A regional resource for Cape & Islands climate activists
March 19, 2020 | v. 8

From the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative
Dear Climate Friend,

Like the rest of the world, we Cape & Islanders are experiencing trying, unprecedented times with COVID-19 forcing adjustments to daily routines and priorities. Not only do we face a grave health threat, many in our communities are experiencing economic hardship and the anxiety and confusion sown by isolation as we "social distance" to mitigate the virus's spread.

It won’t be easy but we will get through this together.

As we navigate these uncertain waters, please know the Climate Collaborative will to be here for you as a trusted source of information. We are moving forward to provide online education, training and digital tools for our members, and continue to provide stories of climate hope, change, and opportunities for activism. For example, we have just scheduled two online training webinars for climate activists who continue to prepare for local Climate Emergency Declaration campaigns... despite our changing world.

We’ll close with a promise: in the days and weeks ahead, we at the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative will continue to work to fulfill our mission to enhance communication, collaboration, and activism among organizations, programs, and individuals committed to mitigating the climate crisis.

We hope you and yours remain safe and healthy during these difficult times.


Rich Delaney

Richard Delaney
President, Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative
What others are thinking...
Special Event
Planning Your Climate Emergency Campaign in a Time of Uncertainty!
Join MCAN's Carol Oldham for 2 informative webinars

If you have a Climate Emergency Declaration coming before spring town meeting (but are stuck at home right now due to social distancing), fear not! You can take this time to do valuable work to prepare, build the right team, and get the momentum for a win. 

Join us for a webinar co-hosted by the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN), the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative, and 350 Cape Cod where we will share information about expanding your activist circle from the comfort of your living room using social media and some local forms of traditional media, and using this time to develop skills that will carry your campaign to victory. 
Thurs., March 26
Fri., March 27
News from the farm
... and from the city
View this map to learn how 8 municipalities across the U.S. are enacting climate policies

As federal climate action continues to lag, states are taking the lead in proposing and championing comprehensive climate policy. But sometimes passing strong bills at the state level can be equally difficult, and we don’t have any time to waste. The overwhelming scientific consensus is that we need to drastically reduce emissions in order to reduce and prevent the worsening effects of the climate crisis, including economic decline, severe public health crises, and increased global conflict and resource scarcity. 

Municipalities, understanding local threats and risks, have taken the opportunity to lead on climate action, and do their part in reducing emissions. 

Climate policy at the city level is not inconsequential. ... and even smaller cities still have an incentive to reduce their emissions. The average American produces about  21.8 tons of carbon each year , meaning ... any sort of policy to decrease that number can have a very large impact.  Read more here.

Source: ClimateXChange
Legislative news & actions
Tell Uber & Lyft to Be Part of a Clean Transportation Future
Let's use our voices to push these companies to make smart choices for the planet

The Union of Concerned Scientists' latest analysis,  Ride-Hailing's Climate Risks: Steering a Growing Industry toward a Clean Transportation Future, shows that the explosive growth of ride-hailing services, such as Uber and Lyft, is  increasing climate pollution and urban congestion. Thankfully, there is a solution. UCS found that an electric, pooled ride-hailing trip can cut global warming emissions by an estimated 79 percent compared with a non-pooled, non-electric ride-hailing trip.

Where transportation is the biggest source of heat-trapping emissions, it's essential that the  ride-hailing industry  contribute to a lower carbon, more sustainable transportation system. Uber and Lyft need to step up to make sure increased ride pooling and electric vehicle options are more widely available. 

Take action Write to the CEOs of Uber and Lyft and urge them to take decisive action to reduce global warming emissions from ride-hailing services and accelerate company efforts to electrify vehicles, dramatically increase ride pooling, complement and connect to public transit, and steer ride-hailing toward a clean transportation future.
'Coronavirus Isn't Stopping Us!': Youth Activists Adapt to Global Pandemic With Digital #ClimateStrikeOnline
"In the face of a crisis we act according to science and fact."
Fridays for Future strikers around the world shared their demands for bold climate action online Friday as many youth activists heeded public health experts' recommendations in the face of the coronavirus pandemic by eschewing public protests in favor of digital demonstrations.

