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February Newsletter!

We’ve got youth in Olympia, a big day for PSE actions and a whole lot more packed into the shortest month of the year! Check it out:

YOUTH LEAD THE WAY

Join the children and youth of Washington state in demanding the Washington State Legislature take bold action on climate NOW! On February 19, youth from around the state will protect their right to a healthy future by calling for legislation that halts all new fossil fuel infrastructure, transitions Washington State to an economy running on 100% renewables by 2028, and increases carbon sequestration in Washington’s forests and soils.

Know young people who would be interested in participating? Interested in supporting this action in Olympia or where you live? Sign up here.

Statewide, all day
Children and young adults from across Washington state should call, email, and send creative messages to their legislators demanding bold action on climate now! Send a letter here!

Olympia, February 19, 9:30am – 12:30pm (with optional lobbying after lunch)
Youth and their allies will gather on the steps of the Washington state legislature and call for bold, science-based legislation from our elected representatives. All youth speakers, including plaintiffs from Our Children’s Trust and activists from Plant for the Planet, will call on the Washington State Legislature to protect our future and our planet. After lunch, youth will have the opportunity to visit with legislators and deliver their demands. RSVP and schedule here.

“Our future is only as protected as we ourselves make it. If the adults are not going to do it, we’ll have to do it ourselves. There isn’t time anymore to wait around.” Athena Fain, 14 years old

“There is no point in passing weak legislation just for the sake of saying you’ve “done something.” The crisis is too severe for that. We need bold legislation that actually puts us on the track to 350ppm and climate recovery.” Jamie Margolin, 16 years old

And speaking of kids saving the planet…

Our Families Uniting Now workgroup invites youth activists to sign up for:

Free Plant for the Planet Academy

Saturday, March 3, 9:00am – 3:30pm

Hosted by St Andrews Church

111 N. 8th Street, Seattle 98115

Optional free parent workshop, 9:00 – 11:00am: What Does Climate Change Mean for Families

This event includes: snacks and lunch, a Plant for the Planet T-shirt and a copy of the book Tree by TreeRegistration required. Questions? Contact Sue.

24 DAYS LEFT

There’s less than four weeks until the end of the legislative session–Have you called your representatives yet? Let’s keep up the pressure! Visit our Climate Countdownpage for talking points, info on bills, ways to get the word out through social media, and opportunities to help others sign on to our Climate Countdown demands: No new fossil fuel projects, and a transition to 100% renewable energy in ten years.

Get updates on bills in Olympia from our Policy page, including SB 6203, the Governor’s carbon tax, and then click here to find your legislative district’s town halland be an advocate for the climate without traveling to Olympia!

TURNOUT NEEDED – ONE DAY, TWO HEARINGS

The battle against Puget Sound Energy’s LNG fracked gas infrastructure will be fought on two fronts on Wednesday, February 21 and we need a huge showing of support for each one!

In Seattle
The proposed City Council resolution against the PSE Tacoma LNG facility will be discussed in committee. We need them to be bold and use the strongest language possible. Public testimony begins at 2:00pm (arrive early to sign up) followed by a discussion of the resolution by the Civic Development, Public Assets, and Native Communities Committee.

Resolution Against Tacoma LNG
Wednesday, February 21, arrive by 1:45 to sign up to testify at 2:00pm
Council Chambers, 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle 98124
Talking points and more info available here.

In Renton
At the very same timePSE’s 20-year plan is up for public comment in Renton. This is a big deal: they only do this every two years, and there’s a lot about this plan that needs changing. We need to show up strong and let the Utilities and Transportation Commission know that rate-paying customers want renewable energy and will no longer fund our own disaster!

Hearing on PSE’s 20-Year Plan
Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Hwy, Renton 98057
Wednesday, February 21. Rally at noon, public testimony from 1:30 – 7:00pm
RSVP and learn more here. To carpool or join buses from Seattle and Olympia, sign up here.

Our PSE Plan page includes high level talking points and instructions for commenting. Also, check out what CENSE has to say about PSE’s Energize Eastside initiative. And take a moment to sign this petition!

