current actions we recommend

Write Urgent letter to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the agency responsible for leasing on public lands, has entered the final phase of the process to hold a lease sale on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — with a lease sale expected as soon as January!

To make matters worse, BLM is refusing to accept any email comments on this destructive proposal threatening Indigenous sovereignty, struggling wildlife and our climate future — so let’s fill their mailbox! Letters need to be mailed by Thursday Dec. 10

 Arctic Refuge Lease Sale Letter Writing Guide

350Sonoma Priorities for climate action in Sonoma County

1.  Keep climate action and climate justice as a first-tier priority at county and city councils

2.  Waste Management/  Carbon sequestration

  • Zero Waste: diverting food waste from landfill, reducing plastic consumption,etc 
  • Wildland management
  • Carbon gardening/ farming
  • Local Compost facility

3.  Rapid transition to clean energy and no new fossil fuel infrastructure

  • All-electric requirements for new construction and major renovations
  • No new Gas lines to new construction
  • No new Gas stations
  • Microgrids on government land

Support Local Composting

Provide support for Renewable Sonoma (RS) at the Zero Waste Sonoma
(ZWS) Meeting on November 18 at 8:30 am where RS will provide an update on the compost project to the ZWS Board. This will be an online meeting:

Renewable Sonoma requests that you write a short letter before Nov. 18 emphasizing that we need our local compost facility back: our soil needs a local source of quality soil amendments. Renewable Sonoma with the experience of Sonoma Compost has the qualifications and trust of the community to deliver a product that will meet our local needs.
If you would like to attend the online meeting please contact Will Bakx at will@renewablesonoma.com to let him know you will be attending and making a short statement.

Please send letters before Nov 18 to:
Zero Waste Sonoma
Leslie Lukacs, Executive Director
2300 County Center Drive, Suite B-100

Undocufund

Contribute toUndocufund Anestimated 38,500 undocumented immigrants live andw ork in Sonoma County. They care for ourchildren and elderly, clean our homes, cook in our restaurants, maintain our yards andtend and harvest the grapes. These essential jobs do not offer sick leave, unemployment benefits ormedical benefits.  Undocufundwas established by a coalition – Graton Day Labor Center, North BayOrganizing Project and NorthBay Jobs for Justice – to support these neighbors and their families as they cope with theCovid-19 epidemic and the recent LNO Complex fires. Your donation ensures that familiesare able to shelter in place, have enough to eat and recover from the multiple crisesthat we are facing. You can donate at www.undocufund.org/donate.

Sonoma Co pledges to stop Investing in fossil fuels: yet they haven’t

In December, the Sonoma CountyBoard of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of a sociallyresponsible investing resolution. The resolution requests, in part,that county Treasurer Erick Roeser make no new or renewed investmentsin corporations financing fossil fuels and immigrant detentioncenters.  Yet Fossil Fuel investment is stillhappening:  As fires burn allaround us, we must recognize that we in essence are financing our owndemise through these investments. We must also come to grips with thefact that we cannot continue to remedy the costs of rebuilding fromnatural disasters with tax measures when our tax dollars aresimultaneously financing the fossil fuel industry.

It is imperative that electedofficials take a stand and act on this sooner rather than later;delaying divesting simply adds fuel to the fires.  Weare asking folks to contact their county supervisors and ask that theyapply pressure on the treasurer to assure that he abide by theSocially Responsible Investing Resolution that they all voted onunanimously last year.    bos@sonoma-county.org

Burned

Burning Biomass for fuel will not protect us fromwildfire! 

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Please watch this very importantfilm as soon as you can.  “BURNED: are trees the new coal?“ about thedevastating impacts of the biomass industry is available online. Biomass is being billed as clean, green and sustainable but it is justthe opposite, even more impactful than burning coal.https://burnedthemovie.com

Senator Feinstein introduces a flawed bill,S. 4431 “Emergency Wildfire andPublic Safety Act of 2020”  

Opposing organizations includingthe Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice,Natural Resources Defense Council, and National Parks ConservationAssociation, collectively representing millions of Americans,aresaying that rather than focusing on making our homes and communitiessafer, the bill would result in increased unregulated logging in areasfar from communities and callfor more biomass energy production. 

Read more here to find out why thebill will not do what it says it will do. 

PRESS RELEASE 

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)and Steve Daines (R-MT) have co-authored a bill, S.4431, the“Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020” which wouldincrease wildfire risks to communities and ignore environmental laws.Opposing organizations including the Sierra Club, Center forBiological Diversity, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council,and National Parks Conservation Association, collectively representingmillions of Americans,are saying that rather than focusing on makingour homes and communities safer, the bill would result in increasedunregulated logging in areas far from communities.

Congress needs to directly supportcommunities in hardening homes and creating defensible space, ratherthan spending hundreds of millions for increased logging efforts –which have exacerbated recent fires in the West in areas whereclear-cutting and thinning operations have removed the largest, mostfire-resistant trees. 

  1. 4431 is calling for more biomassenergy production, which spews carbon dioxide and other toxicbyproducts into the air by the ton. This bill completely ignores thevalue of forests as storehouses of carbon.  

Burning forest products in biomassplants is ineffective in protecting communities and forests duringwildfire, is expensive, while masquerading as clean energy, and relieson government subsidies, hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars, sofewer dollars are then available for making us safer. Spending more onbiomass would also take finite resources away from true clean energysources.

  1. 4431 is a discredited, unscientificinitiative that will take us in the wrong direction. It is not a climate solution, will causeheavy increases in carbon released into the atmosphere and willdrastically reduce the ability of forests to store and sequestercarbon. The top fire scientists have shown us that we need to focus ondefensible space and on creating and maintaining fire-safe homes. Thisbill needs to be completely modified, focusing on protecting homes andcommunities.

Editors: For further info pleasecontact Jenny Blaker, jennyb01@wllw.net, 707792 4422

 Please contact yoursenators: Let them know you opposeS4431. 

 Joe_Petrzelka@feinstein.senate.gov (DC staff for Feinstein) or202-224-3841

Isaac_Irby@harris.senate.gov   or202-224-3553 Senator Harris who is sponsoring a better bill S.2882 –“The Wildfire Defence Act “

 Bryan_Petit@energy.senate.gov (Demstaff for Senate ENR)  


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 withfriends so that we can double our impact when sending thispetition to local city and county officials.

Keep Climate a Tier 1 Issue

Add your voice andJoin us in signing a petition to send to our local electedofficials asking them to keep Climate as a Tier 1 Issue.  They are dealingwith multiple crises, triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic and by theeconomic and political dysfunction of federal leadership. The list ofpressing issues is indeed daunting, but relegating the climate crisisto a second tier concern is ill advised. Climate change is anoverarching issue that needs to be at the center of every problem weaddress. Several of the jurisdictions in Sonoma County have wiselydeclared climate change an emergency, an existential threat thatwarrants immediate direct action. We must find ways to quicklydecarbonize our energy system, regenerate our soils, and engage ourcommunity in new green jobs. In the process, we must examine socialinequities and how we can best support every member of our communityto survive and thrive in this perilous time. Perhaps most important,we must examine the way we make decisions and the protocols that slowprogress unnecessarily.

Power the Polls!

America is facing a recordshortage of poll workers.

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

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