Weekly Serving of Good News, 6-17
Good news is a powerful motivator for action, & there‘s lots of good news about climate mitigation, adaptation/resilience, and justice. Here’s a sample…
Save the Date!
Interfaith Green Teams
Thursday 6-15, 7-8 PM, The Climate Action Team invites members and friends interested in collaboration with local faith-based green teams.
Mon 6-19, 4-7 PM, at Linn-Benton Community College. A Celebration featuring Black owned business expo, community tabling, guest speakers, vaccination clinic and more.
Thursday 6-22, 4 PM,“Climate Change: Past, Present and Our Ability to Impact the Future ” Climate scientists Dr. Rachel Licker and Dr. Mark Potosnak will share data and indicators of climate change, the impact of efforts to date, and future actions we can take to continue to address climate change.
Monday, 6-26, 6:30- 7:30 PM, Markus Kleber, a soil scientist at Oregon State University, to discuss Carbon Offset at the Neighborhood Scale.
Climate Action Team 5th-Thu Zoom
Thursday 6-29, 7-8 PM, Members and friends are invited to an informal follow up to April Earth Day Climate Service, which focused on developing relationships through care for Earth.
Climate Action Team Business Meeting
Thursday 6-22, 7:00 – 8:15 PM All members and friends interested in helping UUFC put into practice our declared (as per the printed order of service) dedication to climate action and climate justice are invited and encouraged to participate.
Climate Action Opportunities
Ask Congress to Put a Price on Carbon in 2023. A carbon fee and dividend will drive energy innovation, giving every American community access to abundant, affordable clean energy at a predictable price.. With a price on carbon, polluters pay. People get a carbon cashback. It will:
- help low and middle income people afford higher prices
- keep Americans healthier and living longer by reducing air pollution
- help reduce America’s carbon pollution 50% by 2030—putting us on track to reach net zero by 2050
Mercury is dangerous — it can do serious damage to a child’s developing brain. Yet we still allow it to pour from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants, where it then settles into nearby rivers and lakes. No more!. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering stronger limits on mercury pollution from power plants for the first time in a decade — and we must seize this opportunity to make sure they’re enacted. Tell the EPA: Enact strong limits on mercury pollution from power plants.
When insurance companies such as The Hartford insure new fossil fuel projects, they contribute to more extreme weather and climate disasters in our future, which in turn will require bigger insurance payouts. That makes no sense — but together, we have a chance to convince The Hartford to better protect both consumers and the climate by no longer underwriting fossil fuel projects. Tell The Hartford: Stop insuring climate risks.
Climate Solution Happenings
Together we make a difference.— Citizens’ Climate Lobby
When people join together to collectively advocate for climate solutions, they become part of powerful forces that can bring about society-wide changes. For example, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy climate change organization, empowers everyday people to work together to build support in Congress for national bipartisan solutions to climate change.
By focusing on shared values rather than partisan divides, Citizens’ Climate Lobby builds relationships with community leaders and with federal elected officials and with Congress, always starting from a place of respect, gratitude, and appreciation. Citizens’ Climate Lobby believes that relationships based on mutual respect and understanding are what bring lasting climate change solutions. CCL provides training, tools, and support for volunteers to build such relationships and to promote climate solutions that have appeal across the political spectrum.
Shared by Deborah Clark
Member UUFC Climate Action and Corvallis chapter Citizens’ Climate Lobby