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The March for Real Climate Leadership
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Join people from all corners of California this February in telling Governor Brown that if he won’t be a real climate leader, that if he won’t stand up to the fossil fuel industry, then we will.

 

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Some Past Events

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Our latest major event was the May 9–11 Climate Conference: Dirty Energy / Clean Solutions.  Over 30 scientists, experts and leaders. The Friday night special event featured Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson in SF with his 100% renewables by 2050 plan. Over 300 people concerned about the climate attended. We had a full Conference schedule Saturday in the East Bay, and workshops and training Sunday.


 

Unanimous Vote - BAAQMD Board approves Resolution to achieve cuts to Bay Area climate pollutants from 100 to 17 million tons per year by 2050. 11/6/13

WATCH - Webcast of 11/6 Board meeting

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Mighty mighty 350 Bay Area folks after the vote - Dr. Robert Gould, Rand Wrobel, Ken Jones, Floyd Smith, Patrick Kennedy, Jed Holtzman, Caitlin Chew, Taylor Hawke, Janet Stromberg, Judy Williams, Larry Danos and Bill Pinkham

Idle No More Prayer, Teach-In & Round Dance 8/24/13

This event was sponsored by Idle No More Solidarity SF Bay Affinity Group. A prayer, teach-in and round dance at Washington Park in Richmond in solidarity with First Nations' and other Indigenous peoples' actions on this day to protest tar sands oil and fossil fuel. Snake dance to Chevron?

"A round dance is a dance of peace and friendship. Easy to do, it's a continuous side-step. Join us with the spirit of the round dance and love for Mother Earth and all of her children. We rise with peace & good hearts!"

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Photo: SaveSacred Sites' post on Facebook Event

Air District Board votes to oppose Keystone XL Pipeline 8/7/2013

Comment of the day Los Altos City Councilmember Jan Pepper calling on the Air District to RESTRICT REFINING OF TAR SANDS at BAY AREA REFINERIES. Wow!

Watch impressive comments from 350 Bay Area members and eye-opening Board Members' statements before they voted. Webcast of the meeting is posted! Click to Agenda Item 11:

http://baaqmd.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=1baf36a9-5290-1031-92de-7c92654424e8

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 Citizen climate heroes speaking at the Board meeting: Robert Gould, Taylor Hawk, Jed Holtzman, David McFarlane, Joanne Orengo, Bill Pinkham, Aaron Reaven, and Floyd Smith,

Vote tally http://www.350bayarea.org/baaqmd_keystone_xl_resolution_vote_tally_8_7_13


Summer Heat Richmond Chevron Refinery Protest August 3, 2013 Nearly 3000 Demonstrators, Over 200 Peaceably Arrested

Summer Heat Richmond brought incredible energy and spirit to the gates of Chevron. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to elevate coalition work in the Bay to new sectors and by connecting issues. And to all the participants from 3 months to 90 years.

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Photo: Eric Slomanson

See Media Coverage, Photos and Videos on the 350 Bay Area Mobilizations Page.


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350 Bay Area's Campaigns

Divestment – Pull money out of the fossil fuel industry in the Bay Area

Bay Climate Action Plan (BayCAP) – Plenty happening to move the Bay Area Air District to reduce emissions 80% by 2050. Check out our Slide Show

No Tar Sands – Fighting the Keystone XL pipeline - read our Tar Sands Mining and Keystone Pipeline Fact Sheet

Chevron Watch - Involved with the Richmond Community and Bike The Math Rally at the Chevron shareholders meeting

Dump The Pump – Cigarettes have warning labels, why not gas pumps?

New: Stop Fracking – Fight fracking in California

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Good News: CalPERS Identifies Climate Change as Risk Factor!

On Monday, September 16, the Board of Directors of the $260 billion California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest public pension fund in the United States, voted to include references to climate change in its newly adopted list of investment beliefs. Members of the 350 Bay Area divestment campaign helped to make this happen, in coalition with 350 Sacramento, SEIU 1000, and other 350.org chapters.

By adopting this language, CalPERS formally acknowledges climate change as a financial risk factor, building the framework for that reality to be incorporated into risk analysis and financial management of the pension fund.

This is an important step. But there is much more to do. We need you and your ideas and energy as we continue outreach, communications, letter writing, petitioning, and other actions for total divestment. Join us!

