Issue # 26 of 350 Pittsburgh's biweekly digest
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In this issue of Climate Action News ...
  • Preparing for the April 29 marches and FutureFest
  • Photos from Unite100 events
  • Our largest-ever events calendar

Pittsburgh People's Climate March
Saturday, April 29, 10:00 - Noon
We will march for our families, for our air, our water, and our land. We will march for clean energy jobs and climate justice. We will march for our communities and the people we love. The march begins at Bigelow Blvd near the Pitt Student Union (3959 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh) at 10:00 AM. We rally and then march to Flagstaff Hill across from the Phipps Conservatory lawn where Communitopia will be hosting FutureFest. Organized by One Pittsburgh. A Unite100 event.

Art Build: Make signs and banners for the Pittsburgh march

Part 1: Apr 22, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Bloomcraft, 460 Melwood Ave. (North Oakland)
Part 2: Apr 26, time and location TBD

Climate Ribbons: 350 Pittsburgh's booth at FutureFest
What do you love and hope never to lose to climate chaos? Write it on a two-foot piece of recycled fabric and tie it onto our festival frame. Then find a stranger’s ribbon that speaks to you, untie it and take it as your own. There will be a ribbon-making workshop; for more details, see what others have done and contact

The Second People's Climate March in Washington, D.C.
The Second People’s Climate March is April 29 in D.C. We have arranged for three buses to take folks from SW Pennsylvania to this march. If you want to get on the bus, REGISTER HERE
How to Be a Muslim Ally
Omar Mussa, Spiritual Director of the Islamic Center;  Dorie Sullivan, our 350 Pgh intern.
Omar Mussa, Spiritual Director, and Wasi Mohamed, Exec. Director, of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh shared the core principles of their faith and hosted a frank, open Q&A on March 30. (Many people stayed for over 2-1/2 hours!) The Islamic Center is very much concerned about environmental justice. On all justice issues, they are working to destroy the wheel of oppression for everyone

The Islamic Center's suggestions for being an ally include: (1) never stop listening; the situation is constantly changing; (2) touch base with the Muslims in your life; (3) be an active social media voice; (4) halt or call out Islamophobic acts or statements whenever possible; (5) be open to unlearning assumptions that are false.

A Unite100 event. Photos by Joe Guthrie and Dorie Sullivan.
Tweeting for Justice
The snow stopped and the wind died down last Friday just in time for the Unite100 write- and tweet-a-thon, held at the Thomas Merton Center as part of the monthly Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn. Lots of people stopped in to write postcards and tweet to elected officials on a host of environmental and social justice issues. Unite100 provided the cards, the postage, and suggested messages with supporting background information. This Unite 100 event was made possible by the Sprout Fund 100 Days of Us grant. Photos: Dorie Sullivan.
Young Adults Think About Environmental Justice
On March 31, young adults saw exactly how climate justice can intersect with social justice by viewing the documentary Fenceline, about the impacts of Shell Oil's refinery on the white and the black residents of Norco, Louisiana. Environmental filmmaker Mark Dixon led a conversation after the movie (thank you, Mark!), offering information about the petrochemical plant being planned in Beaver County. He also gave an overview of climate and environment advocacy. Chipotle Restaurant and Giant Eagle contributed dinner and refreshments, and Kinko's FedEx underwrote the printing. Photo: Dorie Sullivan.
Bird-Friendly Coffee

This is Jennifer Novelli, the Executive Director of Building New Hope, giving out free samples of their coffee on Saturday morning at the East End Food Co-op. The mission of Building New Hope fits perfectly with our Unite100 campaign linking climate justice and social justice. The organization promotes a healthy ecosystem by selling shade-grown, bird-friendly coffee, and helps reduce poverty and inequality by providing fair-trade compensation for partner farmers. The event was co-sponsored by Unite100, a recipient of a Sprout Fund 100 Days of Us campaign.
The 350Pittsburgh Unite100 campaign that links Climate Justice to Social Justice is supported in part by the Sprout Fund’s 100 Days of US. See our meetup calendar or our Unite100 Facebook page for full event lists.
12 Ways We Can Help Stop Climate Change

#5: Trim your Waste. Garbage buried in landfills produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Keep stuff out of landfills by composting kitchen scraps and garden trimmings, and recycling paper, plastic, metal and glass. Let store managers and manufacturers know you want products with minimal or recyclable packaging. --Warwick Powell
Upcoming Events

Every other Tuesday until further notice: #Tuesdays with Toomey rallies. 

Apr 20: The Green Building Alliance's Inspire speaker series presents an Environmental Justice and Civic Conversation with Dr. John Francis, Planetwalker. Hill House, 4:30 - 7:00 PM. Speaker, tickets and the event schedule.
Apr 21-22: Beaver County Peace Links presents "Prospects of War ... the Need for Peace," co-sponsored with Peace Action and Veterans for Peace and endorsed by 350 Pittsburgh. Pitt Law School on Fri, Apr 21 at 7:00 PM and at the Community College of Beaver County (in Monaca) on Sat, Apr 22 at 1:00 PM.

April 22: Earth Day
Apr 22: Pittsburgh March for Science. Concerned scientists, students, teachers, doctors, engineers, and members of the Pittsburgh community rally in support of science that serves the common good--including climate science!  Starts from Bigelow Blvd between Fifth and Forbes and circumambulates the Cathedral of Learning. We need volunteers for 350 Pittsburgh's booth; send email to
Sat, Apr 22, noon - 2:00 PM. (Actual march starts at 12:30.)

Apr 22: Go Green Festival holds an Earth Day celebration at Clearview Mall in Butler, PA. 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. We need volunteers for our 350 Pittsburgh information table.

Apr 26: 350 Pittsburgh Steering Committee meeting. Everyone is welcome. Squirrel Hill Library, 5:30 - 7:00 PM. 

APRIL 29: People's Climate Marches
(1) Climate action march and rally here in Pittsburgh. leaving from Oakland at 10:00 AM; see the top of the newsletter for details.
(2)  FutureFest. Free public festivities at Phipps organized by Communitopia. Glimpse Pittsburgh's sustainable future through art, demonstrations, performances, science and hands-on activities for all ages. The 350 Pittsburgh booth will feature Climate Ribbons.
(3) Join the Sprout Fund to celebrate the close of the 100 Days of US. Meet the Pittsburghers who have taken action in 27 projects. Food and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public, 4:00 - 7:00 PM EventBrite ticket.
(4) Second People's Climate March in D.C. See above or this page for more information.

Jun 25:  Allegheny SolarFest 2017 Held in conjunction with a free admission day at the Children's Museum, North Side, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
Can You Donate to 350 Pittsburgh?

We've got a ton of activities going on now, and we need money for publicity, to subsidize bus riders to D.C., for banners for festivals, etc. Please donate and help power us with clean energy--your dollars and your time.

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April 12, 2017
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