BILL MCKIBBEN IS COMING TO TOWN! Oct. 18
at Sonoma State - Sustainability Days!
Let's face it, it's tough talking to friends and family about climate change and the need for action. This event is a fabulous introduction: by all means bring your friends, co-workers and family along! Get the word out to protect the climate. Come and be inspired! Come and learn next steps. Help jump start action in our county! There are 1400 seats. Let's FILL IT!
Over the past three decades, Bill McKibben has shaped public perception—and public action—on climate change, alternative energy, and the need for localized economies. An environmental activist, bestselling author, and "the planet's best green journalist" (TIME), McKibben is the founder of 350.org, the massive grassroots climate change initiative.
Free for Sonoma State University students with ID, $20 general public
Tuesday, October 18, 7:30 pm
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
10/13/16 - 6:30 PM: 350 Sonoma’s New Community Conversations Series Addresses Current Native Resistance in North Dakota
October 13th, 2016 6:30 PM
350 Sonoma is kicking off our Community Conversations series with a discussion about the recent Native resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Co-sponsored by Comité VIDA, the newly formed Sonoma-NoDAPL group and other Standing Rock supporters, the event will include a brief overview and video followed by a group discussion with updates from people who have been to Standing Rock, and about Native American rights, protecting our water and other resources, keeping fossil fuels in the ground, and what we can do to make a difference.
“Climate change is hard to talk about. So how are we going to make the changes we need to protect our children’s futures and leave them a better world? We can begin by talking about action, and working together to transform our dependence on clearly outdated fossil fuels, and accelerate the transition to clean, local energy.”
- 350 Sonoma volunteer
More than 300 federally-recognized tribes, members of Congress and dozens of city governments across the country have voiced their support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who are peacefully resisting further construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Currently, thousands of individuals have joined the tribe at their encampment, including residents of the Sonoma County. This community discussion hopes to further deepen our understanding of the issues, how it impacts the greater climate change discussion, and how we can take action towards a sustainable future.
“We stand together in peaceful prayer and solidarity because this pipeline threatens the lives of the more than 17 million people who rely on the Missouri River for their water. This pipeline has already destroyed the burial places of our Lakota and Dakota ancestors. If construction continues, our people stand to lose even more of our sacred places and cultural objects.”
- Chairman Dave Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Thursday, October 13, 2016
6:30 PM Socializing/Networking/light appetizers
7:00 PM Overview, Video and Group Discussion
First United Methodist Church - Carriage House Room
1551 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
The event is free.
Donations welcome for Standing Rock Sioux legal defense and other needs to help get them through the winter.
PLEASE, the tribe has requested NO CLOTHES. They are getting lots of clothes and things and have no place to store them to protect them from the rain. They are getting wet, and it's creating a lot of work to dry things out at the encampments.
FOR UPDATES ON SUPPORT BEING REQUESTED BY THE TRIBE:
See blog post: Support the Standing Rock Sioux - No DAPL!
More resources to come.
- NextGen Climate
The wrong candidate would be the single worse disaster for climate change. Please help work on swing states! And help win the Senate.
I believe this one is too unpredictable and too close to call. We have only a short window to make a difference! The wrong candidate would be a disaster for the climate. Watch our web site and our Facebook site in the coming weeks. I will be putting up calls to action from Robert Reich, Michael Moore, Daily Kos and others who also believe this election is too close to call and we need to get out the vote. We literally cannot afford to let this happen this time. I am doing this work for my beloved nieces and nephews and the precious little children and babies they have. I hope you do the same - for everyone you love!
350 Action and NextGen Climate Working Together to Get Out the Vote!
Bernie says: "If we do not transform our energy system this planet may not be all that habitable for our kids and grandchildren.
"This is not the time for a protest vote, in terms of a presidential campaign. I ran as a third-party candidate. I'm the longest-serving independent in the history of the United States Congress. I know more about third-party politics than anyone else in the Congress, okay? ...When we're talking about president of the United States, in my own personal view, this is not time for a protest vote."
- U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
"Today at school, our staff decided we needed to press pause and create a space for kids to share their thoughts and feelings in response to the killing of Mr. Crutcher. I was part of facilitating three small group discussions throughout the day: a fifth grade group, a sixth grade group, and a seventh/eighth grade group. I want to share what I experienced with the kids today, because I am convinced that if you can put yourself in the shoes of a child of color in Tulsa right now, you will have a clearer understanding of the crisis we're facing and why we say black lives matter.
1. I look at the wide-eyed faces of the fifth graders surrounding me: 10 and 11 year olds, waiting to hear what I had to say. I tell them we will read a news article about the shooting together so we can all be informed. As I read, the students busily highlight and underline parts that stand out to them: Fatally shot. Hands raised. "Bad dude." Motionless. Affected forever. I finish and I ask them, "What are your thoughts?"
To read more, and share see Rebecca Lee's post on Facebook.
