Forward on Climate: 350 Silicon Valley...A Call to Action

by: GlenThePlumber

Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:44:15 PM EST



The Obama administration has done environmentalists a favor by delaying the Keystone XL pipeline decision until June. This will allow activists across the country extra time to raise awareness. Of course it would be easier if he just nixed the whole project, but he seems to like a slower, more reasoned approach with wide public support. This is why it is so important that we take it to the streets. He wants our voice... he wants our support. The Sierra Club, 350.org along with many other organizations are coming together next Sunday for the Forward on Climate rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC. If you can't make it to the DC event, worry not, chapters of 350.org have coordinated events in solidarity across the country.

GlenThePlumber :: Forward on Climate: 350 Silicon Valley...A Call to Action
Why is this important?

I hope by now many of you already understand why this is important so I won't bore you with the details, those can be found in my previous post 350.org: Do The Math or at 350.org's website. But I will add these facts: the Keystone XL pipeline during its expected lifetime will pump enough tar sands oil to push us over the 565 gigatons of CO2 limit that scientists have said will cause a life altering 2ºC rise in global temperatures. Our atmospheric CO2 concentrations have already exceeded the recommended safe level of 350 ppm, reaching 391 ppm, and Mother Nature has shown her disgust. Just turn on the news, every story of super-storms, drought, 130º temperatures in Australia, that's her telling us we have pushed too hard and it's time to turn things around. The time for action was 10, 20...maybe even 30 years ago, but we can't go back, all we have left is today, next Sunday and the near future to correct this problem. If we don't, Mother Nature will take her wrath out on our children, not some future generation, but our children of today.

350 Silicon Valley

350 Bay Area has opened a chapter in Silicon Valley with meetings in Palo Alto and Los Gatos. I would prefer it were called 350 Valley of Heart's Delight, returning to the Santa Clara valley I remember as a child. But the orchards and creeks are mostly gone, replaced by the corporate giants of the technology, small start-up tech companies and concrete flood-control systems. I do take some solace in the fact that maybe some of the Green technology needed to solve this problem may originate here. Although I don't see Silicon Valley as an overtly progressive area, many either already are or dream of striking it rich in this modern technology "gold rush," yet many here have strong socially and environmentally progressive ideologies. So I hope this will become a large and innovative chapter.

Join 350 Silicon Valley's first event as they head to San Francisco for the Forward on Climate rally. Click here to RSVP for the rally or here to signup for information of upcoming meetings.

Join a 350 near you...

Bill McKibben and 350.org has created a great organization with local chapters opening up around the globe. Not only can you get involved in national events such as Forward on Climate, but you can also work on local issues. Who knows, maybe your idea can takeoff across the country or around the world. Join or create a group near you, click here 350.org local.

Can't make it to DC? Find a solidarity rally near you...

California

Los Angeles
When: Sunday, February 17, 1:00 p.m.
Where: Start at the South-West Side of Paseo De La Plaza in Olvera St. (Between North Los Angeles St. & Main St.)
Destination: South side steps of City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Monterey
When: Sunday, February 17, 12-2 p.m.
Where: Window on the Bay Park, Del Monte Ave. at Camino El Estero
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

San Diego
When: Sunday, February 17, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Mission Bay Park Visitors Center, 2688 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 921095 and I-5 overpass
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

San Francisco
When: Sunday, February 17, 1-3 p.m.
Where: One Market Plaza, 1 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94105
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Colorado

Denver
When: Sunday, February 17, 11:30 a.m.
Where: March from Auraria Campus (900 Auraria Parkway) to Civic Center Parkway
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Illinois

Chicago
When: Sunday, February 17, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Grant Park (Michigan and Congress)
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Iowa

Ames
When: Sunday, February 17, 1 - 2 p.m.
Where: Brookside Park
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Iowa City, Davenport, and Dubuque
When: Friday, February 15
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Missouri

Fenton
When: Sunday, February 17, 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
What: Coalition teach-in on climate change in solidarity with the Forward on Climate Rally in DC.
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Montana

Bozeman
When: Sunday, February 17, 1 p.m.
Where: The library at 626 E. Main St.

Missoula
When: Sunday, February 17, Noon - 1 p.m.
Where: N. Higgins St. Circle, at the XXXs
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Oregon

Medford
When: Sunday, February 17, 1:00 p.m.
Where: 1 p.m. at the Medford Public Library (205 South Central Ave.) and 2:30 p.m. outside Porters Restaurant (147 N Front St.)
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Texas

Austin
When: Sunday, February 17, 2 p.m.
Where: 5th and Lamar, in front of Whole Foods
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Washington

Olympia
When: Sunday, February 17, 3: p.m.
Where: Heritage Park
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Seattle
When: Sunday, February 17, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Golden Gardens Park (8498 Seaview Pl. NW) with special guest speaker, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Have you ever seen the earth breath? It does...watch the carbon levels go up and down as the seasons change.

NASA Animation

NOAA Earth Systems Research Laboratory with carbon levels going back 800,000 years

More information on this topic: Watching Earth as it Breathes by jim in IA

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"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP

Grant Park on the 17th, sweet. (2.00 / 22)
i have my daughter that weekend, guess i just made a plan.

thanks Glen for the heads up and the toons.
Talking Heads rool!

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


yep...I'll be taking my little one to SF...she's 8...and very excited. (2.00 / 21)
n/t.

"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP

[ Parent ]
mine is 12 and it's amazing how aware she is. (2.00 / 20)
she scolded me a few months ago for idling while waiting for her classes to end. what could i say, 'sorry, you're right' was what i could muster as i shook my head.  

