we delivered the letter that many of you signed, requesting that our Congressional Representatives take decisive action on climate change. This is part of an on-going effort to raise the profile of this issue at the start of this new congressional session. Thanks to all for your engagement! In photo from left: Daniel (350SV), Josh (OFA), Tasha (CCL, 350SV and OFA!), Christine (District staff), Debbie (Acterra and 350SV), Amy (350SV) and Jane (350SV).
Photos from Rising Tide Protest in Palo Alto, 9/21/13!
We participated in a Nation Day of Action with cities all around the country! We drew a human water line in a Palo Alto neighborhood that will be underwater with just 1 foot of sea level rise, as a result of Climate Change. There was a huge turnout across the nation; we're making a strong statement to President Obama for the urgent need to take serious action on climate policy and stop the Keystone Pipeline. (Photos courtesy of Scott Bayer- thank you Scott!)