Raging Grannies from Eugene, Corvallis and Portland gather at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Annette Klapstein, Ken Ward, Emily Johnston, and Michael Foster answer question and discuss the issues surrounding their historic involvement for courageously shutting down tar sands pipelines. (Leonard Higgins was on his way back from Standing Rock, and was unable to attend.)
Jacob Lebel at the No LNG Rally at Douglas County Fairgrounds 2-13-17
Our Children’s Trust Press Conference at Eugene Federal District Court following case management conference with Honorable Magistrate Thomas M. Coffin.
Here is the edited video of the City Council’s vote on the No Crude by Rail resolution:
Three years ago we held our first meet up at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene. Look where we’ve been and imagine where we’re going. Join us! (Note: We’d like to extend a very special thanks to First United Methodist for their unwavering support of our work.)
350 Eugene 2014-2016 Retrospective Video
No Crude by Rail Resolution – Read to Eugene’s City Council
Our Children’s Trust – Oregon Court of Appeals
Federal Climate Case Goes to Trial
From Bob Doppelt-Eugene’s Register Guard – Excerpt
Scientists say it is still possible to prevent the most devastating effects of climate disruption, and to eventually bring atmospheric CO2 back down to safer levels. Doing so will require big, rapid changes. This is where Eugene’s new annual emission reduction target could be helpful. This target is based on the best available science, which says atmospheric CO2 must be no higher than 350 parts per million to avoid irreversible catastrophic climate disruption. City staff members calculated that if everyone on the planet reduced emissions by 7.6 percent annually, CO2 would eventually drop to that level.
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, five activists successfully shut down every pipeline that transports tar sands oil to the United States. The activists include 350 Seattle members Emily Johnston and Michael Foster, Seattle Raging Granny Annette Klapstein, 350 Corvallis co-founder Leonard Higgins and the Climate Disobedience Center’s Ken Ward. In total 10 individuals were arrested then released: 5 valve-turners, 2 people acting in support roles, and 3 independent documentary film crew members. Charges range from criminal trespass, sabotage, burglary, criminal mischief and bail amounts were steep, ranging from $25K to $50K.
You can follow all the updates on the group’s website and Facebook page, Shut it Down – Climate Direct Action—and you can support this action by spreading the word, inviting your friends to like this page and sharing the group’s posts. While the news is still breaking, it has already made headlines on Democracy Now and Common Dreams.
10-4-16 Oil Trains Guest Viewpoint – Eugene’s Register Guard
Co-Authors: 350 Eugene’s Deb McGee, Jim Neu, and Linda Elliot
Media Coverage of 9-13-16 Oral Arguments (see post below for details)
Register Guard – Register Guard
KVAL News – http://kval.com/news/local/kidsvgov-make-sure-that-the-future-planet-will-be-hospitable-for-generations-to-come
Bill Moyers – http://billmoyers.com/story/kids-suing-government-climate-change/
Judge Ann Aiken heard oral arguments today in the landmark climate case involving 21 youth plaintiffs suing the federal govt and fossil fuel industry for not protecting their future against the ravages of climate change. Judge Aiken will be making her decision on the government and fossil fuel industry’s motions to dismiss within 60 days. Please see previous posts on this topic and consider making a donation to Our Children’s Trust, who have brought this and dozens of other cases forward on behalf of the youth of our country and world.
For now, enjoy this video of the press conference by 350 Eugene’s videographer, Don Ewing.
“A Prayer for Children Trying to Save the World”
Read Climate Author, Warrior and Artivist – Mary Democker’s – Guest Viewpoint article published today in Eugene’s Register Guard concerning Tuesday’s oral arguments in Federal Court of 21 Youth Plaintiffs vs. the Federal Government and fossil fuel industry.
Mary DeMocker-Prayer for Children-Register Guard
After a summer break, we’re ramping up for what will be a seminal year in the climate movement. For education and inspiration, enjoy these videos about one of our campaigns-NO LNG!
Landowner ad – Great 30 second video of impacted landowners
-This film was produced by Courtney Williams in order to inform the public as to what this project entails.
The State Land Board met on June 14th with Gov. Kate Brown presiding. The two other board members include State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins. It’s clear it’s “business as usual” with Oregon’s Department of State Lands… so Stacey McLaughlin took the speaker’s mic and told the board that citizens are tired of playing second-fiddle to foreign energy corporations seeking to ram dangerous fossil fuel projects through our communities!
Post-Break Free legal proceedings officially started this week – June 2 – with the first court appearance of the 52 Break Free PNW arrestees at Skagit County District Court. Check out this scanned article from the Skagit Valley Herald.
