Welcome to 350Marin - Climate Change Advocacy in Marin
Upcoming 350Marin Events
September 4-5 - 2015 Soil Not Oil International Conference
September 15 - 350Marin Community Meeting
September 20 - Bicycle Music Festival
Climate Action Speakers Series in Nicasio
August 26 - Land based carbon sequestration with Calla Rose Ostrander
September 15 - How indigenous peoples and environmentalists are working together with Atossa Soltani
With your help, two of most important climate change bills in this country could pass in the California legislature in the next two weeks. They send a very strong message to the country and the world about California's leadership in setting new targets for reducing emissions and moving to clean energy solutions. Please call or email Marc Levine, our Assembly Member, to say you want him to vote Yes on SB 32 and SB 350.
There's more information about the bills and contact info for Marc Levine here.
Thanks for your help in letting him know we want real climate leadership in Sacramento.
California's two major public pension funds, the biggest in the nation, lost a total of more than $5 billion on energy-related investments for their fiscal years, ended June 30, according to a new report.
New - Read 350Marin Divest~Invest Committee chairwoman Jody Timms' Letter to the Editor from August 18 - Time to reconsider stock in fossil fuel companies
The California Public Employees' Retirement System posted losses on its oil and gas portfolio of about $3 billion, a 28% decline, and similar set of investments at the California State Teachers' Retirement System was down 27%, or about $2.2 billion, the report said.
Both systems, though, posted overall annual gains for the year. CalPERS, with $300 billion in assets under management, reported an overall gain of 2.4%. CalSTRS, with about $190 billion in assets, had a total return of 4.8%.
The report covering the funds’ largest oil and gas investments was prepared by Trillium Asset Management, a Boston investment firm specializing in what it calls “socially responsible” investments.
Trillium produced the report on behalf of 350.org, an environmental group backing a pending state Assembly bill that calls for California's big pension funds to divest from coal-related holdings.
Read more at the LA Times
Read the Trillium Report
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