December 1 - All Eyes on Peru - Teach-In and March
350 Marin Presents
Black & Blue Friday
a rockin' production for the planet
music | speakers | poets | art
350Marin will host a diverse group of talented performers to put on an amazing show for climate justice on November 28, the day after Thanksgiving, or “Black Friday” from 1-3:30 in the afternoon.
The multimedia community event will be called "Black and Blue Friday.” Musicians, poets, speakers, and artists, will shift the focus of the day from shopping to creating solutions to the climate crisis while cultivating a mindset of giving thanks for our blue planet. The ultimate idea is to raise awareness about the global suffering related to climate change from a variety of creative perspectives.
Ancient Baby (Chris Peck)
Bill McKibben, founder 350.org (via Skpe)
Jon Symes, Pachamama Alliance
Wendy Johnson, Green Gulch Farm
Jolon Timms, student at Reed College and fossil fuel divestment activist
Lyla June, indigenous poet (via Skype)
Black Friday - November 28
Sweetwater Music Hall | Mill Valley
Doors at Noon, Show at 1:00pm
Act More - Spend Less
Keystone XL approval fails in the Senate. Time to reject it now.
Thanks to your calls, emails and actions, a bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline just failed to pass the Senate. Again.
Even counting the new climate-denying members who will take seats in January, Big Oil could not override a Presidential veto of Keystone XL next year.
He has the support he needs — from us, and from the facts. The only question is whether the President will hold true to his own climate test.
Last week the President struck a historic climate agreement with China. Approving Keystone XL now would be like pledging to quit smoking and then buying a new carton of cigarettes. Rejecting the pipeline would be a bold step forward to meet his new goals. Can you send a message to the President that now is the time to reject the pipeline?
The Big Climate Deal: What It Is, and What It Isn’t
by Bill McKibben
Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images
- It is historic.
- It isn’t binding in any way.
- It is proof, if any more was needed, that renewable energy is ready to go.
- It is not remotely enough to keep us out of climate trouble.
- It is a good way to put pressure on other nations.
- It isn’t a way for Obama to get off the hook on things like the Keystone pipeline.
- It is a good reminder that fossil fuel investors should continue their flight to safety
- It’s not, in any way, a stretch goal.
- It is — and this is the real key — a reminder that movements work.
- It isn’t, in other words, a reason to slack off a bit in the ongoing fight for a livable climate, a fight our civilizations are in great danger of losing.
Stop Fracking in California - Two Out of Three County Measures Passed
From the LA Times
Measures were on the ballot in Santa Barbara, San Benito and Mendocino counties to prohibit high-intensity petroleum operations, including hydraulic fracturing — the oil-extraction method known as fracking. Supporters said fracking could trigger earthquakes, pollute the aquifer and deplete groundwater supplies during droughts. Energy companies argued that such measures could seriously damage, if not wipe out, their operations.
The measures were approved in San Benito and Mendocino counties, with 57.4% and 67.2% of the vote, respectively, but failed in Santa Barbara County, where 62.6% of voters said no to the proposed ban.
Oil companies spent about $7.7 million to fight the measures in San Benito and Santa Barbara counties, putting most of their money into the latter. They said their success in Santa Barbara County showed that people realize the importance of the energy industry to the region and that the measure was a drastic approach to energy policy. Supporters of the San Benito County measure said they hoped the results would put pressure on Gov. Jerry Brown to impose a statewide ban on fracking.
Find out more at Californians Against Fracking.
Voters Tell Chevron “No Sale!”
Team Richmond Prevails in Richmond City Council ElectionMayor Gayle McLaughlin and Planning Commissioner Eduardo Martinez win Council seats. Vice-Mayor Jovanka Beckles re-elected to Council. In Mayor’s race, Councilmember Tom Butt defeats Chevron-backed Councilmember Nat Bates.
In a “David vs. Goliath” race that garnered national media attention, 3 of 3 Team Richmond progressive candidates were elected to the Richmond City Council. 5 of 5 candidates promoted by Chevron were defeated. Contra Costa County election results (preliminary returns as of 7 pm Wednesday, November 5—with a substantial number of mail ballots yet to be counted) indicated that Mayor Gayle McLaughlin (limited by City Charter to two consecutive terms as Mayor) has won a City Council seat, along with Planning Commissioner Eduardo Martinez. Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles was re-elected to the Council.
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.
McKibben and 350.org win “Alternative Nobel,” The Right Livelihood Award
350.org founder Bill McKibben will be one of five recipients of this year’s Right Livelihood Awards, when they’re presented at the Swedish Parliament in early December, a Stockholm foundation announced today.
The prize, often called the “Alternative Nobel,” will be 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 will receive 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.
Photo by Adam Welz/350.org
Logo artwork by Kathleen Lipinski.