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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ha...kids...mine was begging me not to use a BOA atm... (2.00 / 20)
when I explained she would not get a hot chocolate if I had no cash...she backed off.

I later explained I do not bank there.

enjoy your day with your daughter. :7)

"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP


[ Parent ]
I'll have to peruse this diary later this evening, (2.00 / 22)
but I know the diarist, wait, I actually proof read it, I think it's good.

Love to all at MM, the highway is beckoning....

~r

" "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass... it is about learning to dance in the rain." ~ Vivanne Grenne "


Thank you, Glen. (2.00 / 21)
I love the idea of people taking their kids and grandkids to these events. The impact of what we accomplish in the next few years will be felt most keenly by them and their children.

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

Nurse Kelley - your comment reminds me of when my dad (2.00 / 21)
went with me to a Vietnam War peace vigil in the 1960's. Thanks for helping me find that in my memory banks. My stepsons were mostly grown when I came into their lives, but I am looking forward to taking my grandson to events that may help shape his views of the world.


I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.


-- Oscar Wilde


[ Parent ]
Thanks for this and especially (2.00 / 17)
for the video of the earth breathing. Wow!

both those videos are awesome...and scary. (2.00 / 16)
n/t.

"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP

[ Parent ]
I SO wish I could join you for the event. (2.00 / 16)
But a two-hour visit to the museum last week showed me just how difficult walking and standing are for me at the mo.

Still, I'll be cheering you on in advance at brunch. It will be such a treat to see you again!

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


On a tangential note, wonder if Obama (2.00 / 16)
will mention environmental issues in the State Of the Union tomorrow night.  

I would bet $10,000 that he will... (2.00 / 16)
and I don't gamble as a rule :-)

One person can make a difference if that one person is committed to making a difference. - James Hood

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I have no doubt he will. (2.00 / 16)
n/d.

"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP

[ Parent ]
Count on it, (2.00 / 11)
and also expect to hear about the Executive Order on cybersecurity.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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will you be writing about this..??..I'm not to up on the (2.00 / 10)
tech stuff...would have no way to understand the good from the bad.

I know it is a vital issue...and am glad to see Obama acting on it...worthless congress...it must be so frustrating for a serious politician.

"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP


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I will, no doubt. (2.00 / 7)
Complex issue to blog on, but I will probably write a piece for the ICS-ISAC. Will copy here.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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An EO is likely needed, though of course there are mixed feelings. (2.00 / 7)
Legistlature does not understand the issue well enough to craft proper legislation at this point. A push from the top may well be what is needed to crystallize a number of things.

Very interesting timing in all this, nationally and globally.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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This will be an awesome country-wide statement that is (2.00 / 5)
long overdue. I will be keeping up with the events via internet and eagerly awaiting first-person reports.

I have a tiny request for those that still read and even post at DK (I do, but very rarely these days). There is a diary that deserves attention that is part of the Forward On Climate blogathon they are doing over there - which is one of the best DK features (the blogathons are fantastic, no two ways about it). The man is a brand-new member and unknown, so his contribution is falling off the Recent list like a rock.

Please be kind and go tip and rec his diary. He speaks for a very cool-sounding group called Hip Hop Caucus, which targets young people, and is just the kind of voice any progressive blog should welcome warmly. Thanks!

Link:
ForwardOnClimate

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht


I agree 100%...great diary...great new diarist... (2.00 / 4)
I hope people support the blogathon...boatsie will post a diary every morning with the updated schedule.

http://www.dailykos.com/user/b...

"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP


[ Parent ]
I still think Keystone is the wrong target (2.00 / 1)
Stopping Keystone, which won't happen, does nothing to mitigate global warming. The tar sands oil will just get to a refiner another way to be turned into fuel which will be burned and continue to emit greenhouse gasses. Now if you have some magical way to get Canada to stop extracting it I could get behind that.

The only thing thing that will even remotely help reduce the speed at which global warming is progressing, it is too late to stop it, is reducing the demand for carbon based energy.

If you are going to chain your self to the White House fence do it demanding more wind and solar.  Do it to demand cap and trade. Do it to demand China get on board with cleaning up their coal plants.

" In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof. "


I don't disagree with the spirit of what you say...but... (0.00 / 0)
I see this more as a campaign of awareness.

and if stopped...it would slow down production in Canada.

reducing demand is key...I agree...but many Americans have shutdown in regards to CC...too much RW propaganda...too confusing...too scary...doesn't effect them directly...etc.

agree about cap and trade, wind, solar, etc...I hope this will raise awareness and understanding...along with the obvious evidence smacking people in the face...super-storms...drought...higher food prices...average people are starting to listen.

remember...most Americans are not news and/or political junkies like us.

regarding China...considering that aprx. 80% of the CO2 in the atmosphere today was put there by us...I think..."those who live in glass houses..."...fits...but we must act...personally...locally...nationally...globally.

I'm just a plumber...not a scientist...but I found this very scary...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/...  

"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP


[ Parent ]
We will agree to disagree (2.00 / 1)
"and if stopped...it would slow down production in Canada" No it won't. Has production slowed down without it so far? No they are producing more than ever. They just want a cheaper faster way to get it to refineries.

Look  I really see no need to even go beyond this. The pipeline is going to be approved. There is no legitimate reason for Obama not to approve it. Trans Canada has over come the initial objections of both the State Department and the states that the pipeline is going to cross. Next if he doesn't approve all the non news junkie Americans will hear is that Obama and the Democrats killed jobs. In a strong economy this would fade pretty quickly in a weak one with unemployment still too high it won't.

So I will continue to push to change habits to lower demand and not join in this battle.

" In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof. "


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