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, you can see her inspiring talk that night now by clicking HERE.

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:

Apr. 3 - May 15th: Tell your city and the County of Marin to use 100% Clean Energy! MORE >>

Sat., Apr. 29th - 11am - 2:00pm: Come to the Marin People's Climate Mobilization! MORE >>

Sat., Apr. 29th: Go to the People's Climate Mobilization in Oakland! MORE >>

Tues., May 2nd: Come sit in on our 350Marin Steering Committee Meeting MORE >>

Ongoing: Help Fight the Dakota Access Pipeline - Make it Costly!! MORE >>


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.

Read the Trillium Report

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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.

Read more about the new plan

 

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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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10 Reasons Governor Brown Must Ban Fracking in California

Californians Against FrackingThe 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.

  1. Fracking threatens our groundwater
  2. Waste water from oil fields where fracking has occurred is used to irrigate crops
  3. Oil extraction in California has an ugly track record of leaks and spills
  4. In a time of record drought, fracking uses a lot of water
  5. Fracking is likely to cause earthquakes in California
  6. Fracking threatens endangered wildlife
  7. Around half a million people in California live within one mile of a well that has been fracked or otherwise stimulated
  8. Fracking uses a cocktail of highly toxic chemicals
  9. The EPA allows offshore fracking wells to dump toxic waste water directly into the Pacific Ocean
  10. What we don’t know about fracking in California is frightening

Read all the details in the full information sheet created by the Center for Biological Diversity for Californians Against Fracking

Jerry Brown - Ban Fracking Now!

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Stop East Bay Hills Clear Cutting and Pesticide Treatment

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Photograph copyright 2015 by Jack Gescheidt, TreeSpirit Project

Starting on August 1, the City of Oakland, UC Berkeley and the East Bay Regional Park District will begin the clear cutting of as many as 450,000 trees - French broom, eucalyptus and Monterey pines – in the East Bay hills. A $5.6 million grant from FEMA will be used to pay for this work. After they are downed, the trees will be chipped and the stumps treated with pesticides including Monsanto Roundup (glyphosate) and Dow Garlon (triclopyr) twice a year to keep them from growing back. The grant money from FEMA is not enough to pay for the removal of the wood chips or to plant new vegetation.

This plan is moving forward despite overwhelming public disapproval during the environmental review period.

Proponents of the plan say that these trees are non-native species that need to be removed and that they are a fire hazard – although the FEMA report after the 1991 East Bay fire does not mention these trees as contributing to the spread or intensity of the fires.

Opponents of the plan counter that the wood chips will be an even bigger fire hazard since brush fires were a large factor in the start of the 1991 firestorm.

There are environmental and neighborhood groups on both sides of this issue. 350Marin opposes this plan and wants to make our members and friends aware of it.

eucalyptus-cut-MAP-East-Bay-REV2-WEB.jpgYou can find more information at the following websites:

East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate – East Bay Express

Oakland to remove nonnative trees in hills over objections – SF Gate

The Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan - East Bay Regional Park District

East Bay Hills Final Environmental Impact Statement - FEMA

Lawsuit to Block Funding for East Bay Deforestation – SF Forest Alliance

Sierra Club Files Suit to Protect East Bay Hills from Fire Risk – Sierra Club

 

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