Global Divestment Day in Portland--BREAK UP WITH FOSSIL FUELS

 

This Valentine’s Day Friday come spend your lunch hour helping us tell Mayor Charlie Hales we won’t love him anymore unless he moves ahead and introduces the fossil fuel divestment resolution NOW!

 

On June 5, 2013, World Environment Day, the Mayor proclaimed, “The City must urge the Oregon State Treasurer, the Local Government Investment Pool and the Oregon Investment Council to divest of all state holdings in fossil fuel.” The next month he met with Bill McKibben and reaffirmed this commitment.


20 months later and the resolution has still not come before City Council. Instead, the City has purchased $20,000,000 in Exxon Mobile bonds.

 

Charlie, have you jilted us? Stop stringing us along! It’s time you follow through on your commitment. It’s time to BREAK UP WITH FOSSIL FUELS. Divest now!


We’ll have music, flowers and candy.

 

Write a 'love' letter to Charlie (or sign a pre-written one). We’ll take a picture of you and your letter and you can send it to the mayor!


Come start your Valentine weekend right.


Show that you want to Protect what you love and divest from fossil fuels.


This will be a peaceful gathering. Bring your loving children along.

 

Friday, February 13th, Noon to 1pm in front of the Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue


RSVP

We’ll need about fifteen people to take photos, help with letters, hold up our banners and signs and other small tasks. Please email Sandy@350pdx.org to volunteer.

PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY Against the Keystone XL Pipeline

January 13, 2015, 7:00 PM
Terry Schrunk Plaza
1200 SW 3rd Ave, @ SW Madison
Portland, Info: 503-705-1943

On Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court threw out the case against the KeystoneXL pipeline---This is NOT the final decision on KXL; it just places President Obama in the forefront of the decision-making.

350.org, the Sierra Club and Rainforest Action Network, are calling for public assemblies throughout the U.S.

This is not a civil disobedient event, but a national-wide expression of pipeline opposition.

Please join us to tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline NOW.
This event is endorsed by the Climate Action Coalition: 350PDX, Portland Rising Tide, The Raging Grannies, NoKXL/Portland, Ist Unitarian Universalist/Community for Earth, and the PDX Bike Swarm.

TWO WAYS TO BE INVOLVED THIS MONTH

 
1) 350PDX "Jump start the year" general meeting, Sat Jan 17th, 3-5pm, Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark St; everyone, including new folks, are encouraged to join as we layout our plan for this year.
 
 
2) The City of Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission has announced a time change for the Public Hearing on the Propane Terminal proposal. Note the NEW times below.
 

Please speak out against the proposed Pembina Propane Terminal next Tuesday, January 13. Portland has a national reputation for sustainable energy leadership--don't let a Canadian-owned fossil fuel terminal tarnish our image.

Please join us even if you do not plan to testify.

Help us pack the room in saying "NO!" to new fossil fuel projects.

Attached is info from propane terminal opponent, the Audubon Society of Portland.

Portland was recently awarded the title of "Climate Champion" by the White House. Ironically, a corporation with roots in the Canadian tar sands, Pembina Pipeline Corporation, wants to bring explosive liquid propane by rail to Portland for export from our ports on the Columbia River.

Rally and Public Hearing on TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015

1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, in the PSU area.
Rally starts at 1:30 AM.
Sign-in to testify begins at noon.
Public Hearing at 2:30 in Room 2500A.

Be sure to bring 12 PRINTED copies of your testimony with you on Jan. 13th.

Keep your oral comments brief—no more than 2-3 minutes per person, depending on turnout.

Tips on testimony available here. For background information, visit this site.

Wear RED to show support for a safe climate future.
**Please call 503-705-1943 with questions or if you can help at the 1:30AM Rally.
If you are unable to attend in person, you may submit written comments by email to: psc@portlandoregon.gov.
Submit comments by USPS to Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, ATTN- PSC, Portland, OR 97201.

