OFA Marin Climate News and Events
We have sent a message echoing the Heine and Figueres plea to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Belle and Team
Each day there are more calamities reported but also resiliency in the marketplace (renewables, polar engineering). Note the drumbeat of local events for us to attend and support. Remember April 26 is deadline for getting comments to EPA on the repeal of the Climate Power Plan (see below for links). Belle
A busy week of climate events, including “Facing Climate Change 2018” on Sunday, March 11, where you can learn how to talk about climate change with a top-notch communicator, David Kunkhardt at 1344 Fourth Street, San Rafael, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. RSVP and get details here.
Outrages abound. “A Dark Day for Solar in the U.S: The Trump Administration is putting in place a 30% tariff on Chinese crystalline PV modules, kicking the global leading manufacturer in the shins, while hurting American jobs and solar businesses. David Kunhardt – (Download Statement).
We start the year with “It’s Not Too Late: A Climate Change New Year’s Resolution.”
“When it comes to climate, timing is everything,” the group, including former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, head of Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, wrote. “If we delay, the conditions for human prosperity will be severely curtailed.”
So, as 2018 begins, here are some of the goals for 2020 that the optimists presented:
- Boost the world’s renewable electricity generation to 30 percent of total supply.
- Begin to retire all remaining coal-fired power plants.
- Expand sales of electric vehicles to 15 percent of new cars.
- Provide $1 trillion in financing each year—public and private—for climate action.
Many really excellent articles but I single out: “How we know It Was Climate Change”, Noah Diffenbaugh and “Getting to 350: What Will It Take to Fix Global Warming”, Peter Montague.
And let’s support our colleague Peter Joseph:
Vote online for ‘Revenue Neutral Carbon Fee and Dividend.’ MIT Climate CoLab contest proposal developed by Marin group leader Peter Joseph of Citizens Climate Lobby. Read the proposal and vote here
We wish all of you a very happy holiday season. If you get a chance watch these interviews especially the one between Thomas Friedman and Governor Jerry Brown and Paul Hawken. We also salute today’s IJ Marin Voice “Make solar great again: say no to foreign tariffs.”
Belle and the Climate Team
Governor Jerry Brown figures prominently in several stories: he is in Paris at Macron’s Climate Summit, he is surveying fire damage in LA and is on “Sixty Minutes” taking on President Trump on climate: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-governor-whos-castigating-the-president-on-climate-change. Belle and Climate Team
We are pleased to report that our Firestorm: Climate Action forum on November 12 was recorded by Community Media Center of Marin (CMCM) and it will air soon on their community network channel. We will let you know when. Happy Holidays. Belle and Climate Team