Breaking News from Our Children’s Trust: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rejects DEP’s arguments, finds that existing schemes “fall short”, and orders annual reductions in greenhouse gases.
Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found in favor of four youth plaintiffs, all supported by Our Children’s Trust, the Conservation Law Foundation, and Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, in the critical climate change case, Kain et al. v. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The Court found that the DEP was not complying with its legal obligation to reduce the State’s GHG emissions and ordered the agency to “promulgate regulations that address multiple sources or categories of sources of greenhouse gas emissions, impose a limit on emissions that may be released . . . and set limits that decline on an annual basis.”
Read the press release here.
350 Eugene and the UO Climate Justice League co-sponsored Josh Fox & Tim DeChristopher as they tour the West Coast with their “Let Go and Love” Tour, featuring Fox’s new documentary – “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change”- Click here to enjoy video interviews by our 350 Eugene media team, Megan Kemple and Don Ewing, as Megan interviews Josh, Tim, and Deia Schlossberg, the film’s co-producer.
5-13-16 thru 5-15-16 BREAK FREE PNW
This meme says it all. Selected Break Free PNW media reports below
The UO Climate Justice League concluded its 6-week sit in on 4-21-16, presenting the nuptial joining of the UO Foundation Groom and the Big Oil Bride at the EMU amphitheater on campus. Erik Jung – Divest UO Leader – also spoke about the launch of the Divest Fund. Untold thanks to these students and the community at large for advocating for divestment.
Today, Judge Thomas Coffin issued his decision that the constitutional climate case involving 21 youth plaintiffs against the Federal government and fossil fuel industry should move forward. This suit was brought forth by Our Children’s Trust.
Click the following links for coverage of this historic decision.
The UO Divest Sit In resumed today; they’re now in their sixth week. Students are not only urging the UO Foundation to divest from fossil fuels, but are also fighting to protect their free speech. Why? The UO Administration claims the students’ “Off Fossil Fuels” sign is an advertisement and should be removed.The students counter this is not an advertisement but protected free speech.
Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied permits for the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove Natural Gas Facility. This is a huge victory for Oregon and a tribute to the hard work of so many people who came together to oppose these projects. Here are just a few of the many news outlets that covered this story.
Twenty one youth plaintiffs from across the country, Dr. James Hansen and Our Children’s Trust legal team were granted rock star status as they entered the Federal Courthouse in Eugene this morning, readying themselves for the fight of their (and our) lives. Oral arguments to dismiss this historic youth climate case were heard today.
Enjoy this video of Kathleen Dean Moore at her “Great Tide Rising” book launch at Tsunami Books, Eugene, OR.
Divest UO once again took it the streets and the halls (Johnson Hall, to be exact), asking that the University of Oregon Foundation divest of its fossil fuel assets. Naomi Klein joined in!
Check out this press coverage and video from today’s Healthy Climate Bill (SB 1574) rally at Oregon’s state capitol in Salem.
Enjoy videos from our November 28 Global Climate March and December 12 “Climate Red Line” action events. (Thank you Don Ewing, 350 Eugene’s photographer & videographer)
Here is news coverage of today’s rally in Salem at Dept of State Lands, protesting the Pacific Connector pipeline & LNG export terminal.
Here is the beautiful, finished video from our November 28 Global March for Climate Solutions. Enjoy and distribute widely!
Check out this inspiring, energizing video from 350 featuring snippets of Nov. 28-29 climate solution marchers from all over the world, INCLUDING our own sun-powered march here in Eugene!!!
Our November 28 Global March for Climate Solutions was a huge success. Hundreds turned out for a beautiful day, a beautiful event. Here is some of the press coverage to date:
And here’s another video of oil drop to sunflower: OFF-ON Video #2
Here’s yet another excellent Guest Viewpoint from Mary DeMocker published in the Register Guard.
350 Eugene Co-Founders (Deb McGee, Patty Hine, and Mary DeMocker) rock it with this interview on today’s Jefferson Public Radio regarding our upcoming Global March on Climate Solutions – November 28, 2015.
Listen to 350 Eugene Co-Founders – Deb McGee and Patty Hine – in their interview with Sam Evans of Non-Profit Eugene. It’s a great overview of how and why 350 Eugene got its start.
(Debbie-left; Patty-middle; Sara-right)
Delaney Pearson, 350 Eugene’s Media Director, wrote this compelling letter to the editor of the Eugene Weekly concerning Senator Jeff Merkley’s positions re: fossil fuel infrastructure projects.
Mary DeMocker, 350 Eugene Co-Founder and Art Director, wrote this excellent commentary for the Eugene Weekly regarding our upcoming Global March for Climate Solutions on Saturday, November 28, 2015.