The North Pole Is Going Green!: A New Christmas Story, in Which Santa Has an Epiphany

This piece (written by Santa and delivered by Mary DeMocker) was originally published in the journal Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and the Environment, in the Global Warming Special Issue in March 2014. Mary DeMocker is one of the co-founders and organizers of 350 Eugene. She is also a freelance writer and harp teacher.

Dear Parents:

Usually, it's your children putting pen to paper this time of year, begging me for under-the-tree delivery of all manner of bouncy, cuddly, and flashing treasures. But something's changed here in Christmas Town. Though the elves and I had hoped it might just be a few “off” years weather-wise, we can no longer deny it: The North Pole is melting. Our land of snowpeople, icicles, and eternal winter is turning . . . green.

At the same time, there's been a change in your children's requests. Their letters beseeching me for sleds, dollhouses, and, more recently, smartphones have always included heartbreakers such as, “Please, give my parents time to play with me.” But this year, I've been snowed by pleas to “Save polar bears!” and “Bring clean water,” and “Make the hurricanes stop!” Parents, your children are worried. Terrified, actually.

So I sent four snowy owls, three beige wrens, two little doves, and a partridge in a pear tree to investigate. They flew back today with a troubling report: The entire planet is heating up. Storms, droughts, and wildfires are more intense, and your kids are wondering why the adults aren't fixing things.

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But there was more. This was when the birds got a little shifty-eyed. They sat me down with my pipe and a stiff eggnog to break the news that, though my part is played out of love and generosity, it turns out I'm making everything worse. I—through my annual stoking of your children's desires for new possessions—am largely responsible for the consumerism driving industry to spew ever-more carbon into our atmosphere. My actions contribute to scorching temperatures, rising seas, and acidification of the oceans. To mass extinctions. Superstorms. Famine.

I'm melting my own North Pole.

Imagine being told that you're complicit in destroying—irrevocably—the homes, health, and happiness of the very children whose dreams you've dedicated your life to fulfilling. But I won't let daunting news steal the twinkle from my eye. This emergency demands action, so today I'm announcing: No more Christmas-as-usual. To realize my dream of a snowy Christmas, I'm going “green” myself. Because your children are telling me what they really want and it's not light-up sneakers or Xboxes.

They deeply yearn for only two things: Your love and a future. A future they can grow into with joyful anticipation, one characterized by kindness—to animals, grandmothers, the poor, kids orphaned by tsunamis, and those hungry in ravaged lands. Your children's boundless hearts are ready to do whatever it takes to get these two simple things. Children are never confused by politics or profits because even though they lack degrees, consultants, and immortality—or maybe because of that—they just know what's right. Their pleas are loud and clear. And I'm listening.

To slow the melting, we'll need to end our traditional system of one-way accountability. I'll still keep tabs on the Naughty and Nice, but everyone goes on the list now—me, you, and your governments and businesses. You've got some real Grinches down there who aren't just stealing candy canes; they're snatching your children's futures, happy to keep your kids madly consuming while they rake in fortunes. But with my magic and your love, dear parents, we can provide your children with what they truly need.

I'll start by reducing the volume of presents. From now on, the Nice will receive only one gift each—battery-free, Earth-friendly, and likely to fire the imagination. I'll feature recycled toys, science kits, sidewalk chalk, and “pre-owned” costumes, books, and musical instruments. There will be more off-the-couch-and-out-the-door gifts, such as fishing poles, kites, and skateboards, all wrapped in yesterday's comics or scrap fabric. And to give your kids more play time with you, I'll slip theater tickets and hiking guides into your stockings.

As for the Naughty, I'm divesting from fossil fuels, so they'll receive “Shrink Your Carbon Footprint Now!” booklets. If subtlety fails, it'll be Rudolph droppings next year—sustainably harvested, of course.

I hope this begins to address your children's fears that adults don't care enough about them or the planet. We can evolve, even we who have been around a long, long time.

Love,

Santa Claus

P.S. One more thing: I'm done giving guns.

