The first big news is the new location for our monthly general meeting coming up this Thursday, May 16 at 6 PM: El Chipotle restaurant, at 850 Crescent Way, next door to A to Z Eye Care in Sunnybrae. We’ll have a quiet banquet room to ourselves.

El Chipotle is on Arcata’s Orange and Red bus routes, and we can also offer ride assistance/carpooling for people coming from Eureka/Fortuna (email Deborah at [email protected]), or Pat ([email protected]) to coordinate rides from Manila/McKinleyville. Emails should be sent by the day before.

We’re hoping for a big turnout for the May 16 meeting because we have important things to hear about and decide. We’re pleased to say our featured speaker will be Natalynne DeLapp of Terra-Gen, the company seeking to build up to 60 large wind turbines on the ridges west of Scotia.

Terra-Gen’s wind farm would be the largest renewable energy development in Humboldt. It could displace the CO2 produced by 80,000 cars! But like any development, it’s sure to cause some harm to the environment. The impacts of this proposed wind farm are assessed in the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), which you can view directly from this email by clicking here.

The comment period for this vital document ends June 5, and one thing we want to do at our meeting is get your opinion on how 350 Humboldt should respond. What do you think?

Another important event will be the Forum on the Green New Deal, presented at The Sanctuary, 13th and J St. in Arcata, 7:30 PM on Tuesday, May 21. This 350-supported event will feature Matthew Marshall of Redwood Coast Energy Authority, Connor McGuigan, the county’s Climate Action Plan developer, and young (and some older) activists from HSU and Arcata and Eureka high schools.

Speaking of Connor McGuigan, in developing a Climate Action Plan the County is seeking your input. On Monday, May 20, 5:30-7:00 PM, you can share your thoughts on the plan at the Arcata City Council chambers. Connor will be coming to other parts of the county as well; you can contact him at [email protected].

We also want to thank some folks for stepping up for volunteer tasks. Wendy Ring is helping 350 Humboldt monitor local proposed ordinances and laws that might impact the climate. Gail Coonen is getting 350 Humboldt meetings publicized in local media. We much appreciate your helping out!