Sign up here to volunteer for Break Free From Fossil Fuel activities here in the Bay Area leading up to the May 14th march in LA! Thank you!
March to Break Free from Fossil Fuels: Our Health, Our Climate, Our Communities
Break Free is a global wave of actions happening on every continent in the 2nd week of May to keep coal, oil, & gas in the ground. Here in California we’ll be mobilizing in Los Angeles, the heart of the fossil fuels industry in California, for a rally and march on Saturday. And then, should any want to stay for a nonviolent direct action to confront Big Oil/Gas in the belly of the beast the next day, arrangements are set up for that with transportation (free) provided to come back the next day. We’re organizing buses to go down to Los Angeles. Do you think you can join us?
YOU CAN BUY BUS TICKETS HERE:
We'll help to arrange carpools to the pick-up locations. You can park all weekend at the BART station for free!!! There is a bathroom on the bus. Please bring snacks to eat. The march will be 1 mile.
There are motivated folks who'd like to go but can't afford the cost of transport. You can donate to help people go to LA here. Click on the bus from your area, & then click on the link that says you'd like to donate.
The most important thing you can do other than join us on the bus is to help us phone bank! You can do this any time anywhere OR you can come to a phone bank party in the East Bay or San Francisco.
Break Free Bay Area -> LA Facebook event page: here
March website: la.breakfree2016.org
Volunteer here in the bay to help with planning and the march, phone banking from home or at a party, movement/dance and outreach!
While organisers across the world prepared for Break Free, a global wave of resistance to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground, our friends at PF Pictures sent crews to four of the biggest actions -- in Canada, Germany, the Philippines and Turkey -- to tell the story of how regular people everywhere are working to end the power and pollution of the fossil fuel industry.The result is a 30 min. long, fast-paced film that tells the story of civil disobedience and the climate crisis like you've never seen before.Disobedience premieres April 29, and screenings are planned across the globe starting April 30. Click here to watch the trailer:Disobedience will be streaming online and at community screenings all over the world. It's a sequel of sorts to the film Disruption that played a big role in mobilising people for the People's Climate March in 2014 -- so you know it will have an impact.WHENMay 14, 2016 at 12pm· 25 rsvpsWHERELos Angeles City Hall
200 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Google map and directions
The Air District's Climate Protection Program began 10 years ago, yet not one rule to limit greenhouse gases (GHGs) from stationary sources has been adopted, and in 2012 the Air District actually amended its Permit Regulation to exclude even a review of GHG emissions (let alone require reductions) from virtually all permit evaluations.
The Air District is focused on a long term Regional Climate Action Strategy. We asked for and fully support that.
But it's also urgent to take action now to reduce GHG emissions. Many solutions are already well understood. The Air District has the power and the responsibility to implement them.
Most GHG emissions come from combustion, as do particulate emissions (which according to a 2012 BAAQMD report kill 1,700 Bay Areans every year). Only by ending reliance on combustion for heat and power can we clean the air and protect the climate. Industries, developers and vendors will need a long lead time to bring solutions to market. The time to begin the process is now.
Clean energy systems are already being installed on new and existing residential and commercial buildings in the Bay Area. Clean buildings are the "low hanging fruit" for GHG reductions. The time is ripe to promote Bay Area climate action leadership and work toward a regional mandate.
EXTRA LOVE to people who also post personal comments.
BAAQMD Board Members will read them!
Dear BAAQMD Board,
Please take real climate leadership and direct Air District staff to:
- DECARBONIZE BAY AREA INDUSTRIES — Set a goal and pathway to decarbonize Bay Area industries. Overhaul combustion rules to move Bay Area industries toward clean technology and design alternatives as well as efficiency improvements.
- AIR PERMIT RULES — Eliminate the GHG exclusion, and incorporate emission reduction goals into permit rules. Stop GHG emission increases. Achieve actual reductions.
- CLEAN BUILDINGS — Develop and promote model rules for clean buildings beyond California requirements. Work toward the elimination of combustion GHGs and all other pollutants from building systems and appliances.
- CLEAN POWER — Investigate and implement every avenue the Air District can take to support, mandate and fund clean power generation through CEQA mitigation, permitting and regulatory action.
- STAFFING — Assign sufficient staff to GHG rule development.
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Now 350 Bay Area needs volunteers to move forward in all our campaigns—divestment, carbon fee, warning labels on gas pumps—dump the pump, Chevron Watch, and No Tar Sands. Email me if you want to join our Dump the Pump campaign—email@example.com
I was happy to hear one of the San Francisco speakers, member of the Board of Supervisors, John Avalos, not only support the demand to say no to the Keystone XL pipeline, but also call for San Francisco to divest from oil, coal, and gas company stocks.
I was also impressed by a comment from Washington DC where Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. declared, "This is as important as when Dr. King marched in 1963,” he said, except more so. “It’s not just about equality. It’s about existence.”
—Jack Lucero Fleck
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.