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Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson
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Highlights of the Conference
Overview of the Conference
Here's a 7 minute highlight reel of the gist of the cutting edge of the climate and renewable energy movement in the bay area.
Friday Night's Session
Mark Jacobson's Presentation
How do we get to 100% clean renewable energy by 2050? Here's how!
Friday Night's Session
A distinguished panel of experts respond to Dr. Jacobson's proposal and audience questions
Don Martin’s presentation
"This is a war for our health and our safety -- that of our children, our children's children, our elderly and ourselves."
San Francisco’s First Climate Conference Tackled Regional Aspects Of Climate Crisis
Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson opened this weekend’s Bay Area event with his 100% renewable energy plan
San Francisco, California––This weekend over 300 activists attended the first-ever grassroots teach-in conference on emerging hot topics of the climate movement, including fracking, explosive oil “bomb” trains, and renewable energy growth, presented by over two dozen cutting-edge scientists, legal experts, writers, and leaders.
Stanford University scientist Mark Jacobson received a standing ovation for his keynote address to the Dirty Energy/Clean Solutions: Climate Conference 2014, a three-day Bay Area conference. Dr. Jacobson presented his 50-state plan for transforming the United States from dependence on fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, and responded to audience questions with a distinguished panel of experts.
Saturday's program opened with a keynote by Richard Heinberg, world-renowned expert on the fossil fuel industry, and was followed by multiple panels on fracking, refining, and dirty fuel transport. Attendees were treated to an inspiring lunch-time address by Desmond D'Sa of South Africa, recent recipient of the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize. A panel on local clean energy and community resilience closed the day on a more optimistic note. Sunday's many interactive workshops focused on grassroots activism.
Conference sessions were full, and audience feedback and Q&A were lively all three days. 350 Bay Area Steering Committee member Rand Wrobel said, "The Conference exceeded expectations in every way. The strong support of climate and climate-aware organizations and from the community makes it clear there is a hunger to know the issues and to act on them. The climate movement is primed to explode." Notable quips from the speakers include: “"Sitting gets you nowhere - take a stand", "We have to be more creative than the state", and "Remember future generations."
Professor Jacobson's keynote was followed by a panel featuring Miya Yoshitani of Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Stephanie Wang of Clean Coalition, and Dan Jacobson of Environment California. Greg Dalton of Climate One moderated. Other conference presenters included Diane Bailey, Senior Scientist of the Natural Resources Defense Council, author Mark Hertsgaard, labor leader Dave Campbell, journalist Rob Collier, and attorney Suma Peesapati, who has filed a federal lawsuit against the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for approving explosive Bakken oil rail shipments through Richmond.
The complete schedule of speakers can be found at: http://www.350bayarea.org/climatecon2014.
Dirty Energy/Clean Solutions: Climate Conference 2014 was hosted by 350 Bay Area and Sunflower Alliance. It was sponsored by the Center For Biological Diversity, Sierra Club-SF Bay Chapter, CREDO, Food & Water Watch, NRDC, the Sunrise Center, the Ecology Center, Environment CA, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Citizens Climate Lobby, One Pacific Coast Bank, Global Community Monitor (GCM), Clean Coalition, EarthJustice, Oakland Climate Action Coalition, AFSCME 57, Planting Justice, Mainstreet Moms, Local Clean Energy Alliance, System Change, not Climate Change, and Forecast the Facts.
Panelists discuss fracking impacts at Dirty Energy/Clean Solutions: Climate Conference 2014 (Photo by Floyd Smith)
About 350 Bay Area: Formed in 2012, with 6000 supporters, 350 Bay Area’s mission is to build a grassroots climate movement, working for deep reductions in carbon pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area & beyond. See http://350BayArea.org.
About Sunflower Alliance: The Sunflower Alliance is a partnership of individuals and organizations who fight for environmental justice, indigenous people’s rights, and basic health and safety in communities of the East Bay threatened by the fossil fuel industry. See www.sunflower-alliance.org.
Original Event webpage:
This first-ever grassroots climate conference will feature activists and leading scientists addressing technical and political climate topics in the Bay Area and beyond.
