Defund DAPL Rally & March, Palo Alto, 2.11.17
350 Silicon Valley Members at NoDAPL NoKXl Drum and Prayer Circle, San Jose, Jan. 28, 2017
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
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
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
Break Free 2016 LA Was a Huge Success!
Check out these photos from Break Free LA 2016, the biggest global climate event in history!
(Photos by Brooke Anderson)
More photos here: LINK
Link to article in the Guardian: LINK
A HUGE TURNOUT FOR NORCAL CLIMATE MOBILIZATION, OAKLAND, 11.21.15!
350 SV's Kathy Pimentel and Ginny Pfluger seen with Kathy's COP21 themed banner in the UK Guardian newspaper coverage of NorCal Climate Mobilization!
Click here to read article: LINK
VICTORY! Thank you for all your hard work, showing up again and again to rallies, writing letter after letter, signing petitions. People power has proven stronger than the fossil fuel industry!
Members of 350 Silicon Valley and PICA ask Assembly member Rich Gordon to support SB185 (yes!), SB350, SB32
350 members from San Mateo County ask Assembly member Kevin Mullin to support SB185, SB350, SB32
Over 150 Silicon Valley residents turn out for Stop Oil Trains rally, San José, July 11, 2015!
Huge Turnout for March For Real Climate Leadership, Oakland, Feb. 7, 2015!
A Great Turnout for the Public Forum on Oil by Rail Held at San José City Hall, Jan. 25, 2015!
2 Beautiful No-KXL Vigils in San José and Palo Alto on Jan. 13, 2015!
We've DONE IT!! 1073 Letters to the EPA from Silicon Valley!
The public comment period on EPA's proposed rules on CO2 emissions from existing power plants (that's 40% of US emissions!) ended on December 1, 2014; we met our 1000 comments and then some! Folks from all over the country blanketed the EPA with comments. Way to go!
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!)
Climate Music Videos by 350 Silicon Valley members:
Climate Music Videos by Deborah Levoy:
Aitan Grossman's climate song, "100 Generations"