Upcoming 350Marin Events
March 25-26 - MCERA Retirement Board Strategic Workshop
April 21 - Earth Care: Past and Present
May 12 - 350Marin Community Meetup
March 28 - Environmental Forum of Marin: Climate Disruption - Is 100% Renewable Energy Possible?
The Future of Energy - March 24 Screening & Discussion
About 100 people attended the screening of The Future of Energy documentary on March 24. The documentary paints a hopeful picture about the renewable energy revolution and what everyday people can do to be part of the solution of climate change. The film focuses on the work being done in the US, but particularly in the Bay Area, on renewable energy and how we can get to 100% renewable faster than people think.
There was a great discussion with the filmmakers after the film.
Al Gore's Testimony Before the California Teachers' Retirement Board
CalSTRS board member and State Controller, Betty Yee, asked Al Gore about effectiveness of engagement with fossil fuel companies. His answer might surprise you. Get more information about the CalSTRS February Meeting.
President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Bill
President Obama on Tuesday vetoed a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, rejecting an effort by Republicans and some Democrats to force his administration to let the highly contested energy project move forward.
By saying no to the legislation, Mr. Obama retains the authority to make a final judgment on the pipeline on his own timeline. The White House has said the president would decide whether to allow the pipeline when all of the environmental and regulatory reviews are complete.
But the veto — his first rejection of major legislation as president — is also a demonstration of political strength directed at Republicans who now control both chambers of Congress. Mr. Obama is signaling that he will fight back against their agenda.
Message from May Boeve at 350.org
Now it's time to make our closing argument to the President. He has the power, the information and the opportunity to reject the pipeline now.
Today dozens of movement leaders, economists, musicians and filmmakers -- folks like Bill McKibben, Willie Nelson, Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Patti Smith and others -- just released a Unity Letter ahead of the President's final decision.
Here is the full letter, including some of the other signers whose names you might recognize.
The only thing it's missing is your name at the bottom. I'm hoping (hoping!) that this will be our final message to the President about Keystone XL. The more unified we are, the clearer the message will be. Read and add your name to the Unity Letter against Keystone XL.
Dare to Divest - February 14
Thirty people attended the Dare to Divest event in San Rafael on February 14. The event was held in conjunction with 350.org's Global Divestment Day to raise awareness about the need for institutions and individuals to do what is necessary to avert the climate crisis by divesting from fossil fuels.
The speakers were 350Marin's Jody Timms and Certified Financial Planner J. Patrick Costello. Jody gave an overview of the current divestment movement and Patrick provided information about green investing.
The largest rally against fracking in California history was a huge success. A bus full of people from Marin and thousands of others from across the State converged in Oakland to tell Jerry Brown to stop fracking and fully embrace renewable energy.
From the Oakland Tribune
Thousands of people from up and down California marched in Oakland on Saturday for the largest protest to date against the state's use of hydraulic fracturing to harvest oil and natural gas.
Environmentalists said they chose to have the March for Real Climate Leadership in Oakland Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown's home city to highlight their plea for him to take a stance against fracking.
"Fracking is hurting our communities. It is sucking our drought-ridden state of precious water resources, contaminating our groundwater in a region where 25 percent of the nation's food is grown, and contributing to the impending climate crisis," UC Berkeley student Eva Malis told a crowd at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, in front of Oakland City Hall.
photo from SFGate
See more pictures on the event page.
Candlelight Vigil in San Rafael: President Obama, Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline
Eighty people converged on the Plaza in San Rafael to join with millions around the country to send a message to the President - Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.
After the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled to uphold the proposed route for the KXL pipeline, rallies were quickly planned around the country.
Thanks to all who came out on such short notice to show your support for 350Marin and sending a message to the President.
Divestment Local News Coverage and Letters to the Editor
Marin IJ Letter to Editor from Jody Timms, 350Marin Steering Committee member
Marin pension plan needs to show leadership
Although I have not been a fan of the historically Reagan administration strategy of constructive engagement when it comes to fossil fuel companies, perhaps I need to give it a second chance.
This approach is generally used by shareholders to encourage companies to improve their social governance or environmental policies and it has had rather limited success in the past.
But on Wednesday, the state of Vermont used the clout of its pension investments to call out ExxonMobil, naming its business strategies "wholly inadequate" in response to the severity of the climate crisis. The state and a coalition of 47 global investors want this corporation to adopt quantitative goals for greenhouse gas emission reductions from its products and operations.
Though this action stops short of the goal of insisting fossil fuel companies leave at least 80 percent of its product in the ground and intensify their research and development into renewable energy sources, it demonstrates strong leadership that we need to see much more of in this country and throughout the world.
We at 350Marin encourage the Marin County Employee Retirement Association to not only make its engagement efforts public, but also step up and make their own bold statement about the need for fossil fuel companies to get going in a direction that will ensure financial returns and life on a habitable planet.
— Jody Timms, Fairfax
Read more coverage on the Divestment Committee page
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."
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.
“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.