Issue # 24 of 350 Pittsburgh's biweekly digest
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In this issue of Climate Action News ...
  • Muslim Ally Training - Thursday
  • Second People's Climate March - April 29
  • Women + Climate Justice
  • Project Drawdown

The Second People's Climate March

In 2014, there was the first People's Climate March in New York. Now, a diverse coalition has organized a Second People’s Climate March on April 29 in Washington D.C. We have arranged for three buses to take folks from SW Pennsylvania to this march. If you want to get on the bus, REGISTER HERE.


Unite100 Events

The 350Pittsburgh Unite100 campaign that links Climate Justice to Social Justice is gearing up for a busy two weeks, with five events planned. Unite100 is supported in part by the Sprout Fund’s 100 Days of US. See the meetup calendar or our Unite100 Facebook page for full calendars. And see below for details about each of these events:

Mar 30 - Ally Training with the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh 
Mar 31 - Showing of "Fenceline" for youth (volunteers needed)
Apr 1 - Rehab a house in East Liberty
Apr 3 - Showing of "The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community"
Apr 7 - Write-a-thon / tweet-a-thon targeting current issues (volunteers needed)

March 30: This Thursday the Islamic Center Invites Us to Become Muslim Allies

Join 350Pittsburgh / Unite100 as we share an evening with our Muslim neighbors and learn about their culture and community and how to support them in these difficult times.  We reach out to the Muslim community as part of Unite100 because we realize the climate solution involves everyone!   Did you know the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh has a Go Green plan?

Our speaker Wasi Mohamed, executive director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, grew up in Harrisburg and attended the University of Pittsburgh to earn degrees in Neuroscience, the History and Philosophy of Science, and Religious Studies. 

Thursday March 30, 7:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
5401 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Eventbrite info and sign-up HERE
March 31: Youth Movie Night: Eat, Watch, Discuss, Resist

Hey, Pittsburghers age 14- 22: Did you know that Shell Oil is proposing construction on a massive petrochemical facility just outside of Allegheny County with predictions that more plants and pipelines will follow!

Join us to learn how living near such a plant may affect YOU and your community. Learn what it’s like to live near a huge plant and what we can do to defend Pittsburgh’s clean air and water and our health. We’ll be screening the film “Fenceline: A Company Town Divided,” eating free Chipotle and sharing ideas on how you can become involved in this (and other) eco activism. Discussion will be moderated by local filmmaker and activist, Mark Dixon.

Friday March 31, 7:00 PM
East Liberty Presbyterian Church
116 South Highland Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15206
Facebook info and sign-up HERE  (RSVPs requested)
April 1: Rebuild a home in East Liberty

Join 350 Pittsburgh's Unite100  project as we participate in Open Hand Ministry's resconstruction project. We will  connect with our neighbors in a very tangible way as we rebuild a home for a low-income resident of East Liberty. No experience needed. Due to the risks at a construction site, participants must be 14 or older, and teenagers 14-17 must be accompanied by a parent.

Sat. April 1, 9AM – 3PM
East Liberty, Pittsburgh PA, exact location TBA.

RSVP requested, meet-up sign-up HERE or email 350Pittsburgh@gmail.com
April 3: Screen "The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community"

This movie is a powerful resource to motivate your congregation to become more involved in the movement for climate justice. We will also provide resources for congregational eco-theological study. Sponsored by Greening Our Faith. For more information contact Wanda Guthrie (wanda.guthrie@gmail.com) or Claudia Detwiler (cdetwil@earthlink.net).
 
Monday April 3, 7:00 PM
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House
4836 Ellsworth Avenue, PA 15213, Pittsburgh, PA
April 7: Write-a-Thon, Tweet-a-Thon

Join us at Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn as we host a write-a-thon and tweet-a-thon at the Thomas Merton Center located in the heart of the Penn Avenue creative corridor. Stop by for a few minutes to write a post card or send a tweet to your representative about an issue that you feel is important:  EPA funding? Keystone XL?  Pittsburgh water? Healthcare? Petrochemical plant? Fracking? Ban the bomb?