Gas Pump Information Labels Comes to TED Talks!

Robert Shirkey, Executive Director at OurHorizon.org in Toronto Canada just recently did a TED talk on Canada's gas pump campaign. It is a very informative and well spoken speech about the merits of implementing a consumer-oriented label at the point of purchase:

Watch:  http://youtu.be/SA4e7y-4Pak

Let's make sure we beat our Canadian friends by having the first City ordinance for Gas Pump labels! (A little friendly competition to motivate our awesome team of volunteers) Join our efforts, visit our Dump the Pump page!

 

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commented 2013-02-20 01:14:27 -0800 · Flag
From all of us here at SaveWithSunlight, we want to thank 350.org and the Sierra Club for coordinating an absolutely outstanding campaign for this Forward On Climate day of action. It was absolutely amazing to see over 5000 people participate in this event. Not only was this event created from a purely consorted grassroots effort, but this San Francisco based rally was deemed a ‘localized’ event. Seeing such overwhelming activism at a secondary rally such as this one in SF and seeing over 40,000 people attend the largest climate change demonstration in history in DC has restored my optimism in the true power of the people. I feel as though the collective inspiration to be proactive and diligent with our daily actions is somehow evolving at an exponential rate. The virtuosity of activism and collaboration are becoming viral throughout the nation and these values are, day after day, polarizing themselves with the values of comfort and self-determination. At the same time, activism absorbs the virtue of comfort when activism is done together, collectively; And collaboration, when done for a common cause, fulfills our individual agendas while abstaining itself from selfishness and arrogance.

Together, our ideas are far more thoughtful and vetted. Our motivation is collectively strengthened and our sustainability as a movement is far more resilient. The undertaking of collective responsibility, as shown in this very rally, evaporates our superficial differences such as age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, political standing, attire, weight, height, and even our day jobs. All that remains is a collective love for this earth, a simultaneity of imperative necessity to rise to mother nature’s defense, and above all, a revelation of our most fundamental nature which we had somehow forgotten til now : that we are all human beings.

This event has reinvigorated my spirit of optimism and given me more hope for a sustainable future for me and for all successive generations hereafter. While we may recognize the prevalence of these virtues among each other, we must be resilient to the hangovers induced by pivotal occasions and ends. While we may have had an outstanding victory on the 17th with respect to visible solidarity and rising to the occasion when we were called upon to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline, we must remain ardent and passionate with our movement. Each new checkpoint must not only be celebrated, but it must never subject itself to the definition of an end accomplishment. The reality is that we will likely fight on behalf of the environment for our entire lives. There will be more Keystone XL pipelines, more developments like fracking, more catastrophes like the BP oil spill, more mountain top removal, more deforestation, more invasive species, more endangered species, more oil and coal dollars, more propaganda like ‘clean coal’, etc. And we have to be persistent, passionate and committed to our collective ambition to see a cleaner future for this planet.

Let’s use this accomplishment of solidarity and protest as a summit for a new beginning. Let’s continue to rally with Bill McKibben and the great movement he has generated. Let’s continue to divest our schools and cities one by one until every last one of them is #FossilFree. And let’s allocate these funds to energy sources like Solar, which is now more affordable than ever and in dire need of an industrial re-boot and consumer enthusiasm. Let’s invest in solar as a nation and procure it’s mainstream acquisition as a collective community. Let’s continue to say no to the Keystone XL Pipeline even if Obama ends up saying yes. As you might recall from the first Lord of The Rings installment, we must stop big Oil and Coal in the fragile bridge of intimidation and say : “you shall not pass!” While i am hopeful that Obama will stand up against the overwhelming pressure of fossil fuel companies and reject the pipeline, I am nonetheless willing to stand on that bridge, toe to toe with the soul-less billionaires from the oil industry, to let them know how deeply i treasure this planet’s integrity. I will put my life on the line in the form of peaceful protest. I will tie myself to their fences, i will glue myself to the very pipes they are trying to seal, and i will gladly take arrest until there is no one left to bail me out.

While this may indeed seem drastic to some and impractical to many, I know i am certainly not alone with this commitment. While this position is indeed impractical for the enjoyment of an individual day-to-day life, it is something that needs to be done, as the President himself has eloquently established, “because it’s the right thing to do.” So let’s do the right thing and keep this movement alive until, once and for all, we can finally grant the earth it’s due justice.

