Joe Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate is scheduled for April 22nd, when the United States government is likely to release a new climate pledge titled a “Nationally Determined Contribution.” President Biden has invited 40 world leaders to participate in the summit to build international will for climate action. This updated climate pledge will shape federal targets, conversations, and policies for years to come. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that average global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if current warming trends continue. In other words, the global community has less than 12 years left to limit emissions. We must be as ambitious as possible to ensure we stop the trajectory of the climate crisis. Public officials and environmental groups are asking for a 50+% reduction of emissions by 2030, which is not ambitious enough\. In response, youth organizations across the United States have come together to create a Youth Climate Pledge. We deserve a future to look forward to, where all communities can thrive. Sign the petition to demand a pledge that is just and equitable to combat the climate crisis! The US Youth Demand that the US
- Reduce 75% of its emissions by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2040.
- Implement climate solution projects that are consultative and equitable, and center highly impacted communities such as Black, Indigenous, People of Color; youth, women and girls; transgender and non-binary individuals; low-income people; and people that have disabilities.
- Declare a national climate emergency and use the power of existing laws to expedite our transition away from fossil fuels.
- Deploy financial resources to communities to enable a Just Transition. Economic justice is climate justice!
- Protect the Black, Indigenous, Brown, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and working-class communities that are disproportionately harmed by the climate crisis.
- Recognize and uplift Indigenous and local knowledge and use it to inform decision-making.
- Intentionally create positions for young people, age 35 and younger, in decision-making processes and as consulted parties for climate planning and solutions proposals.
- Enable the capacity for just and equitable climate action with the Paris Agreement’s Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) agenda, which recognizes the importance of an informed and active society in decision-making. The US shall create an ACE strategy and appoint a Youth National Focal Point.
- Mandate a rapid phase-out of fossil fuels that is equitable for all communities and avoids economic and financial instability. All future fossil fuel projects should not be approved.
- Phase-down fossil fuel production and supply to avoid “locking-in” future use of those fuels.
- Reinstate the ban on US crude oil exports worldwide.
- Foster a sustainable Gulf region and stop environmental racism and environmental degradation.
- Stop all new petrochemical project development on the Gulf Coast and throughout the country.
- Provide resources (financial, technological) to developing countries so they are able to respond to the climate crisis.
Join the Unitarian Universalist Association, UU Ministry For Earth, UU Service Committee and Love Resists for a letter writing campaign to show solidarity with Steve Martinez, a NoDAPL political prisoner who has been recently incarcerated after refusing to face a grand jury for a second time. Steve, an Indigenous water protector, was first subpoenaed to a federal grand jury in 2017 for his participation in the NoDAPL resistance movement and refused to comply then as now. This recent targeting came as a disconcerting surprise to many who have been supporting water protector political prisoners for the past four years. On the call, hear from Water Protectors and UU organizers about Steve’s current legal situation, and write your own letter to Steve and other NoDAPL political prisoners. Register here Another way to support is to DONATE to Steve Martinez’s GoFundMe.
Electric Vehicles: the Impacts and Realities, with Landscape Architect Robert Colón, March 25, 5 pm, online.
Electric Vehicles are touted as a key component to solving our climate crisis. Many consumers are jumping on the EV bandwagon, and companies like Amazon are building a fleet to ship goods by electric truck. Likewise, national environmental organizations are pushing EVs as key to lowering GHG emissions and transitioning to a green economy. But are EVs a real climate solution? They can be, but ONLY if they coincide with mode shift from roads to rail, mass transit and passenger rail development, redesign of communities, battery recycling technology, and mitigation of lithium mining impacts. Anything short of these co-occurring developments is contrary to the Green New Deal vision. We need to ask:
- How do we avoid trading one extractive model with another?
- How do we center community self-determination and localization, instead of furthering the worst aspects of globalization?
- How do we invest in public works in a way that is just, reduces harms, and addresses historic harms?
Conversation with Sam Mace of Save Our wild Salmon and Elliott Moffett and Julian Matthews of the Niimipuu/Nez Perce, Feb. 18, 1 pm
Earlier this month, U.S. Representative Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) released a visionary proposal to restore abundant salmon and steelhead to our region and strengthen Northwest communities. Join Backbone Campaign to discuss what this means for wild salmon and the regional economy, in a Conversation with Sam Mace of Save Our wild Salmon and Elliott Moffett and Julian Matthews of the Niimipuu/Nez Perce.
