Issue # 23 of 350 Pittsburgh's biweekly digest
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In this issue of Climate Action News ...
  • Unite 100: Movies
  • Climate Change Injustice - New Orleans, Mexico City, Everywhere
  • Many Events
  • Much News
Unite100: Great Movies This Weekend
               From Fenceline: A Company Town Divided (PBS) 

Our 100 Days of US - Unite100 campaign that links climate justice to social justice kicks off March with two events this weekend. (Our full Meetup calendar.)

FENCELINE: A Company Town Divided (PBS Point of View). "Named after a refinery now owned by Shell Oil, Norco, Louisiana, is home to two distinct communities—one black and one white. Though separated by mere blocks, their realities are worlds apart. A modern David and Goliath story, Fenceline shows how one small community and one big corporation struggle to come to terms." Thaddeus Popovich from Allegheny County Clean Air Now hosts a conversation after the movie. What will the Shell ethane cracker fence line in Beaver County look like?

Friday, March 3
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Pittsburgh Mennonite Church
2018 S Braddock Avenue, Swissvale, PA 15218
Register and View Map

Creating a Culture of Peace WorkshopConstructive Nonviolence and Nonviolent Resistance are the first steps to living a peace-making life and organizing a like-minded community.  Led by Elliott Adams, former paratrooper and past President of Veterans for Peace, who has dedicated his life to abolishing all war, and served in many political and civic leadership positions.

Saturday, March 4
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Friends Meeting House
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Registration and Map

Our Unite100 campaign is supported in part by a 100 Days of US award from The Sprout Fund. Email for more information. 

Why is the Climate Crisis Also a Social Justice Crisis?

“We’re going to lose all our heritage, all our culture,” Chief Albert Naquin of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe told the New York Times.  He was lamenting the move from Isle de Jean Charles, off the coast of New Orleans, to escape encroaching seas that would soon swamp the island, flood the homes, and kill the vegetation. His statement could be made by any climate refugee--any refugee anywhere, in fact. No one wants to be forced from their home.

Resource-poor populations often feel the effects of climate change first. As water becomes scarce (see this NYT article on Mexico City), crops fail, livestock dies, and food security becomes impossible. People must move. And according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, “Such moves, or the effects of climate change on natural resources, may spark conflict with other communities, as an increasing number of people compete for a decreasing amount of resources.”
In the US and around the world, climate change continues to cause unforeseen problems with solutions--if any exist--are expensive, impractical or traumatic. Conserving resources now with sustainable energy and food practices, respect for the planet and all who share it, is the only way to survive. Learn more about local climate and social justice organizations through our Unite100 campaign, which coordinates efforts of local groups to respond to the new administration in Washington. --Ellen Wilson

12 Ways We Can Help Stop Climate Change

The third of, yes, 12 mini-articles by Warwick Powell. (Recently upgraded from being only 11 articles.)

#3: Choose renewable power. Ask your utility to switch your account to clean, renewable power from wind farms, solar or hydro. If it doesn’t offer this option yet, ask it to do so.
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Into the Frying Pan: Limp Greens

About 700 million pounds of lettuce ends in landfills each year. From there it emits methane gas. So the next time your romaine and spring mix start to wilt, don’t throw them into the garbage, throw them into a skillet. To prepare, saute in olive oil some sliced onion and/or garlic, until the onion is translucent. Add the lettuce, salt, and pepper. Saute for one minute and savor a green and tasty side dish. 
Upcoming Events

Every Tuesday until further notice: #Tuesdays with Toomey rallies. Here's the innovative way the Sierra Club is applying pressure.

Mar 6: Screening of Thomas Jefferson's documentary The Way We Live. Monroeville Public Library, 7:00 PM.

Mar 7: The latest premiere screening of Sustainability Pioneers,a documentary series by local filmmaker Kirsi Jansa. In the ninth episode, Home Sweet Home, we follow a couple (350's own Lucyna de Barbaro and Ayres Freitas) building a passive house (tightly insulated low-energy home) in the Pittsburgh area. The film also visits a 100% electric, straw-bale house in Butler County and explores how performing an energy audit in an old home can reduce energy bills and climate pollution. CMU Mellon Institute Auditorium, 4400 Fifth Ave. Food & drink at 6:00, movie and discussion from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. More info and registration.

Mar 9: Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Eddy Theater, Chatham, 6:00 PM
Mar 22: Bob Inglis (one of the aisle-crossing heroes of the first Years of Living Dangerously series and executive director of asks whether free enterprise can solve climate change. 4:00 PM, University Club, Ballroom A (123 University Place). Limited space--reserve your seat.

Mar 22: 350 Pittsburgh Steering Committee meeting, Squirrel Hill Library, 5:30 - 7:00 PM. 

APRIL 29: A Big Day
(1)  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, from scavenger hunts to craft stations.   
(2) Climate action march here in Pittsburgh.
Details to follow.
(3) March in D.C. People's Climate Movement. We have two buses reserved and will be fundraising in order to heavily subsidize the ticket price. For questions, reservations, donations: 

Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere. You can't understand what Trump's doing to American without understanding the "Carbon Bubble." Alex Steffen,

In defense of the EPA. #TuesdaysWithToomey Facebook.

DEP links Lawrence County earthquakes to fracking. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Global Divestment Movement in May 2017  From May 5-13, join thousands of people everywhere to highlight the impacts of our institutions’ investments in fossil fuels and demand they do the right thing: Divest! Check out the Fossil Free Europe movement and let's get some actions going this side of the Atlantic.
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.

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