What if we owned PSE?
Puget Sound Energy is owned by Australia’s largest investment bank, whose board members make decisions based on maximizing their profits, not on sustaining our environment. So, here’s a thought: Let’s turn PSE into a Public Utility District!Join us for a lively discussion of what this would entail.

PSE -> PUD
Saturday, February 17, 2:00 – 4:00pm
First United Methodist Church of Bellevue, 1934 108th Ave. NE, Bellevue, 98004
Event page with more details here.

UPDATE ON NO TACOMA LNG

Our efforts against PSE’s disastrous LNG fracked gas facility in Tacoma are paying off! Resolutions against the project have been passed in numerous legislative districts and state caucuses including the Washington State Democratic Central Committee. 14 of the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest sent a letter to Governor Inslee urging that construction stop while permitting concerns are addressed. And a huge win came when the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency announced a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement that includes life cycle emissionsis needed before a permit could be considered! Stay tuned for more work (and more progress!) in this important fight.

Native Daily Network
Let’s face it: mainstream media doesn’t like to cover opposition to fossil fuel projects and doesn’t do it well. So, here’s an alternative: subscribe to Native Daily Network.Supporting local independent media is crucial to getting the truth out and spreading awareness!

TRANS MOUNTAIN

On March 10, members of Tseil-Waututh are launching Kwekecewtxn: Protect the Inlet. This ambitious project to stop Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, begins with a mass mobilization in Vancouver B.C. To learn more, attend this online webinar:

Kwekecewtxn: Protect the Inlet
Facilitated by Clayton Thomas-Muller, with Will George, Tiny House Warriors, and Coast Protectors
Tuesday, February 13, 6:00pm
Online webinar – register here

Carpools from Seattle will be organizing soon! For updates contact Ruchi.

BADASS GRANDMOTHERS!

We’re hosting a panel discussion between several grandmothers who’ve engaged in civil disobedience to protect the climate, for treaty rights, and to help stop PSE’s LNG project in Tacoma. Panelists are legendary Puyallup member Ramona Bennett, who was involved in the fishing wars and tribal occupations of the 1970s,Marilyn Kimmerling and Cynthia Linet, who locked down to construction equipment at the LNG site last May, and valve turner Annette Klapstein, who helped shut down all tar sands pipelines coming into the US in October 2016.

Grandmothers in the Resistance
Wednesday, February 28, 6:30 – 8:30pm
University Friends Meeting, 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle 98105
More information and shareable event page here.

VALVE TURNERS

As many of you know, Michael Foster was sentenced to a year in prison on February 6, 2018 for shutting off the Keystone 1 tar sands pipeline. We’re pretty heartbroken about this, but his spirits are good. We’re still sorting out phone calls, but Michael did say that instead of letters, what he really wants is for people to call their legislators, plant trees, and otherwise engage in climate action that matters.Then you can write him letters, and include photos of what you’ve done! (Prison hasn’t made Michael any less stubborn… nor do we expect it to!) Please sign up for his solidarity pledge here!

In other valve turner news, Lindsey Grayzel’s movie about Ken Ward, The Reluctant Radical, is being featured at the Big Sky Film Festival next month; Leonard Higgins will be sentenced in Montana on March 20; and Emily Johnston, Annette Klapstein, Ben Joldersma, and Steve Liptay won’t hear from the Minnesota appellate court till mid-May, so until then their trial can’t be scheduled. Whether they’ll be able to use the necessity defense won’t be clear until then.

FRONTLINE ALLIES

The Frontline Allies work group examines the ways that white privilege and subtle forms of racism, patriarchy, and class oppression are unintentionally embedded in the climate movement, and challenges all in our organization to be better allies to communities most directly affected by climate change and the fossil fuel economy. Many roles are available, with lots of ways to contribute. RSVP to Kara to be part of this workgroup.

Ally events
In solidarity with the Annual Indigenous Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver, BC we will again support the candlelight vigil at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle in honor and remembrance of our missing and murdered indigenous women.

Annual Indigenous Women’s Candlelight Memorial Vigil
Wednesday, February 14, 6:00-7:30pm
Westlake Park, 401 Pine St, Seattle 98101
Event page.

