Let's put the political in Earth Day! Join us in a march for Climate Justice and the Earth on April 19. Starting from Justin Herman Plaza and ending at the UN Plaza, a rally with speakers will follow at 1pm. Bring your non-carbon polluting form of transportation—bike, electric vehicle, or your feet!
We are honored to host global climate leader, noted environmental author and founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben, who will speak at the Rally, along with:
- Mark Hertsgaard, environmental author
- Andrés Soto, environmental justice organizer with CBE
- Melanie Harrison, outspoken environmental scientist
The EARTH DAY ACTION PARADE will be in sections with corresponding messages:
- Our Future: Children's Brigade and faith groups
- Environmental Justice: Impacted Communities & workers, Health impacts of Fossil Fuels
- Problems/Dangers: Keystone XL, Fracking, Big Oil refinery expansions, Extreme Weather,
- Solutions: Solar, Wind, Mass Transit, Bicycles, Electric Vehicles (EV's), Resilient Communities…(Note: Electric vehicles meet at 11 AM at Mission and Steuart Streets to line up)
Which message do you want to send? Let's get creative! Get unique. Small floats are encouraged.
- 10:00 Monitor Training (volunteers sought)
- 11:00 Attendee Arrival @ Justin Herman Plaza
- 11:15 Opening of Parade
- 11:30 Start of Parade/Bicycle Arrival Time
- 12:00 Last of Parade marchers Start
- 12:15 Bicyclists Start
- 1:00 Rally Start @ UN Plaza
- 1:30 Rally End
- 3:00- 3:30 Speakers' Dome "Climate Time"
Check out the Earth Day San Francisco Festival for all sorts of eco-friendly interactive activities, products, music and more!
Get active, let people and organizations know (see the docs below), endorse (orgs and individuals) and volunteer. You can list your demands for Earth Day (what you see needs to happen). For more information contact John Anderson (see below).
WHENApril 19, 2014 at 11:30am· 576 rsvpsWHEREJustin Herman Plaza
1 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105
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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 Action36 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: (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: (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: (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)WHENMay 09, 2014 at 7pm· 88 rsvpsWHEREFriday: Unitarian Universalist Church SF; San/Sun: Laney College, Oakland
1187 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94109
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350 Bay Area and the Climate Movement is YOU.
Your assistance is NEEDED and APPRECIATED!
Help is needed for a variety of upcoming 350 Bay Area Events. and the ongoing work of building the organization. Thanks for letting us know what you are interested in contributing...
Want more? Become a "friend" of teams to get periodic updates on the 350 Bay Area campaigns and local teams that you are interested in. (For the ongoing email discussions, ask to join the team's email list group):
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.