No DAPL! It's the Keystone pipeline all over again. Support the Standing Rock Sioux protecting their water and our climate against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Native American tribes are holding the line against the fossil fuel industry for us all! Please consider donating whatever you can.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Sign a petition started by Standing Rock Youth to stop the pipeline here
Spread messages of opposition to the pipeline: #NoDAPL
Donations Requested for Standing Rock Sioux legal defense and other needs to help get them through the winter.
PLEASE, the tribe has requested NO CLOTHES. They are getting lots of clothes and things and have no place to store them to protect them from the rain. They are getting wet, and it's creating a lot of work to dry things out at the encampments. It's best to send money. (And greener, too! We don't have to ship or drive things across the country.)
For Updates on Support Being Requested:
See an interactive map of the Dakota Access Pipeline financial backers here
For more information:
#StandingRock, #NoDAPL, #standwithstandingrock, #waterislife
by Laura Neish
At 350 Sonoma’s annual planning retreat, ten members met on September 11 to set priorities and actions for the upcoming year. In no particular order, Darcy S, Joan B, Anna J, Terry H, Willard M, Eileen B, Hoai-An T, Christine H, Karen P and Laura N considered our local role vis a vis 350.org and 350 Bay Area, county-level issues, and our group’s capacity to set the focus and agenda for the year. It’s an ongoing effort, but we made good progress.
We revised our mission statement: “Our mission it to organize actions to make the urgent changes necessary to avoid climate catastrophe. Our focus is on organizing locally and building coalition within our community. We also participate in 350 calls to action internationally, nationally and regionally.”
We agreed to join 350 Bay Area to focus on a specific audience: According to The Yale Climate Project, a majority of the US population is concerned about climate change, but that group divides into two camps: those who are taking action or are ready to, and those who don’t know how to get started. 350 Bay Area will be targeting these two groups, and we will adopt that strategy.
We agreed to the following overall objectives for the year:Read more
Protect Sonoma Clean Power and other Community Choice Energy Programs!
From our partner 350 Bay Area -
Call your state senator and Assemblyperson Phil Ting today to stop AB 1110. AB 1110, introduced in 2015, re-emerged at the last moments of the legislative session and threatens Community Choice Energy programs across California. AB 1110 is anti-competitive and will prevent electric service providers from accurately reporting greenhouse gas emissions, creating significant new costs for electricity customers and slow our transition to renewable energy in California. AB 1110 also does not require full accounting of life-cycle emissions of natural gas, which is mostly methane, a potent climate-destroyer. For more information on why this bill is so harmful, read this statement from Marin Clean Energy.
This bill is scheduled for a vote as early as Monday, 8/15!
Please make 2 phone calls:
As the author of the bill, Ting can withdraw it at any time. As the representative of San Francisco, with a newly operating CCE, Ting has every reason to do the right thing to protect Community Choice Energy and revise the bill to create a fair and balanced GHG reporting system.
2) Please call your state senator and tell them to “Oppose AB 1110 Unless Amended”.
Tell your Senator to oppose the bill unless amended to create a fair and balanced GHG reporting system.
Bay Area Senators (if you are not sure, look up your senator at:
District 15, Jim Beall, San Jose, (916) 651-4015
District 9, Loni Hancock, Oakland, (916) 651-4009
District 13, Jerry Hill, San Mateo, (916) 651-4013
District 11, Mark Leno, San Francisco, (916) 651-4011
District 2, Mike McGuire, San Rafael, (916) 651-4002
District 10, Bob Wieckowski, Fremont, (916) 651-4010
District 7, Steven Glazer, Walnut Creek, (916) 651-4007
We cannot let the big utilities win – call today to protect Community Choice Energy and our clean energy future in CA.
Thank you for all you do!
350 Bay Area 100% Renewable Campaign
"Soil Solutions to Climate Change" is just one of the many panels in the Soil Not Oil Conference in Richmond, CA on Aug. 5 & 6. Another amazing plenary curated and facilitated by Diana Donlon from the Center for Food Safety for the 2nd Soil Not Oil International Conference, Soil Solutions to Climate Change, that includes:
Professor David Montgomery, author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations
Journalist Kristin Ohlson, author of The Soil Will Save Us
And Rebecca Burgess, Executive Director of Fibershed. — with Monica Donley, Antonio Roman-Alcala, Georgia Reid and 32 others.
The panel: "Climate Organizing in the Bay Area" features Terry Harrison, who has been a leader in the Sonoma County agricultural community, in organic farming, slow food and the Community Alliance of Family Farmers, and a member of our Soil Not Oil group, and Anna Cummings Jacopetti, leader of our Soil Not Oil group in 350 Sonoma, who will be giving a presentation alongside our partners: Kathy Dervin of the Legislative Committee of 350 East Bay and 350 Bay Area ! Conference organized by Soil Not Oil Coalition.