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September 14, 2019
ICAN September Update 
The Interfaith Climate Action Network of Contra Costa County and the opportunities to advocate for a cleaner and healthier CCC. 

Next ICAN Meeting

Thursday, September 19th at 1:00 pm
Hillcrest Congregational Church UCC, Room 16
404 Gregory Lane,
Pleasant Hill, CA
Text Jan to let her know you can make it!

What shall we create together?  

Climate Strike Events and Rallies

* Join ICAN and Banner in the Walnut Creek's Twilight Parade
September 14 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

* Planet Friendly Food, ICAN event - Learn more about how your food choices impact the Climate and the Planet!    
Sunday, Sept. 15th at 4:00 pm at First Christian Church DOC 584 Glenside Dr., Lafayette.    Link

Next Thursday
Interfaith Climate Action Network of CCC, Monthly Meeting. 
Thursday, September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm at Hillcrest Congregational Church UCC Fellowship Hall, 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill     Link
Next Saturday
Global Climate Rally & Environmental Fair, The Youth Are Leading the Way! 
Community joining together for climate action in support of the Global Climate Strike.
Civic Park Walnut Creek
Saturday September 21st from 1-3 pm.  Link

* Global Climate Strike: 
September 20-27 with actions around the Bay Area!
According to the UN Climate Assessment in 2018, we have just 11 years to begin a just transition off of fossil fuels. All of the solutions are available now, except the political will. We know over 200 species are becoming extinct every day. People are rising up around the world to force our governments to treat this like the emergency it is. Find a green event on this list or

Award-winning documentary  "Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future" 
September 21 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm at
St. Paul's Episcopal Church,
1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek  

Sunday, September 29th from 1-5 PM / Civic Park, Walnut Creek

Bring your family and friends to this FREE event!
Our goal is to not only celebrate our 50th ANNIVERSARY and the longevity of the Center, but to also bring awareness to the community of our existence and mission, all in a very public space.   Link

Climate Action March 
and the Electric Caravan (electric cars) at the Walnut Creek City's Twilight Parade


The Climate Action March and The Electric Caravan (Largest display of Electric Cars) will for the first time in the 83 year history of the Twilight Parade bring attention to our Climate Crisis.

Shop All The Downtown Merchants Displaying This Climate Action March Poster. Sustainable Walnut Creek.

Community Climate Rally & Environmental Action Fair!

Saturday, Sept. 21st from 1-3 pm in  Civic Park, WC

Community joining together for climate action in support of the Global Climate Strike.  The Youth Are Leading the Way!

To volunteer or make a donation, contact
Jackie Garcia Mann

A note from the Idle No More SF Bay Area leaders

Dear Faith Friends,

 Idle No More SF Bay (INM SF Bay) is inviting the Contra Costa Interfaith Council to join us for the Global Climate Strike from September 20-27 this year.  We are out of time to ensure that future generations enjoy what we have enjoyed in our lifetimes - they won't.  

Idle No More SF Bay is one of a handful of groups which has extensive experience in conducting nonviolent direct actions in the Bay Area.  The initial co-sponsoring groups of the Bay Area Climate Strike include Diablo Rising Tide, 1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations, Extinction Rebellion SF Bay and The Society of Fearless Grandmothers.  We are inviting you to join us to save as much of the world as we can.

It is time to raise the bar on our actions to force rapid policy change on climate that includes a just transition off of fossil fuels, as well as equity for frontline, environmental justice communities and African Americans, honoring Native American sovereignty and rights, and justice for migrants, many of whom are  fleeing their homes due to climate disruption.  As Naomi Klein has said, "To change everything, we need everyone." 

We are inviting organizations, faith groups, friends and family members to organize themselves in  affinity groups (AGs).  There are two meetings of AGs before September 20th called Spokes Councils, one on August 31st and September 14th.  AGs have been   effective in the United States for decades in organizing actions including the anti-nuclear movement, the Central America solidarity movement, lesbian/gay liberation movement, Earth First and earth liberation movement, WTO and Washington DC for the IMF and World Bank, and others. 

On Friday, September 20th, we are encouraging adults to follow the lead of Bay Area youth from Youth vs Apocalypse  and Extinction Rebellion SF Bay Youth who are planning a  march in San Francisco.  On September 23rd, 24th, 25th and 27th we have organized nonviolent direct actions at several locations. Details about these actions will be shared at a meeting of affinity group representatives during Spokes Councils in August and September. 
On September 26th there will be a meeting of affinity groups to assess what we have done and to clarify and firm up the vision for a larger action on the 27th.  

Diablo Rising Tide and the Society of Fearless Grandmothers will continue to conduct NVDA trainings in August and September leading up to the Climate Strike.  People may sign up for trainings at

We sincerely hope that the International Indian Treaty Council members in Northern California join us.  Pennie Opal Plant, one of the founding grandmothers of INM SF Bay, will be happy to talk with someone from your organization to answer questions and share more information.  Please respond to this email to schedule a time to talk.  

In Solidarity With Gratitude,

The Idle No More SF Bay Grandmothers: 

Dr. Melinda Micco
Zoe Holder
Alison Ehara-Brown
Karen Flittie 
Pennie Opal Plant

Rise Up for the Global Climate Strike!

Find out how you can plug in to prepare for a global week of action Sept 20-27  demanding drastic measures to curb the climate crisis.

