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

Letter to the Editor in Marin IJ by 350Marin Steering Committee Member

Jolon Timms, a 350Marin Steering Committee member, had a letter to the editor published Monday, June 15. The letter was in response to an earlier Marin IJ article Climate change activists urge Marin officials to dump fossil fuel stock investments. The article quoted 350Marin Steering Committee members Jody Timms and Ken Jones.

Climate protection should be fiduciary responsibility?

The IJ’s reporter seems to have misheard the arguments made by 350Marin members to the Marin County Employee Retirement Association board on Wednesday since he quotes the board’s policy on “fiduciary duties” to explain to us why the pension fund has refused to divest from fossil fuel companies.

With unprecedented geopolitical agreement on emissions reductions coming this December at COP 21, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, failure to divest will represent a failure on the part of the Marin pension trustees to uphold their fiduciary duties as coal, oil and gas stock will dramatically drop in value and become stranded assets.

On June 5, the Norwegian Parliament, which oversees the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund at $890 billion, voted to pull billions of dollars of coal investments, no doubt because of the threat of climate change and the current undesirability of coal stock.

We must pause and ask ourselves: Is MCERA taking climate risk seriously? Will its trustees be vulnerable to litigation against them when fossil fuel investments crash and the pension is out tens of millions of dollars? Are the trustees being willfully ignorant of the facts? Trustees around the world, Stanford University, Oxford University and others have decided to divest.

Do those trustees not have an even greater “fiduciary duty” managing larger funds than Marin’s pension fund?

MCERA board members need to wake up, smell the exhaust and fulfill their fiduciary duties by divesting.

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G7 Strengthens the Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment and Keeping Carbon in the Ground


Reaction from 350.org to the G7 announcement today

G7 leaders released a climate communique today that lacks in crucial details, but the broad strokes of which will help strengthen the case for fossil fuel divestment and keeping coal, oil and gas in the ground.

“The G7 is sending a signal that the world must move away from fossil fuels, and investors should take notice,” said 350.org executive director May Boeve. “If you’re still holding onto fossil fuel stocks, you’re betting on the past. As today’s announcement makes clear, the future belongs to renewables.”

The agreement affirms the need to decarbonize the global economy over the course of the century, decarbonizing the G7’s own energy sectors by 2050. Decarbonization should proceed at a faster pace, but even the current targets will require a massive shift of investments away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. The 2050 target also acknowledges the importance of rich countries leading this transition while providing the resources necessary for developing countries to leapfrog dirty energy sources. As resources flow in the right direction, and the price of renewables continues to drop, the world must get off fossil fuels completely as soon as possible.

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Naomi Klein on Canada's New Climate Movement

This is a speech given by Naomi Klein on May 21st in downtown Toronto, at a press conference announcing the upcoming March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate on July 5. You can find a transcript of the speech here.

350Marin is in the planning stages of a march and rally in support of the Canadian action. Email info@350Marin.org if you are interested in being involved.

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Senate Passes California Climate Leadership Bills

Legislative Package Underscores California’s Global Leadership in Tackling Climate Change and Building Renewable Energy Economy

Divest from Coal - Support SB 185The Senate today approved package of unprecedented measures to establish new environmental and energy standards that will spur innovation and economic growth, protect the state’s environment, and make renewable energy and clean technology accessible to all Californians.

“This package of bills represents the most far reaching effort to fight climate change in the history of our nation. These bills put California on path to sustainable economic growth, while also protecting the health of our communities,” said Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León of the accomplishment.

Environmental degradation and air pollution often disproportionately impacts underserved communities in rural and urban settings, Senator De León said during the presentation of his measure, SB 350, the Golden State Standards.

SB 350 calls for 50-percent reduction in petroleum use, 50-percent greater energy efficiency in buildings, and 50-percent of California’s electricity supply to be derived from renewable sources – all by 2030.

De León also argued that his bill will stimulate employment and further invigorate California’s clean economy, which has already generated thousands of jobs. “Those jobs are real. Those jobs are tangible,” he said. ““We have already proven that we can create jobs, lower utility bills, and rebuild our energy infrastructure, all while cleaning up the air we breathe into our lungs and reducing our contribution to climate change.”

De León also presented SB 185, a measure that will require CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest their holdings in coal companies and prohibit new investments.

SB 350 passed by a 24-14 vote and SB 185 passed by a 22-14 vote.

The Senate also approved ten other bills that comprise the California Climate Leadership package. All of the bills now move on to the Assembly.

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March Against Monsanto - May 23

March Against MonsantoSeveral members of 350Marin participated in the March Against Monsanto on May 23 in San Francisco, joining in solidarity with people across the planet in standing up against corporate greed and GMOs. Performance pieces along the route included two of our members joining in the symbolic Bee Die-In.

   Jody and Jolon

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