Join the 350 Seattle team supporting Got Green as we look ahead to “Celebrating Ten Years of Got Green,” a huge annual fundraiser. This is a great way to connect and learn from some of our strongest Climate Justice allies. Contact Paul if you can join us!

Got Green Grassroots Fundraising Workshop
Thursday, February 15, 6:00 – 8:00pm
6230 Beacon Ave South, Seattle, 98108
Event page.

And save the date: Community Canvass, April 21st, Ten Year Celebration, May 19th.

Our People Gonna Rise – Undoing Racism
If you missed this popular series led by the Mangrove Collective the first time around, there are still a few spots open for this return offering. We recommend all three sessions as they build on each other, or one or two if you need to fill in from missing one the first time. Register here.

February 18, Solidarity with Natives
March 25, Allies to Immigrants
April 29, Black Liberation
12 noon to 6:00pm
Duwamish Longhouse, 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle 98106

Cost for each workshop: $35 (supporter $50), or for the series of three: $100 (supporter $150). Discount for limited income: $10 each. Non-participating volunteers are also needed to help with food. Contact Kara.

CLIMATE-FRIENDLY TRADE

The week of February 19th our intrepid trade group will be meeting with Congressional Representatives and Senators to push for climate and worker-friendly trade policy, an idea that’s popular in the EU and with some of our more enlightened Senators. Want to come along? Contact Karen Moskowitz.

To prepare, we’re collecting post-cards from their constituents that express our opposition to the corporate trade tribunals used to challenge environmental and climate-related laws. If you can help collect signatures for these cards, please let Karen know.

FIX PARKING, FIX THE CITY

Impress your friends: Testify at a municipal code amendment hearing! Join us at an important public hearing on a small but meaningful code amendment that starts to reform our toxic transportation system. As you know, transportation accounts for about half of Seattle’s GHG emissions and lots of other pollution. These changes will:

  • Require landlords to unbundle the cost of parking from rent, so those who don’t want to pay for a parking space won’t have to;
    • Reduce the parking a developer must construct in the parts of the city served by frequent transit;
    • Allow for off-site rental of underused private parking, another way to reduce new parking construction;
    • Improve bike storage!

Here’s the deets:

Cleaner Air, Cheaper Rent: Support Seattle Parking Code Changes
Wednesday, February 21, 9:30am
City Council Chambers, 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle 98124
RSVP for the event here

The Transportation Team will be there with banners and signs, and talking points if you want to testify.

AMAZON DELIVERS… CLIMATE CHANGE?

It’s true – the diesel pollution from Amazon deliveries is harming our health and destroying our climate. The company hasn’t taken any responsibility or even disclosed any data on its delivery emissions. Amazon Watch (an org protecting the rainforest) has tracked down that Amazon.com relies on oil drilling in the Amazon rainforest for delivery fuel. (Oh, cruel irony!) Sign the Amazon Watch lettercalling on Amazon to #EndAmazonCrude.

Stack Overflow for Climate
Do you work in the tech industry? A group of tech workers and 350 Seattle members are creating workshop activities to get more tech folks involved in climate action! Want to join the planning group? Contact Rebecca to get involved.

A BETTER CUP, DAMMIT

Local mega coffee company Starbucks is also a mega polluter. Their paper cups – 4 billion per year – are made from fresh-cut trees, lined with oil-based plastic, and are neither recyclable or compostable. YIKES!

Our friends at Stand have been campaigning to get Starbucks to change their cups for a fully recyclable, earth-friendly cup. We’ll be holding signs and props, passing out flyers, and creating some staged theatrics!

Starbucks Annual Shareholders Meeting
Wednesday, March 21, 7:00-10:00am
McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St, Seattle 98109

Breakfast, coffee, and fun will be had. Contact Bob Kaminski to join the consciousness-raising!

ARTFUL ACTIVISM

Come join us create beautiful art for the Youth Lead the Way Climate Lobby Day, and for Housing as a Climate Solution!

