February 2014 SEA Meeting Notes

The February 2014 SEA Meeting was well attended and had good discussion about how the group can best help support each other in engaging on climate action and participating in events, particularly now that many are happening (a)  to address the expected decision in early May by the President on whether to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline and (b) to support local action against the shipment of crude oil by rail through the Northwest to refineries and ports for world markets.

Following summarizes the highlights of the meeting.  For further information contact: seactivists@gmail.com.

Attendees:  David (Host), Mike (Facililtator), Mark, Connie, Casey*, Rich, Amelia, Isa, Mary M, Susan, Jim*, Karen & Basilia        * = new.
Agenda Review:  https://seattleenvironmentalactivists.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/feb-2014-sea-meeting-info/
Action Items: 
Report on SEA Action: There was a brief summary of activities that had been engaged in during the last month, including attending meetings of other climate groups (Mary M, Isa and others).   Connie engaged with the state legislative districts.  Rich has been working with Plant for the Planet.
Review list of upcoming action opportunities:  The calendar of upcoming actions is listed at: https://seattleenvironmentalactivists.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/upcoming-events-feb-march-2014/  Some will attend the Plant for the Planet academy on Feb 22nd 9 – 11am at Carkeek Park.
Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) Credo Pledge of Resistance was discussed regarding upcoming public action and demonstrations.  A list of upcoming February actions was reviewed and 2 main events were chosen.Decision for coming month’s SEA Action:
The focus for February will be preparation for the Keystone XL pipeline actions in the month of May based upon the President’s decision. Options for participation in this coming month, include:

1)  Feb 19th Wednesday.  Panel on Civil Disobedience; 350.org Plymouth Congregational Church, 6th Ave, Seattle WA

2)    Feb 22nd 10a – 3:30p.  Pledge of Resistance to KXL action training for civil disobedience.  See Calendar (under Tools) for details.  Note: there will be another training in 1 or 2 months.  Woodland Park Presbyterian Church 225 N 70th St, Seattle WA 98103

Mike will be the point person for these two actions.

February and March will be months to get ready for the Pledge of Resistance peaceful, civil disobedience in early May if the President approves the KXL Pipeline.  For more info: See Emilia’s summary here.

SEA Tools:  Calendar web site tools update – a new, separate calendar has been added to the Blog.  This calendar lists climate events and meetings by other environmental groups in the area.  https://seattleenvironmentalactivists.wordpress.com/sea-change-calendar/cascadia-climate-calendar/Administrative tools have been added to the blog including guidance and templates for facilitator and note taker. These were added as of this meeting and are currently in testing.  This is the first note taker format test.
Meeting Action: Letterwriting
Emilia discussed the 30 day public comment period in response to the KXL EIS which ends March 7th.Letters were written to the State Department to say that the KXL is not in our national interest. To write a letter:  U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Energy Resources, Room 4843  Attn: Keystone XL Public Comments,  2201 C Street, NW,  Washington, DC 20520Or online:By clicking on the link here: http://www.keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/For more information on what to say see: 7 facts that weren’t in the EIShttp://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/01/31/3231991/keystone-national/And also an article in the Washington Post:http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/state-to-release-keystones-final-environmental-impact-statement-friday/2014/01/31/3a9bb25c-8a83-11e3-a5bd-844629433ba3_story.htmlPlease write a letter or comment if at all possible.
Conclusion: Thanks to everyone who helped with the meeting!
March Meeting: Sunday March 16th from 6:00-8:00Host: Basilia (address will be emailed in advance)
Facilitator:  Mike
Notetaker: Jim
Timekeeper: Mark

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