Events


These events are endorsed, sponsored, or hosted by 350 Bay Area. or they are marked as "Of Interest".  For more information on each event, click on the header of the event. To submit an event, send an email to info@350bayarea.org - Include details and a contact person.

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Special Event

Climate Flag Launch Party

Sunday March 30th, 2 - 4 pm  Berkeley Marina

Come celebrate the Launch of the Climate Flag. Her voyage? To go local & global.

Specially video of Bill McKibben with his thoughts about the Climate Flag, good wishes written by Dr. Mark Jacobson and a lovely musical offering from Anza Fiering.

Music, Food and Fun at the Beautiful Berkeley Marina

Click here for more Information and to RSVP 

 

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Major Conference 

Dirty Energy/Clean Solutions 

Friday May 9th -  San Francisco
Sat-Sun May 10-11th - Oakland

Join us for the first-ever grassroots-to-experts Bay Area climate conference. Get up close and interact with over two dozen expert scientists and activists on: 

  • Fracking • Refineries and Crude transport  • Renewable Energy

Major speaking event Friday night with Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson with his science-base plan to get to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Act now, ticket prices go up after Friday.

Click here for more Information, RSVP (for mailing list) and to buy Tickets

 


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350 East Bay 11/22 Meeting

Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM · 4 rsvps

Join us to build our campaigns and get actions on the table to make deep cuts in carbon emissions in the East Bay. Please bring a snack to share if possible. Whether or not you've been to a 350 East Bay meeting before, this is a great opportunity to get involved.

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Gas pump labels in SF 11/25

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 05:00 PM
San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, CA

Please join us at the San Francisco Department of the Environment Commission hearing this Tuesday, November 25, at 5 pm, to get their support to put warning labels on gas pumps!  Supervisor John Avalos has introduced legislation (see draft ordinance here) that is pending before the Land Use and Economic Development Committee of the Board.  A positive response from the Environment Commission is vital to gain the support of the Board Committee.

The "Greenhouse Gas Information Labels" is item #6 on the agenda and should come up fairly soon after the start of the meeting.


6. Discussion and Possible Action to Make Recommendations to the Board of Supervisors (BOS) on BOS File No. 141094 [Environment Code – Greenhouse Gas Information Labels for Gas Pumps]: Ordinance amending the Environment Code to require service station operators to place labels on gas pumps advising the public of the amount of carbon dioxide generated by burning a gallon of fuel and making environmental findings. (Explanatory Documents:  Draft Ordinance and Legislative Digest) Sponsor: Deborah Raphael, Director; Speaker: Jeremy Pollock, Legislative Aide to Supervisor John Avalos (20 minutes) (Discussion and Possible Action)

Based on the wording proposed by the City Attorney, below is a draft of a possible 4" x 6" label (graphic by Ray Pajek):

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One comment we may want to make at the hearing is that the proposed language is a bit wordy.  We could ask the Commission to consider language such as:

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that burning gasoline contributes to global warming.  To learn about San Francisco's efforts to combat global warming go to:  www.sfclimate.org"  [note that this website has not been set up]
We also need the Commission to direct staff to make their web link more user friendly.  It should suggest ways for people to reduce their gas use.  For example, the Environment Commission has a page with many tips for reducing toxics in the home.  Their link to the gas pump label could list ideas such as the following for people to reduce gas use:

1.  Walk

2.  Bike

3.  Take the bus or BART

4.  Carpool--with three people in the car you've cut your CO2 by 2/3!

5.  Drive more slowly--driving 10 mph slower on the highway can save 12% or more on fuel consumption.

6.  Accelerate and decelerate more gradually-- Avoid that great sucking sound of gas guzzling.

7.  Inflate your tires to the proper level

8.  Combine trips to reduce total miles driven

9.  Make sure your next car gets better miles per gallon than your present car, ideally make it an electric car, and better yet power it with solar panels on your roof if possible. (32% of Californians who own electric vehicles also have solar panels on their roof!)

10. Next time you move or buy a house, find a place close to transit, and closer to your school or workplace to reduce total miles driven.

But the main thing is to get the Commission's support for the concept of consumer information labels, and ideally on the gas pump hoses (see suggested designs here).  We should ask the Commission to urge the Board of Supervisors to adopt the ordinance.  If San Francisco does so, it will be the first city in the U.S. to require accurate and informative climate change labels on gas pumps.  On November 18, Berkeley voted in favor of climate labels on gas pumps, and directed their city attorney to draft appropriate language, so the two cities are both racing ahead!

We hope to see you Tuesday!  Please call Jack at 626-806-6683 or Jamie at  510-402-8407 for more information.

--350 Bay Area Beyond the Pump Team

 

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BAAQMD Climate Protection Committee Meeting 12/1

Monday, December 01, 2014 at 09:30 AM · 3 rsvps
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   Save the Date - RSVP  today

BAAQMD is conducting gap analyses to identify what the Bay Area must do to reach 2050 and interim GHG emission reduction goals. Members of 350 Bay Area's BayCAP campaign team are participating in the Energy and Cap & Trade gap analysis efforts.

Come to the next Climate Protection Committee meeting to get updates, ask questions and advocate for strong, innovative climate action.

We want the Air District to develop a Regional Climate Action Plan at least equal to its 2005 Ozone Strategy and to its 2012 report "Understanding Particulate Matter: Protecting Public Health in the San Francisco Bay Area."

In fact, achieving the GHG emission reduction goal is a primary path to reducing particulate matter emissions (responsible for about 1,700 premature deaths per year in the Bay Area) since they are both largely caused by combustion.

The "Regional Climate Action Strategy" laid out in the Climate Work Program appears to fall short of a true commitment to develop a plan to achieve all the emission reductions.

Show up December 1 at Climate Protection Committee meeting to press for faster, stronger action on GHGs in concert with action on particulate matter, for the sake of protecting both the climate and public health.

Present your comments and/or support others prepared to speak. If you can't come, contact Committee members directly:

BAAQMD Climate Protection Committee Members

Chair

John Avalos
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Supervisor - San Francisco

Vice Chair

Ash Kalra
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Councilperson - San Jose

Members

Susan Adams
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Supervisor - Marin

Teresa Barrett
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Councilperson - Petaluma

John Gioia
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Supervisor - Contra Costa

Scott Haggerty
Email
Supervisor - Alameda

Jan Pepper
Email
Councilperson - Los Altos

Mark Ross
Email
Councilperson - Martinez

Shirlee Zane
Email
Supervisor - Sonoma

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Science, Religion & the Climate Crisis 12/19

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 07:00 PM

Panel discussion with climate scientists Katherine Hayhoe, Ron Amundson, and Richard Norgard: an examination of climate change and the role faith communities are playing.

More information here.

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350 SF General Meeting, 3rd Sundays

Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 04:00 PM · 23 rsvps
Unitarian Universalist Church in San Francisco, CA

climate-rally.jpgCome learn about current issues and how you can help, and hear updates from our various working groups.  We look forward to seeing you!

(The "WHEN" below is just for the web wizard - we meet on the third Sunday of each month.)

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