A Beautiful Candlelight Vigil!

Posted by Deborah Levoy on November 03, 2013 at 8:21 PM


Wow, what a beautiful candlelight vigil in Palo Alto on 10/29 to commemorate the 1st anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and make the climate change connection.

Candlelight Vigil- 1st Anniversary Super Storm Sandy

Posted by Deborah Levoy on October 28, 2013 at 1:39 PM

This Tuesday!!
Candlelight Vigil- 1st Anniversary Super Storm Sandy 
Tuesday 10/29/13, 7-8pm, Palo Alto

Join friends from 350 Silicon Valley, Organizing for Action, and the Citizens Climate Lobby on the first anniversary of Super Storm Sandy for a Candlelight Vigil. We'll honor those whose lives have been affected by extreme weather and send the message that climate change is here and we need to act now. 
Where: Lytton Plaza in Palo Alto 
When: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A great meeting with Rep. Eshoo's office Friday 9/27!

Posted by Deborah Levoy on September 28, 2013 at 2:22 PM

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).

Chevron's Richmond Refinery

Posted by Glen Shaffer on August 21, 2013 at 8:37 PM

August 6 was the 68th anniversary of the day we dropped the bomb on Hiroshima and marked the 1-year anniversary of the Chevron refinery explosion in Richmond, CA. It became apparent in the years following the Hiroshima bombing that humans had harnessed an element of nature powerful enough to destroy the entire planet. The ability to define the usage of this destructive tool is in the hands of a powerful few without regards to the wants and needs of the masses. Many scientists involved even warned that this was a genie best left in its bottle.

What we didn’t realize was that a slow burning fuse to a bomb far more destructive had already been lit many decades before, - a carbon bomb that threatened the entire planet. Again ignoring the warnings of scientist and the needs of the masses, the policies on extraction and usage are controlled by a powerful few. The fossil-fuel industries’ money bought them power and influence over our governments. And they used that power to buy decades of delay and denial.

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Obama's June 6th Visit

Posted by Glen Shaffer on June 08, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Thursday June 6th President Obama came to Palo Alto, CA for a fundraiser. 350 Silicon Valley was determined to make sure he heard our opposition to the KXL pipeline.

 Thursday was also my nephew’s high school graduation. Our family is very proud of him; school has not been easy for him because of ADHD, he had to work harder than most to achieve this goal. My sister with her famous stubborn determination kept him focused and busy. He has exceeded expectations by excelling at school, dance and sports. After receiving his diploma the crowd chanted for him to do a flip, which he did to cheers. I have complete faith he will continue to impress people with his innocent charm and determination as he heads to college and beyond.

Afterwards I drove with my wife and our 9 year-old to join 350 Silicon Valley. In the back of my mind were the 282 recent graduates, wide-eyed and hopeful, but what is their future? A crappy job market, overbearing student loan debts and severe weather are already stacked up against our new graduates. As a father, uncle and human being I feel the need to work towards improving these conditions. None are more urgent than Climate Change.

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Don't just count the carbon, BIKE THE MATH!

Posted by Sven Eberlein on May 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

If you're in the Bay Area and want to do something exciting, fun, and meaningful to voice your concerns about climate change and the fossil fuel industry's long-term business plan, here it is... (and if not, please help spread the word)

Bike the Math to Chevron's shareholders at their Annual General Meeting in San Ramon. Let's tell Chevron to stop fueling climate chaos and become a renewable energy company!

Bike the Math

When: Wednesday, May 29th
Where: Dublin/Pleasanton BART, 8am
What: Light to medium 6 mile ride to Chevron Headquarters in San Ramon along Iron Horse Trail, arriving at approximately 9am


RSVP at 350BayArea.org or join Facebook Event page

The Iron Horse Trail from Pleasanton to San Ramon

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Benghazi! Umbrellas! 400 ppm... Yawn

Posted by Glen Shaffer on May 21, 2013 at 8:28 PM

While Congress is busy chasing the next great conspiracy in Benghazi or voting to repeal Obamacare for the 37 millionth time - the arctic icecap is quickly disappearing.

In early April, Carlos Duarte warned that the Arctic summer sea ice was melting at a rate faster than predicted by conventional climate models, and could be ice free as early as 2015 - rather than toward the end of the century, as the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projected in 2007. He said: "The Arctic situation is snowballing: dangerous changes in the Arctic derived from accumulated anthropogenic green house gases lead to more activities conducive to further greenhouse gas emissions. This situation has the momentum of a runaway train."
Nazfeez Ahmed

American media is busy reporting on issues important to us, such as Umbrella-gate or the British Royal family.

The disparity was greatest on ABC World News, which dedicated 43 segments to the royal family and only one to climate change. NBC Nightly News wasn't much better, devoting 38 segments to the royals and only 4 to climate change. CBS Evening News covered climate change the most -- in 7 segments -- but still less than its 11 segments on the royal family. This ongoing imbalance was illustrated just last week when scientists announced that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is set to surpass 400 parts per million, likely for the first time in human history. ABC World News and NBC Nightly News ignored the story, even as NBC found time to cover Prince Harry's visit to the United States.
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