 

Editors note: Story published with permission by the author and original publisher Oxford University Press. Citation the original piece as listed below.

 

Mary DeMocker. The North Pole Is Going Green!: A New Christmas Story, in Which Santa Has an Epiphany Interdiscip Stud Lit Environ (Winter 2014) 21 (1): 145-147 first published online March 14, 2014 doi:10.1093/isle/isu018

What if CO2 Were Pink?

 

A new, illustrated book about climate change for kids (and their adults) poses the interesting question: "What if we could SEE carbon dioxide?" Oregon author Gregg Kleiner has written the new book, which is aimed at helping kids, and their adults, start seeing the sources of CO2, then take action.

 

 

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"As a father of two kids who will live in a climate altered by my generation's excesses and emissions, I found myself lying awake nights worrying about their future, and the future of all children," Kleiner said. "After one of those long nights, I wondered what would happen if CO2 were suddenly, say, pink. And since I'm a writer, I decided to tell a story about that, because stories tap the human imagination and have the power to move people."    read more

 

 

What’s Next: Reflections from a young organizer

by Mia Reback

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I know you’ve heard a lot about the People’s Climate March already, but a collection of marchers’ interviews has been compiled and are providing me a source of hope!

 

After spending one month organizing the Portland People’s Climate March, I hopped on a plane to NYC andlanded in the temporary epicenter of global climate activism. For three weeks, New York was filled with meetings, panels, rallies, marches and other climate events.

 

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered to show they care, but they also came for the excitement; the PCM was the place to be that weekend. The march was designed to appeal to a broad audience--and it did. All over NYC, I heard people talk about the march joyously, as though it were an upcoming festival. Its open atmosphere was effective at drawing 400,000 people to march in NYC, and many hundreds of thousands more at marches around the world.

 

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Mia Reback, left, at the march.

 

I found the joy and excitement of the day symbolic of where the U.S. climate movement is. The march made it seem like the transition away from all fossil fuels and widespread deforestation will be fun and easy.It won’t be. It will be hard work that requires sacrifice, a paradigm shift, and passion strong enough to motivate us as we change the status quo. We need to embrace our collective rage and frustration at the lack of large scale government action and recent inundation of proposals for new fossil fuel projects. Moving forward, we need to look to the power of Flood Wall Street and the recent protests responding to police violence in communities of color as models for where the climate justice movement needs to go.

 

Editor’s note: If you haven’t put much thought yet into the massive public outcry in response to racialized police violence around the country, check out this captivating article titled Why Environmentalists Should Support the Black Lives Matter Protests.

 

Now, it’s two months later and I’m back on the west coast reading an analysis of interviews from the PCM. This collection, “Messages From the March,” put together by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, gives me hope for the climate movement. The passion and dedication captured in this small sample of interviews represents how strong this movement is.

 

“On a governmental level, I’m not that

hopeful. But on a personal level I think

people really can begin to make, bring the

change they want. I mean, that’s to me,

sometimes that’s the only way you can go.”

-- Messages From the March

 

It’s going to take everyone to build a society that is free from fossil fuels and resilient to climate change. As promo materials for the march said, “to change everything, we need everyone.” The PCM successfully brought together the different branches of the climate justice movement. Now, post-march, we need to deepen these connections.

 

It’s on us to take the momentum from the march back home and keep building this movement. We need people more than ever to become active in an organization or a community group. We need to get off our computers and smartphones and into living rooms, churches, cafes and city parks. Let’s connect with local campaigns against fossil fuel exports and stand in solidarity with frontline communities.

 

Editor’s note: There are many ways to plug in with 350 and our allies in the fight against the multiple proposed fossil fuel export terminals in Portland and all along the coast. Check out this campaign against a propane export site, and show up to engage with the public process via supporting a delivery of testimony on Dec 17th and coming to a public hearing on Jan 13th.

 

We need our actions to go even deeper. We need to show our leaders - and each other - that we take the threats of climate change seriously. The next time we gather en masse, I hope we can dig in and confront the root causes of climate change, so we can begin building the society we need to maintain a safe climate.

