Local wildfires, a monster hurricane season — the impacts of a warmer climate are obvious. So there’s your motivation. And here’s, oh, just a few ways to take action:
PSE HAS A GAS PROBLEM
Puget Sound Energy, owned by an Australian for-profit corporation, wants to expand “natural” fracked gas infrastructure in Washington state, increasing our dependence on this dangerous fossil fuel for decades to come. They’re moving swiftly to build a huge liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Tacoma, despite Puyallup tribal and local community opposition. But they do not have all their permits yet, so we still have the power to stop them.
The Keep it in the Ground workgroup, in collaboration with Puyallup tribal members from the Water Warriors Movement, and Protectors of the Salish Sea, is coordinating a PSE Regional Day of Action on September 21st. People around the state will visit their local Puget Sound Energy offices and send a loud and clear message:
- We oppose “natural” fracked gas expansion and the LNG plant in Tacoma;
- We Stand with Puyallup;
- We demand PSE shut down its dirty Colstrip coal power plant in Montana, bypass its conversion to “natural” gas, and move to 100% renewables.
Look for an alert in the next few days linking to all the locations across western Washington where actions at PSE offices will take place. Until then, stay in the loop with this event page.
PULLING TOGETHER AGAINST TRANSMOUNTAIN
The court hearings for the First Nations’ appeal of the TransMountain pipeline permits will be held in Vancouver, B.C., October 2 – 12. Folks there are calling for 10 days of solidarity actions. Here are two events on our side of the border:
350 Seattle and other local groups will be supporting both these efforts; we encourage as many as possible to participate.
Here are two ways to contribute to Pull Together, the First Nations legal fund fighting Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline:
Support the water protectors building Kwantlen healing lodges along the pipeline route at this fundraiser on September 24 and enjoy an afternoon of music, food, and gifts. Musicians include Queenside Castle, Marina Christopher Trio, Paul Cheokten and more!
People Over Pipelines t-shirts and totes are available on online. $30 plus shipping and all proceeds go to Pull Together. Beautiful design by Heather Elder.
METHANOL AND OIL
Kalama methanol comment opportunity
To build the world’s largest methanol refinery, project developer NWIW needs a new deep-water dock at the port of Kalama. They want to fund it with over one million dollars of taxpayer money. No way! Comments accepted until September 18, more details here.
Bomb trains in Ballard
Concerned about the trains carrying highly flammable substances through Seattle, along Shilshole Bay and beyond? Join Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Seattle Fire Department Assistant Chief A.D Vickery and External Affairs Manager for King County Emergency Management Barnaby Dow to learn about…
WE’RE CROWDSOURCING THIS
Bring us your bold ideas
The City of Seattle is falling far short of its carbon reduction goals. What to do? Ask 350 Seattle for help! The Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment has asked us for bold new ideas to get the city where it needs to be. Let’s crowdsource a 350 Seattle proposal to amp up a bold climate action agenda for our city! Submit your ideas using this form, or if you have a fully-baked multi-page plan, send it to Patrick.
Port commission races voters’ guide
The Port of Seattle is one of the area’s largest carbon emitters. Want to help voters make informed choices about Port Commission candidates? Help us write great questions for the candidates, so we can educate voters. Email Alice with your ideas.
TAKE IT TO THE BANKS
#ShutDownChase goes global
On May 8th, we partnered with Mazaska Talks to simultaneously shut down 13 branches of pipeline funder JPMorgan Chase. Immediately afterwards, some key 350 Seattle peeps started calling for a global day of action targeting the banks… and now… it’s happening! Between October 23rd and 25th, 350 Seattle is proud to support the Mazaska Talks-led Global Day of Action targeting the banks funding climate disaster. You can learn more about it at Mazaska Talks website here — and stay tuned for much, much more!
Over 30 national non-profits, churches and businesses have now committed to boycotting the banks funding climate disaster. If you are part of a business, church or organizations that is ready to join the boycott, please fill out this form. If you have questions about joining the boycott, email Alec.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL ACTION
Seattle & the Green Climate Fund
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, floods in South Asia, and mudslides in Sierra Leone, it’s clear that across the world we need to ramp up preparation for the impacts of climate change, and rapidly transition to a clean energy future to avoid even more devastating effects.