Don’t know what to say or who to send it to? No problem! There will be a list of short messages, with address labels and stamps provided.  Want to tweet but don’t have a twitter account? No worries! Our friendly social media whiz kids will help you create an account and send your very first tweet in under 10 minutes. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #resist and #100days.

Friday April 7, 6PM-10PM
Thomas Merton Center
5129 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Get EventBrite Tickets

A year ago, Paul Hawken gave a compelling climate-action talk at the Hill House. He has gathered a team of scientists to identify options that are immediately actionable because they don't rely on scientific invention or on national/international governmental agreements. The goal is to reach the point of "drawdown" (net reduction) of our atmosphere's CO2. Check out Project Drawdown and their new book releasing on April 18.
Women's Justice = Climate Justice

It is hard being a woman today. As climate change makes clean, safe water and food scarcer, people in areas of poverty have to go through a great deal of trouble to feed their families. In many societies, women are burdened with this task and other domestic chores. Women feel the negative effects of climate change more strongly than men, especially in areas with limited resources. According to this report on NPR, women in Africa typically have to travel at least 30 minutes to get safe, clean water and carry back a 40-pound container on their head. The trip can be much longer depending on the distance to a working pump, how many people are queued up, shortages during the summertime, etc.

Climate change also brings extreme weather. According to ThinkProgress, in addition to providing clean water for their families, women in under-served communities are also in charge of growing the crops. When there are extreme droughts or flooding, women are seen as the natural caretakers. To keep their families safe from war and conflict, women take their families and flee from their homes while their sons and/or husbands stay to fight. In an unfamiliar area and dangerous time, it is hard to support a family. Some women may also be pregnant, breastfeeding, and/or caring for toddlers, which makes leaving their homes much more difficult than for young, single men. In order to make ends meet, some women sell their bodies into human trafficking.

Women carry the heaviest burdens, but are still seen as less than men. They have no voice or power to create the change they need. I went to the Women’s March in Washington DC, which was the first step toward empowering women. I saw a lot of strong women that day who were making themselves heard. People of all sexualities, ages, and ethnicities were there that day and it was moving to see the number of people willing to fight for their rights. We cannot lose this momentum.

Climate change is creating dangerous circumstances for women and their families, especially in areas of poverty. In those areas, it is common for girls to be denied the opportunity to be educated. If more girls are educated there is more brain power to help solve this climate issue. 

As you can see, climate change and women’s rights have a strong correlation. Unite 100’s mission is to link climate justice, social justice, and women’s rights. -- Dorie Sullivan, 350 Pittsburgh intern
Upcoming Events

Every Tuesday until further notice: #Tuesdays with Toomey rallies. 

Mar 30 - Apr 7: Unite 100 events -- see above

Apr 8-9: Banff Mountain Film Festival. Volunteers needed for leafleting on Apr 8.

Apr 9: The Ohio and Pennsylvania Communities Rising Tour features voices from the front lines in the wave of direct action against the corporate state. Last year, Grant Township became the first municipality in the nation to legalize nonviolent direct action to stop frack waste from coming into their community. Community Building, 3907 Purchase Line Road, Clymer, PA (near Indiana, PA). 3:00 - 5:00 PM.

Apr 20: The Green Building Alliance Inspire Speaker Series presents an Environmental Justice and Civic Conversation with Dr. John Francis, Planetwalker. Hill House, 4:30 - 7:00 PM. Speaker, tickets and the event schedule.

Apr 21-22: Beaver County Peace Links events co-sponsored with Peace Action and Veterans for Peace and endorsed by 350 Pittsburgh. Michael McPhearson, Exec. Dir. of Veterans for Peace and Kevin Martin, Exec. Dir of Peace Action, speak at the Pitt Law School on Fri, Apr 21 at 7:00 PM and at the Community College of Beaver County (in Monaca) on Sat, Apr 22 at 1:00 PM.

Apr 22: Go Green Festival holds an Earth Day celebration at Clearview Mall in Butler, PA. 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. We need volunteers for our 350 Pittsburgh information table.

Apr 26: 350 Pittsburgh Steering Committee meeting. Everyone is welcome. 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. 350 Pgh will have a booth.
(2) Climate action march here in Pittsburgh. Details to follow.
(3) Second People's Climate March in D.C. See above or this page for more information
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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March 28, 2017
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