 

Alone, we are limited in our power. Together, we are changing the course of history.

Bend Artists Show Up Big Coal

by Lee Chapman

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Megan McGuinness

"Leaf Toupee's; For Those Still Standing"

Acrylic on board

22''x28''

 

I moved to Bend in September, and with the help of Victoria Leistman, a Green Corps organizer for Sierra Club, and a quirky group of BeyondCoal activists, organized a community Art Show at the local environmental center. The event was called, Trick-or-Treat for Energy and it featured art that depicted either the Trick--the risks of continuing to burn fossil fuels, or the Treat--the hope for a switch to clean, renewable energy options. We provided a platform for these artists and the community to collectively envision a transition from coal to clean energy.

 

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There were 15 different artists and more than 25 different works of art provided by local artists and engaged community members. Some of the art was dark, depicting skeletons praying or desolate landscapes that called out warning about ignorance and apathy towards overuse of fossil fuel resources.

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Other pieces were light, showing serene green nature, or a world where life is not made simply for profit.  Children's art peppered through the collection simply showed how the next generation understands that clean energy is available and ready if only we make the choice to switch to it.

 

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The artwork that people contributed was truly powerful, and reflective of the diversity of the individuals and the perspectives they might bring to the table through their art, and there was even more to the event! We were lucky to have live music by Matt Strait and a group of talented bluegrass-folk friends. How appropriate, because bluegrass has many old-timey coal songs, harkening to real accounts of the devastation and wreckage coal has always brought to America.

 

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To round out the evening, we set up a table with a participatory art project for the community to contribute to. We included this art message in our Media release; reporting BeyondCoal's successfully growing coalition of businesses calling for clean energy now.

 

The event was a hit and generated real interest and enthusiasm for the clean energy movement. We estimated 150 people attended! A great turnout for a one-night-only, locally-organized event, if you ask me! Art is powerful!

 

To read the full article that Sierra Club published, click here.

 

A bit about myself: I'm a 27 yr-old, Portlander, born and raised, I've been doing regular volunteer work with Sierra Club, as well as attending public hearings on proposed NW coal operations for the past few years. My main calling is to find interesting ways to reach out to people to spread knowledge of our imminent energy and environmental situation. One thing I have learned is that the best way to get the message out is through art.

 

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For those of you in other regions of the state, I’ve written up a little info about the coal fight in our area of Bend, Oregon.

  • Sierra Club is working on a campaign to inform citizens that the main electric utility for Bend is Pacific Power, and the mix we get here is 2/3 coal. Most people assume their power is hydroelectric because we are in Oregon, but its NOT. Oregon sells its hydro profits to other states, and buys dirty coal energy from inland states. For those who don't believe coal hurts the environment, we are sharing the economic nonsense (non-cents) of a price-hikes-and-few-jobs reality. Not everyone believes in Climate Change, which is why we are sharing the 101 other reasons to keep coal in the ground.

 

  • The business coalition we are building is NOT taking any action - they are just calling on local government and Pacific Power to start investing NOW in clean energy. It’s a small step, but I believe it’s important to build our voice by adding other interest groups, and take measurable steps to call for action from our government.

 

  • In talking about Pacific Power's Coal usage, we are also exposing the flaws of their Blue Sky program, in which electricity customers pay Pacific Power for supposedly clean energy but the money funds clean energy projects built elsewhere. The fee that I and these other caring, green-minded Bend-ites are paying is really just fueling big coal!  

 

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Southern Oregon Coast Under Threat: LNG Export Facility & Pacific Connector Pipeline.

Photo: Daniel Serres

The Southern Oregon coast is currently under threat from an LNG export facility and its accompanying Pacific Connector Pipeline.  
Help say "NO!" to another climate disruptor in our region. Take the bus with us on December 9th to the Public Hearing on the Jordan Cove LNG project, in Roseburg.
Our bus will leave Portland at 1:00PM and will return past midnight. Please call Bonnie at 503-705-1943 for info on reserving your seat on the bus.
 
