Oct 24

Join us at the Anacortes 3 Trial on Tuesday!

In July, three people locked themselves to 55-gallon barrels filled with concrete on the train tracks at Tesoro’s Anacortes Refinery. Their action blocked oil trains for half the day, disrupting business as usual at the facility and dramatically increasing the scrutiny of refinery oil-train facilities.

 

On Tuesday, the Anacortes 3 will have their first day in court. Come support them and keep the pressure on to stop oil-by-rail. We want to pack the courtroom to show our support. Afterwards, we will walk across the street to deliver messages to Skagit County decision-makers to demand they not permit the proposed crude-by-rail offloading facility at the neighboring Shell refinery which would add an additional oil train to those already passing through Seattle every day.

 

When: Tuesday, October 28th @ 8:30 AM
Where: Skagit County Municipal Court COURTROOM 2 – 600 S. 3rd Street, Mt. Vernon, Washington. Facebook RSVP. Rideshare to Mt Vernon.

 

All three of our friends are facing a misdemeanor trespassing charge for locking down on the tracks and preventing dangerous oil trains from rolling. We need to pack the courtroom to show support for these climate defenders, and to keep the pressure on Skagit County to reject fossil fuel expansion projects.

 

See you there!If you need some inspiration, here’s a video of the action at the Tesoro Refinery:

Oct 21

Make sure to buy your tickets for the Libby Roderick concert

LR_with_CATIt’s on Saturday, November 8, at 7pm, at the University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave NE, Seattle. Tickets are $22 in advance, and $25 on the day of the show. Join us!

 


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For more information on Roderick, visit her website.

Oct 16

Don’t forget to sign up for the 10/30 Olympia oil train hearing….

And to reserve a spot in a carpool or bus.

Oct 16

Save the Salish Sea!

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As those of you who were at the Peace Arch know, 350 Seattle is a co-sponsor of the Pledge to Save the Salish Sea. Please make sure to sign the Pledge, and help us protect our unique and beautiful region!

Sep 24

What a Weekend!

Peace-Arch-Rally-99With a thousand Americans and Canadians gathering at the Peace Arch in Blaine on Saturday, it was a gorgeous day to kick off the 4 Days of Action that led to the signing of the International Treaty to Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea. Thanks so much to all who joined us!

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Sarra Tekola’s speech:
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Then, on Sunday, many of the same folks came out again, for the Seattle People’s Climate March–which garnered nearly 2000 people.

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Thanks so much to all who made either event, and especially to those who made both, and dedicated their whole weekend to catalyzing climate action in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

mh2(thanks to Michael Wheatley for the Blaine photos, and Mike Hitchner for the Seattle photos!)

 

Sep 02

Don’t forget to reserve your bus seat for the Peace Arch Climate Rally

 

If you can make it to the Peace Arch on 9/20. And RSVP on FB.

Aug 28

Comments due TODAY to Skagit County!

If you’re upset that the increase in Shell oil train traffic is considered “nonsignificant”, make sure to check out the text from our last alert here, and/or the (very) detailed info here.

Aug 27

350 Seattle Presses Governor to Strengthen Climate Goals

 

350 Seattle has sent a letter urging Governor Jay Inslee and Washington State’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce (CERT) to adhere to the best and most recent science regarding the demands of climate change. With the impacts of carbon pollution already being seen in Washington State, from record wildfires to shellfish industry distress, 350 Seattle urged the CERT to “set an example for other states, our nation, and our world.”

 

“We recognize that Jay Inslee is sincerely committed to serious climate action,” says Patrick Mazza of 350 Seattle.  ”We stand with the governor and call on him and the CERT to push for climate policy goals that meet the demands of climate science.” 

 

The group offered four primary recommendations:

 

  1. That carbon pricing be strong enough to make a rapid difference; as the letter states, “it is abundantly clear from the science  that not taking strong early action may lead to climate tipping points and changes with centuries-long impacts.”
  2. That climate science should be used to evaluate carbon-reduction targets.
  3. That carbon revenues be used in two basic ways, with a portion of carbon revenues being rebated to low-to-middle-income people, and the bulk of the remainder being focused on investments in carbon reduction (for example, low-cost financing for energy retrofits for buildings). 
  4. That some portion of the revenue be utilized for biocarbon storage. “Washington State has magnificent natural assets that can store large amounts of biocarbon, including our forests, farms, and wetlands,” the letter states. 

 

“By setting a high bar for carbon reduction goals, limiting offsets, and investing in actions to reduce carbon emissions and store biocarbon, we can set the pace for other states and the nation as a whole,” says Jan Keller. “And with the Governor and the CERT hard at work, now is an excellent time for us–as a group, and as citizens—to express our concerns for the future of our planet and our children.”

Aug 25

Climate Change Knows No Borders, Defense of the Salish Sea is without Boundaries!

9/20, 1pm, Peace Arch Park (map)

 

  • Act in solidarity with the historic People’s Climate March in New York
  • Honor the International Treaty to Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea to be signed 9/23 by Coast Salish Nations
  • Join the call for cross-border action by citizens and politicians to defend the Salish Sea from the juggernaut of new coal, oil, and LNG export projects

On September 20th, as world leaders gather for the UN climate summit in New York, Canadians, Americans, First Nations, Native American tribes, and all the diverse communities of the Salish Sea will gather at the Peace Arch to send a unified and clear message to world leaders, as well as to our own local elected officials: it is time for unprecedented action to defend the Salish Sea and our global climate from fossil fuel development. We will reach out across the border, literally taking each other’s hands; share our struggles and aspirations for a livable planet; and pledge to take unified action to protect the climate, ecosystems, economies, communities, and way of life of the cultures and nations that inhabit the Salish Sea bioregion.

The time for talk and posturing is long past: there can be no more failed international talks on climate.  As we rally at the Peace Arch, we will stand with people from all over the world to let governments know that now is the time for rapid, dramatic, and equitable reduction of carbon emissions.  Join us!

Join the Facebook event for updates.

Sponsored by: 350 Seattle, the Wilderness Committee, and the Georgia Strait Alliance

Aug 18

Woohoo! Ambre Energy Columbia River coal terminal dock: Permit denied

Full details here. An incredibly important victory for the broad and deep Power Past Coal Coalition, and all of us. Big Coal is probably starting to get the idea that the Pacific Northwest isn’t just going to roll over…..

 

Two more terminals to worry about, and lots of oil trains–but we’re on it!

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