The online displays followed the  call  earlier this week from school strike for climate pioneer Greta Thunberg to  #ClimateStrikeOnline . In a Friday tweet as Thunberg marked her 82nd week of school strikes, she reiterated the basis for her call. Read more here.

Take action Sign petitions, watch films, and find other ways to take action online to end the era of fossil fuels with

Source: CommonDreams
Events, education, etcetera
Tool-sharing to help activists continue climate action work online

This two-part webinar series will focus on online tools such as Google Suite, video conferencing websites, and other technology that will allow us to better connect with each other and continue doing climate action work during this era of social distancing.

The first webinar will focus on how to use Google Suite Tools (Docs, Slides, Calendar, and Hangouts). The second webinar will focus on video conferencing and taking a deeper dive using Google Hangouts, Zoom, and so we may continue having meetings (almost) as usual. 
Webinar 1
Tuesday, March 24
Webinar 2
Wednesday, March 25
Reminder: State carbon pricing national network call
Learn from states that have passed carbon pricing

March 25
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Join the monthly State Carbon Pricing Network national call to learn about different legislation and movements going on in states across the US. Legislators, advocates, and experts will share developments in their states, and how you might help.

Source: Climate XChange
Did you know?
DYK? Scientists are already working on engineering trees to generate electricity and the technical reality is theoretically not that far away. Read on.

DYK? NASA has created an interactive climate time machine through a series of visualizations showing how some of Earth's key climate indicators are changing over time. Read on.

DYK? Seven of the best new documentaries about global warming were screened at the recent Wild &
Scenic Film Festival. Read on.
DYK? Writing about the intersection of psychology and politics, a business school professor of ethical leadership thinks moral psychology can inform climate advocacy. Read on.

DYK? For the first time, environmental protection rivals the economy among the public’s top policy priorities. Read on.

DYK? About the 50 phenom "Fixers" who are shaking up environmental policy, the food system, the clean-energy sector, art, commerce, and more.
Wait! There's more!
Coronavirus impacts on climate crisis: Two views
There's an unlikely beneficiary of coronavirus: The planet

Hong Kong Factories were shuttered and streets were cleared across China's Hubei province as authorities ordered residents to stay home to stop the spread of  the coronavirus .
It seems the lockdown had an unintended benefit -- blue skies.

The average number of "good quality air days" increased 21.5% in February, compared to the same period last year, according to China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment. And Hubei wasn't alone.

Satellite images released by NASA and the European Space Agency show a dramatic reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions -- those released by vehicles, power plants and industrial facilities -- in major Chinese cities between January and February. The visible cloud of toxic gas hanging over industrial powerhouses almost disappeared. Watch video here.

Source: CNN
Coronavirus could weaken climate change action and hit clean energy investment

The coronavirus pandemic has stoked concerns of a global economic recession as it  spreads across the world , igniting one of the sharpest oil price plummets in the last 30 years and causing the  biggest stock plunge  on Wall Street since the stock market crash in 1987. 

While the crisis has led to a temporary decline in global carbon dioxide emissions, experts are warning it poses a serious threat to long-term climate change action by compromising global investments in clean energy and weakening industry environmental goals to reduce emissions.

The International Energy Agency, or IEA, has warned the virus outbreak will likely undermine clean energy investment...   Read more here. 

Should the public buy Columbia Gas?
by Craig Altemose, CommonWealth Magazine

The recently proposed $1.1 billion  sale of Columbia Gas to Eversource  provides an important opportunity to consider how we, the people of Massachusetts, want our public utilities to be governed and structured – and whether to pull them more firmly into the public domain.
Public utilities are entities entrusted to provide critical public services to the public. That trust means that they are supposed to receive heightened regulation by the government while being given the gift of a government-sanctioned monopoly (i.e. if you live in their territory, they are your exclusive provider). This arrangement is meant to serve the public good, and yet in just the past two years, our public utilities failed us in virtually every way imaginable.  Read more here.
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