New York State Bans Fracking!! California Next?
From the New York Times
The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State, ending years of uncertainty by concluding that the controversial method of extracting gas from deep underground could contaminate the state’s air and water and pose inestimable public-health risks.
“I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York,” said Howard Zucker, the acting commissioner of health.
That conclusion was delivered publicly during a year-end cabinet meeting called by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in Albany. It came amid increased calls by environmentalists to ban fracking, which uses water and chemicals to release natural gas trapped in deeply buried shale deposits.
Save the Date - March for Real Climate Leadership
On February 7th, thousands of Californians from across the state are gathering in Governor Jerry Brown’s longtime home of Oakland to say that we need real climate leadership in the face of the drought.
As Governor Brown starts his new term, we'll be in the streets demanding real action on fracking, clean energy and other environmental issues. We want to see California lead the way to a clean energy future.
Get more information and RSVP on the event page.
Climate activists urge Marin pension trustees to dump oil stocks
350Marin Divestment Committee Attends MCERA Meeting - Story in the Marin IJ
Climate change activists urged county pension officials to bail out of oil stock investments Wednesday, saying the health of the planet is at stake.
Pension trustees made no comment following pleas for action by a half dozen members of Marin 350, a climate change education group that seeks a change in pension fund investment philosophy.
"You can expect us to keep coming back before you until you pull the plug," said Richard Gray of Forest Knolls during an appearance at the pension board's open time forum. "This is not an issue that can be put off or delayed," he added. "The time to act is now."
Fairfax might joins fossil fuel divestiture movement
350Marin Divestment Committee Work in Fairfax - Story in the Marin IJ
On Wednesday night, the Fairfax Town Council will consider adding its voice to a growing chorus calling on large government pension funds to divest their holdings in fossil fuel investments.
At the request of 350Marin.org, Fairfax Councilman David Weinsoff has asked the council to approve a resolution calling on the California Public Employees' Retirement System and the Marin County Employees' Retirement Association (MCERA) to divest.
350Marin.org is the local chapter of 350.org, a national organization combating global warming and climate change. The organization's name stems from the fact that most scientists agree that 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the maximum safe level; beyond that life on the planet as we know it is in jeopardy.
Members of the Divestment Committee and other 350Marin members were at the meeting Wednesday night as the Fairfax Town Council passed this resolution
Black & Blue Friday = Success!
Thanks to all who attended our Black & Blue Friday event at Sweetwater Music Hall. A standing room only crowd enjoyed a great afternoon of inspiring music, poetry and sharing.
Read the article about the event by the Marin Independent Journal
Black Friday may have retailers seeing green, as in dollars, but 350Marin's Black & Blue Friday, a multimedia event at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, was all about keeping the planet green by coming together to combat climate change.
On the biggest shopping day of the year, which 350.org founder Bill McKibben calls "an orgy of getting," a couple hundred people turned out on the day after Thanksgiving for an afternoon of speakers, films, poetry and music. Performers stood on a stage lined with posters with such slogans as "Spend time, not money," "Planet over profit" and "Our future is not for sale."
Coming Soon - The Future of Energy
The Future of Energy is a new documentary about the renewable energy revolution and what everyday people can do to be part of the solution of climate change.
350Marin is planning a showing of this important new film. Date to be announced.
McKibben and 350.org win “Alternative Nobel,” The Right Livelihood Award
350.org founder Bill McKibben was one of five recipients of this year’s Right Livelihood Awards, presented at the Swedish Parliament on December 1.
The prize, often called the “Alternative Nobel,” was shared with human rights activists Asma Jahangir (Pakistan) and Basil Fernando / Asian Human Rights Commission (Hong Kong, China), and whistleblower Edward Snowden and Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, who received a joint Honorary Award.
“This is a great honor but clearly it belongs mostly to the people who make up 350.org–it’s them, but above all the hundreds of thousands of volunteers in 191 countries, who have built the first global grassroots movement to deal with the largest crisis civilization has ever faced,” said McKibben.
Read his Acceptance Speech
In Marin, New York City and Around the World - A Historic Day
September 21- Global Day of Action
Marin IJ Letter to the Editor from 350Marin Steering Committee member Jody Timms
Marin residents show they care about climate change
All of us at 350Marin would like to thank the 250-plus Marin community members who came out for the “largest climate march in Marin’s history” on Sunday at Creek Park in San Anselmo.
Our event was held in solidarity with the People’s Climate March that saw over 400,000 protesters in the streets of New York City, along with 2,646 rallies held in 162 countries worldwide.
Newspapers don’t seem too interested in covering marches and demonstrations, especially if they are peaceful. At least President Barack Obama noticed: “Our citizens keep marching, we cannot pretend we do not hear them, we have to answer the call.”
See more photos from the event.
On 23 September 2014, 26 year old poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands, addressed the Opening Ceremony of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit. Kathy was selected from among over 500 civil society candidates in an open, global nomination process conducted by the UN.
Photo by Adam Welz/350.org
Logo artwork by Kathleen Lipinski.