Issue # 18 of 350 Pittsburgh's biweekly digest
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In this issue of Climate Action News ...
  • Four new campaigns!
  • Stopping Pruitt
  • Please Donate + Volunteer Opp
  • Upcoming Events & News

New Campaigns Kick Off on January 12

Start 2017 on a positive note and join us at our first general meeting of the year on Thursday, Jan 12.  Meet some climate activists and hear all about our campaigns and how to get involved:

  • Pittsburgh's First 100 Days: Events and actions to counter the damaging efforts of the Trump administration (see below).
  • 350 Pittsburgh Solar Campaign: In cooperation with Solarize Allegheny, promotes installation of solar energy on our own homes. The first workshop is Feb 2 (see below).
  • Pittsburgh Climate Action Network: A convergence of diverse grassroots groups to continue battling climate change locally.
  • Pittsburgh Divestment Coalition: Working with the Thomas Merton Center to coordinate and strengthen divestment activity at Chatham, Pitt, CMU, local philanthropies, and local pension funds..
Friends Meeting House on 4836 Ellsworth Ave., 7:00 pm.

Pittsburgh's First 100 Days Campaign
350 Pittsburgh is launching this campaign to tap into and focus the groundswell of energy and concern emerging in response to the new administration.  Our theme is Climate Justice = Social Justice. We are reaching out to other groups to coordinate a series of activities to highlight this connection. Our immediate goals are to strengthen the ties between participating social justice and environmental groups in SW PA, to help groups attract and retain new active members, and to insure a visible response to actions taken by the new administration.  

Interested in volunteering? Contact Kate at
  • Kickoff at our Jan 12 general meeting (see above).
  • First event: The Women's March in DC on Jan 21.
  • Conclude with the People's Climate Mobilization in DC on April 29. (350 Pittsburgh has signed on as a supporter.)
Be Part of the Climate Solution - Go Solar!
Solarize Allegheny and 350 Pittsburgh invite you to learn how solar energy can work for your home or business. Replacing dirty fossil fuels with clean, renewable energy is a crucial strategy to address climate change and improve our local air quality.
At an information session on Thursday evening, February 2, you'll get an overview of solar energy, meet two local pre-screened solar installers, hear about financing that is available, and be able to request a free evaluation of your home's solar suitability and a quote through the program.
Later in the month, visit a home with solar panels installed and talk to the homeowner -- our own Fred Kraybill -- about the advantages of capturing the energy from the sun that shines on your property.
Look for additional details and a sign-up for these events in the next digest.
We love our donors - past, present, and future!

If you've given funds or in-kind contributions to 350 Pittsburgh in 2015 or 2016: we thank you. You've helped us go to marches, show movies, work toward fossil fuel divestment, and educate people about climate action at fairs, rallies, salons, banquets, and bingo nights (just kidding) (but why not?).

Now, whether you've given in the past or not, please help us get a powerful start for our major new 2017 campaigns. One-time donations are great. Sustaining monthly gifts are even greaterif such a thing is possible. When our income is more predictable, we can make larger plans with confidence. Did you see all our campaigns above? We are being ambitious, because the times demand it.

You can make either kind of donation through Paypal, using the link below, or with a credit card. Or arrange an automatic recurring payment through your bank. Please contact us at if you have questions about how to donate or if you need a receipt for your 2016 donation.
Donate to 350 Pittsburgh
Volunteer Opp: SurveyMonkey

Are you a reasonably savvy user of SurveyMonkey? We want to do the first-ever survey of the 350 Pittsburgh membership to, you know, learn more about ourselves. Can you be a resource person for questions about SurveyMonkey (both the free and unfree versions) and also its integration with MailChimp? 
If so, please shoot us an email at 

Stop Scott Pruit as Head of the EPA

 Sign the SIerra Club's Petition

Note that the major efforts to de-rail Donald Trump's nomination of climate change denier Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA (along with his nominations of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and Rick Perry as Energy Secretary) will take place in states where there are wavering Republican senators. Pat Toomey is not such a senator, so Pennsylvania is not a key campaign target. Nevertheless, there may be a lot more to write about when the nomination process begins in January.

Upcoming Events

Dec 21: Steering Committee - Squirrel Hill Library, 5:30 pm.
Jan 12: Our general meeting (see above), Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Ave, Shadyside, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
Jan  25: Steering Committee - Squirrel Hill Library, 5:30 pm.
Feb 2: Solar campaign workshop (see above). Evening; exact time and location to be announced.
April 29:  People's Climate Mobilization -- a BIG climate march in D.C.

Global Divestment Reaches $5 Trillion. Over the past 15 months fossil fuel divestment has doubled to $5 trillion. This encompasses 688 institutions and 58,399 individuals across 76 countries.

Tillerson: "Astonishing" in a bad way.. The news that President-elect Donald Trump is nominating Rex Tillerson, the chairman and chief executive of ExxonMobil, as his Secretary of State is astonishing on many levels.  The New Yorker.

Divestment by Teachers. Pennsylvania teachers want their pension dollars out of fossil fuels. Philadelphia Inquirer.

Standing Rock - Dakota Pipeline Victory. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes.

Can Coal Miners Become Solar Technicians? Fossil fuels still account for 78 percent of global final energy consumption as of 2014. But in moving away from polluting sources of energy, we need to make sure that the workers who for decades have dug up coal aren’t left in the lurch.
December 14, 2016
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