Issue # 9 of 350 Pittsburgh's biweekly digest
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In this issue of Climate Action News ...
  • What Happened at the March for a Clean Energy Revolution
  • The Vampire Expressway
  • Mother Earth News Fair
  • Upcoming Events and News

Marching in Philly: The Heat Was On

About 150 Pittsburghers joined 10,000 fellow activists in the March for a Clean Energy Revolution in Philadelphia. On the day before the opening of the Democratic National Convention, the marchers urged Democrats to end fracking, oppose the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership, and shift to a greener economy at a faster pace.

Pittsburgher Patricia DeMarco reports, “The anger and frustration with a political system that has ignored or opposed actions to reverse climate change rose in waves of passionate demands: Stop Fracking Now! We Are the Revolution—Go Solar Now! Stop fracking wealth and protect public health!”

Naomi Swerdlow said, “The march was an amazing experience despite the heat. Thousands of people showed up to try to protect our planet. There were people of all major religions and beliefs, plus all races. While not all agreed on candidates for president, all cared about our planet, water, and the air we breathe.” Kate Fissell pointed out that the coverage by the mainstream press seemed to focus on the actions of the ‘Bernie’ supporters, even though the signs all said “clean energy” and “ban fracking.”

Photo courtesy of Naomi Swerdlow.

The Vampire Expressway

You thought the extension of the Mon-Fayette Expressway was dead and buried? No. The PA Turnpike Commission is once again pushing for a $1.6B extension from Route 51 to Monroeville. Let the debt-laden Turnpike Commission know what YOU think about this plan, when it is investment in public transit that is needed. There are four public hearings: Aug 9 – West Mifflin; Aug 10 – Oakland; Aug 16 – Monroeville; and Aug 17 – Churchill.  Some background; the case “for”; the case “against.”
Mother Earth News Fair - Call for Volunteers
 
We all know Mother Earth News, right? Organic gardening, chickens and goats, upcycling, and natural remedies. Also: green transportation, eco-friendly homes, and renewable energy in your backyard.

350 Pittsburgh has reserved a booth at the Mother Earth News fair, September 23-25 at Seven Springs. We’ll be designing a “mini-campaign” to inspire attendees to take climate action. We’ll need people to help us develop the campaign message and materials; to staff the booth over the three days of the fair; and as roving ambassadors to visit other booths, many of which will harbor potential partners and allies. To volunteer, please contact us at 350pittsburgh@gmail.com
Upcoming Events

Aug 11-14:
Driftless: a new play about fracking from the Hatch Arts Collective. "A young family sprouts from the hills of Southwestern Pennsylvania. A Catholic priest from Eastern Minnesota embeds himself in a new community. Guided by the science and wisdom of two saints, Driftless unearths the full cost of hydraulic fracturing." New Hazlett Theater.

Aug 24: 350 Pittsburgh Steering Committee monthly meeting, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Squirrel Hill Library. All are welcome.

Sep 10: Go Green festival (formerly the Fossil Free Energy Fair), including an Electric Car Show and Cruise. Cranberry Township.

Sep 23-25: Mother Earth News fair (see above). Seven Springs Resort.

Oct 1: Pittsburgh Solar Tour. October is National Solar Tour month. Yes, really. This year’s Pittsburgh tour, organized by PennFuture, offers multiple routes that feature a mix of solar homes, businesses, and public buildings. In total, there will be 20 tour stops with educational resources and knowledgeable solar owners and advocates at each one. Plus, there will be mapped bike paths and children's activities promoted on each route. Noon – 4 pm.
News Items

With thanks to our friends at the Sierra Club ...
 

GOP Platform Doesn’t Bode Well for the Environment.. What’s worse than failing to recognize climate change? A clear plan to abandon needed protection of the environment in favor of the polluters.

Democratic Party Platform – Mainly Good, but Some Misses. Absence of a fracking ban and no opposition to TPP mar an otherwise strong platform for Democrats to run against the Republicans.

Global Temperature Record-Breaking Extends to 14 Months. The steadily rising average monthly global temperature raises urgency for climate action.

Anthrax, Wolverines, and Climate Change.  A changing climate has consequences for the native people in Siberia infected by anthrax and for wolverines isolated in the shrinking snowpack in the Rocky Mountains.

August 4, 2016
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