Issue # 21 of 350 Pittsburgh's biweekly digest
View this email in your browser
 


In this issue of Climate Action News ...
  • Unite100: We got the Sprout Fund grant!
  • Actions in the Age of Trump
  • Solar Open House Feb 25
  • Global-warming music video
Unite100: WE GOT IT!

We are pleased to announce that our Unite100 campaign is one of 25 projects to receive funding from the Sprout Fund’s 100 Days of US. Launched in response to the 2016 election, 100 Days of US is a special initiative to empower people to act locally during the first 100 days of the new presidential administration to advance positive, solution-oriented responses to issues of national importance.

We invite climate, environment, and social justice groups to participate in building these connections. Please email 350pittsburgh@gmail.com for more information. 

Upcoming events in Unite100, the theme of which is Climate Justice = Social Justice, include an Ally Training workshop by the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, movies sponsored by Marcellus Protest, and a Creating a Culture of Peace workshop with Elliott Adams. Dates, details and more events can be found at the 100DaysofUs meetup. Please check back often!

Fighting Back in the Age of Trump

Over the past couple of weeks the pattern of behavior of the Trump administration has become clear; the normal channels of governance are to be bypassed, the media is the enemy, facts can be overturned and scientific evidence can be dismissed.  Progressives are overwhelmed by the number of issues calling for protest, and unsure who will heed those protests.  Below are some suggestions for battling through the Trumpian fog.
 
Below are some specific 350 Pittsburgh steps that you can take to relieve your frustration. However, we first suggest you call your Congressperson and share your thoughts about issues as they arise. Phoning is generally viewed as being more effective than emailing. As for the issues, check our Web site for local actions, and for national news Grist and the Sierra Club’s press room are worth checking.
  • Rep. Mike Doyle (D) Pittsburgh 412) 390-1499.
  • Rep. Mike Kelly (R ) Butler 724-282-2557 and Sharon (724) 342-7170.
  • Rep. Tim Murphy (R ) Greensburg (724) 850-7312, Mt. Lebanon (412) 344-5583, and Washington PA (202) 225-2301
  • Rep. Keith Rothfus (R ) Beaver (724) 359-1626, Johnstown (814) 619-3659, and Ross Twp. 412) 837-1361.
 
At 350 Pittsburgh our Unite100 campaign will help to strengthen the ties between local groups fighting for social, economic, and environmental justice, and will respond to actions taken by the new administration. To learn how YOU can help, please contact Kate Fissell at  katefissell@gmail.com
 
The end of our Unite 100 campaign coincides on April 29 with a massive People’s Climate March in Washington DC. At this busy time for the bus companies we have only been able to reserve two buses from Pittsburgh. Watch for your chance to make a reservation. With a limited number of buses available, we are working with other groups to hold a large Pittsburgh Peoples Climate event. We believe it is fair to expect not hundreds but thousands of participants. More details soon.
 
There are steps we can take regardless of what happens in Washington.  For example, we can shift from fossil fuels to solar power for our homes.  Attendance at our first Solar Power Workshop with Solarize Allegheny has already exceeded the 60 people limit, but you can attend the Solar Open House on Feb 25 (see Events, below).  For more information about our Solar Power campaign, please contact Fred Kraybill at fredkraybill@yahoo.com
 
Another chance for individual action is with our Personal Divestment campaign. To learn how to ensure that your savings plans do not involve indirectly funding of projects like the Keystone Pipeline, please contact Lucyna DeBarbaro at  lucyna.debarbaro@gmail.com
 
Finally, if you want to lower your carbon footprint, be it with an electric car or more energy efficiency at home, please contact Warwick Powell at awpowell350@gmail.com

-- Peter Wray
Go Solar!
 
Our first Solar Workshop (where you can learn about the ins and outs of financing and installing) has reached maximum capacity. We are hoping to schedule a second workshop; stay tuned.

But, whether or not you've attended a workshop, please come on over to our Solar Open House on Sat., Feb 25 at Fred Kraybill's place in Point Breeze. He's the homeowner and the man to talk with about the advantages of capturing your own solar energy. 7211 Thomas Blvd, Point Breeze, 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM. Fred's phone is 412-335-9449.

For more information, please visit www.solarizeallegheny.org or contact Sharon Pillar, Solarize Allegheny project manager, at spillar@smartpower.org or 412-215-5995.
Even More Inconvenient

Vice President Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, has debuted at Sundance. Check out the website of his group, The Climate Reality Project, for action ideas.
Erosion: A Global-Warming Rap Video

Baba Brinkman writes hip-hop music about science. Now he has released a music rap video about global warming addressed to Donald Trump. In my opinion, we need more of these.  -- Elise Yoder
Upcoming Events

Feb 22: 350 Pittsburgh Steering Committee meeting, 5:30 - 7:00 PM, Squirrel Hill Library
Feb 25: Solarize Open House (see above), 7211 Thomas Blvd, Point Breeze,10:30 AM - 2:00 PM.
Apr 29: FutureFest. Join the free public festivities on the Phipps front lawn for FutureFest and glimpse Pittsburgh's sustainable future through art, demonstrations, performances, science and hands-on activities for all ages — from scavenger hunts to craft stations. Communitopia is the lead organizer. 
Apr 29: People's Climate Mobilization in Washington, D.C. We have two buses reserved.

Questions? Email us at 350pittsburgh@gmail.com 
Can You Donate to 350 Pittsburgh?

We've got a ton of activities going on now, and we need money for publicity, transportation (buses to D.C.!), printing, sign-making, etc. Please donate and help power us with clean energy--your dollars and your time.

Donate to 350 Pittsburgh
February 1, 2017
Copyright © 2017 350 Pittsburgh, All rights reserved.


Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp