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A Must See Climate Change Film:
Leonardo DiCaprio explores climate change in “Before the Flood.”
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, “Before the Flood” is a spell-binding journey that explores the dramatic climate changes occurring around the world. In 2014, the United Nations designated DiCaprio a "U.N. Messenger of Peace" with a focus on climate change. Now, DiCaprio and Stevens take us on a tour of the world to deepen our understanding of what’s happening and what’s at stake.
In this film, Leo represents the every person American with questions about climate change. And in so doing we join him on a personal journey of exploration and revelation. We see DiCaprio’s earliest memories of a poster of Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights," as a window into humanity's uncontrolled overconsumption of Earth's resources. And we glimpse DiCaprio’s early encounters with environmentalism as a link to our personal experience. We fly over Canadian oil sand extraction, walk on melting ice in the Arctic Circle and see the devastation of Sumatran forests created by harvesting Palm oil used in everything from snacks and fast food to cosmetics and animal feed. We talk with leaders and experts that moves our thinking to larger questions about where we’re headed.
Stevens shares, “There are so many amazing climate change documentaries, but no one sees them. A lot of people saw “Inconvenient Truth” because 2006 was a very good time for Al Gore. He had basically won the presidency, then had it snatched away from him, and no one had heard from him for several years. In that sense, we learned that a documentary needs someone for people to hold onto. Fisher Stevens reveals “The key to making people understand this issue is making it accessible but also as entertaining as possible. I’ve filmed so many scientists all my life — I can’t even tell you how many — and it’s nice to film someone like Leo who has the quality of charisma. We wanted Leo to meet the experts and make the experts more palatable, so that everyone could understand them.” Source: Salon Interview with Fisher Stevens.
In The Hollywood Reporter’s Interview, Stevens and DiCaprio share, “Climate change is the most critical and urgent problem facing our world today, and it must be a top issue for voters this election day,” said DiCaprio of the film on Tuesday. “Fisher and I set out to make a film that not only educates people about the challenges we face if we fail to act, but one which also shows the solutions we can implement if we can find the political will to do so. We need leaders not only in the United States, but across the globe, who believe in the science of climate change and who have the courage to take a stand for our planet. Bringing this film to college campuses is a key component to engaging young voters to hold our leaders accountable.” Stevens added, “As the last debate made clear, climate change is and should be a pivotal part of the conversation for this election.” Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Let’s broaden the conversation about Climate Change by seeing “Before the Flood” with friends and family and renewing community conversations.
A limited pre-theatrical release began on Oct. 20 and the film will air globally on the National Geographic Channel on Oct 30. Hope you have the opportunity to see it soon.
Actions You Can Take Now:
- Watch and share the trailer: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/before-the-flood/videos/before-the-flood-trailer/
- Get the discussion guide and lead a thoughtful discussion about climate change. http://beforetheflood-livefyre.nationalgeographic.com/lib/pdf/BTF_Disc_guide_r2.pdf
- See the early pre-theatrical release of "Before the Flood" in one of these local venues:
o Berkeley - University of California, Berkeley, Cal Hiking and Outdoor Society October 27
o San Francisco - Rooftop Alternative Pre K-8 School, ArtsEd4All: The Studio @ Rooftop November 4
o San Francisco - RAN The New Parkway, Oakland, CA October 27
o San Francisco - University of San Francisco, International Studies October 26
o Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz Climate Action Network, citizen climate education, Live Oak Grange November 3
Help Us Ban Fracking in Santa Clara County
By 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.
Go to: https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2763
Get Out The Vote House Party
People all over the country will gather for house parties to make sure that Donald Trump, the worst candidate on climate justice ever, does not have a path to the White House.
This is a crucial week, just after the first debate and before early voters start going to the polls. It can feel pretty disempowering to watch the election unfold through a screen -- next week is a chance to volunteer in a way that really makes a difference, and meet some folks going through it with you. Already, the 350 Action and NextGen Climate teams have made tens of thousands of calls and sent half a million texts to voters in the key battleground states that will decide this election. But we’ve still got a ways to go: it will take all of us to stop Trump from wrecking our climate and communities.
We can leave our mark on this election if we work together: so let's make this week huge.
There’s a Get Out the Vote house party happening near you in the next week. Or even better, you could start your own! Trump has the election nearly tied with less than 6 weeks to go -- can you join and do your part to stop him?
Find (or Host!) a Party Near you here:
If you can't make any of these house parties, you can sign up for convenient texting and phone calling shifts right from your home with NextGen Climate, a 350.org partner, at nextgenclimate.org
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 last night's beautiful candlelight vigil, 9.13.16: LINK
Thanks to all who took the time to call! AB 197 was approved earlier today by a vote of 44-28 and now goes to Gov. Brown's desk for his signature! This is great news!
After Intense Debate, Assembly Approves Climate Legislation
Aimed at Pollution Reduction, Increasing Oversight
Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)
The Assembly approved a second measure on climate change Wednesday after a contentious debate about the benefits of environmental regulations and whether the provisions go far enough to increase legislative oversight of state regulators.
Assembly Bill 197 now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. A related measure that would extend the state's target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Senate Bill 32, is awaiting another vote in the Senate after being approved by the Assembly on Tuesday, August 30th.
Assembly Bill 197 reached the floor after being approved earlier in the day by a committee. Because it would direct regulators to prioritize direct emission reductions from sources such as refineries, some business groups are concerned it would undermine the cap-and-trade program, a charge rejected by supporters.
The discussion on the floor reflected questions about whether the benefits of environmental regulations were being felt equally around the state. “How many Teslas are in your district? Not many of them in mine," Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) said.
Some Democrats spoke out against the legislation, including Assemblywoman Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino). She said the proposal does not include adequate oversight of state regulators, an ongoing issue for climate legislation. “I do not see equity, transparency and accountability," Brown said.
Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) disagreed, saying he thought there would be significant progress. “This is a very consequential bill, enlarging the footprint of the Legislature in this area," he said.
Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), the author of the bill, described it as an important step forward for lawmakers. “Doing nothing keeps us in the same position, with our hands tied behind our back," he said.
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.org, clean200org, and divestinvest.org.
- Sandy Emerson from Fossil Free California will introduce key topics for the discussion with Christian Ortez.
Thursday, September 15
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
505 E Charleston Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
"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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Bidder 70 Showing inspires 350 Silicon Valley members to action.
San Jose's Rose Garden Library was the site of a recent showing of the inspirational film Bidder 70, which tells the story of activist Tim DeChristopher and his act of civil disobedience in disrupting an illegal land auction outside a national park, and our troubling legal system which denied Tim the right to even discuss his motivations before the jury. The event featured special Guest Speakers, Andrew Bear (and expert on Non-Violent Civil Disobedience) and RL Miller (Chair of CA Democratic Environmental Caucus), and an engaging discussion after the movie!
350 Silicon Valley Annual Meeting, on 2.27.16, was inspiring and fun!
Photos taken by 350SV activist and talented photographer, Bijan Mottahedeh
See MORE PAST EVENTS HERE: LINK