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    CA Senate District 13 Candidate’s Climate and Environment Forum

    When: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    Where: Menlo-Atherton High School Theatre, in atherton, CA

    Are we sending a climate defender to Sacramento?

    Wed Jan 15, 7:00 - 9.30 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

    Menlo-Atherton High School Theatre, 555 Middlefield Rd, Atherton

    No cost, but please register so we will know how many to prepare for: www.bit.ly/37LOPD2

    Please tell others — and bring your friends and neighbors.  Let’s show these candidates that we all care about the environment!

    Sponsored by 350 Silicon Valley, Acterra, Citizens' Climate Lobby, Midpen Media Center, and Sustainable San Mateo County, and in collaboration with additional community organizations including Peninsula Interfaith Climate Action.

     

    Background: The primary takes place on March 3, 2020. Senator Jerry Hill has ably served District 13 since 2012, and is vacating his seat because of term limits. District 13 represents most of the residents on the Peninsula, including the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Mountain View, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Woodside and parts of unincorporated San Mateo County and unincorporated Santa Clara County.

    Avenues for Action— a Climate Change Workshop

    When: Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 09:30 AM
    Where: UU Fellowship of Redwood City in redwood city, CA

    Sat., January 25 — 9:30 am to 2:00 pm (come at 9:15am for registration & coffee)
    UU Fellowship of Redwood City
    2124 Brewster Avenue (corner of Lowell), Redwood City

    As climate scientist Dr. Katherine Hayhoe said in a terrific TED talk  “The most important thing you can do about climate change is talk about it,” so we’ll start off in small group discussions to share our personal response to this global challenge — then get inspired by some “good news” created by collective action.  We’ll hold conversations with others to explore various perspectives — and learn about a variety of ways to get involved — from making changes in our own homes, to local community action groups, to larger organizational efforts, and citizen engagement at state and Federal levels.
    The workshop is free (lunch included!), but we need to know how many people to plan for, so please register here: https://tinyurl.com/Avenues4ClimateAction
    Hope you can join us for a thought-provoking — and inspiring — time!
  • It's A Climate Emergency

    Silicon Valley Pledge of Resistance

    Fires, floods, drought, despoiling the oceans, the climate emergency is here. Our Silicon Valley response to the climate crisis is to take the fight directly to those who continue to push the “fossil fuel forever” agenda.

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    Civil Rights leader John Lewis reminds us that “we must find a way to get in the way” through direct action. Sign our new pledge of resistance and let’s show banks like Wells Fargo why they must stop funding the climate disaster.

    Sign pledge of resistance

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  • Sign Petition Asking City of Mountain View to Divest from Chevron ($7.9M) and Exxon ($5.9M)

    Sign the Petition

    This past year, the City of Mountain View's Environmental Sustainability Task Force 2 engaged residents, staff, environmental experts and stakeholders in a mighty 9-month effort to "[help] the City meet its climate goals," producing a 318-page report of recommendations. Unbelievably, over the same period, the City doubled down on investments in Chevron—from $5.5M in June 2017 to $7.9M in June 2018 (see tables below).

    We are asking the City of Mountain View to divest its investments in Chevron ($7.9M, up from $5.5M in June 2017) and Exxon ($5.9M).

    In addition, we ask that:

    • a screen for fossil fuel companies be added to Section 6.3 Prohibited Investments of the City Council B-2 Investment Policy,
    • public money should hasten, not delay, the transition to clean energy,
    • we support local governments that employ a triple bottom-line to uphold the public trust.

    If you agree, please add you name to the petition and share this email or this link to the petition with your neighbors, friends, family and on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • RISE for Climate, Jobs, and Justice

    image5.jpgOn September 8, 2018, thousands of people converged in San Francisco for the ‘Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice’ march, just days before the Global Climate Action Summit, demanding a phase-out of fossil fuel extraction and a just transition to a 100% renewable energy economy. Event organizers emphasized community-led solutions, starting in places most impacted by pollution and climate change. The march brought together people from across California, the U.S., and around the world, including those facing health impacts associated with oil & gas production, those recovering from the devastation of the state’s worsening wildfires, those working to resist the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure, and those advocating for and building solutions to the climate crisis within their communities. In San Francisco, people took to the streets in the largest climate march the West Coast has ever seen that also included the largest ever street mural. Concurrently, people around the world will join more than 830 events in 91 countries under the “Rise for Climate” banner. In the U.S., over 300 events are planned in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Photo by Brooke Anderson | Survival Media Agency.

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  • Arts Build+ with David Solnit and The Peace Poets

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    We’re in a climate emergency, and 350 Silicon Valley is ramping up its actions. On August 24 at the UU church in San Jose, our event organizers Ralph King and Kathy Pimentel were joined by David Solnit, 350.org’s North American Arts Organizer, The Peace Poets from Brooklyn, and more than 40 arts builders from 350 Silicon Valley, partner groups and faith and other community volunteers. We created silk screen posters and a huge banner, saw how street murals are made, and learned songs for the September 8 Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice March in San Francisco.

    Come join us at 10AM in San Francisco at Embarcadero Plaza on September 8 for the biggest climate march in Northern California history. Caltrain is the best way from San Jose and the Peninsula.

    Photos by Chris Cassell and Jack Owicki, ProBonoPhoto.org

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    David showing finished silk screened posters

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    Peace Poets teaching songs for the march

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    Kathy learning basics of silk screening

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    Hang 'em out to dry

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    Adding tempura colors to the posters

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    Making the main march banner

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    Learning the way street murals are made

     

     

     

     

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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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  • New Year, New Energy: Let’s Talk About Climate

    See livestream video of standing room only 100+ crowd at New Year, New Energy event on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/350SiliconValley/videos/1663178440370278/

    Please share widely!

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