current actions we recommend

Hello Gov. Newsom- new oil and gas permits, seriously?

I’d like to share with you my personal story of confusion and anger.  — I heard  Governor Newsom on national news clearly define the catastrophic fires as a real time climate emergency. How does this square with the fact that Newsom is simultaneously greenlighting the expansion of the fossil fuel industry that is feeding the climate crisis and contributing to larger and faster fires. The folks at Greenpeace had the same response, Join in on tweeting, emailing, and calling, Gov. Newsom’s office now!  Thank you for taking action.  Christine for 350 Sonoma

Join me in tweeting at Governor Newsom demanding that he stop permitting the climate crisis and fueling these wildfires with more oil and gas permits!

Don’t have Twitter? Sign the petition to Governor Newsom. 

Keep Climate a Tier 1 Issue

Thanks to those that have signed our “Keep Climate a Tier 1 Issue” petition!  Please share with friends so that we can double our impact when sending this petition to local city and county officials.

Keep Climate a Tier 1 Issue

Add your voice and Join us in signing a petition to send to our local elected officials asking them to keep Climate as a Tier 1 Issue.  They are dealing with multiple crises, triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic and by the economic and political dysfunction of federal leadership. The list of pressing issues is indeed daunting, but relegating the climate crisis to a second tier concern is ill advised. Climate change is an overarching issue that needs to be at the center of every problem we address. Several of the jurisdictions in Sonoma County have wisely declared climate change an emergency, an existential threat that warrants immediate direct action. We must find ways to quickly decarbonize our energy system, regenerate our soils, and engage our community in new green jobs. In the process, we must examine social inequities and how we can best support every member of our community to survive and thrive in this perilous time. Perhaps most important, we must examine the way we make decisions and the protocols that slow progress unnecessarily.

Power the Polls!

America is facing a record shortage of poll workers.

As coronavirus continues to impact Americans across the country, we are also seeing a staggering decrease in poll workers — which could mean closed polling places and long delays for elections in 2020. You can help make sure we have a safe, fair, efficient election for all voters, and potentially get paid to do it

To read more or to fill out a simple application to work during the election go here

Sadly the California Single Use Plastic Ban legislation SB54/AB 1080 did not pass this year.

So we need  a new strategy to push back on the plastics industry who lobby hard to defeat these bills.   Brainstorm with us at our Sept 16th meeting on new strategies to end plastics pollution.  

If you haven’t yet, watch The Story of Plastic for an in-depth understanding of the intersection of plastic, the fossil fuel industry, chemical companies, social justice and our environment.  Go here for how to watch, a preview and so much more on plastic.  https://www.storyofplastic.org/

If we’re serious about taking on systemic racism, it’s time for a Constitutional Amendment to end this racist legacy of slavery.

If we’re serious about taking on systemic racism, it’s time for a Constitutional Amendment to end this racist legacy of slavery.

Watch 13th and/or sign Sen Jeff Merkley’s proposal to amend the 13th (no more inmate slaves)  There’s a straight line from convict leasing under the 13th Amendment in the 19th century to today’s mass incarceration. Ever since slavery was outlawed, the criminal justice system has disproportionately incarcerated Black Americans — and forced them to work for other peoples’ profits.

Sign the petition and demand Congress and the states pass a Constitutional amendment to ban slave labor in America.  https://www.jeffmerkley.com/petition/thirteenth-amendment/e/

13th Documentary summary:  Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

The documentary is available on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741

 or youtube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8

Keep Climate a Tier 1 Issue

Add your voice and Join us in signing a petition to send to our local elected officials asking them to keep Climate as a Tier 1 Issue.  They are dealing with multiple crises, triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic and by the economic and political dysfunction of federal leadership. The list of pressing issues is indeed daunting, but relegating the climate crisis to a second tier concern is ill advised. Climate change is an overarching issue that needs to be at the center of every problem we address. Several of the jurisdictions in Sonoma County have wisely declared climate change an emergency, an existential threat that warrants immediate direct action. We must find ways to quickly decarbonize our energy system, regenerate our soils, and engage our community in new green jobs. In the process, we must examine social inequities and how we can best support every member of our community to survive and thrive in this perilous time. Perhaps most important, we must examine the way we make decisions and the protocols that slow progress unnecessarily.

Ban Single Use Plastic

THE BILLS BANNING SINGLE USE PLASTICS (AB 1080 AND SB54) ARE TOP PRIORITY CLIMATE BILLS!  Take action before the Legislative Session ends on Aug 31. 

SB 54 and AB 1080 are companion bills requiring manufacturers and retailers in California to reduce single-use plastic packaging and products by 75 percent by 2030. After 2030, all single-use plastics sold in the state would need to be compostable or recyclable.

 WHY

  • Banning single use plastics is a critical step to a zero-emissions, zero-waste economy. 
  • Plastics are made from fossil fuel–from cheap by-products of fracking.
  • China no longer accepts cheap plastics for recycling. Plastic recycling is no longer an option.
  • Help vulnerable communities near plastic production facilities, highways used for shipping, and incinerators or landfills. 
  • Address the plastic boom caused by COVID-19
  • Provide financial relief for local governments that spend millions on litter clean up every year
  • Create thousands of green jobs in California

HOW TO TAKE ACTION

Click here for information on how to email your Senator or Assemblymember. This link also provides sample scripts to urge them to pass the Single Use Plastics bills into law. The offices have been overwhelmed with phone calls lately and have asked for constituents to email instead.

Click here for the social media toolkit!

Power the Polls!

America is facing a record shortage of poll workers.

As coronavirus continues to impact Americans across the country, we are also seeing a staggering decrease in poll workers — which could mean closed polling places and long delays for elections in 2020. You can help make sure we have a safe, fair, efficient election for all voters, and potentially get paid to do it

To read more or to fill out a simple application to work during the election go here

The Story of Plastic

Watch The Story of Plastic for an in depth understanding of the intersection of plastic, the fossil fuel industry, chemical companies, social justice and our environment.  Go here for how to watch, a preview and so much more on plastic.