Art Build! Art Build!
Saturday, February 17, 12 noon – 4:00pm
Fremont Powerhouse, 3940 Fremont Ave North, Seattle

Looking for creative and ooey-gooey warm ways to get involved? Then come be part of Artful Activism! No experience needed and no specific time commitment is required. Artful has sub-teams which include visuals, dance, music, theater, youth art, poetry and more that would really benefit from new volunteers or people willing to co-lead. We’re also looking for more wonderful people to sign up for our art deployment team and to help at art build stations.

So sign up for the artful list and/or watch the calendar for upcoming builds. Lots more specific information about how to get involved on our web site, or contact Shemona with any questions!

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

We have a new workgroup dedicated to the basic necessities of our community! The Community Resilience group focuses on taking care of each individual’s needs, not as a luxury, but as something essential. Our liberation rests on the foundation of our own well-being.

A few projects in the works: A Climate Hope support group, a “Wellness Team” building a resource list of local practitioners willing to tend to activists on sliding scale, special rates and/or for free, Self-Care Workshops and more!

If you want to get on our email list for upcoming support groups for climate activists, or want to participate more actively in the planning and building of this fundamental workgroup, or are just curious, please email Ale.

Our dance co-leads, Felicia Tripp and Jasmmine Ramgotra, are co-teaching a dance healing workshop where individuals can come together to move, practice mindfulness, learn techniques for emotional and physical well-being, and build community.

Dance Healing Workshop
Velocity Dance Center
Monday, February 19 and Monday Feb 26, 6:15-7:45pm
$15, for more information, contact Jasmmine.

It’s not too late to add self-care to your New Year’s resolutions –#letspreventburnout as we #moveintomakingchange for 2018.

LIKE PIE?

We need you – for our Operations and Social Media teams! Check out this list of available roles and let us know if you see yourself filling any of them. In particular, we are looking for people to join our Octopie spring fundraiser planning team. If you like planning special events, logistics, pie, karaoke and having fun, then you’ve found the right team! Think of it as a 3-month commitment. Email Shemona to get involved.

And finally, can you help keep us going?
Thanks for scrolling all the way down here! If you can pitch in $5/month to help pay for all this awesome climate action, please make a Climate Commitment to 350 Seattle today. Thank you!

From youth to pie, we love y’all! Thanks for stepping up!

350 Seattle

 

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Hooray PSCAA!

This is what it looks like when another one starts biting the dust! Thanks to overwhelming public outcry (including a great eight days in December), the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has sent PSE back to the drawing board, with a need for a greenhouse gas Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). Their hubris intact, they continue to build (despite lacking key permits)….but make no mistake, the tide has turned.

Stay tuned, and make sure to call the Council this week!

Update! 

Last night, the resolution opposing the LNG facility was passed unanimously by the Washington Environment and Climate Caucus. On Saturday it will be put forward at the Democrats’ statewide party meeting in Bellingham. It was also passed without dissent by the King County Democrats, after previously being passed by the 43rd, 46th, 32nd, and 36th districts. They were joined by the 38th last night.As a result of passage, copies of the resolution will be sent to the Port, City Council and Mayor of Tacoma, the Governor and state Attorney General. This is momentum–please help us keep it up!

Want to do a resolution in your own city?

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Day One Wrap-up

In a remarkable disruption of business as usual on Monday, 300+ of us from across Washington State descended on the State Capitol in Olympia to begin the Climate Countdown. At the same time, an indigenous-led encampment of dozens of people centered around four “tarpees”‘ (tarp-covered teepees) on the lawn in front of the Capitol, which had been set up in the pre-dawn hours to protest the construction of the new Puget Sound Energy Tacoma LNG facility and the new Trans Mountain pipeline, and to stop net pen fish farms. The encampment is still holding.

We are not done till the legislature meets our demands–that its members ban all new fossil fuel infrastructure in the state, and that they enact legislation to spur the State to 100% renewable energy within the next ten years.

Watch the video!

In coming weeks, we will be showing up in Olympia and engaging the legislature in many ways. Take a look–this is just the start!

Only 58 days left. Join us!

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Why We’re Here

We are here to demand that the Washington State legislature deal with the truth.

For well over a decade, anyone following the news has known that climate change is a matter of profound urgency. Scientists and oil company executives have known it since at least 1959. In 1977, an Exxon scientist wrote that “man has a time window of five to ten years before the need for hard decisions regarding changes in energy strategies might become critical.”

