Dear Friends: We start out with the cheerful words of our Supervisor, Damon Connelly, in Saturday’s Marin Voice (7/1/18).

Much that makes this ‘Greatest County Fair on Earth’ 

By Damon Connolly

We hold the bragging rights as the Greenest County Fair on Earth with our solar-powered carousel, commitment to water conservation and a record 94 percent waste diversion to compost and recycling. Thanks

Belle and climate team

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Demonstrators protest EPA chief Scott Pruitt during S.F. visit

Pruitt also met with Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, to talk about “cooperative federalism, car and truck greenhouse gas standards,” and the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, Daniell said.

Global Warming in South Asia: 800 Million at Risk – The New York Times

1 day ago - Climate change could sharply diminish living conditions

Climate change could sharply diminish living conditions for up to 800 million people in South Asia, a region that is already home to some of the world’s poorest and hungriest people, if nothing is done to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, the World Bank warned Thursday in an ominous new study.

If You Really Want to Curb Migration, Get Serious About Climate Change

By Lauren Markham, June 29, 2018

“…Long before the unconscionable family-separation catastrophe at our southern border, President Trump had made the battle against illegal immigrants the rallying cry of his campaign and administration. He wants to lock up more immigrants — including toddlers — as a deterrent while casting all new unauthorized immigrants as potential, if not probable, violent criminals. Simultaneously, the president’s team has taken on the environment, doing nearly everything it can to walk back decades of regulation intended to protect our air, water and land. Last June, Mr. Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accord. Meanwhile, Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is doggedly eviscerating the agency he runs.

Today, according to global relief agencies, over 68 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes, often because of war, poverty and political persecution. As a writer, I focus largely on issues of forced migration. The hundreds of migrants I’ve interviewed in the past few years — whether from Gambia, Pakistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Yemen or Eritrea — are most often leaving because of some acute political problem at home. But I’ve also noticed something else in my years of reporting. If you talk to these migrants long enough, you’ll hear about another, more subtle but still profound dimension to the problems they are leaving behind: environmental degradation or climate change.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that since 2008, 22.5 million people have been displaced by climate-related or extreme weather events. This includes tragedies like the widespread famine in Darfur, monsoons and flooding in Bangladesh and the catastrophic hurricane in Puerto Rico. The more out of whack our climate becomes, the more people up and leave their homes. As our world heats up and sea levels rise, the problem of forced migration around the world is projected to become far worse.

And in refusing to take climate change or responsibility for our planet seriously, the Trump administration is encouraging the conditions that will increase unauthorized migrations to the United States and elsewhere.

A huge stretch of the Arctic Ocean is rapidly turning into the Atlantic. That’s not a good sign

By Chris Mooney

The divide between Atlantic and Arctic isn’t just geographical, it’s physical. And the physics are changing.

Climate change has turned Peru’s glacial lake into a deadly flood timebomb

Lake Palcacocha is swollen with water from melting ice caps in the Cordillera Blanca mountains. Below, 50,000 people live directly in the flood path.

Anti-fossil fuel candidates come out winners in party primaries

Democratic nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has one of the most ambitious climate plans.

An impressive list of anti-fossil fuel and pro-climate action candidates won party primaries on Tuesday night, indicating that environmental issues could receive greater attention in this fall’s general elections, especially as lawmakers devise plans to counteract the Trump administration’s anti-environment policies.

Environmental progress could stall with new court

Rules face murky future without Kennedy’s vote

The retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy next month is likely to reshape the high court to the detriment of the environment, legal experts say, potentially limiting progress on such issues as climate change and clean water, even in California, where leaders have long pursued an environmental agenda independent of Washington.

Although a refashioned Supreme Court could theoretically undo the landmark 2007 Massachusetts vs. EPA decision, the case that gave federal regulators the power to curb greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and for which Kennedy cast the key vote, many legal experts don’t see a repeal coming.

The court’s preference is to waver as little as possible on legal issues, and conservative Chief Justice John Roberts has already said he views the case as a precedent. But the nine-judge body could choose to limit just how much the EPA can flex its climate muscle.

U.S. cuts to global climate funding take a steep toll

As the Trump administration scales back aid, developing countries suffer.

The United States has halved its contribution to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the first time in nearly 30 years, India Climate Dialogue reported on Friday. In 2014, the United States gave $546 million to the GEF, which convenes an assembly once every four years.

Hold the Date: Saturday, September 15, 7:00 pm, College of Marin

Time to Lead on Climate and Drawdown Marin are honored to present

An Affiliate Event of the Global Climate Action Summit:


Christiana Figueres

Chief Architect of the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement

‘Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington’

In conversation with UC Berkeley Professor Daniel Kammen

Contributor to the Nobel-Prize-Winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Joined by Congressman Jared Huffman, Marin Supervisors Kate Sears & Damon Connolly, Novato Mayor Josh Fryday, and Cameron Evans, Marin School of Environmental Leadership,

discussing how citizens & communities here & everywhere can help meet global climate goals

Marin Climate Action Showcase at 5:30, sampling local organic food, drink and activism


Ticket sales start Mid-July at the lead on climate website



Other Events (source: Sustainable San Rafael, enews&events, July 1, 2018)

Thursday, July 19:

Climate Change Action Plan 2030!! 

Proposed revisions to San Rafael’s landmark Climate Plan targeting 40% less greenhouse gas by 2030 will be presented and discussed. Come add your thinking.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

City Hall (upper conf. room)

1400 5th Ave., San Rafael

Keep Ample Downtown Seating & Trees 

Almost all the speakers at recent meetings of the Design Review Board and Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee objected to reducing seating on 4th Street, and most supported gradual replacement of street trees with a different species of about the same size. Voice your concerns by writing the City Council.

Don’t Miss this Chilling Summer Movie . . .

with climate change playing a major role: ‘First Reformed’ is playing at the Regency Theater in Terra Linda and will probably end soon.

  Thursday, July 12: ‘The High Cost of Free Driving.’  SPUR brown bag forum on the possibilities for VMT fees and other pricing policies to improve overall transportation.  654 Mission St., San Francisco.  $10 non-members. Also consider ‘Planning for the Housing California Needs,’ on July 27.  Calendar.

Zero Hour Bay Area March for Youth Rights

Start: July 21, 2018 – 12:00 p.m.

ICE Headquarter

630 Sansome Street

San Francisco, CA 94941

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