Dirty Energy / Clean Solutions:
Climate Conference 2014
350 Bay Area • Sunflower Alliance • Sierra Club • Natural Resources Defense Council • Idle No More • Post Carbon Institute • Center for Biological Diversity • Global Exchange • Oil Change International • Asian Pacific Environmental Network • Clean Coalition • Communities for a Better Environment • Environment California • Food & Water Watch • Global Community Monitor • Local Clean Energy Alliance • Many More
Friday (7pm – 9:30pm): (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 (9am – 5pm): (Oakland: Laney College Forum, map) The second day of the conference 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 and coal exports)
- Clean energy solutions
Lunch is included on Saturday.
Sunday (10am – 3pm): (Oakland: Laney College, map) Workshops and trainings to strategize effective ways to stop the fossil fuel attack.
The conference started on Friday, May 9th and runs through Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th. Hours are:Fri: 7pm – 9:30pmSat: 9am – 5pm (Lunch included)Sun: 10am – 3pm (Lunch available for purchase on-site)
Here's some helpful information on the logistics of the events.
SAT (9 am-5 pm) / SUN (10 am-3 pm): Laney College— 900 Fallon St. Oakland, CA, is conveniently located next to the Lake Merritt BART station, so that is a great option.
Parking is available in the Laney parking lot on East 8th Street for $2 for the day on Saturday. There is a flea market there on Sunday, so the lot is not available then, but meters are not in effect so on-street parking is available in competition with the flea market shoppers. Some free parking may be available in the BART parking lot on both Saturday and Sunday. See map below:
Here is our current information on food and drink for Saturday & Sunday (subject to change):
SATURDAY (Lunch provided)
Morning snack:Hardboiled eggs and fresh fruit: oranges/apples/bananasplus juice and a limited selection of pastries (first-come, first served)
Lunch:2 types of gluten-free chili (turkey or vegetarian),cornbread, salad,with carrot cake for dessertlemonadeBoth the vegetarian and meat (turkey) chili will be gluten-free. There will be both traditional and gluten-free corn bread.1/3 of the cookies and carrot cake made with gluten-free flour.
NOTE: All items will be clearly labeled, to prevent any confusion.
Afternoon snack:fresh fruit:oranges/apples/bananascookies - 1/3 of the cookies will be made with gluten-free flour.
SUNDAY (Food not provided)
Tea and coffee will be available 10 - 3 on Sunday.
A food truck on Sunday will offer sandwiches, fruit and some dessert for sale. 4 possible types of sandwiches could be: ham; ham and cheese; roasted eggplant/pepper; tuna.
350 Bay Area is co-sponsoring Dirty Energy / Clean Solutions with the Sunflower Alliance, and over a dozen other organizations.
NOTE: RSVPing only puts you on the mailing list. You can purchase tickets at the door. See the prices above.
WHENMay 10, 2015 at 9am· 142 rsvpsWHEREFriday: Unitarian Universalist Church SF; San/Sun: Laney College, Oakland
1187 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94109
Google map and directions
List your endorsement of Dirty Energy/Clean Solutions: Climate Conference 2014, from yourself or your organization. Send your logo to Rand.Wrobel@gmail.com. Thanks for helping spread the word!
We can lead America to a future of safe, sustainable energy! Our planet belongs to us, not a few billionaires who want to destroy its ability to sustain life. We INSIST that climate change be addressed. We INSIST that toxins be eliminated from our water and air. We INSIST that our children and grandchildren inherit a planet they can live healthy lives on.
Post your suggestions for Demands -- what you see is needed in 2014 on this largest day on environmental action. These will be reviewed and consolidated to be posted at the Earth Day Action Rally. Note if these are from your organization or yourself.
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 Action42 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.
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.
Important: Non-violence in all aspects!
Posters and Flyers
Things to Be Aware of The Day of the Rally
Here are a few points to be aware of:
1. Please bring your own water bottle.
2. Porta-potties will be available at the rally site, and possibly near the start (you can use either BART or the nearby Bobbie Bowen Center).
3. Don't forget sunscreen
4. This is a family friendly event. (children are encouraged to join the kids march from Judge George Carroll Park--formerly Washington Park). Non-violence includes no verbal abuse or threatening motions (although spirited chants are a big part of our demonstration). No weapons, no alcohol, no non-prescribed drugs. Be respectful of all participants and on-lookers.
