Support the Air District Board's Climate Action
On Wednesday, March 19 the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board, in partnership with the Metropilitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is poised to approve a Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (Regulation 14 Rule 1) requiring employers to offer one of four commute benefit options to employees. GHG emissions will be reduced as fewer people drive alone to work.
The Rule will apply to businesses that employ 50 or more people in the Bay Area for 30 hours a week or more. 10,000 Bay Area employers (60%) have 50 or more employees. Transportation accounts for 38% of regional GHG emissions. 53% of transportation emissions result from commuting. 68% of commute emissions result from single occupant driving. Estimated GHG emission reductions from the Rule as proposed are 12,714 Megatons in 2015, growing to 47,957 Megatons per year by 3035. This rule is a great start.
Sign our THANK YOU note for local agency Climate Action37 signatures
THANK YOU Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and staff from both agencies for bringing a Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program up for a vote at the Air District on March 19, 2014. This is a great step forward for the Bay Area to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and reduce traffic congestion and the stress it adds to our lives.
We applaud your action and hope for a unanimous YES VOTE.
Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson
on the Late Show with David Letterman
This first ever grassroots Climate Conference will feature activists and leading scientists addressing technical and political climate topics in the Bay Area and beyond. Early Bird tickets are now available. Get them before the price goes up April 25th!
Dirty Energy / Clean Solutions:
Climate Conference 2014
See the Speakers and Agenda page for the current program information as we fill out the lineup for the conference.
Friday (7 - 9:30 pm): (San Francisco: Unitarian Universalist Church) The conference opens Friday evening, May 9th, with a keynote address by Professor Mark Jacobson of Stanford University on his science-based plan to get to 100% renewable energy by 2050. A panel of Bay Area activists will respond to Jacobson's plan from legislative, regulatory and environmental justice perspectives.
Saturday (9 am - 5pm): (Oakland: Laney College) The second day of the conferences features panels tackling urgent issues in the climate movement, including:
- Fracking and other extreme well stimulation in California
- Fossil fuel infrastructure expansions (crude by rail, coal exports)
- Clean energy solutions
Lunch is included on Saturday.
Sunday (10 am- 3 pm): (Oakland: Laney College) Workshops and trainings to strategize effective ways to stop the fossil fuel attack.
Special: Early Bird Ticket Pricing:
General Student Full Conference (Fri-Sat-Sun) $40 $30 Friday Only (Visions of a Clean Energy Future) $20 $15 Sat-Sun Only (Conference Sessions) $30 $23
Get your tickets as soon as possible before prices go up. Early purchase helps us size and produce the conference. Same Day Tickets are premium priced.
350 Bay Area is co-sponsoring Dirty Energy / Clean Solutions with the Sunflower Alliance, Sierra Club-SF Bay Chapter, and Center for Biological Diversity. Other sponsors are welcome.
The Conference starts on Friday, May 9th and runs through Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th. Hours are:Fri: 7pm-9:30Sat: 9am-5pm (Lunch included)Sun: 10am-3pm (Lunch available for purchase on-site)
Sponsors and Endorsers
WHENMay 09, 2014 at 7pm· 97 rsvpsWHEREFriday: Unitarian Universalist Church SF; San/Sun: Laney College, Oakland
1187 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Sign our petition asking Governor Brown to lead efforts to prevent the climate change catastrophe of expanded drilling for dirty oil in California.
Governor Jerry Brown:
We recognize your strong commitment to protecting our climate and call on you to ban fracking in California. Fracking accelerates climate disruption. Fracking and the use of fracked oil will produce a huge increase in greenhouse gas emissions, virtually wiping out progress made by California toward emissions reduction. I want California to move forward to clean, renewable energy and leave dirty shale oil in the ground. New York, New Jersey and Vermont have already enacted bans or moratoriums on fracking. California has always been the leader in fighting climate disruption. We call on you to provide that leadership now and ban fracking to ensure our children and theirs will have a habitable earth to live on.
Please tell us which divestment targets you want to work on, and how you would like to help.
Tar Sands are a bad idea. We can make sure that the Bay Area is not part of this problem. and ensure that area refineries don't process any materials from tar sands mining operations. Help us convince the cities of Richmond and Martinez to prohibit the dirty, destructive and climate-disruptive tar sands within their city limits.
We request that the city councils of Richmond, Hercules, Benicia and Martinez pass city ordinances to prohibit the transport, processing and refining within city limits of any materials obtained or derived from tar sands of any source. We request that all other city councils in the Bay Area pass resolutions in support of these ordinances.
The Bay Area emits 100 million tons of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) per year. Scientists tell us that to avoid catastrophic warming we must cut GHG emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 (down to 17.6 million tons in the Bay Area). California aims to reduce GHGs to 1990 levels by 2020. It's a start, but not nearly enough. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has the power to regulate over 50% of all the GHG emissions in the Bay Area. The Air District needs to lead the way to bring those emissions down to safe, sustainable levels. If the progressive, environmentally aware Bay Area can't lead the way, who can?
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Mission is “to protect and improve public health, air quality and the global climate.”
We petition the Air District to use its authority to:
- Declare that catastrophic climate disruption is an escalating emergency
- Act on its mission by adopting aggressive programs by July 2014 to reduce Bay Area greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050*.
*This is the level that the National Research Council determined as a worldwide goal in order to keep global warming from exceeding 2 degrees Celsius.
Put global warming warning labels on gas pumps! The warning can include a link to the local Climate Action website. This is an awareness-raising action. Cigarettes have warning labels, why not gas pumps? Ask Bay Area City Councils to pass a City Ordinance to put warning labels on Bay Area gas pumps. For example:
To the Bay Area Local Governments:
We urge our city council to require warning labels on gas pumps to:
- Warn consumers that burning gasoline is causing global warming,
- Inform people that our city has a Climate Action Plan to reduce CO2 in general and gasoline use in particular.
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,
CEO, SaveWithSunlight, Inc.
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