Welcome to 350Marin - Climate Change Advocacy in Marin

This is out old website, no longer maintained!

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 >>

Naomi Klein on Canada's New Climate Movement

This is a speech given by Naomi Klein on May 21st in downtown Toronto, at a press conference announcing the upcoming March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate on July 5. You can find a transcript of the speech here.

350Marin is in the planning stages of a march and rally in support of the Canadian action. Email info@350Marin.org if you are interested in being involved.

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Senate Passes California Climate Leadership Bills

Legislative Package Underscores California’s Global Leadership in Tackling Climate Change and Building Renewable Energy Economy

Divest from Coal - Support SB 185The Senate today approved package of unprecedented measures to establish new environmental and energy standards that will spur innovation and economic growth, protect the state’s environment, and make renewable energy and clean technology accessible to all Californians.

“This package of bills represents the most far reaching effort to fight climate change in the history of our nation. These bills put California on path to sustainable economic growth, while also protecting the health of our communities,” said Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León of the accomplishment.

Environmental degradation and air pollution often disproportionately impacts underserved communities in rural and urban settings, Senator De León said during the presentation of his measure, SB 350, the Golden State Standards.

SB 350 calls for 50-percent reduction in petroleum use, 50-percent greater energy efficiency in buildings, and 50-percent of California’s electricity supply to be derived from renewable sources – all by 2030.

De León also argued that his bill will stimulate employment and further invigorate California’s clean economy, which has already generated thousands of jobs. “Those jobs are real. Those jobs are tangible,” he said. ““We have already proven that we can create jobs, lower utility bills, and rebuild our energy infrastructure, all while cleaning up the air we breathe into our lungs and reducing our contribution to climate change.”

De León also presented SB 185, a measure that will require CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest their holdings in coal companies and prohibit new investments.

SB 350 passed by a 24-14 vote and SB 185 passed by a 22-14 vote.

The Senate also approved ten other bills that comprise the California Climate Leadership package. All of the bills now move on to the Assembly.

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March Against Monsanto - May 23

March Against MonsantoSeveral members of 350Marin participated in the March Against Monsanto on May 23 in San Francisco, joining in solidarity with people across the planet in standing up against corporate greed and GMOs. Performance pieces along the route included two of our members joining in the symbolic Bee Die-In.

   Jody and Jolon

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Santa Barbara Oil Spill

Early Pipeline Finding Names Corrosion

Corrosion on the exterior of the pipe and a six-inch hole near the bottom of it were observed by inspectors at the site, the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Information (PHMSA) office disclosed in an amendment to its Corrective Action Order (CAO) which shut down the pipeline. The amendment was summarized by Plains All American Pipeline, the operator of the ruptured pipeline at Refugio, at its website today.

What PHMSA had called a pipeline “failure” is now being called a “rupture” with the new information, according to Plains, but a metallurgical analysis is among the tests still ongoing to determine the cause of the pipeline break. The amendment added that the cathodic protection, which is meant to control corrosion, on the pipe was adequate, and that the corrosion seen “would not be expected.” A recent inline inspection, the website explained, also found the wall of the pipeline was thicker than what a third-party metallurgist observed recently at the pipe breakage point.

Read more at the Santa Barbara Independent

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Groups sue to keep oil waste out of state’s aquifers

Two environmental groups sued California regulators Thursday to stop oil companies from injecting wastewater into potentially usable aquifers beneath the state’s drought-ravaged Central Valley.

The suit, filed by the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity, claims the California agency that oversees oil fields is breaking the law by letting companies pump wastewater from their drilling operations into aquifers that the regulators were supposed to protect. The injections were the subject of a Chronicle investigation in February.

The state’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has moved to end the practice but has given oil companies until 2017 to shut down many of the injection wells. Environmentalists want all the wells closed immediately. The groups sued Thursday to overturn newly adopted regulations from the division that allow the continued injections.

“California has a drought, and we need to protect all the potential sources of drinking water we have, and DOGGR is allowing the continued pollution of aquifers,” said Will Rostov, a staff attorney for Earthjustice, which filed the suit on behalf of the environmental groups. “We want them to comply with the law, and the law is pretty clear — no more injections.”

The division declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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