Upcoming Climate Action: Jan 2014 onward

Following are some ways to be involved in climate awareness, action, and outreach that are coming up in the Seattle area beginning January and into March 2014.   Find ONE THING that you can commit to yourself to doing each month.  More than one is great too!

The Seattle Action [against the Keystone XL pipeline]

This coming Saturday, Jan 25th 10:30 – 1:00  there is a meeting for people who are interested in learning about and preparing for the Pledge of Resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline, (whose activities will take place) if it happens that Obama approves the pipeline construction.    Everyone is invited!

You are invited to the XL Pipeline Pledge of Resistance gathering

Where: Plymouth Church 1217 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 When: Saturday January 25th 10:30am – 1pm  What: We will enjoy a potluck brunch together

Our goals for the gathering will be to:  Provide a chance to meet each other and continue to build our community. Address questions and concerns.  Learn the best information that we have currently about the action/strategy.

Also:  If you are interested peacekeeping, there will be a training the same day, following the potluck. It will be 1:30 – 4:30 at the University Friends Meeting (4001 – 9th Avenue NE, Seattle). Contact Abby at herpaint@gmail.com for more information.

Climate Art Build at Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 

February 16th, from 1-4:30 and every future third Sunday.  

Have fun with art and help the environment!   Come make imagery for climate, social, and environmental justice with Backbone and local artists and groups every 3rd Sunday! For first one, we’ll be doing batik fabric projects for the Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary, and butterflies for immigration reform (one of which you’ll get to take home when you make two), making a typar/deer fencing sign for WAmend, sewing sign carrier packs for CarbonWA and WAmend initiative signature gathering, as well as possible compassion lantern making.

Details:

https://www.facebook.com/events/773344019346210/ and join or

http://www.backbonecampaign.org/  (scroll down)

contact: lisamarcus@350seattle.org

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance – Volunteer Introduction, Jan 23, and February 19, 2014 from 5:30- 6:45pm 5303 Shilshole Ave NW, Suite 150 (park in back of building and find entrance there)

The Puget Sound is a shared resource. It is rooted in our health, community, culture, and livelihoods. We all have a stake in protecting it. At this introduction, we will share what we do to protect and preserve Puget Sound and explain what you can do to join us. We will train you to identify and document illegal pollution, explain how to join an on-the-water patrol or organize a shoreline cleanup, empower you to become a policy advocate, and show you how to get involved in a multitude of other ways. Snacks provided!

See their website at:  http://www.pugetsoundkeeper.org

Please email Kathryn (kathryn@pugetsoundkeeper.org) to RSVP

When: Thursday January 16th 5:30 – 6:45 PM   Where: Puget Soundkeeper Alliance office, 5305 Shilshole Ave NW Suite 150,  Seattle, WA 98107   website: http://www.pugetsoundkeeper.org/th_event/soundkeeper-volunteer-introduction-2/

North Sound Environmental Educations – Networking/Speaker Event    Thursday, January 30, from 9:00 – 4:30 pm at Maple Hall, in La Conner, WA

Every time block has one session related to climate change, including:

Ocean Acidification; Fossil Fuels in Salish Sea; Teaching Climate Change; and the Surge Festival (re CC impacts on coastal communities)   Great place to network with other organizations and environmental educators.

This gathering will feature a wide variety of sessions organized by leaders of our region’s environmental education community. Hear inspiring speakers, connect with colleagues and see what exciting things are happening in the North Sound area. Online registration is now open for Storming the Sound North.   http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/513750

Lunch is provided, with local, wholesome, mostly organic food. Registration fee – $10. You can choose to pay online or at the door. (Waiver available for special needs. Ask Susan Wood swood@padillabay.gov)

Trans Pacific Partnership Ralley with Speakers (McDermott Invited)    No More NAFTAs-Stop the TPP Action!!   International Day of Action  on Friday, January 31st 2014, Noon at Westlake Center, 400 Pine St, Seattle

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive “free trade agreement” that could impact nearly every aspect of our lives, from the food we eat to the air we breathe to the quality of our jobs. Despite the huge impact the agreement would have on our communities and the environment, the TPP is being negotiated in near complete secrecy.

Earlier this month a bill was introduced in Congress to fast track this flawed trade deal which would mean Congress can only do an up or down vote with NO amendments. To date, only Congressman McDermott has pledged to vote “No” on Fast Track and demand that the public have an opportunity to shape this trade deal and make sure our jobs and environment our protected.

 What:  Press Conference/Rally highlighting the need to shed light on the TPP and to say “No” to fast track

When: Friday, January 31st 12 pm

Where: Westlake Center, 400 Pine St Seattle

 Who: Washington Fair Trade Coalition, labor unions, social justice advocates, environmental groups and you!

Please, come to show the Obama Administration and our Congressional Representatives that we demand an open and fair accounting of the TPP before any decision is made.  We need a 21st Century trade agreement that protects worker rights and environmental laws.

For more information contact: Robin Everett of the Sierra Club  at 206-378-0114 x308 robin.everett@gmail.com

“DO THE MATH” film by Bill McKibben at Wallingford Meaningful Movies

Fri, February 14, 7:00pm – 9:30pm, 5019 Keystone Place No

Watch this critically important film of the “Do the Math” tour last year, and then join in a conversation with special guests from 350.org! Free (donations accepted) http://www.meaningfulmovies.org/

A SEA Field Trip?

Here’s an idea for a field trip. Let’s go visit the new Bullitt Center downtown at 15th and Madison… a totally self contained power/water/waste office building with state of the art design. Tours are available Mon-Thurs (unfortunately from 4-5 pm) for $5/person. Check out the features at their web page http://www.bullittcenter.org/

Beyond Coal Seattle Monthly Meeting on Thursday, Feb 20th from 6:30 – 8:00.  (and every 3rd Thursday)

Join in policy development at the Sierra Club Work Group on Coal.   Help plan events and actions with the backing of this national leader in environmental protection.

Citizens Climate Lobby Meeting on First Saturday of Each Month from 9:30 -12:00  

To learn more about carbon tax and dividend lobbying efforts that this growing group has been successfully and energetically advocating Congress for watch their introductory video and meeting presentation on line or attend the Seattle group’s meeting the first Saturday of every month at a home in the Greenwood area, including a potluck brunch.  For information go to their national website (http://citizensclimatelobby.org where you will find links to past talks and events and information about upcoming events)  or contact Anne Engstrom Anne Engstrom <achelan@aol.com> for information about attending the next meeting.  Several SEActivists have attended meetings (Isa, Susan, Mary D, Emilia and Mary M) and would be happy to tell you more about this group that seeks to remove the economic incentives that encourage the use of fossil fuels.

Environmental Justice Training – Sponsored by the Sierra Club and 350-Seattle

Some time in March 2014:  This training is being planned for sometime in March.  Watch for further information about dates, location, and speakers.!

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