Message from Sierra Club: We won't give up, we won't stop fighting.

A message from Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune:

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From: Michael Brune, Sierra Club <>
Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 10:47 AM
Subject: We won't give up, we won't stop fighting.

Explore. Enjoy. Protect.
Take action right now to urge President Obama to do everything in his power to cement his environmental legacy.
Take action!
Take action!

Dear Hoai-An,

There's no way right now to ease the shock and dismay of what we're facing today.

Our movement had important wins last night, but those are overshadowed by the specter of a Trump presidency and a Congress still under the control of the fossil fuel industry.

What we do now -- how we respond to this shocking turn of events -- will determine how catastrophic this will be for our environment and our communities.

The very first thing we must do is make sure President Obama does everything he can over the next 71 days to protect our progress on climate action and environmental safeguards.

Send an urgent message to President Obama right now urging him to take swift action before Donald Trump takes office.

Sadness. Anger. Disgust. -- We're all feeling a complicated mix of emotions right now. We've fought hard over the last eight years to make real progress on climate, environmental protections, and so many important issues. And yet the forces that did everything they could to obstruct that progress are now in a position to take us backwards. Now the question is: what do we do next?

Hope. Strength. Determination. -- We will fight and we will resist, but we will not cower in a defensive posture for the next four years. We've fought against long odds many times before -- and won. Remember that our Beyond Coal coalition defeated one coal plant proposal after another -- during the Bush presidency. And though Trump-McConnell-Ryan is a poisonous combination, they can't stop regulators and local governments from choosing clean energy when it's the cheapest and smartest option. They can't stop cities from going to 100-percent clean energy. They can't stop the private sector that wants to be part of the climate solution, not the problem. They can't stop millions of people from exploring and protecting our precious public lands. We'll have to adjust many of our strategies, but we won't allow our progress on climate and clean energy to be stopped.

We can't afford to give up or waver from our conviction to fight for climate action and against corporate polluters. Take action right now to urge President Obama to do everything in his power to preserve key environmental protections.

This is our moment to refuse to give up. Our resolve is not diminished by the momentary victory of cynicism over hope, hate over compassion, and lies over truth. We have no intention of standing down or succumbing to hopelessness. We can, we must, and we will win this fight.

In the months and years ahead, we will redouble our campaign to fight the fossil fuel industry, and to make sure that our climate and communities are protected from corporate polluters. We will work with you make sure that dangerous fossil fuel projects continue to be challenged in courtrooms, town halls, and on the streets. What's clear is that cities, towns, and states will be the leaders on climate and environmental protection for now.

Send an urgent message to President Obama to urge him to use the next 71 days taking decisive action to protect our environment.

Onward, and take care of each other,

Michael Brune
Sierra Club Executive Director

P.S. To fight back, we'll need to build an even bigger movement. Forward this message to five of your friends and family and let them know how they can help protect our environment from Donald Trump and his polluter allies. Or spread the word on social media:


Save the date! Tuesday, Nov. 15! Standing Rock Action!


Save the date! Tuesday, Nov. 15!

For those of you who wish to support the Standing Rock Sioux against the Dakota Access Pipelline (DAPL) in a day of action, the following environmental and social justice organizations have asked all their supporters and local groups in the US to coordinate a day of action targeting the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) on Nov. 15.

We are 350 Sonoma, and the newly formed Sonoma County - Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux. We are supporting 350 Bay Area's rally in SF.

Save the date! Sign up here:

San Francisco Civic Center Plaza
Polk and Grove (Civic Center BART)

followed by
1455 Market St (@ 11th St, just south of Van Ness)

We realize 6:30 AM is an ungodly early hour to start the event, especially if you are coming from Sonoma County. 350 Bay Area's indigenous partners have requested to begin with a sunrise prayer ceremony. We hope you will participate. The Sioux are on the frontline of fighting the fossil fuel industry which is impelling us to climate catastrophe. We must stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). We must support the Sioux - they are not only protecting their lands and water, they are protecting all of us.

Details, carpool info to follow!

Supported by:

Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)
Honor the Earth
BOLD Alliance
Greenpeace USA
Rainforest Action Network (RAN)
Oil Change International
and more!

#NoDAPL, #WaterisLife

Sonoma County - Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux
Facebook page:

350 Sonoma -



If you or friends are not in the area, see this map for other locations this day of action on Tuesday, Nov. 15 is happening across the country:


Here's another possible site to check -, suggested by one of our partners. P.S. I don't know anything about the site. I've only just heard about this site from one of our partners:

"Just a suggestion that in addition to registering with the national Action Center page, the folks would appreciate our registering on their Action Center page as well... more publicity!"

Bill McKibben Is Coming To Town!


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, the massive grassroots climate change initiative.

Free for Sonoma State University students with ID, $20 general public


Tuesday, October 18, 7:30 pm

Weill Hall
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

Community Conversations
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.

General Info:




See blog post:  Support the Standing Rock Sioux - No DAPL!

More resources to come.


To join the Sonoma-NoDAPL mailing list, email . 
To join the 350 Sonoma mailing list for climate action, email .





Work on the Swing States!

Climate. Social Justice. We're not about to sit on the sidelines. WHEN WE VOTE, WE WIN.

- 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 "Now is not the time for a protest 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.

Support the Standing Rock Sioux -      No DAPL!

(Updated 10/9/16)

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.

You can support the Standing Rock Sioux in many ways:


Tell President Obama: Stop the Dakota Access pipeline. Sign the petition asking Obama to stop the DAPL permanently:

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


350 Sonoma: Plans for the Next 12 Months

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 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

Urgent Action Alert: Protect Community Choice Energy – Call Today to Oppose AB 1110

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:

1)     Please call the office of California Assemblyperson Phil Ting (916) 319-2019 or (415) 557-2312, the author of the bill and ask him to withdraw AB 1110

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

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