Welcome to 350Marin - Climate Change Advocacy in Marin

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Please visit our new website at 350marin.org!

If you couldn't make it to our "Inspiration from Standing Rock: Getting Active" event on Jan. 27th with Barbara Clifton Zarate, you can see her inspiring talk that night now by clicking HERE.

Now you can see the video of our Aug. 24th event "Eating Our Future, or Feeding Our Health….the Climate Diet Connection" with Dr. Michael Klaper on your computer right HERE...

PLUS...350Marin's youth chapter, part of 350 Bay Area's BAYCA, facebook page, is a completely youth-led group, with the goal of taking action on climate change. Please contact Rose Strauss at rosey.strauss@gmail.com to join/get info or sign-up on the 350 Bay Area website HERE.

AND...Did you miss Bill McKibben and Bay Area Millenials speaking at our packed Oct. 21st event? You can watch it HERE. Also, see what Bill had to say about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at 23:45 into the video.

Check out the new list of Marin Resources for Taking Action on Climate HERE!

Upcoming Actions You Can Do:

Apr. 3 - May 15th: Tell your city and the County of Marin to use 100% Clean Energy! MORE >>

Ongoing: Make it Costly for Banks that Invest in Fossil Fuel Pipelines!! MORE >>

Wendy Johnson to Discuss the Spiritual and Moral Connections to Climate Change

Join us on September 15 for the next Community Meeting. We will have great news, hopefully, on the two major climate bills in the legislature, and information and activities related to the COP Meeting in Paris in December.

Wendy Johnson, Zen meditation teacher and author of Gardening at the Dragon's Gate, will be our featured speaker. Wendy will dialogue with us about the "roots" of the spiritual and moral connection to the changing climate while looking at the increasing discussions about social and economic justice and how they are related to the Pope's Encyclical and his visit to the US. She will also discuss how to take care of our own spirits while dealing with it all.

Read more and RSVP here.

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University of California sells $200 mln holdings in coal, oil sands firms

UC BerkeleyThe University of California's chief investment officer on Wednesday said it has sold off about $200 million of direct holdings in coal and oil sands companies, which he said were no longer good investments for the university's $98.2 billion fund.

Chief Investment Officer Jagdeep Bachher said slowing global demand, an increasingly unfavorable regulatory environment pose insurmountable challenges for coal mining companies.

The profitability of companies focused on developing crude from Canadian oil sands has also fallen amid low global oil prices, Bachher said, making those companies increasingly risky investments.

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Urgent Action Needed to Pass Climate Bills

Can you make some calls (this weekend, Monday and Tuesday) to stop Big Oil from derailing California's climate laws?

California State CapitolSB 32 and SB 350, which would extend California's groundbreaking climate programs through 2030, and dramatically increase clean energy and efficiency while cutting petroleum use, have one hurdle to clear before becoming law: a vote by the state Assembly. The oil industry is spending millions of dollars to scare voters and mislead lawmakers, and we need your help to stop them.

Can you take an hour or two this week to call voters whose Assembly members are on the fence? We’re asking them to call their Assembly members and urge them to do what is right for public health, jobs, and the climate by voting yes on SB 32 and SB 350. Let’s get our friends in critical Assembly districts to flood the phone lines!

To volunteer: contact Lisa Altieri of 350 Bay Area (laltieri12@gmail.com) and we’ll get you set up with a script and all the information you need to make phone calls from home.

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One Down. Two to Go

The California Assembly has passed SB 185, SB 32 and SB 350 will be voted on in the next few days.

California passes bill forcing biggest pension funds to divest from coal

California lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday requiring the state’s two largest pension plans to divest their holdings in thermal coal as part of a push this legislative session to address climate change.

“Coal is the fuel of the past and it’s no longer a wise investment for our pensioners,” said assemblyman Rob Bonta, who presented the bill before the assembly, in a statement. “I’m pleased that my colleagues agree: it’s time to move on from this dirty energy source.”

SB 185, also called “Investing with Values and Responsibility”, passed the state assembly by a vote of 43-27, mostly along party lines with some Democrats abstaining. It will now head to the governor’s desk to be signed into law – Governor Jerry Brown has expressed strong support for the climate change package and will probably formalize the bill in coming days.

Read more at The Guardian

Additional coverage at the LA Times

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Speak Out for a Clean Energy Future

no_fracking_rally.jpgWith your help, two of most important climate change bills in this country could pass in the California legislature in the next two weeks.  They send a very strong message to the country and the world about California's leadership in setting new targets for reducing emissions and moving to clean energy solutions. Please call or email Marc Levine, our Assembly Member, to say you want him to vote Yes on SB 32 and SB 350.

There's more information about the bills and contact info for Marc Levine  here.

Thanks for your help in letting him know we want real climate leadership in Sacramento.

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