Respectfully and Passionately,

Damien Luzzo
CEO, SaveWithSunlight, Inc.
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commented 2013-02-19 20:40:03 -0800 · Flag
I am so proud of us! Being a high school student, I am stoked to be part of our collective and my personal future, and that heavily involves a healthy climate.
commented 2013-02-19 18:23:51 -0800 · Flag
The rally was great: well organized and full of positive energy. This month is the 10 year anniversary of the rallies against war on Iraq when we got millions of people into the streets world wide and in the USA to say “no” to war. Turnout was so great that NYT reporter Patrick Tyler wrote in his first page article: “The world now has 2 Super Powers—The United States and World Public Opinion.” The second power, World Public Opinion, proved to be powerless in that battle; it mean’t nothing to the powers that be. This was the first and strongest indication that we no longer live in a democracy. The will of ‘We the People’ is of no consequence to the rulers; it has no effect. So I can only wait to see if TPTB will remain so intransigent and ignorant.

Evolution demands that we grow and learn. The people have learned. Will the rulers do the same, do what is required?
commented 2013-02-19 16:58:24 -0800 · Flag
A marvelous and invigorating day. Good to see people of all ages, from little ones in stroller to the"Ragin’ Grannies. All the hard work put in paid off; everything was very well organized and the rally ran very smoothly.
commented 2013-02-19 15:59:53 -0800 · Flag
My warmest and most heartfelt thanks to all who were there. The way the size of climate actions here in the Bay and throughout the US seem to be growing exponentially makes me feel like our movement may just reach a scale proportional to the crisis we face.

We are tasked with halting one of the greatest catastrophes our species and this planet have ever faced—a huge burden, but in a sense also a great honor. I am grateful to share it with so many other talented and energetic people.

One must ask: how many of us will there need to be before the Obama administration and other policymakers find the resolve to take the rapid, decisive action that is necessary on climate change? If not 5,000 in San Francisco and 50,000 in Washington, D.C., what about 10,000 here and 100,000 there? Or 20,000 and 200,000? Whatever the number is, that’s how big we need to get!!!
commented 2013-02-19 12:49:11 -0800 · Flag
The crowd was huge and great. But the press coverage was disappointing, especially in major papers. Perhaps there is a way we could bring more pressure to bear on the media to improve their coverage?
commented 2013-02-19 09:59:22 -0800 · Flag
There are many Indigenous prophesies about this time and the people of all colors who will rise up to protect Mother Earth. Forward On Climate brought these Rainbow Warriors together. We are one people with one dream: to ensure a sustainable future for the next seven generations. Sending gratitude to the organizers and all of our brother’s and sisters who are answering the call of Mother Earth. We are many, we are strong, we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
commented 2013-02-19 09:34:38 -0800 · Flag
The Bay Area event surpassed my wildest expectation. While it was intended as a solidarity rally to the big one in D.C. it really felt big and powerful all on its own. People from all over the Bay Area really WANTED to come out and show their support, there’s such a thirst for action and community around this most important issue of our time. The amount of creativity, passion, and spirit on display was heartening, it sure felt like the one big family we humans are and should once again become. Thanks for everyone who organized this, you guys did an amazing job, especially with so many more folks showing up than anticipated!

Here are all of my pics that go with the Daily Kos post linked to above:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/11217210@N08/sets/72157632790415905/
commented 2013-02-19 09:19:31 -0800 · Flag
I was among Americana that showed up to support taking care of our Planet. A true rainbow of people!!! A wake up call to our Legislators " We must act to save our Planet" Failure will make our economy, the Sequestor and the Debt inconsequential!!! The keystone Pipeline is a disaster and should be stopped. Tar Sands are not the answer they only will make $$$ at the expense of our Land and Water. You only have to look to the Gulf of Mexico to see the results.
commented 2013-02-19 07:47:34 -0800 · Flag
It’s wonderful to hear how great the rally was.

