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


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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350Marin Members Attend the July 11 Rally Against Crude by Rail

Members of 350Marin joined others from around the Bay Area at a rally and march on July 11 in Richmond to stop the use of Crude by Rail in the Bay Area. The march and rally were in commemoration of the tragedy in Lac Megantic, Quebec, (July 6, 2013), it started at Atchison Village Park in Richmond with a march to the gates of the BNSF/Kinder-Morgan rail terminal.

This mobilization was part of a national Stop Oil Trains Week of Action.

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New York State Fossil Fuel Divestment Act

Broad Coalition of Environmental, Faith, And Community Organizations Urge Action To Fight Climate Change

New York State CapitolNew York State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Assistant Speaker Felix W. Ortiz today announced the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act, which would require the State Comptroller to divest the Common Retirement Fund (CRF) from fossil fuel holdings by 2020. They were joined in this announcement by Bill McKibben, Peter Yarrow and other advocates. The bill also received the endorsement of several environmental, faith, and community organizations, including 350.org, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Citizen Action, New York State Council of Churches, and Clearwater, among others.  A number of supporters recorded short video messages explaining why they believe divestment is vital. All the videos can be viewed here.
 
“I’m proud to be the sponsor of a bill that would require the New York State pension fund to divest from fossil fuels by 2020,” said Senator Krueger.  “It is critical that we send the message that we are no longer going to invest our public funds in activities that do enormous damage to our environment, not just in New York, not just in the United States, but throughout the world. It’s 2015 – we’re already decades behind where we need to be in addressing climate change.  Divestment is not a silver bullet, but it is one important step among many, and I urge all of my colleagues to support us in passing this bill and demonstrating that New York State can be at the cutting edge of the fight to stop catastrophic climate change.”

Read more at Senator Krueger's website

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Highest Threat from Oil Trains in California Aligned with Race and Income

New Environmental Justice Report Links Dangerous Rail Routes with Census Data

New Environmental Justice Report Links Dangerous Rail Routes with Census DataPublic interest groups today released the Crude Injustice on the Rails report evaluating the disparate threat to people of color and low-income communities from explosions and pollution from crude oil trains in California.

The groups ForestEthics and Communities for a Better Environment evaluated oil train routes and US Census data to determine who was at greatest risk from  pollution and potential oil trains derailments and explosions, like the fatal July 2013 Lac Megantic oil train disaster.

"It's simple, oil trains contribute to environmental racism in California," says Nile Malloy, Northern California Program Director, Communities for a Better Environment. "Environmental justice communities like Richmond and Wilmington that already live with the highest risk are hardest hit. It's time for a just and quick transition to clean energy."

The groups report that Californians of color are more likely to live in the oil train blast zone, the dangerous one-mile evacuation zone in the case of an oil train derailment and fire. While 60 percent of Californians live in environmental justice communities – communities with racial minorities, low income, or non-English speaking households – 80 percent of the 5.5 million Californians with homes in the blast zone live in environmental justice communities. Nine out of ten of California’s largest cities on oil train routes have an even higher rate of discriminatory impact than the state average. In these cities, 82–100 percent of people living in the blast zone are in environmental justice communities.

Learn more and download the full report at forestethics.org

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