Thursday, Feb. 18th 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern RSVP TODAYWe celebrate Representative Simpson's courage. The people of the Pacific NW have shifted culture by taking visible actions to protect what we love, because the fate of our beloved resident orca depends on salmon from the Columbia-Snake River ecosystem. By breaching the dams - removing the earthen berm barriers impeding a free flowing Snake - scientists believe we can significantly impact runs of wild salmon. These salmon are critical food for the Salish Sea's resident orca. We have always acknowledged that the farmers and shippers who depend on the River need to be part of a recovery plan: Hear some of our talking points in this short video at a Human Orca Mural we did in Spokane. Learn more about Grain Train and how it can help farmers along the Snake in this Conversation we had with Ken Casavant, awhile back. Check out Rep Simpson's Legislative Framework Stay updated on this issue with our friends at Save Our wild Salmon Check out the extensive article by Lynda Mapes of the Seattle Times Thanks to Representative Simpson's leadership - as well as much work by grassroots organizers, including Elliott Moffett, Julian Matthews (Nimiipuu/Nez Perce); Joseph Bogaard and Sam Mace (SOS); Michelle Seidelman in Portland; and many others, we are celebrating the future of a wild Snake River, with benefits for all.
Climate change promises not to be kind on anyone, least of all on us in the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. Time and time again, we have witnessed the disproportionate and disastrous impacts of climate change on communities of color – whether it is from storms, floods, heat waves, or the everyday injustices, amplified by the challenges faced by people of color and exacerbated by unique circumstances of marginalization or pandemics such as Covid.
A small group of us, working collaboratively with the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, are moved to form a new community: A BIPOC caucus focused on the intersections of racial, environmental and climate injustices. Our thinking is inspired by the UU Seventh Principle (respect for the interdependent web of all existence) and the Eight Principle (accountably dismantle racism and all other oppressions).
This is a call to invite all people who identify as belonging to any of the communities of color to join hands and gather to reflect on the current moment of climate emergency, exchange our aspirations and learn how our UU values can strengthen our commitments. Paula Cole Jones and Rashid Shaikh are honored to take on the inaugural planning of this caucus (see bios below). The dates and proposed topics for discussion of the initial meetings are given below. If you fill out this form, we will gladly send you details about how to join the meetings on Zoom. The BIPOC Caucus will feature presentations and opportunities to work in small groups.
Thursday, February 18 at 5pm PT/ 6 MT/ 7CT/ 8ET Connecting with the UU 7th and 8th Principals
Thursday, March 18 at 5pm PT/ 6 MT/ 7CT/ 8ET Lessons from the book Justice on Earth Session 3:
April – Date TBD The Green New Deal and the Biden Plan on ClimateRegister here for more information. In solidarity, Paula Cole Jones and Rashid Shaikh
We've done it!! Extinction Rebellion demands that the changes to avert climate disaster be decided by People's Assemblies that are not attached to party politics.
The WA Climate Assembly will focus on answering the following question:
How can Washington State equitably design and implement climate mitigation strategies while strengthening communities disproportionately impacted by climate change across the State?
Stay tuned for Assembly meeting details for the 2021 WA Climate Assembly.
Assembly Meeting Schedule
6:00pm - 8:00pm, Tuesday, January 12 Add to Calendar
- Learning Session 1: Introduction to climate change and climate mitigation
10:00am - 1:00pm, Saturday, January 16
- Learning Session 2: Social issues & climate mitigation,
6:00pm - 8:00pm, Tuesday, January 19
- Learning Session 3: Environment & climate mitigation
10:00am - 1:00pm, Saturday, January 23
- Learning Session 4: Economic issues & climate mitigation
6:00pm - 8:00pm, Tuesday, January 26
- Learning Session 5: Technology issues & climate mitigation
10:00am - 1:00pm, Saturday, January 30
- Learning Session 6: Political issues & climate mitigation
6:00pm - 8:00pm, Tuesday, February 2
- Learning Session 7: Climate action and just transitions / Bringing it all together
10:00am - 1:00pm, Saturday, February 6
Are you a middle or high schooler? Do you know anyone in middle or high school? Join us for Sunrise Winter Camp, a week of trainings (starting Monday, December 28th!) hosted by the Sunrise School Hubs of WA to grow the movement we need to make this the Decade of the GREEN NEW DEAL! We must hold the Biden administration accountable for bold climate action. We don’t have time to play around. This is about our lives. Are you with us? By starting a hub at your school, you’ll be ready. By coming to Winter Camp, you’ll be ready. Let’s go! Who: Middle or high school students in Washington state When: Monday, Dec. 28th - Friday, Jan. 1st, from 1-3pm each day with breaks in between Location: Virtual over Zoom! SIGN UP HERE More info here
The UU Young Adults for Climate Justice, UUA Green Sanctuary Program, Elders Climate Action, & UU Ministry for Earth are collaborating to host a series of intergenerational climate justice dialogues. The first session occurred in November, but it’s not too late to sign up for the remaining two sessions in January and March. Sign up here.