Like Rand, I was among the contingent from 350BA who attended the DC rally. I had the privilege of catching up with Unitarian Universalists and other friends throughout the country and engaging with Bill, Mike, and Van (including telling the first two what wonderful work you are doing and complementing Mike for promoting Michelle who hired Jess :) ) and meeting and speaking with Allison Chin (Sierra Club), Rev. Yearwood, Tom Steyer, Joe Romm, Mike Tidwell & Ted Glick (CCAN) and and many, many others. Special shoutouts to Rachele Huennekens (Sierra Club & Moving Planet), and Allison Fisher (Common Cause & the Climate Reality Check Coalition) for their networking and movement building and to all the wonderful, wonderful volunteers at All Souls Unitarian DC, 350.org, Sierra Club, etc., etc., etc.

We’re on a roll. Gaia has our back. Time to continue building the relationships, the love and the justice, which inspire this movement.
commented 2013-02-18 23:29:01 -0800 · Flag
I am very heartened and warmed by the pictures of Bay Area’s event, as I was seeing in Washington. The emotions that bring this movement together are so key. Thanks to the Planning Committee, Sponsors, Endorsers, Volunteers and Participants for creating that heart-felt awareness.

Yes, Taylor, we the people. McKibben made that crystal clear in his MSNBC interview: http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/02/17/climate-policy-comes-out-of-exile/ (Suggest to see all 3 segments: Bill McKibben and the Chief Jackie Thomas are interviewed at the site of the Forward On Climate Rally Sunday morning 2/17, along with leaders of NAACP and Public Citizen Energy Program.)

He said (paraphrasing here) we won the science 20 years ago. The “rational” approach that one might expect to address climate change (and had nacient starts) did not happen, essentially due to the fossil corporate money (over $100 million, it turns out) to denialist misinformation groups.

So to overcome those same active groups, where science failed to lead policy, so we the people must make it happen. Like other social transformations (like civil rights) enough people must take action to make it happen. Personally I think we may need 10x today’s numbers in the streets. As Mr. Cohen noted, our biggest day yet has barely moved the media needle. And we have just begun.

My wife ran across this, from Cloud Atlas:

“The conflict between corporations and activists is that of narcolepsy versus remembrance. The corporations have money, power and influence. Our sole weapon is public outrage. Outrage blocked the Yucca Dam, ousted Nixon, and in part, terminated the monstrosities in Vietnam. But outrage is unwieldly to manufacture and handle. First, you need scrutiny; second, widespread awareness; only when this reaches a critical mass does public outrage explode into being.

We are “raising the temperature of public awareness [however] fractionally toward its ignition point”. Thanks to each of you.
commented 2013-02-18 21:29:07 -0800 · Flag
We, the people are rising up. We must. We know from the latest science that the escalating climate crisis looms as the greatest moral, economic, and security issue of our time. Everything else in the world, and the future, depends on how we respond, now, to this global climate emergency.

Our response? An exploding climate movement. The moral urgency of this cause has magnetized the message, attracting young and old alike who are plugging into the movement. Concerned new activists are joining us daily, getting busy, and speaking out—demanding emergency action and changes. Our collective wave is rolling forth, gathering momentum and energy, building toward the tipping point—when large-scale changes and solutions start rapidly occurring to address global warming and avert climate disaster. Our laser focus is radically reducing emissions, and generating clean energy everywhere.

