Welcome to 350Marin - Climate Change Advocacy in Marin
Upcoming 350Marin Events
October 4 - 12 - A Buddhist Response to Climate Change - Earth Care Week at Spirit Rock
October 8 - Community Conversation: Preparing for Sea Level Rise in Marin County
November 21 - Northern California Climate Mobilization in advance of the 2015 UN Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21) - March and Rally in Oakland Save the Date flyer
For those of us who live in California, all we need to do is look out the window to see that climate change is here and now.
Passage of SB 185, requiring the California Public Employees' Retirement System and the California State Teachers' Retirement System to divest from coal companies, is great news not only for us Californians but for the planet. The legislation will quite literally allow us to breathe a little easier.
That’s because coal-fired power plants are among the most polluting industrial facilities on the planet. Coal pollutants affect all major body organ systems and contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory diseases.
According to a 2010 study by the Clean Air Task Force, air pollution from these plants account for more than 13,000 premature deaths, 20,000 heart attacks, and 1.6 million lost workdays annually – costing Americans more than $100 billion each year.
Thanks to all who made phone calls and sent emails to help get historic SB 350 to the Governor's desk.
After Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders suffered major setbacks on climate bills earlier this week, lawmakers on Friday sent a less sweeping greenhouse gas reduction measure to the governor.
“Taking carbon out of the modern economy requires heroic efforts and tireless struggle,” Brown said in a statement. “We have the technological means and now we have the legal mandate to reduce carbon pollution.”
In votes whose broad margins belied the intense struggle that came before, lawmakers approved what remained of Senate Bill 350 after the bill was stripped of a proposal to require a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use in motor vehicles by 2030. The Senate approved the measure 26-12 and Assembly members advanced the narrowed measure on a 51-26 vote, with Republicans David Hadley and Catharine Baker voting aye.
If signed by Brown, as expected, the bill will require California to increase to 50 percent from one-third the proportion of electricity the state derives from renewable sources and would seek to double energy efficiency in natural gas and electricity use.
“A future built on fossil fuels is quite simply a future built on shifting sands,” said Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles. “So that’s why I ask my colleagues to reach. To reach. Let’s reach for the stars.”
Join us on September 15 for the next Community Meeting. We will have great news, hopefully, on the two major climate bills in the legislature, and information and activities related to the COP Meeting in Paris in December.
Wendy Johnson, Zen meditation teacher and author of Gardening at the Dragon's Gate, will be our featured speaker. Wendy will dialogue with us about the "roots" of the spiritual and moral connection to the changing climate while looking at the increasing discussions about social and economic justice and how they are related to the Pope's Encyclical and his visit to the US. She will also discuss how to take care of our own spirits while dealing with it all.
The University of California's chief investment officer on Wednesday said it has sold off about $200 million of direct holdings in coal and oil sands companies, which he said were no longer good investments for the university's $98.2 billion fund.
Chief Investment Officer Jagdeep Bachher said slowing global demand, an increasingly unfavorable regulatory environment pose insurmountable challenges for coal mining companies.
The profitability of companies focused on developing crude from Canadian oil sands has also fallen amid low global oil prices, Bachher said, making those companies increasingly risky investments.
Can you make some calls (this weekend, Monday and Tuesday) to stop Big Oil from derailing California's climate laws?
SB 32 and SB 350, which would extend California's groundbreaking climate programs through 2030, and dramatically increase clean energy and efficiency while cutting petroleum use, have one hurdle to clear before becoming law: a vote by the state Assembly. The oil industry is spending millions of dollars to scare voters and mislead lawmakers, and we need your help to stop them.
Can you take an hour or two this week to call voters whose Assembly members are on the fence? We’re asking them to call their Assembly members and urge them to do what is right for public health, jobs, and the climate by voting yes on SB 32 and SB 350. Let’s get our friends in critical Assembly districts to flood the phone lines!
To volunteer: contact Lisa Altieri of 350 Bay Area (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll get you set up with a script and all the information you need to make phone calls from home.