In other words, “hard decisions” were deemed necessary by 1987. And yet here we are.

There’s a strange comfort to this—people have been talking about the urgency for so long that it feels less dire. With visceral alarm, we may understand that this is what is driving the extremities of flooding and landslides, droughts and wildfires…but most days, after all, are pretty normal. At least here.

Humans are adaptable, is the problem. We’ve adapted to these periodic disasters too—however disturbing we find them.

The NOAA stats for December aren’t out yet, but November marked the 395th month in a row of temperatures over the 20thcentury average—despite the fact that people began widespread use of fossil fuels in the Industrial Revolution, so the 20th century average was already warmed by 200 years of emissions.

In Washington State, as others have mentioned, we’ve already seen seriously increased flooding, wildfires, ocean acidification, and more. But the Northwest continues to be one of the least impacted places in the country, maybe the world…human adaptability looks notably different in Puerto Rico right now. Or Syria. Or Yemen. In many places, adaptability means anything but looking away.

And that—above all—is why we can no longer accept even another year’s worth of delay by our legislature. We know the excuses—it’s the Republicans, we might lose the majority, it’s because environmentalists can’t agree. This just doesn’t cut it. There is nothing acceptable about this lack of focus—this outright obstruction—when business as usual means death and displacement for hundreds of thousands of people already…and soon, for millions or tens of millions.

We are skating on the thinnest of ice. In June, the former UN climate chief told us that we have less than 3 years to stave off runaway, irreversible climate change. Another researcher agreed, saying that it’s “brutally clear: while the world can’t be healed within the next few years, it may be fatally wounded…[before] 2020.”

So the point is not just that this is as urgent as urgent can possibly be. The point is that we CAN do this now—and in two or three years, it will no longer be possible.

Because of hydropower, because of education levels, because of progressive urban politics…the necessary changes are actually much easier here than in many places.

What we are demanding is simple, and is the only sane route forward: do not allow a single new fossil fuel project in the state, because each one locks us in to decades of fossil fuel use. At the same time, move with genuine focus and ambition to 100% renewable energy within the next ten years. Do they think we can’t? Do they believe that we lack the necessary resolve and creativity and love for our children? We do not—Washington state is more than capable of this. We can be a beacon.

I dare them to go home and look their kids or grandkids in the eye, and then sit down and tell us why they cannot act with even a grain of courage for their sakes. Moral clarity is a gift that we need to live up to. We possess that gift, and if they do not, we will replace them. 

Make no mistake, we will be back.

 

(Emily Johnston’s remarks from Climate Countdown: Day 1)

 

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An Amazing Eight Days

What an amazing eight days! Last Monday, activists from 350 Seattle and 350 Tacoma climbed a crane to stop construction of the Tacoma LNG facility. On Thursday, activists used tripods to block all three gates to the site. That same day, a Tacoma jury, finding ambiguity in whether the LNG facility is on Puyallup or City of Tacoma-owned land, acquitted two women who locked down to construction equipment.

Then Monday was the biggest day of them all. Watch the wrap-up video.

If Puget Sound Energy hadn’t already gotten the message, they have now: they have a gas problem.

We all have a gas problem: gas production releases huge amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas that, over a 20-year period, causes 86 times more global warming than carbon dioxide.

But this project is even worse than that: Puget Sound Energy is not only destroying our climate, it is also perpetuating a long and brutal history of colonialism.

Despite the vocal and legal opposition of the Puyallup Tribe, Puget Sound Energy is building this facility. If it’s completed, the air, water and salmon of the Puyallup Tribe will be polluted. If it’s completed, the 1854 Medicine Creek Treaty will have been violated. If it’s completed, the rights of indigenous people will have been trampled…as they have been for centuries.

We will oppose this project with everything we have, and stand with the Puyallup.

Can you join us? You can start by adding your voice to 44,000 others calling for a halt to this project.

Starting in January, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency will begin a 60-day comment period followed by a public hearing. This will be our last major chance to stop this project through the regulatory process. We’ll need you then, so stay tuned.

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