CLIMATE ACTION ALERTS
A regional resource for Cape & Islands climate activists
March 11, 2020 | v. 7
Cape Cod Times Editorial
Cape voters: Take a stand on climate change

 Posted Mar 7, 2020 at 3:01 AM

It would be difficult to argue that there are many other places in the world with more at stake when it comes to climate change than coastal communities. In addition to having a front-row – and ever closer – seat to rising sea levels, oceanside towns and cities are also often more subject to the increasingly powerful storms and weather events associated with climate change than communities farther inland.

Cape Cod and the Islands, therefore, has much to lose should climate change continue unabated. This spring, voters across the Cape may have the opportunity to make their voices heard on the matter, as town meetings across the region consider a petition article that would, if enacted, declare a climate emergency and agree to reduce human-caused greenhouse gas emissions in their respective communities to zero. A coalition of groups has already submitted petition articles in 13 Cape towns and expects to finalize articles in Barnstable and Bourne by the end of the month.

The effort, spearheaded by the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative and 350 Cape Cod, brings together environmental, faith, science, and environmental leaders as part of a larger group called the Cape Cod Climate Emergency Initiative. Read more here.

LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIONS

MA Decarbonization Roadmap
Public comment period open through April 10

To achieve long-term emission reduction goals within the Commonwealth, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is undertaking a planning process to identify cost-effective and equitable strategies to ensure Massachusetts reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050 and achieve net-zero emissions.

Take action As announced formally in a  press release , stakeholders are invited to submit written comments on the draft determination letter through 5pm on April 10, 2020. Comments should be submitted through the online form here
Urge Congress to Support the Agriculture Resilience Act (HR5861)
Help promote agriculture's role as a climate solution

Soil, like clean air and water, is the foundation of our food and farm system. Farmers and scientists know that we need to be smart in how we steward the soil that grows our food, and we need our legislators to understand this too. This bill would support farmers in safeguarding livelihoods and the future of our food, while taking  bold action on climate  by requiring US agriculture to achieve net zero emissions by 2040.


Source: Union of Concerned Scientists
Banking on Climate Change
Activists savor a win

A global movement has been growing to “turn up the heat” on JP Morgan Chase and other U.S. corporations with significant stake in funding fossil fuel extraction.
It appears these actions are working. On Tuesday, February 25,  JP Morgan announced  it will end its fossil fuel loans for Arctic oil drilling and “phase out” coal mining loans, and instead “will aim to offer $200bn in environmental and economic development deals to help support clean energy and other sustainable projects.”

Take action Learn more about the link between banks and the climate crisis by checking out Rainforest Action Network’s 2019 " Banking on Climate Change ."

Source: The Guardian
Environmental Voter Project scores big wins
Group finds environmentalists across the U.S. and makes sure they vote in every election

First they saw it in Iowa...then in New Hampshire...and now polls from Nevada, South Carolina, and across the country are confirming it. The Environmental Voter Project is helping effect a big surge in the number of climate voters as volunteers canvass, call, text, mail, and send digital ads to non-voting environmentalists to turn them into more consistent voters

EVP works by: using every election (primaries, generals - local, state, and federal) as an opportunity to canvass, call, text, mail, and send digital ads to mobilize non-voting environmentalists across the country. And here's their secret sauce: (a) they always use cutting-edge messaging, (b) they have amazing volunteers and donors, and (c) they never rest (not even the day after a big election) because we must overwhelm the polls with environmental voters in 2020 and beyond.

Source: Environmental Voter Project

EVENTS, EDUCATION, ETCETERA

Why carbon pricing is a public health issue
A Deep Dive webinar on how carbon pricing can reduce carbon emissions and save lives

March 17
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Webinar

Air pollution is one of the world’s largest killers, responsible for 6.4 million deaths around the world each year. In the U.S. alone, studies have shown that more 100,000 Americans die from pollution-related illnesses annually, which include increased risks of heart disease, lung cancer and asthma attacks, among other diseases.

Join the Climate XChange for a Deep Dive webinar on the public health benefits of carbon pollution pricing, and a look at some cutting edge research. Leading researchers and public health experts will present research on how carbon pricing can effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save lives.

Source: Climate XChange
State carbon pricing national network call
Learn from states that have passed carbon pricing

March 25
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Want to learn about how carbon pricing campaigns are developing in states across the country - from Rhode Island to Minnesota to Nebraska to Oregon? Have an exciting carbon pricing update or development to share with a network of like-minded individuals?
Join the monthly State Carbon Pricing Network national call! This one-hour, once-a-month call is the perfect opportunity 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
Bow Seat announces 9th annual Ocean Awareness Contest
Special scholarship opportunities for Cape & Islands youth
Bow Seat , a Massachusetts-based nonprofit providing innovative space for teens to connect, create, and communicate for our oceans, has announced its annual Ocean Awareness Contest Climate Hope: Transforming Crisis .

The contest invites middle and high school students to learn about the climate crisis and its impact on oceans; discover or imagine solutions at local, national, or global scales; and create work that explores hope in action. Submissions are accepted in multiple media and special scholarship opportunities are available for Cape & Islands students.

Contest Details
  • Open to middle and high school students ages 11-18 worldwide
  • Students may submit as individuals or as a class/group/club
  • Hundreds of cash awards available, ranging from $50 to $1,500, as well as special opportunities for exhibiting, publishing, and participation in international environmental campaigns
  • Free to enter
  • Deadline: June 15, 2020
  • For more information and to submit online, visit bowseat.org/contest

Source: Bow Seat; artwork: Gwenan Walker

 DID YOU KNOW?

DYK? A subcommittee report from the Cape Cod Commission gave  good reviews  to the first phase of plans to restore the Herring River in Wellfleet. Read more here.

DYK? Wind capacity blows past hydro to become most plentiful US renewable. Read more here.

DYK? Jeff Bezos has committed $10 billion to fight climate change. Read more here.

DYK? In the "s trange bedfellows" department: environmental orgs join forces with utility companies to support Electric Vehicles. Read more here.
DYK? A new interactive tool from MIT and climate think tank shows that humanity could still meet the goals of the Paris accord and limit global warming. Read more here.

DYK? How cities experiment with big ideas to confront "climate emergency." Read more here.

DYK? Developers are adapting to all-electric new construction demand , even when government protections don’t yet make it a requirement. Read more here.

DYK? How climate change is affecting your region . Read more here.

CLIMATE ACTION SPOTLIGHT

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WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
Boston Harbor brings ashore a new enemy: Rising seas
The sea is advancing ever faster toward the heart of the city. But Boston is doing its best to confront this existential threat.

BOSTON – Famous for its role in America’s war for independence, this city is now fighting the rising seas.

Boston is raising streets, building berms and even requiring that new high-rise condominium developments on its harbor acquire “aqua fences” — portable metal barriers that can be dragged to the street and anchored to the pavement to deflect incoming waves. Read more here.

Source: Boston.com
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