EARTH ACTION IN THE NEWS
Welcome to the people who have joined recently. This is a simple weekly newsletter. Your participation is encouraged. Please share information and actions about climate change, climate justice, GMOs, toxic chemicals, and Earth-related topics.
If you wish to reduce email volume switch your membership to the digest or abridged version.
Please refrain from posting petitions or donation requests without OSC approval. Thank you for joining us.
Go to our Facebook and Twitter pages to share these articles where they are already posted.
If you are uncomfortable clicking on links in an email you can cut and paste the link into your browser.
The Yurok Tribe Is Using California’s Carbon Offset Program to Buy Back Its Land
Washington State plans to phase out new gas cars by 2030
This is one excellent solution for a bigger problem that can’t be solved this way. Continuing to over-consume resources doesn’t stop by switching to a different kind of car. We are at a turning point where we have to rethink how we are living on our planet. Urban planning that creates a natural lifestyle of working and shopping near where we live reduces the need for driving. Creating safe infrastructures for bicycle and pedestrian transportation, and public transportation systems that meet the majority of people’s needs – these are the solutions that are sustainable.
California Senate Fails to Advance Fracking Ban Bill
Newsom Declares Drought Emergency in 2 Counties as State Sees Fourth-Driest Year
PG&E lawyers challenge bulk of charges tied to 2019 Kincade fire in Sonoma County
Regulators blast PG&E for neglect in reducing wildfire risk
Regulators Impose New Oversight on PG&E After Utility Falls Short on Wildfire Safety Work
“A procession of speakers ripped PG&E for persisting in neglectful behavior that has put lives at risk, and driving up electricity rates to help pay for its reckless conduct. Many of the commenters also blasted regulators for lax oversight and urged they immediately rescind PG&E’s “license to burn,” as some described it.”
GMOs, GLYPHOSATE & TOXINS
Toxic and Radioactive: The Damage From Mining Rare Elements
LA’s Deadly Nuclear Nightmare Film: “Cancer Moves Faster than Bureaucracy” (audio)
“New documentary tells the story of how Melissa Bumstead came to spearhead the drive to clean up the radioactive, toxic site located just 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles.”
Pesticide Pollution in Recreational Lakes Documented
Indoor Dust Contains PFAS and Other Toxic Chemicals
Biden Refuses to Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline, Despite Campaign Pledges on Tribal Relations and Climate
Local Cops Said Pipeline Company Had Influence Over Government Appointment
PLASTIC & POLLUTION
Japan to Release Fukushima Wastewater Into the Pacific
How to stop discarded face masks from polluting the planet
“Personal protective equipment is made of plastic and isn’t recyclable. Now it’s being found everywhere on earth, including the oceans. The solution isn’t complicated: Throw them away.”
A sister group within Extinction Rebellion
GREEN NEW DEAL
A Reparative Politics for the Climate Crisis: A Roundtable
Haaland creates climate task force, pledges to address environmental injustices
Biden prepares sweeping order on climate-related risks
Hundreds of Companies Call for US to Slash Carbon Emissions
LEAK: EU to table ‘climate taxonomy’, leaving gas and nuclear for later
“Bioenergy is particularly sensitive for Nordic countries, who rely on biomass for a large share of their renewable energy consumption.”
Forest-based biomass (burning trees for electricity) is not renewable energy!
WAKE UP CALL
Underwater Robot Detects More Warm Water Beneath Antarctica’s Doomsday Glacier
Scientists Warn 4°C World Would Unleash ‘Unimaginable Amounts of Water’ as Ice Shelves Collapse
Climate Research Station Closes Due to Climate Crisis
Marine Life Is Fleeing the Equator to Cooler Waters – This Could Trigger a Mass Extinction Event
Algal Blooms Could Spew Lethal Toxins Into the Air, New Study Suggests
Scientists Alarmed at Surging Atmospheric Methane, CO2
THINK TANK & STRATEGY
Journalists Urged to Emphasize ‘Climate Emergency’
U.S., China Say They Will Cooperate to Tackle Climate Change
Ecotourism could help the ‘Amazon of North America’ recover. Here’s how.
Biden Wants the U.S. to Lead on Climate Action, But the World Needs Proof
Now Is Our Last Best Chance to Confront the Climate Crisis
We can’t wait for the big power and money interests to wake up and take action soon enough. The future is in our hands.
Food and Environmental Justice Groups Petition EPA to Regulate Dairy and Hog Methane
Farmers Are Leading India’s Biggest Social Movement in a Generation
The Environmental Implications of the Return to the Office
“A new tool can help companies measure workplace carbon emissions, and figure out if going remote is easier on the planet. “
Offshore wind is poised to take off in the U.S.—but it won’t be easy
How to Make Homemade Liquid Fertilizer by David The Good (video)
” This simple, effective recipe for homemade liquid fertilizer is highly customizable—so you can use whatever you have on hand!”
ENDING ON A POSITIVE
FireDrill Fridays With Jane Fonda (video)
Video podcast with Jane Fonda and youth climate activists
Call To Action!
We urge all groups including schools, neighborhood associations, organizations, clubs and groups of any kind to adopt a Climate Declaration. Adopt ours or write your own. Share your Climate Declaration with local governments, the media, write articles, and share information.
Occupy Sonoma County Climate Declaration
Occupy Sonoma County, along with concerned, forward thinking people all over the world, declares that climate change has reached catastrophic proportions as evidenced by the current level of CO2 in the atmosphere, the melting of polar ice caps, and the continual rising of global temperatures. This is a global emergency, and we must act immediately. We invite all forces of life to join together for our survival. We stand up for life.
We recognize that the root of climate change is a capitalist system run by money greedy corporations and the governments that they control. We actively oppose greenhouse gas producers, nuclear power investors, and fossil fuel companies by boycotting their products, developing alternatives, divesting from corporations that endorse them and insisting that governments at all levels take action. We call on all governments and corporations to adopt life-sustaining practices immediately.
The people must act now to stop this destruction from continuing and reverse the damage this has caused. The future is in our hands. We are the 99%!
What Earth Actions are you taking?
Occupy Sonoma County embraces the egalitarian, deep democracy principles of the Occupy Movement with a regional strategy for effectively organizing countywide social justice campaigns that are globally relevant.