5. People with any kind of mobility issues, or people who don't want to do the whole march, please gather at Judge George Carroll (Washington) Park.
6. Spanish translation will be available at the rally within the Labor Contingent.
7. Parking Options: Click Here for Satellite Photos of Parking Options
8. The march route is a little over two miles. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing! See route below:
Richmond BART – Gather & Speakers
Nevin Park at 598 Nevin Ave., Richmond – Estimated milestone (no activities)
George D Carroll Park at (formerly Washington Park)
83-123 E Richmond Ave, Point Richmond – Join additional brigades
Rally begins at the Chevron Refinery Gate (speakers scheduled for about 30 minutes)
Public Transportation to the Rally
Note that BART only runs 3 car trains on Saturday morning to Richmond. Plan to come early to avoid crowded trains!
The 72M (wheelchair accessible) AC bus goes to both the George Carroll Park and very near the Chevron entrance. It is scheduled to leave from Richmond BART every 30 minutes at 24 and 54 minutes after the hour. It also returns every 30 minutes also leaving Chevron at 24 and 54 minutes after the hour. See the AC schedule. We will also have a shuttle bus (not wheelchair accessible) back and forth from BART to the rally site during and after the event.
If the BART trains to Richmond are overcrowded Saturday morning, you can get to the beginning of the march at the Richmond BART station by taking the 72M bus from 14th and Broadway (near the 14th St BART station) in downtown Oakland. Buses leave about every 15 minutes, and the trip takes almost an hour, leaving at the following times Saturday morning, according to the AC Transit schedule: 7:29, 7:41, 7:59, 8:11, 8:30, 8:41, 9:00, 9:12, 9:30. If you’re running late and want to go straight to the rally site, EVERY OTHER 72M continues from the Richmond BART to the corner of Castro St. and Tewksbury, within sight of the rally. This takes another 10 minutes travel time.
People with limited mobility may want to gather at Judge George Carroll Park (known as Washington Park), which is about a quarter mile from the Chevron entrance. Or they may want to come directly to the rally at Chevron.
Transportation from Oakland Airport to nearest BART Station: http://www.flyoakland.com/bart_airbart.shtml
CALL FOR NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION: CAN YOU JOIN US?
We ask everyone to consider participating in the nonviolent direct action. Some Richmond community leaders are doing this. Please also send this announcement with a note to folks you know who might consider joining us. A SAFE ZONE will be clearly marked for those not wishing to be at any risk of arrest.
For additional information, we will do a final briefing and walk through for everyone participating in the nonviolent direct action on the morning of Aug 3 from 8:30am to 9:30am, just before our final mini-training 9:30-10:30.
We plan a peaceful, well-organized effective nonviolent direct action, with training to prepare, and legal support to make sure everyone is taken care of.
Here is what you can do if you are thinking you can join us at this level:
August 3rd: 9:30am to 10:30am; Final Mini-Training
at Bobby Bowens Progressive Center 1021 Macdonald Ave Richmond, CA - near Richmond BART.
For people who have been unable to make previous trainings or meetings, this will be a last-minute training and orientation and plug in to the main action. The march will leave at 10:30, so we'll be finishing promptly!
LEGAL SUPPORT: We have experienced attorneys and legal workers with the National Lawyers Guild who will help us with legal support. While things can change, our past experience with those arrested at Chevron has been to be released the same day/eve and the District Attorney has not chosen to press charges. More info on what to expect when arrested here and on legal support here.
This is an opportunity for truly transformative action, and we hope you can join us in any way you can!
LAST-MINUTE CALL FOR DAY-OF VOLUNTEERS
If you or someone you know is willing & able to help at the event, please email Jack Fleck (email@example.com)
- Monitors (help communications & marchers on day of event): Training will be provided. Anyone willing to be a monitor for the march please come to the Bobbie Bowen Center, 1021 MacDonald Ave., Richmond (a few blocks from BART) at 9:00 AM on Saturday for training. if you are able to be a monitor and will be there at 9:00 AM.
- Media Wranglers: To look for media and connect the media rep with people who are well versed/knowledgeable in Chevron/Richmond/tar sands.
