Issue # 11 of 350 Pittsburgh's biweekly digest
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In this issue of Climate Action News ...
  • Help us staff the Mother Earth News Fair
  • Become an Eco-Sattva!
  • Greening Pittsburgh's buses
  • News and upcoming events
Help Us Staff the Mother Earth News Fair (Sep 23-25)
 
As you know, 350 Pittsburgh will have a booth at the Mother Earth News fair, September 23-25 at Seven Springs. We need a few volunteers to staff our booth over the three days of the fair. To volunteer, please contact us at 350pittsburgh@gmail.com. Here, we address your possible concerns:
  • It might be too hot: For Seven Springs, the historical average high temperature for these days in September is 70. (Granted, this is the average from 1971 - 2000; you've seen this visualization of what has happened since, right?)
  • It might be too cold: The historical average low temperature is 47.
  • Goats and chickens might be wandering around the fairground: This is a bad thing?
  • Traveling to Seven Springs will increase my personal carbon footprint: We will facilitate carpooling.
Become an EcoSattva

In Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva is a person who is able to reach nirvana but delays doing so out of compassion in order to save suffering beings.

An EcoSattva responds to climate change to save humankind. This is not about sitting back and meditating while the earth burns around us. It's about meeting the challenge with wisdom, compassion, and courage.

One Earth Sangha is offering a free 8-week online course from October 16 - December 11, 2016.  It's self-paced, but with live opening and closing sessions. Registration is open now.

The personal testimonies about this course from past years don't state whether an EcoSattva can prolong their existence until climate change is no longer a threat. Maybe that's something to explore.
Greening Our Buses: Taking It Personally

350 Pittsburgh co-founder A. Warwick Powell's statement at the June 24, 2016 board meeting of the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Pittsburgh has an ambitious opportunity to be carbon neutral by 2030. Electrifying our bus fleet is a part of that opportunity.

I have children and grandchildren. A significant part of climate change has occurred under my watch, during my stewardship of the earth, during my lifetime. Now that I know that we are the cause of climate change, what would my grandkids say if I did nothing about repairing the damage I have done? So I stand here before you for grandchildren everywhere to ask that you seriously consider helping to make the city of Pittsburgh carbon neutral by 2030 by electrifying our bus fleet. Actually, I’m not sure that 2030 is soon enough; maybe we need to aim for 2025.

I understand that being carbon neutral starts with each of us. I came to this meeting on one of our city buses. I drive an electric car and we have renewable electricity supplied into our house. Our household is planning to be carbon neutral well before 2025.

But being carbon neutral needs all of us. We in Pittsburgh are fortunate because the three major direct impacts of Climate Change—sea level rise, drought, and fires—will affect us less than most other places in the US.  This gives us a privileged position and, in my mind, an obligation  to others in the rest of the country and the world to takes steps to stop CO2 and methane emissions in our neck of the woods and so lessen the impact for everyone.

Greening the bus fleet sends a clear message that Pittsburgh wants to be a climate change leader.

350 Pittsburgh stands with this coalition of concerned groups ready to help the Port Authority be a cleaner, more attractive transit operator – for itself, the communities who rely upon it, and our environment.
Upcoming Events

Sep 9 - Oct 9: Re:NEW Festival, A celebration of creative reuse, transformation, and sustainability. Hands-on workshops, talks and tours for all ages. Performances, films, and music. On Sep 15 at 7:00 pm, the festival will feature a 45-minute screening of four Sustainability Pioneers documentary episodes produced by Chatham University professor Kirsi Jansa. 

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

China and US Give Big Boost to Paris Climate Accord. Ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement by China and the US emphasizes the need for global action to reduce climate change ...  

China and G20 Push "Green Finance". Unsurprisingly, "green finance" concerns investments that yield environmental benefits. If you like reading about externalities and mutuality mismatches, we recommend the 35-page report from the newly-founded G20 Green Finance Study Group. Or, you can watch Michael Metcalfe's 13-minute TED talk on printing international currency to fund green projects.

Texas Goes Big for Renewables. On a blustery February night, the Texas electricity market hit a milestone. Nearly half the power flowing onto the grid came from wind turbines, a level unimaginable a decade ago in a place better known for its long romance with fossil fuels ...

EPA Issues Standards for Heavy Truck GHG Emissions.  EPA rules will reduce GHG emissions from heavy-duty vehicles and increase their fuel efficiency ...  

EPA Finds Cause To Regulate GHG Emissions From Commercial Jets.  Using the Clean Air Act, the Obama Administration has taken the first step to issuing regulations that will reduce GHG emissions from commercial aircraft ...

September 7, 2016
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