The impacts of LNG in Oregon must be exposed before irresponsible and irretrievable plans become reality.

Please take a look at these links.
 
Rogue Riverkeeper--more info on the hearings and  Talking Points

 

Keystone XL Status Update!

 

With the Keystone XL up for Fast Track approval in the senate, we’ve been sitting on the edge of our seats waiting on the verdict. Here are recent updates from 350.org national organizers:


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We just won the Keystone XL vote in the Senate. Thank you all for your hard work making calls, organizing actions, and generally growing this beautiful, huge, and increasingly powerful movement. This is a huge win against Big Oil. And now, we'll continue to fight until a rejection.


“Last week, Rosebud Sioux Tribal President Cyril Scott described building Keystone XL - without the prior and informed consent of his people-
as an act of war. This week, farmer Art Tanderup, whose land would be crossed by the pipeline, stood on Capitol Hill and pledged to continue fighting back no matter what.


“Super special shout out to 350 DC for crushing on every level for the last 4 days all over DC! “

 

350Colorado organizers gathered 200 people to call out Senator Bennet on his support for the Keystone XL pipeline. It was amazing! 350 NYC and 350 Maine also brought the fire in their regions as well.


“When [Sens.] Schumer and Levin were wavering, we generated hundreds of calls and within hours, they had both said publicly they were with us. And I sincerely believe that 350 Colorado's rally in Denver deterred any other Democratic Senators from flipping.


“And 350 DC led an action at Landrieu's house, 2 direct action trainings, sit-ins in offices, and social media, video and general support for all things DC over the last 3 days. You all seriously impress me."


As for our Oregon contingent, Senator Jeff Merkley spoke out strongly against Keystone XL before he and Senator Wyden
both stood for our values by voting in opposition to the pipeline bill. Even though the pipeline didn’t pass in the Senate, it will still be up to President Obama to decide its fate--and ours. We’re hoping that Obama holds to his principles, which would lead him to reject the pipeline.


But we’re also doing more than hoping.
Click here to tell President Obama that it's time to reject Keystone XL.

You can also be part of the effort to put away the pipe, either by joining the thousands who have pledged to engage in civil disobedience or by support these efforts in other ways. If you would like more information on the No KeystoneXL Pledge of Resistance and upcoming trainings, please contact Bonnie at goto350pdx@gmail.com.

  • Maya Jarrad

 

Open Public Comments: Oil by Rail

Ghosts of Trains to Come

 

It was back in the Halloween season when a veritable fleet of cars, buses, and bikes caravanned to Olympia, WA to address a horror much more frightening than ghosts and ghouls. The ever-expanding transport of oil through our region is what really scares us. We know that the oil industry's plans to expand oil extraction work directly flies in the face of our efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

 

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The hearing packed with people in red shirts showing their disapproval of the proposed increase in oil transport through the region.

 

October 30th began with an early morning assembly of Seattle Raging Grannies rocking “Blockadia” with a 7-hour street obstruction. Activities continued with a rally, and later we packed the hearing room. Over 750 people squeezed in to attend the Marine & Rail Oil Transportation Study Hearing in Olympia! We were there to speak and act out against the onslaught of oil by rail and by waterways. The Oregonian covered the hearing and festivities.

 

You can still add your voice to those that participated in the spirited rally and hearing. The deadline for public comments isDecember 1st, 5:00PM. Take this opportunity to speak out against oil transport---you do not need to be a Washington resident. Aside from climate impacts from the combustion of oil, its transport directly puts our environment and safety at risk.

 

Send your comments here.

 

To help write your comments, here are Talking Points from the Washington Environmental Council and Tips to Effective Comments from the Environmental Law Institute.

 

VICE also produced a video, "Bomb Trains,” a good watch if you are looking for more background or strong visuals.

 

  • Bonnie McKinlay

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