We are building a local climate movement to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy and grow a local food system. Our vision is just and resilient communities in Ventura County.
“Out with the Old, In with the New”
WHAT: The Ventura County Climate Hub invites the public to hear leaders of two partner organizations working on ‘Out with the Old, In with the New’ energy economy.
Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG) will talk about their campaign to oppose permits for new oil wells in Oxnard. They are recruiting volunteers to do canvasing in the affected neighborhood and collect signatures for a petition to the county.
Craig Whan and Robert Perry of the World Business Academy will return to present the latest know-how for transition away from fossil fuels towards clean energy.
WHO: Ventura County Climate Hub is a grassroots, non-partisan local affiliate of 350. org with 26 local partner organizations and hundreds of people engaged in the full spectrum of ways to reverse climate change. Partner organizations like CFROG and World Business Academy report on their actions and campaigns at monthly meetings and in other events and media.
Special guests Robert Perry and Craig Whan do energy research to get rid of California’s nuclear power plants, stand up for ratepayers interests at CA Public Utilities Commission, and champion a plan for 100% renewable energy in CA. Robert directs the Safe Energy Project including current and emerging energy generation, transmission and distribution, microgrid and storage systems that can integrate for maximum efficiency. Craig has a focus on helping Ventura County and its cities shape the new Central Coast Power utility to maximize renewable and distributed and integrated energy systems. This knowledge will help us fight the Puente Power Plant and win community support for the new Central Coast Power program.
WHEN: Thursday, May 11. Doors open 6:30 for connecting with friends. Meeting at 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.
WHERE: Unitarian-Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St, Ventura, 93003, rear parking lot to Fellowship Hall.
WHY: The days of dirty energy will be shortened by every effort we make to stop fossil fuel extraction. The good news is that clean energy technology is here—the know-how and resources just need to be mobilized to create a thriving economy with safe energy. The only thing missing is the will to change government policies that support the fossil fuel paradigm. There are currently opportunities in Ventura County to pull together on actions that help reverse climate change by opposing new drilling permits, opposing a new gas-fired power plant at Mandalay Beach, and amplifying popular demand for development of renewable energy and distributed generation.
CFROG: Tomas Rebecchi 619-252-6899, email tomasrebecchi at gmail.com
WORLD BUSINESS ACADEMY: Craig Whan, 805-892-4600, email craig at worldbusiness.org
Each month, Citizens’ Climate Lobby supporters gather locally for a monthly meeting where we educate ourselves by listening to a guest speaker. May 13’s guest speaker is Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, of the American Public Health Association speaking on the ways burning of fossil fuels take a tremendous toll on public health, not only from the impact of climate change, but also from the pollution that leads to heart and respiratory problems.
We will celebrate our successes gathering signups at the Oxnard, Camarillo and Ventura Earth Days, Cara’s wonderful OpED in the VCStar “Earth Day Isn’t Easy” (be sure to read it by clicking here), Manual Bustamente’s two screenings of ‘Do the Math” at Ventura College, a very successful lobby visit to the District Director of our Member of Congress and a quick greeting and word for climate action with Representative Julia Brownley at the community forum last month at CUSCI (we are told she is trying harder to join the Bipartisan ClimateSolutions Caucus), great news that freshman Representative Salud Carbajal was recently invited to join the Climate Solutions Caucus. We’ll talk about reaching out to businesses, building a proactive outreach team, and practice a couple of ‘laser talks’.
We meet at Vicki Paul’s Home, 2238 Sanderling Street, (Montalvo) Ventura
Directions: Go south on Victoria and turn into Ventura Blvd OR Exit 101 and go uphill to Target intersection: Rent It Truck Rentals—Victoria Av & Ventura Blvd.
Don’t get confused; at this point there are TWO South Victoria Avenues. Head for frontage road off 101 but go one block, turn LEFT on Seahawk St. Go two blocks and turn LEFT on Grand Avenue and go one block, RIGHT on Bristol Road.
Go three blocks, turn LEFT on Hill Road [at the 7-11 ] Immediately turn RIGHT on Shearwater Street Welcome to the Bird Tracts. Bend left onto Sanderling Street: 2238 is on the right
RSVP if it is convenient to Vicki: email@example.com , cell: 805 535 5180 or Jan: firstname.lastname@example.org , cell: 805 746 5365
Thanks Mike Stubblefield of Sierra Club CA Sustainable Ag Committee, Laura Maher of Eco Action Cooperative, and Dietrick Instittue for Applied Insect Ecology, for creating the opportunity to learn from a four-day visit by Dr. Michal Kravcik. He is a Goldman Environmental Prize winner for his work in Slovakia and other parts of the world restoring small water cycles by measures that slow, spread, sink and hold rain water. That might seem not so new–it’s what “permies” and Ocean Friendly Gardeners do.
But watching Michal recon the environs pointing left, right, center and back where an unbelievable amount of rain still escapes to rivers and the ocean, he trained our eyes to see the lost opportunities. He had logical suggestions to improve every design. We want to learn more because he calculates that if we do these small rain captures into the soil and revegetation widely and effectively, we can reverse climate change. Here is an overview of this perspective of a New Water Paradign, called “Water: The Missing Link for Solving ClimateChange”, by Monika Berghoff. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/monika-berghoff-/water-climate-change_b_8689890.html
Here is Michal at the Ventura River. He took hundreds of pictures of erosion. It seems that Michal gives very little attention to stream bed restoration that is what is generally being done. He explained that stopping erosion on the slopes that feed the streams, the streambed restores naturally, effortlessly with the return of the steelhead.
Here is Michal presenting to the Dietrick Institute team his vision of opportunities to create 75 rain gardens for a “Blue-Green Bike Corridor” along the bike trail. Overnight he photoshopped the placement of the gardens into his photos to give us a proposal that we can take to neighborhood stakeholders.
“California is about to revolutionize climate policy … again”
David Roberts on a new, sleeker cap-and-trade program proposed this week in the State Senate in SB775. Learn more at calfact.org and sign up for reporting of what will be a fast-paced debate about carbon pricing legislation in CA. Do you share CalFACT’s questions about SB775:
- Funding for existing and additional climate programs – will this bill provide funding for programs currently funded by cap and trade through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund? How much additional funding will it provide for climate related programs?
- Support from the Environmental Justice community – will this bill work for the environmental justice community and gain their support? How will it relate to other bills in process such as AB378?
- Will the border adjustment survive legal challenges? – a state level border adjustment is a new innovation in state carbon pricing and we look forward to seeing the details of how this can be implemented within the bounds of the commerce clause.