Fri Sept 20, 10 AM
Federal Building 
7th and Mission St, San Francisco
Followed by a week of action.

Cal Interfaith Power & Light Congregational Resources:

Bay Area 350 events:
SATURDAY 9/21 11:00am - 4:00pm  3rd San Francisco Ride and Drive   San Franciscans, come test out an electric vehicle or electric bike! Learn more...

SATURDAY 9/21 1:00pm - 3:00pm Community Climate Rally and Environmental Action Fair  Come, learn, get engaged. Learn how you can join in on the climate movement. Register here for this FREE event!

FRIDAY 9/27  7:30pm Naomi Klein Book Release Naomi Klein will be in The Bay to release her new book about the urgent need for a Green New Deal. 350 Bay Area was awarded 5 free tickets that we're giving to the first 5 people who sign up here .

Community Advocacy and Training Events.

October 15

Contra Costa County is updating its Climate Action Plan, which outlines actions it will take to address our devolving climate, reduce polluting emissions, and strengthen resilience.  Your input on goals and strategies is crucial.  There are three ...  Read full article

September 23

Join Climate Justice SF to hear firsthand accounts of the resistance against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline from three of the most effective organizers on Turtle Island: Anne White Hat, Cherri Foytlin, and Mark Tilsen. They'll talk about the ongoing work ...  Read full article


Join the Elders Climate Action for an informative, experiential program focused on steps we all can take to confront the climate crisis. Topics for the day include: The social and economic impacts of the fossil fuel industry and climate change ...  Read full article


DISRUPT; Climate destruction in the suites 

CREATE: Solutions in the Suites Any time you can, join a day-long action to disrupt business-as-usual in the offices of those institutions profiting off the destruction of the system of life we need to ...  Read full article


On the day of the global climate strike, join Youth vs Apocalypse, Sunrise Movement, Idle No More, and members of frontline communities to protest Chevron's irresponsibility. Chevron knowingly pollutes the Richmond area, the Central Valley, the ...  Read full article

The next step for the Richmond Coal Ordinance will be a hearing at the city council, which we expect will occur in October.  Our efforts in the interim will be focused on clearing up misunderstandings, solidifying our support in the community, and preparing for the  council  meeting.  We will also be looking for ways to find common ground with our perceived adversaries. 

This coming Friday, 9/20 at 11 a.m., Civic Center Plaza, there will be a Richmond climate strike action in solidarity with the international youth climate strike.

You can RSVP here ; please share with your lists and be sure to come!

For more info, contact Janet Johnson  or visit

The Phillips 66 Rodeo refinery's neighbors are calling on their public officials, such as the Contra Costa County supervisors, to support real solutions - like a just transition for refinery workers and local economic development that protects air and water quality. Find out   what you can do to keep Rodeo and the rest of the Carquinez Strait tar sands-free.

!!! Your Mother (Earth) is calling!

At a recent ICAN (Interfaith Climate Action Network) meeting, a demonstration was given by Tyler Snortum - Phelps of Sustainable Contra Costa County on a recently launched website.

The goal, to foster lifestyle changes towards reducing carbon footprints.


Fight Tar Sands in the Bay
Check out the harm being done to our climate and health by the Bay Area's five oil refineries, the plans to make the Bay Area a center of tar sands refining - and the powerful movement to fight it. 

A new coalition has formed to fight oil giant Phillips 66 and its attempts to expand its capacity to process more toxic  tar sands crude oil from Canada. The Wharf Permit Revision Project would vastly increase the number of tanker deliveries to the refinery's wharf. Learn about what's involved and sign the petition to stop the project.

Latest from our CIPL Partners

Dear Friends,

"We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there "is" such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On September 20th, youth around the world will lead a climate strike - walking out of their classes and jobs to call for action on the climate crisis.  Find out how you can support the climate strikers.

There are some who are afforded the privilege of complacency, saying that we are faced with a climate crisis in the distant future. However, for countless others, the crisis is now. The climate crisis is confronting us with the fierce urgency of now, and we must respond now. We are being called in this moment to care. Acting during the climate strike shows that you care.

The Climate Strike will precede the U.N. Youth Climate Summit on September 21st and U.N. Climate Action Summit on September 23rd in New York City.  Find out how you can support the climate strikers.

In your congregation you can use the weekend of September 20th to support youth in leading the worship service in your congregation and preaching on climate.  Click here for sample sermons on climate from a variety of religions and faith traditions.

Faith communities, schools, and all of us can be in solidarity with youth climate strikers that week by participating in local climate strikes and demonstration events around the country doing our part to lift up the urgency of the climate crisis and supporting youth leadership. You can also join events your state IPL may be organizing. In my state, Alabama Interfaith Power & Light will be hosting an Ecumenical service with Beloved United Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham on September 27th in celebration of the climate strike.    Click here to find out what IPL state affiliates around the country are doing.

Youth are telling us: We can't wait for future leaders to solve climate change. We need you to get to work now to create a cleaner, safer, and healthier world.

Rev. Michael Malcom
Executive Director
Alabama Interfaith Power & Light


We just wanted to be sure you saw Gerald's request to add sites to the total count Interfaith Power & Light is making of i nstalled or planned solar on faith institutions across America. We want to show the world how congregations and other faith institutions,   especially those in California, are leading the way on solar!

Please take a moment to answer the 4-minute survey  and forward to your contacts at other congregations who have or ar
e planning solar.
Please share this Facebook post as well. 
Thanks in advance,

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