And here we are, rockin’ and rallyin’—our bodies, energies, and talents in motion, marching Forward On Climate. Together, we are riding the growing edge of this evolutionary wave, a swelling tsunami of solutions and actions. Fellow climate warriors, this rally rocked! We’re on the most important ride of our lives—and our grandchildren’ lives. Ride on! Forward into a clean-energy, life-sustaining future.
commented 2013-02-18 19:03:35 -0800 · Flag
Great, well organized rally. But we are no longer a democracy, so little hope for effect.
commented 2013-02-18 18:49:22 -0800 · Flag
It’s an honor and a privilege to be working with so many determined, smart and loving people dedicated to saving our planet.
commented 2013-02-18 18:15:08 -0800 · Flag
Yes!, Excellent Job!, can’t wait to do more to save our planet and the human race along with it, nothing is more important!
commented 2013-02-18 16:57:38 -0800 · Flag
It was great. I loved seeing so many different groups working together and having a lot of fun at the same time. Thanks to everyone for planning and being there.
commented 2013-02-18 16:32:57 -0800 · Flag
Thanks for a great rally! My only suggestion: Provide a very clear link to the event on Facebook on the event website. A sample email that people could send to friends to invite them could also be good.
commented 2013-02-18 16:31:50 -0800 · Flag
Loved seeing everyone there! Go team earth!
commented 2013-02-18 16:19:01 -0800 · Flag
I love the awesome rally we had to save the planet.
commented 2013-02-18 16:06:09 -0800 · Flag
I’m an aficionada of peaceful demonstrations. I’ve participated in hundreds since my 1st in October of 1961 (student peace union, University of Illinois), & we’ve actually accomplished quite a lot. One of the things I particularly liked about this one was the mixture of people & the fact that people my age & older were less than 10% of the crowd. As a non-religious person, I also liked the prayer; a nice change from Dear Lord, look down on us & take care of us. Vice versa in fact—we’re the ones who need to take care of our Earth. Thank you all. Si se puede.
commented 2013-02-18 15:28:36 -0800 · Flag
Thanks for a really well-run and fun rally.
commented 2013-02-18 14:30:27 -0800 · Flag
Great rally: well organized, well attended and peaceful. Thanks and praise to all the groups and individuals who helped make this happen. It was great to see such a large and diverse gathering of people standing up for the planet. Forward!
commented 2013-02-18 14:25:35 -0800 · Flag
Yes! Thank you for organizing this. I’ve been thinking that if we want our representatives to show up, we need to… and we did! And we’ll keep showing up. Loved the many creative signs, the Indigenous music & drums, & the opportunity to join in a circle dance.
commented 2013-02-18 14:20:44 -0800 · Flag
Peaceful, angry, well-organized. I had to go alone… no one seemed to share my passion. I tried to explain it like this: “Keystone XL is the Alamo for Climate Change.”

Can’t wait to see the big group photo… but I’m a little let down we didn’t form a giant “350” … :)
commented 2013-02-18 14:02:30 -0800 · Flag
Yesterday was excellent. As a goal for the future, let’s work toward a lower average age of attendees (by adding more young people, not subtracting the oldsters).
commented 2013-02-18 13:57:29 -0800 · Flag
I’m really proud of what we did yesterday (2/17/13) at all of the Forward on Climate Rally’s, the tens of thousands who came together to create the largest Climate Change gathering in history. My neighbors at Transition Sonoma Valley joined and marched with thousands from all around the Bay Area to tell the world that building the Keystone XL pipeline is not OK. People all over the world commented, shared, followed and tweeted.

Yet today as I look to the mastheads and banners at NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, et al., “the biggest rally calling attention to climate change in U.S. history” barely moved the needle. All the usual suspects, The Nation, Democracy Now, Truth-Out, CNN “International”, NY Times (Blog)… that’s right the “blog”. Really? Is where the event was covered, or not. It was truly amazing to be part of what happened yesterday, and as I rise today and the dust settles I recognize that we have much more work to do.

More folks need to understand what’s at stake with Keystone XL. There are many economic and political forces that say – build it. It’s a fix for our continued ability to flood markets with cheap oil for the near future, BUT at HUGE cost to the environment. We know the arguments, I will not repeat them hear. We have heard the scientist types and experts calling the construction of the pipeline GAME OVER. I am VERY worried, concerned, activated. I do not want to be looking at myself one day going, I knew about this and did NOTHING. What about you?
commented 2013-02-18 13:52:35 -0800 · Flag
Loved the diversity of people present, the drumming and dancing. A beautiful day. Hope springs eternal.
commented 2013-02-18 13:48:35 -0800 · Flag
My wife and I attended this extremely important action. We thought it very well organized, were happy to see so many people out, and glad that it was peaceful. All speakers were excellent, especially the two high schoolers.
commented 2013-02-18 13:48:17 -0800 · Flag
Excellent to see this attended with so many diverse organizations. A lot of the more ‘old school’ political organizers and activists in the SF Bay area also were not there. For a lot of people, there is less of a habit of regular activism and rallies. So hopefully we can build the coalition to include many more factions, including some of the major radical groups from SF, the E. Bay, etc., to keep building up the numbers. hopefully next time we can have more like 50,000, or 500,000 out there!!
commented 2013-02-18 13:40:46 -0800 · Flag
Great, well organized protest.
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