Welcome to 350Marin - Climate Change Advocacy in Marin
Upcoming 350Marin Events
September 4-5 - 2015 Soil Not Oil International Conference
350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement in response to today’s release of the Clean Power Plan:
This is the most significant action yet from the Obama administration, but it’s still not enough to secure his climate legacy. Cutting coal emissions is low hanging fruit, the next challenge will be standing up to Big Oil. We’ll be pushing the administration to build on this announcement and take the additional steps necessary to protect our climate, like rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, ending fracking, and preventing Arctic and offshore drilling. As the Clean Power Plan shows, tackling climate change helps save lives, cut pollution, and create jobs. Thanks to the work of the millions of people involved in the climate movement, momentum is now clearly on our side.
Read more about the new plan
- 6 Things Every American Should Know About the Clean Power Plan
- President Obama Just Finalized His Plan to Fight Climate Change
- Obama Heralds Impact of Power Plant Greenhouse Gas Limits
Members of 350Marin and the wider community assembled in the Plaza in San Rafael to tell Governor Brown to finally do the right thing and stop toxic and costly extreme energy extraction, and put California on the path to 100% clean energy.
This rally was part of a call for people to gather in their communities all over the state for Clean Not Extreme Energy actions to let Governor Brown, and all our elected officials, know that we need to protect our environment, our water, our children and all Californians from this toxic practice.
The Science is in: A recent independent study by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) reveals the dangers of fracking and extreme oil extraction in the Golden State.
- Fracking threatens our groundwater
- Waste water from oil fields where fracking has occurred is used to irrigate crops
- Oil extraction in California has an ugly track record of leaks and spills
- In a time of record drought, fracking uses a lot of water
- Fracking is likely to cause earthquakes in California
- Fracking threatens endangered wildlife
- Around half a million people in California live within one mile of a well that has been fracked or otherwise stimulated
- Fracking uses a cocktail of highly toxic chemicals
- The EPA allows offshore fracking wells to dump toxic waste water directly into the Pacific Ocean
- What we don’t know about fracking in California is frightening
Photograph copyright 2015 by Jack Gescheidt, TreeSpirit Project
Starting on August 1, the City of Oakland, UC Berkeley and the East Bay Regional Park District will begin the clear cutting of as many as 450,000 trees - French broom, eucalyptus and Monterey pines – in the East Bay hills. A $5.6 million grant from FEMA will be used to pay for this work. After they are downed, the trees will be chipped and the stumps treated with pesticides including Monsanto Roundup (glyphosate) and Dow Garlon (triclopyr) twice a year to keep them from growing back. The grant money from FEMA is not enough to pay for the removal of the wood chips or to plant new vegetation.
This plan is moving forward despite overwhelming public disapproval during the environmental review period.
Proponents of the plan say that these trees are non-native species that need to be removed and that they are a fire hazard – although the FEMA report after the 1991 East Bay fire does not mention these trees as contributing to the spread or intensity of the fires.
Opponents of the plan counter that the wood chips will be an even bigger fire hazard since brush fires were a large factor in the start of the 1991 firestorm.
There are environmental and neighborhood groups on both sides of this issue. 350Marin opposes this plan and wants to make our members and friends aware of it.
You can find more information at the following websites:
East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate – East Bay Express
The Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan - East Bay Regional Park District
Lawsuit to Block Funding for East Bay Deforestation – SF Forest Alliance
Members of 350Marin joined others from around the Bay Area at a rally and march on July 11 in Richmond to stop the use of Crude by Rail in the Bay Area. The march and rally were in commemoration of the tragedy in Lac Megantic, Quebec, (July 6, 2013), it started at Atchison Village Park in Richmond with a march to the gates of the BNSF/Kinder-Morgan rail terminal.
This mobilization was part of a national Stop Oil Trains Week of Action.