Some SEA Climate Activities from Nov 2013 – Jan 2014

Following are some activities that SEActivists have been engaged with related to building community toward and taking environmental/climate action:

Community Climate Calendar Development:

Mary M and Isa are working with Lisa Marcus of 350 and Backbone to set up a calendar that organizations and individuals can use to easily identify events relating to climate change action that they can support or get support for.   As part of this process Isa and Mary have been collecting a list of all potential organizations behind such climate events and talking to others who have been supporting calendars to learn about models and the types of organizations that may wish to collaborate on making this calendar sustainable and effective.  This process has facilitated meeting many activists from a variety of areas and establishing a better understanding of what they do.   Ongoing –  (Isa and Mary)

Networking and Liaison Activities:

Risky Business: How oil transport threatens Washington’s health, economy, and climate – A Forum and Panel that has convened to address oil trains in Northwest. (Isa)

Rabbi Michael Lerner: “The Non-Violent Overthrow of Global Materialism and Selfishness: a path to peace, environmental sanity, and social justice.” Lerner is founding editor and Editor in Chief of TIKKUN Magazine, and also one of the “Seattle Seven” of 1970. He has been called one of America’s 100 Visionaries by Utne and is a best selling author. He has been a leading voice for peace and interfaith relationship building for decades.  http://www.catalyticcommunity.org/ai1ec_event/rabbi-michael-lerner-talk/?instance_id=   (Mary and Isa in B’Ham and Mary and Weldon in Seattle)

Beyond Coal Task Force (Nov- Mary M; Dec – Isa)

UW Lecture on “Do Coal and Diesel Trains Make for Unhealthy Air?”  (Nov 22) Preliminary results from crowd source funded research in Seattle and on Columbia River for impacts from coal trains.  Atmospheric Sciences Professor Dan Jaffe from UW Bothell presented results from his study of air samples near the train tracks that go to the proposed West Coast export terminals. The results measure the amount of small- and medium-sized particles released by different types of trains in Seattle and in the Columbia River Gorge, looking at the pollutant effects of the current level of coal train train traffic there to help better inform the public and the environmental impact statement of the possible effects of increased train traffic.

SEA Holiday Party (Everyone!)

Sierra Club Christmas Party (Mark, Kathy, Mary M, Emilia, Connie, Rich, ….

Seattle Green Drinks Holiday Party (Isa and Mary, also saw Chris there)  – Networked with many environmental and climate folks, including reps from Carbon WA, Backbone Campaign, Wash Env Council, etc.)

Seattle Green Drinks – January (Mary M)   –  Networked with individuals from a variety of environmental backgrounds and raised the climate issue to see what their concern level was.

North Seattle (Community College) Environmental Workgroup  (Mary M) – This newly forming group is setting up a website and striving to become a go to place for both community college students and the public for resources and events related to the environment.  They are planning to put on six documentaries with guest speakers and discussion throughout Winter Quarter among other activities to raise awareness and encourage action.   I will be a liaison with the group and other outside climate & env  groups, as well as with the art department in which I am taking classes.  They will also be promoting internships for NSCC students with environmental groups.

Sustainable Ballard – Drink Local Event  (Mary M)

350 Seattle Meetings – (Isa & Mary M)

Citizens Climate Lobby Meetings – (Susan, Mary D, Mary M – Seattle / Isa – B’ham)

There are many more activities that SEActivists have been engaged in with regard to climate action, including learning about issues through books, films, lectures and more.   Please, share what you have been up to so that others can learn about other ways to engage.  Use the comments block below, or add a post.

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