Welcome to 350Marin - Climate Change Advocacy in Marin


If you couldn't make it to our "Inspiration from Standing Rock: Getting Active" event on Jan. 27th with Barbara Clifton Zarate, see her inspiring talk from that night on local cable channel 26 on Tues., Feb. 21st at 5:30pm, or Sun., Feb. 26th at 7pm!

Now you can see the video of our Aug. 24th event "Eating Our Future, or Feeding Our Health….the Climate Diet Connection" with Dr. Michael Klaper on your computer right HERE...

PLUS...350Marin's youth chapter, part of 350 Bay Area's BAYCA, facebook page, is a completely youth-led group, with the goal of taking action on climate change. Please contact Rose Strauss at rosey.strauss@gmail.com to join/get info or sign-up on the 350 Bay Area website HERE.

AND...Did you miss Bill McKibben and Bay Area Millenials speaking at our packed Oct. 21st event? You can watch it HERE. Also, see what Bill had to say about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at 23:45 into the video.

Check out the new list of Marin Resources for Taking Action on Climate HERE!

Upcoming Actions You Can Do:

NOW thru nomination period Stop the Climate Denying Cabinet Appointments MORE >>

Sat., Mar. 4th Join us at Standing with Standing Rock, a Legal Defense Benefit! MORE >>

Tues., Mar. 7th Come sit in on our next 350Marin Steering Committee Meeting! MORE >>

Ongoing: Help Fight the Dakota Access Pipeline - It's Not Over Yet More info


One Down. Two to Go

The California Assembly has passed SB 185, SB 32 and SB 350 will be voted on in the next few days.

California passes bill forcing biggest pension funds to divest from coal

California lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday requiring the state’s two largest pension plans to divest their holdings in thermal coal as part of a push this legislative session to address climate change.

“Coal is the fuel of the past and it’s no longer a wise investment for our pensioners,” said assemblyman Rob Bonta, who presented the bill before the assembly, in a statement. “I’m pleased that my colleagues agree: it’s time to move on from this dirty energy source.”

SB 185, also called “Investing with Values and Responsibility”, passed the state assembly by a vote of 43-27, mostly along party lines with some Democrats abstaining. It will now head to the governor’s desk to be signed into law – Governor Jerry Brown has expressed strong support for the climate change package and will probably formalize the bill in coming days.

Read more at The Guardian

Additional coverage at the LA Times

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Speak Out for a Clean Energy Future

no_fracking_rally.jpgWith 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.

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CalPERS, CalSTRS took big losses on energy investments, report says

Fossil FreeCalifornia'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

Click here to tell our State Assembly Member to back SB185, the coal divestment bill.

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Clean Power Plan is Significant, But Not Enough

350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement in response to today’s release of the Clean Power Plan:

350-logo-org1.pngThis 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.

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Photos from Governor Brown: Ban Fracking Now Rally on Aug. 1

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.

Ban Fracking Now Rally - 8/1 in San Rafael

 

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