That’s why we are calling for Seattle to help lead efforts to make up for Donald Trump’s immoral decision to break the United States’ promise to provide $2 billion to the Green Climate Fund – a key channel for international climate finance, which helps vulnerable, developing countries pursue low-carbon and climate resilient development. Sign on here, and to get involved with this effort, email Alex.
Amazon & renewable energy
The Amazon workgroup is building a campaign to pressure Amazon to transition to 100% clean energy! Want to be involved from the beginning of a new campaign? Join us to help with research, campaign strategy, and base-building in the tech community!
In September and early October, we’ll be hosting workshops on organizing, outreach, and base-building to skill-up our team. Contact Becca to be a part of these trainings!
In our area about half of our carbon emissions come from transportation. But as Seattle gets denser, transit gets better, and new technology evolves our transportation options, there are tremendous opportunities to reduce those emissions.
City leadership is starting to get it — our legacy road system was designed for the ease and speed of automobiles, with little regard for the comfort or safety of pedestrians and bikers. To help make our transportation system fossil fuel free and turn Seattle into a truly bikable and walkable city, contact Andrew.
We’ll discuss future projects and the tie between climate change and capitalism. Join us Thursday, September 14, 6:30pm, at Cafe Allegro, 4214 University Way NE, Seattle.
TRADE AND POLICY
The recent news about the end of DACA reminds us of the connection between trade, climate and immigration. When NAFTA allowed corporate attacks on climate policy, Mexican farmers and working families were hit exceptionally hard, fueling displacement and forced migration. To now send those families packing is the ultimate injustice. Learn more about the connection between trade and immigration in this webinar.
Now the Trump administration is working to renegotiate NAFTA. So be sure to call or write your Congressional offices, including our two senators, to ask whether the representative agrees that ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement) should be excluded from any new NAFTA deal.
Also, please note: The NAFTA town hall event with Congressman Adam Smith has been cancelled. It was scheduled for September 19th.
Because of the connection between food and climate we urge you to attend the Community Alliance for Global Justice’s 11th annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere (SLEE) Dinner!
The keynote, “Farming for Cultural and Ecological Resilience” by Ari de Leña, will share how she works to build cultural and ecological resilience by healing the trauma and displacement embedded in the U.S. agricultural system. More about the event, accessibility information, and sliding scale tickets available here.
Then come hear Randy Mandell on Modern Monetary Theory and Selden Prentice on trade:
Please RSVP to Ellen to join the work group or the leads team, and let us know of any interests or skills you have in arts or leadership. All levels and time commitments, as well as continuing to welcome the full gamut of skill levels, from completely unskilled to visual artists, dancers, theater people, poets, and musicians of all ages. Connect and have fun, and contribute to our imagery through brainstorming, art builds, music, theater, dance, spoken word, working with kids, teens, and families, organizational support, deployment at events, and maybe coming up with a bigger permanent installation project and other art forms! It’s a fun and satisfying way to contribute to the movement.
Art Leaders team still in development for all the arts! Work with other fun and awesome people to develop our sub-teams to move people’s minds and hearts with our messages. We are still in need of leads for art builds, silk-screening, dance, family art, data/computer/librarian/photo, visual arts, and theater.
RSVP to Shemona for the first training pARTay tentatively scheduled for October 13th, 6:00 – 9:00pm for those who want to be part of a team to help run project stations at art builds, and/or get trained for the deployment team who gently and warmly guide volunteers at actions and events to effectively set up, maintain, and take down our imagery. No experience needed and no specific time commitment is required.
FRONTLINE ALLIES AND UNDOING RACISM
Join our workgroup as we examine the ways that white privilege and subtle forms of racism are unintentionally embedded in our climate work, and how we can become allies who effectively work across traditional divides to build the unified and powerful movement we need to stop climate chaos. Many roles available, and lots of ways to contribute. Please RSVP to Kara to be part of this work group.
We attend informational gatherings, share educational information on our list and Facebook pages; we do emotional work with each other as we grow our understanding and face these issues; and we attend actions led by and/or in support of groups primarily led by people of color which intersect with climate justice work, including for many social justice issues. In the upcoming months, we’ll support immigration work on saving the DACA program, Black Lives Matter work, and Indigenous work stopping fossil fuel infrastructure, as well as many other things as they arise.
