Oct 19, 2014 Meeting Notes

SEA October 2014 Meeting was held at Basilia’s home with Mike facilitating. There was a pre meeting showing of a portion of the panel discussion from the NY City People’s Climate March that included Bill McKibben, Kshwana Sawant, Naomi Klein, Chris Hedges, and Bernie Sanders.

In attendance for the meeting were Leonard, Kathy, Mike Paula, Brian, Susan, Emilia, Mark, Basilia, David W..d, Karen, Rich and Mary.

Sept 21st Event Recap: Mike reported back on the NY People’s Climate March that he participated in and the workshops that surrounded it. About 1500 groups signed up in support of the NY event. There was a “Climate Convergence” theme raised the question of violent versus nonviolent action for change and discussions of whether climate change can be addressed without “system change.” Is it a question of climate versus capitalism underlying the problem being faced. There was also a summary given of the Seattle counterpart to the NY March and that discussion has been initiated about having a 10,000 person march on Earth Day in Seattle.

Upcoming Priority Actions: See at bottom for priority climate actions.

Form and Function of SEA:  A discussion about the mission and goals of SEA and whether the format of the meetings could be crafted to better support climate action by those involved was held.  To reduce the amount of pre work setting up a meeting for only a couple of the same people each time, it was decided to try out a looser format where the agenda is focused on a certain amount of time for people to speak up about what has happened over the last month, a certain amount of time on upcoming events and how folks will take action in the coming month and a certain amount of time for discussion of some climate issue or topic.  Some also voiced support for having a letter writing opportunity at each meeting and the discussion of how this would be facilitated was held over for the November meeting.

Some ideas on a mission statement for SEA were put forth and there seemed to be close to a consensus of what it might be.  Mike will draft it up and possibly email it to SEA-Discuss group.

Upcoming Meetings:  It was decided that at the November meeting there will be a discussion of whether to have an end of year party/meeting either in December 2014 or at the beginning of January 2015 and what it would consist of, e.g.  celebration, recruiting, outreach, etc.

Puget Sound Kossacks:  Leonard, a leader on climate change within the Daily Kos national news blog, provided a summary of the Seattle and Puget Sound Kossack’s luncheon for Kshana Sawant last month and information about the November 8th luncheon for Joe Fitzgibbon, 34th Leg Dist, Dep Majority Whip and Chair of the Wash. State House Environment Committee.   It will be at the Pyramid Alehouse, 1201 First Ave S, 12:30-3:00.  Let Leonard know if you’d like to come.  Seats are limited.

Next Meeting on Nov 16th will be at Basilia’s with Mike facilitating and Karen taking notes.

Upcoming Priority Climate Actions.  Find one thing you can do here, or on the Cascadia Climate Action calendar.

Public Hearing on Oil Trains  @ Red Lion Inn, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr., Olympia, WA 98502  Thursday, October 30, 2014 – Rally at 5:00 pm, Hearing at 6:00

Called by Gov Inslee to listen to public input on new proposals to send up to 60 trains per day through Washington state and nearly 4000 additional takers each year, exposing people to the dangers of explosive fuel, oil spills, and hazardous coal dust.  Now is the time to be heard.  Tell state leaders that the threat is too big.

For more information:  Rein Attemann, Washington Environmental Council,  206/631-2625 or rein@mecprotects.org.  Find a bus in your community at: http://wecprotects.org/oil-transportation  RSVP online to attend the Olympia Hearing at tinyurl.com/Govtransport-Lacy  For more information see: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/oilMovement/index.html

Help get out the vote in key State legislative districts. 

Phone banks in Seattle: Oct 20, 22, 27. 29 and Nov 3rd from 5:30 – 8:00pm

Canvass in Bothell: Saturday October 25th from 9:30-2pm

RSVP at http://bit.ly/GreenSenateSignUp or email Seth Ballhorn at seth.ballhorn@sierraclub.org or call 206 378-0114 ext 319.

Election is: Nov 4th!  Be sure to vote and tell your friends to, also!

Opportunities for Public Comments on the Proposed Rules or Permits with Climate Impacts can be submitted through Dec 1, 2014.

EPA has proposed regulations that would cut carbon pollution from existing power plants by building on actions by states, cities and businesses already taking place across the country that involves a different mix of sources and opportunities.  For information on how to comment go to:  http://cascadiaclimateaction.org/public-comments/

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