- Drivers - To shuttle folks between route sites, especially those individuals who find the walk taxing. All drivers would be helpful; those with handicapped accessible vehicles are especially wanted.
- Photographers & Videographers: At the Richmond BART (9:15 am if possible), along the march (approximately 10:30-noon), at Carroll (formerly Washington) Park where there be children’s activities (starting at 11:15), and at the Chevron Gate (approximately 12 to 1:30pm)
Equipment & Supplies
- Tempura paints, brushes & containers for street painting.
- Wild Sunflower seeds: To disperse.
Sign and Banner Making
We will have some signs and banners available at the rally, but not enough for all demonstrators.
We encourage all participants to make their own signs and banners.
Can you host a sign and banner making party in your neighborhood?
All that's required is:
- Floor space or a yard with something firm to work on. Plywood will do.
- Material - canvas is good, but sheets will do.
- Water-based paint in bright, bold, or very dark colors. Old house paint will work.
- Wood to attach to either end of the banners and a staple gun. Even bamboo will work.
- People, and you don't really need more than a few.
We suggest the banners be roughly 3' x 9', but smaller will do. Cardboard signs are easy.
For individual hand-carried signs, white cardboard or foam-core board are really good. It’s often possible to find old political yard signs on which to superimpose your own sign—and those yard signs have a central stick or two thin metal rods that are easy to carry, so you can hold your sign up high. Get big markers and use large print with fairly thick letters. More than one color is a good idea. If you put the words on both sides of the sign and hold it over your head, it can be seen front-and-back.
To answer further questions and find out what to do with the banners and signs when done, contact: Katy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-763-1266
Below are some slogan ideas for signs and banners, but creativity is encouraged:
CLIMATE CHANGE KILLS!
400,000 PER YEAR
COOL THE CLIMATE
SAVE THE PLANET
IS BAD FOR
GIVE $$$ TO
SAVE OUR PLANET
- TAKE THE TRAIN
GET THE FRACK
OUT OF CALIFORNIA!
(PICTURE OF THE EARTH)
SAVE OUR HOME
LISTEN TO GOD’S WARNINGS:
DROUGHT, HEAT WAVES,
FOREST FIRES, SUPERSTORMS
IS A KILLER -
400,000 PER YEAR
CUT GOV’T EXPENSES –
STOP FOSSIL FUEL
✔ CARBON TAX NO MORE
“BUSINESS AS USUAL”
The following organizations have endorsed this event:
- 350 Bay Area
- 350 Marin
- 350 Silicon Valley
- 67 Sueños
- Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
- Amazon Watch
- American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 57
- American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299
- Asian Pacific Environmental Network
- Bay Area International Socialist Organization (ISO)
- Bay Localize
- California Faculty Association
- California Nurses Association (CNA)
- Center for Biological Diversity
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) East Bay
- Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)
- Common Cause
- Communication Workers of America (CWA) District 9
- Communities for a Better Environment
- Design Action Collective
- Earth Justice Associates of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland
- East Bay Move to Amend
- Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME)
- Fight Austerity Now Network
- Gathering Tribes
- Global Community Monitor
- Global Exchange
- Greenaction for Health & Environmental Justice
- International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) NorCal
- International Workers of the World (IWW) Bay Area
- Idle No More
- Jobs with Justice SF
- Keystone XL Action Council
- Los EcoAmigos
- MoveOn, Northern California and San Diego County Councils
- Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project
- Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA)
- Nail Salon Women Greening Their Jobs & the Environment
- Network of Spiritual Progressives (Tikkun)
- Occupy SF Environmental Working Group
- Occupy Forum
- Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 3
- OUR Wal-Mart Bay Area
- Public Banking Institute
- Rabbi David Cooper, Kehilla Synagogue
- Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun
- Rainforest Action Network
- Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay (ROC the Bay)
- Richmond Progressive Alliance
- San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Physicians for Social Responsibility
- San Francisco Green Party
- SF Living Wage Coalition
- Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1021
- Socialist Action
- Transition Albany
- UAW Local 2865 Berkeley Campus
- Local 1 of UPTE-CWA 9119
- UNITE HERE 2850
- Urban Tilth
- Wellstone Democrats
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