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How flooded coal mines could heat homes"To help meet the country's sweeping carbon-reduction target, the Coal Authority is exploring the feasibility of some 70 mine water heating projects across the UK. It is estimated that around a quarter of the UK's population live above abandoned coal mines and that flooded shafts contain around 2.2 million GWh of heat, with the potential to store more."
Renewables Were the World’s Cheapest Source of Energy in 2020, New Report Shows
Speaking for the Old Growth
California Oil Lobby Seeks to Strip Environmental Protections for Groundwater Amid Drought
Firefighters make progress against big fires in US West
Sonoma County couple says new ‘fire signs’ will make rural homes easier to save during wildfires
Shouldn't these kinds of signs be standardized and made available to everyone in vulnerable areas?
5 reasons why burning trees for energy is bad for climate, people and nature
"Have you heard about the latest fake climate solutions that our policy
makers are pushing? Burning wood as ‘renewable energy’ is being sold to
us as a sustainable practice."
Why so dry? Experts explain factors behind stubborn drought
GMOs, GLYPHOSATE & TOXINS
5 reasons Home Depot and Lowe’s must weed out toxic weed killers
US drilling approvals increase despite Biden climate pledge
Shale Oil Fraud Case Reveals Executives Ignore Their Own Engineers and Mislead Investors
Fossil Fuel Industry Given Billions in EU Hydrogen Support, Report Finds
“Let’s not kid ourselves – the likes of Shell and Eni have made it
crystal clear that they see a move towards a hydrogen economy as a way
to keep pumping oil and gas.”
Is a new oil field climate change hypocrisy?
UK government has promised to take the lead role in what is seen by
many as our last, best chance to prevent global temperatures from
spiralling out of control. But
environmental groups have accused ministers of "hypocrisy" after it
emerged that the development of a vast new North Atlantic oil field at
Cambo, west of Shetland, could get the green light."
Insurance Giants Under Fire from First Nations for Backing Trans Mountain Tar Sands Pipeline
“Our upcoming (wild rice) harvest was in
jeopardy. Then all the sudden we get a report that Enbridge was allowed
(nearly) 5 billion more gallons of water.”
Energy Transfer’s Gulf Run Pipeline to Export Fracked Gas from Louisiana set to Begin Construction
Canada Funneled $23 Billion in Subsidies to Three Pipelines Since 2018
PLASTIC & POLLUTION
Occupy Sonoma County is joining millions of people worldwide in Plastic Free July
Download our Action Picker at: https://ocsoco.org/sites/default/files/osc_pfj_actionpicker_2020.pdf
. Print it and post it on your fridge.A Zero Waste lifestyle considers how products are made and disposed
of. Switch from plastic to
renewable and reusable packaging. Put pressure on manufacturers and the
government to end single-use plastic.
What are you doing to reduce your plastic consumption?
WAKE UP CALL
"People are dying. Aquatic animals are baking in their shells. Fruit is being cooked on the tree. It’s time to act."
Deep-Sea Study Records Species Found Nowhere Else on Earth
Drax Exec Quits Climate Change Committee After ‘Glaring’ Conflict of Interest
Check out the photo of this old coal plant that is converted to biomass energy. Greta says, "Stop Fake Renewables!"
How your power company can remotely control your smart thermostat
https://www.vox.com/recode/22543678/smart-thermostat-air-conditioner-texas-heatwave"Texas’s power grid is unpleasantly surprising its users again. After last winter’s storm disabled parts of the grid for several days, causing potentially hundreds of deaths, a summer heat wave is once again threatening the grid.
One potential solution Texas power companies have found is to turn up
the temperature on some customers’ smart thermostats. Problem is, some
of those customers weren’t aware that their power company could and
would do such a thing."
THINK TANK & STRATEGY
Meet the Consulting Firm That’s Staffing the Biden Administration
As Biden backslides, a bigger, better-organized climate movement prepares to seize this ‘now or never’ moment
There is no "moderate" position on climate change
"The city now wants all municipal construction sites to be zero emission by 2025 and all construction work, public or private, to be zero emission by 2030. Six more of Norway's biggest cities have also recently committed to the same goals as Oslo... Another innovation looking to increase efficiency and reduce waste is modular construction. The process is where a building, or parts of it, are constructed off-site... This is a trend that actually reduces waste."
Arrested in rocking chairs, grandparents protest Chase and pressure Biden on climate by George Lakey
“Defending the Sacred”: Indigenous Water Protectors Continue Resistance to Line 3 Pipeline in Minnesota (video)
8 arrested during climate change protest outside of Sen. Ted Cruz's home
Indigenous people are the world’s biggest conservationists, but they rarely get credit for it
These farmers show that agriculture in the Amazon doesn’t have to be destructive
‘Rampant issues’: Black farmers are still left out at USDA
ENDING ON A POSITIVE
Card Game at the Plastic Free Saloon (OSC video from 2017)https://youtu.be/8VEHgHwJiJMYou're gambling with our future when you deal with plastics. Discover
some alternatives by watching the card game at the Plastic Free Saloon!
(Yes, we know that compostable plastic is not really a thing to strive for but our video is still fun.)
Giant Pandas No Longer Endangered Thanks to Conservation Efforts, China Says
"Experts and officials say the change is due to China's efforts to
protect and expand the panda's preferred bamboo forest ecosystem. The
country has created large reserves in mountain areas for the animals to
Call To Action!
We urge all groups including schools,
neighborhood associations, organizations, clubs and groups of any kind to adopt
a Climate Declaration. Adopt ours or write your own. Share your
Climate Declaration with local governments, the media, write articles, and share
Occupy Sonoma County Climate Declaration
Occupy Sonoma County, along with concerned, forward thinking
people all over the world, declares that climate change has reached
catastrophic proportions as evidenced by the current level of CO2 in the
atmosphere, the melting of polar ice caps, and the continual rising of global
temperatures. This is a global emergency, and we must act immediately.
We invite all forces of life to join together for our survival. We stand
up for life.
We recognize that the root of climate change is a capitalist
system run by money greedy corporations and the governments that they
control. We actively oppose greenhouse gas producers, nuclear power
investors, and fossil fuel companies by boycotting their products, developing
alternatives, divesting from corporations that endorse them and insisting that
governments at all levels take action. We call on all governments and
corporations to adopt life-sustaining practices immediately.
The people must act now to
stop this destruction from continuing and reverse the damage this has
caused. The future is in our hands. We are the 99%!
What Earth Actions are you taking?
https://OccupySonomaCounty.org/es (en español)
Sonoma County embraces the egalitarian, deep democracy principles of
the Occupy Movement with a regional strategy for effectively organizing
countywide social justice campaigns that are globally relevant.