Undoing Racism Series
This anti-oppression training series with the knowledgeable and compassionate Tara Villalba and the Mangrove Collective, and our own 350 Seattle activists, aims move us forward together faster. “Our People Gonna Rise” covers three topics: Allies to Immigrants, Black Liberation, Solidarity with Natives.
Thanks to your support, the current series is full. Sign up on the waitlist for information about a Winter/Spring series.
Frontline communities in Houston
350 national has published a great Hurricane Harvey Response Toolkit that has some excellent articles about the impact of Harvey and other extreme weather events on Frontline Communities. The section on Organizing Through Conversations is something we can do everywhere, every day.
Online course: Climate Change Science, Communication, and Action
Learn about basic climate change science, impacts, communication strategies, and actions in this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the climate crisis being offered for free by Cornell University. September 11 – October 1. Registration and details here.
Learn a set of simple but powerful group facilitation strategies to energize and foster lively participation in meetings, outreach and trainings.
Our own Vivien Sharples will be joined by other local trainers to provide a free introduction to Liberating Structures. Recommended for anyone currently leading a team or workgroup, or doing outreach. Send questions to Meg and register here.
FUN workgroup, Families Uniting Now
Connect with families who are supporting each other during this unprecedented time in history. Community and Action is the Solution!
The parent workshop from 9:00 – 11:00am is optional but encouraged.
Workshop topics include causes & effects of climate change, actions you can take, and communication skills.
Learn more about Plant for the Planet and Our Children’s Trust and then join us for monthly meetings, planting events, nature outings, activism, music, and art. Participation is free, but registration required to reserve a spot at www.climatechangeforfamilies.com. Questions? Contact Sue Lenander.
Preparing People for Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest
Interested in resilience and maintaining our mental and social health as we face the increasing catastrophes that climate change is foisting upon us, and particularly on the most vulnerable among us? This conference is for you:
VALVE TURNERS UPDATE
As ever hotter and larger wildfires burn across the west, valve turner Ken Ward is still waiting to see whether his home a mile from the Eagle Creek fire will burn. Michael is headed to North Dakota where he faces trial on October 2nd in what is ironically the only western state currently NOT aflame. Leonard’s trial is scheduled for Thanksgiving week. Emily and Annette had a hearing in Minnesota in August and the court is considering the necessity defense.
We hold every hope that one or more of these trials will see the first successful necessity defense for climate action — gosh knows, the case is becoming more obvious every day. But the legal fees are mounting — please give to the legal fund here. And we hope you’ll come out to support the valve turners at the…
Artists from the “Protect What You Love Album” will perform. Event page here.
GROW THE MOVEMENT
Help us get new folks talking about climate change. We’ll be tabling at farmers’ markets and regional events. No experience necessary! Contact Eli for more information.
Deep Canvass Team
How do you shift the way people feel about climate change? It starts with a real two-way conversation in which people learn about one another’s experiences and stories. The Deep Canvassing project goes door to door organizing friendly neighborhoods around fossil fuel divestment. Join us for canvasses Sunday afternoons all autumn. Contact Eli to get involved.
A BIT MORE ABOUT US
Learn about 350 Seattle’s new structure
It’s here. It’s real. Now you can better understand how we get so much done, how to plug in and take on leadership, and how we make decisions. Check out an overview of our new structure here.
Welcome to Renee!
Thanks to the United Church of Christ’s Justice Leadership Program we have a 32 hour/week intern for the next 10 months! Welcome Renee Lumia to 350 Seattle. A recent grad from PLU with a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies, Renee is excited to learn more organizing with us. Check out her bio here.
Hey, you look good in yellow
Who doesn’t want one of those cute Break Free t-shirts with the wrinkles that say, “I slept on the tracks”? Find our t-shirts, the album, and more at www.350seattle.org/merchandise.
And since you made it this far in the newsletter, let’s talk about socializing!
This month’s theme is Arts and Social Change, with a short presentation by Artful Activism leader Ale Blakely. Floating Bridge Brewing is donating $1 per pour sold (beer or cider) to 350 Seattle! Cider, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and sandwiches are available. Kids and dogs are welcome. More on the event page.
And once again, thank you, so much, for everything you do.