The Washington State Senate will be meeting virtually this year and next. In preparation for the session that begins in January, the Senate Environment Committee met virtually on December 1, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. The following topics were be discussed:
What's Next: Moving Into the Great Turning WWFOR Fall Retreat, November 21, 2020If you have already registered, but have NOT received the login information by email, then click the link above and register again! Computer gremlins have prevented us from tracking registrations between 10/27/20 and 11/11/20. Participate and listen to leaders working for racial justice, climate action, the end of nuclear weapons, and an equitable, sustainable society. A four hour Zoom schedule is planned, beginning at 9am, running until 1pm with “breakout sessions” and musical interludes included. Speakers will include: FOR-USA Director, Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson, equity and social justice consultant Dr. Karen Johnson, Backbone Campaign co-founder Bill Moyer, and a panel of young activists from the Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship. More
How can organizers of nonviolent mass protest actions help ensure those actions won't be "hijacked", and thus made less effective, by violent flanks, outside groups, and covert provocateurs? How can we help ensure that health guidelines are followed during protests, to minimize the risk of harm from a deadly virus? Basic Training for Peace Teams: Keeping Non-Violent Discipline October 25, 6:30 to 8:30 pm Dr. Tom Hastings, of Portland State University Conflict Studies Program and Adam Vogal of Portland Peace Team will provide a Zoom training on basic peacekeeping and de-escalation theory and skills to keep mass protests nonviolent. This training is designed for those who want to be trained to serve in a "peace team."
This Saturday, September 26th from 5-8pm, Sunrise Seattle will be holding a hub strategy session. If you have an interest in helping our hub to craft a strategy for the months leading up to January 2021, we would love for you to join us! You can register here.
Why: We’ve done amazing work since Sunrise Seattle began, especially in the last few months. In order to continue showing up for the uprising for Black Lives and other movements across the city and organizing our generation, and do it even bigger and better over time; we need to unify our work around a long-term strategy. We need a clearer vision for how the Seattle hub will work towards building people power, political power, and the people’s alignment for a Green New Deal this fall, and Sunrise National just released a toolkit to help us do just that.
How: We'll be having a participatory session open to our entire hub, and we're also setting up systems for everyone to give input without having to make the meeting. To facilitate that, we're sharing the agenda for the strategy session, a shorter version of the Sunrise National Fall Strategy Guide, and an example strategy so every member can be involved and propose strategies.
There will be 3 more days for people to develop proposals for strategies or specific goals. These proposals will be discussed in the first strategy session to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and develop our hub strategy and goals.
Once we have a first draft of our hub's strategy, it will be posted in the #strategic_planning_session channel on our Slack, and hub members will have a week to provide feedback in that Slack channel before our second strategy session, where we'll incorporate any feedback and come up with a final strategy. (Slack is a messaging tool we use to share ideas and collaborate - everyone is welcome to join.)
Please join the #strategic_planning_session channel on our Slack! The channel will be a place where people can discuss strategy, view other proposals, and build off each others’ ideas. Even if you can't come to the strategy session, you can develop proposals or explain your vision for our hub this fall in that channel, and your contributions will be taken into consideration during our planning session.
Excited but unsure of how to draft your own strategy proposal?: The Sunrise National fall strategy guide is a great resource for drafting your own proposals. In addition, our Trainings Team put together a document explaining the Act-Recruit-Train cycle that Sunrise uses, our theory of change, and key questions to keep in mind when drafting a proposal for a strategy or goal.
The 2020 General Assembly Ware Lecture, held online, featured remarks on the Green New Deal by Naomi Klein. She has authored books on the economy and climate change, including This Changes Everything, and attended the 2015 Convention of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which negotiated the Paris Agreement. Klein's Ware Lecture noted that the COVID pandemic has changed many people's orientation to change, and opened possibilities for addressing climate, economic and racial issues. The Green New Deal is designed to address these issues on a multi-tasking basis, Klein notes, and would provide a framework for government policy in a post-COVID world. Klein commends UUs for our "respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part," our Seventh Principle. Although she does not explicitly mention it, UUA has endorsed the Green New Deal and our actions will fulfill many of its goals. The Ware Lecture by Naomi Klein can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/showcase/7462757/video/433421388
It’s finally here. WINNING THE GREEN NEW DEAL is out in the world today! If you haven’t yet picked up a copy, you can get one here.
