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It’s Time to End the Carbon Capture of Climate Policy
Paid ad in the Washington Post:
Greenland Abandons All Future Oil Exploration
Petaluma’s ban on new gas stations inspires Sonoma County cities, regional board to follow suit
"Following Petaluma’s decision March 1 to ban new gas station
construction, this recent vote, undertaken last week by the same board
that oversees the Sonoma County Transportation Authority, marks the
broadest show of support for replicating the move elsewhere."
We can’t fireproof fire-dependent forests, but we can protect homes
Scorched, Parched and Now Uninsurable: Climate Change Hits Wine Country
This is what fire prevention and "vegetation management" looks like in Sonoma County!
Push state to act fast and retake the lead on auto emissions
California just OK'd a massive new build-out of renewables and clean storage
"A plan to replace the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant with 11.5 GW of
zero-carbon capacity — and no natural gas — will test the grid value of
renewables and batteries."
Fossil Fuel Giants Ignoring IEA ‘Net Zero’ Report Despite Pledges, Analysis Finds
Norway’s prime minister Erna Solberg says Oslo remains committed to oil and gas
PLASTIC & POLLUTION
One Month Without Plastic Helps Reduce Landfill Waste By 4.2 Millions Tonnes A Year
What changes are you making to reduce plastic consumption for Plastic Free July? Download our Action Picker here. How TWO small changes can make a BIG DIFFERENCE (video)
"We've never sailed to a place where we haven't seen plastic in the ocean. We are very concerned about plastic and plastics effects on our oceans and wildlife."
Maine becomes first state to shift costs of recycling from taxpayers to companies
GREEN NEW DEAL
We Need the “Whole-of-Government” Climate Fight That Biden Promised by Bill McKibben
WAKE UP CALL
How the Meat Industry is Climate-Washing its Polluting Business Model
"The UN describes
the health and environmental implications of consuming animal products
as “complex” and works to ensure that low-income groups have access to
animal-based foods but argues that other, wealthier populations need to
eat less of them. The FAO declares that it is particularly committed to supporting small-scale livestock farmers in developing countries—an agricultural group that has shrunk dramatically in countries like the U.S., where giant corporations now dominate the market."
Climate change: 'No more excuses' at COP26 climate summit - poor nations
in November is expected to be the most important meeting on climate
change since the Paris agreement was drawn up in 2015 and there are huge
expectations that it will deliver significant progress in the battle
against rising temperatures."
Fire experts prescribe Indigenous cultural burns to reduce wildfire risk in B.C.
There is a lot of misinformation in the media about cultural burning and prescribed burning. They are not the same thing but have become largely synonymous in the press. Cultural burning is an ancient practice that replicates nature. Prescribed burning practices as they are currently being used are on a much larger scale and are part of the tree and forest removal strategies of opportunistic logging practices. One of the main causes of the severity of fires currently is the modern practice of fire suppression. Fire is part of the forest ecosystem, but with humans now inhabiting forest areas, homes in those areas have been prioritized over forest ecosystems that thrive in a balance of wildfires.
"Currently, humanity faces existential threats, it is up to everyone alive today to stand up and face them."
The Story of Change (video)
"It's not bad shoppers who are putting our future at risk; it’s bad
policies and business practices. If we really want to change the world,
we have to move beyond voting with our dollars and come together to
demand rules that work."
How solar panels on farmland could help California fix its water and power crises
Taking farmland out of production permanently seems like a bad idea. Let's put those solar panels on roofs and over parking lots instead.
We better not wait for the government to fix our problems. Even if the Democrats agreed they would still have to fight with the Republicans.
Water Protectors Against Line 3 Sue Over Police Blockade of Indigenous Camp
Water Protectors gearing up for Enbridge drilling under the Shell River #stopline3
Heteronormative ecological outdoor cooking information.
If you have a lawn in the City of Santa Rosa they will pay you up to $1,500 (more for businesses) to convert it to non-invasive low or very-low water use plants.
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.