I am so excited to share this book with everyone. Guido and Varshini worked very hard to gather brilliant people together and make this the definitive guide for what the Green New Deal is, why we need it, and how we win it. This book is a chance for us as Sunrisers to reground in what we’ve been working toward and an opportunity to invite others into the movement in a new and exciting way.
Side With Love 5-Session Series, "Taking A Collective Breath: Deepening our alignment with the Movement for Black Lives" Begins August 11, 2020
We invite you to participate in Taking A Collective Breath: Deepening our alignment with the Movement for Black Lives, a five-session series built around the elements of the BREATHE Act. The webinars will explore the components of the BREATHE Act and utilize its structure as a way to focus our energies to effectively support ongoing racial justice work. Come learn and build with local and national partners who are shaping conditions to make liberation possible. This is an invitation to locate yourself in this moment as well, we each have a role to play.
Our Climate Leaders Live! series is back (August 13th, 10:00 am) with a look at the future of the built environment.
While they don't move, buildings still emit pollution and emissions from buildings are growing at a faster rate than any other source of carbon pollution in Washington. Why? This increase is largely due to our use of fossil gas in homes and buildings (called "natural" gas by utilities). Burning fossil gas not only contributes to climate emissions, but also poses significant health risks for our communities, including children and other vulnerable people. But there is good news! Many cities across the country are increasingly looking to ensure all new buildings are powered solely by electricity. Electrifying buildings is critical to addressing climate change; it is also achievable, affordable, healthy, safe, and creates a more resilient energy system.
This webinar will look at the use of gas in buildings, its impacts on our health (especially indoors), climate, and the prospects and implications of phasing it out.
Join Climate Solutions and guests to hear about action taking place around the state, why we need it, and what comes next.
Food is a basic need, and healthy local food should be a fundamental right. At the heart of the food system is the seed. Our current food system is so broken - in most all ways. Join Backbone for two events, this Friday and next Wednesday. We will talk about the effects of racism and colonization on our food system and how those oppressive systems relate to growing a garden and saving your seeds.
Scroll down for detailed info on each virtual event and to register.1. Backbone is honored and grateful to host a conversation with Farmers Lawrence Jenkins and Aleta Haskins, of The Circle of Life Gardens: Friday, June 26th, 11:30am (Pacific). 2. Following on our Conversation is a Virtual Workshop on Seed Saving: Wednesday, July 1st, 4pm (Pacific).
Join UUs for a Just Economic Community for a webinar:Climate Crisis, like COVID-19, is a Global Health Threat; & Managing the Health Effects of the Climate Crisis. Thursday June 11, 5:00 pm PDTTo join our Webinar, please click here.
Brief Bio: Julia Ying is a volunteer public speaker trained by former US Vice President Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project. She is Co-Chair of the Climate Reality Northern New Mexico Chapter. She is also a member of 350 Santa Fe. She is a retired General Medical Practitioner from Sydney Australia, and is a happy grandmother to 5 grandchildren. She is now living in Los Alamos, NM. She is passionate about taking care of Mother Earth, to preserve the beauty of nature she loves, and to know her grandchildren can grow up in a safe, sustainable world.
Julia Ying can be contacted on: climaterealitynnm@gmail.
com Website: ClimateRealityNNM. org
Too often the argument “How can we possible pay for it?” stops any further discussion of implementing the Green New Deal. Join UUJEC for a webinar on how to change conventional thinking. A “can do” attitude can make impressive headway, both against global warming and the social, economic, political gridlock that stymies us.
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Adam Wasserman, host; Thursday, May 14, 5 pm PDT
Buildings have a big impact on climate, and cities can shrink that impact. Find out how at this event! Saturday, May 2, 9:30 - 11:00 am PDT. Additional Q&A: 11:00 - 11:30 am PDT Join us to hear Vincent Martinez and Erin McDade, national leaders in this field, describe the work that their organization, Architecture 2030, has done with a few U.S. cities to address the buildings emissions challenge through public policies.
gas emissions of buildings can be significantly reduced. We will also hear a report from the City of Bellingham's Climate Action Task Force on policy actions their city is taking to reduce the impacts of buildings.
Did you know that in our nation, buildings:
* are responsible for over 40% of our energy consumption
* use over 75% of the power on the electrical grid, and
* account for over a third of all greenhouse gas emissions?
But cities can reduce building emissions--learn more in this Webinar.
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organizing and paying for this event. Many other climate-focused groups are
helping promote it. Thank you!