Issue # 20 of 350 Pittsburgh's biweekly digest
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In this issue of Climate Action News ...
  • Help us get a Sprout Fund grant
  • Toomey, Denial and Us
  • Solarize 350 campaign
  • Cherry Chocolate Cookie Recipe
  • The latest climate reports (not good)
Help Us Win a Sprout Fund Grant

View our cool (and short) "pitch" video and LIKE us!
(deadline: Noon on Thurs, Jan 19)

On Jan 21, with our participation in the Women's March in D.C. we're launching Unite100, a series of climate and social justice events sponsored by area nonprofits in response to the new administration. We will demonstrate that change starts at the grassroots level, and that by working together we can build on recent progress in social and environmental justice movements. Climate Justice = Social Justice!

350 Pittsburgh has applied for a Sprout Fund 100 Days of US grant. One selection criterion is number of Likes. Here's a Sprout Fund update:

-- We've been blown away by the response since voting opened this week as thousands of likes have poured in for the more than 150 project ideas vying for support. THE ONLY WAY to help your favorite projects get funded is by donating money to the #100days crowdfunding campaign on CrowdRise.


What can I do? We were hoping you'd ask:
Day Against Denial

There we are, above, enjoying the bracing January air down at Station Square on Jan 9. Members of 350 Pittsburgh and our co-sponsors gathered at the office of Senator Pat Toomey (R), urging him not to confirm the cabinet-ful of climate change deniers that Pres-elect Trump has nominated.

The meeting was cordial and there's the promise of future meetings. Toomey's staff were able to see the assembled citizens on the street below.

Held in conjunction with 350.org national's Day Against Denial. Our co-sponsors included Allegheny Clean Air Now, Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, Citizens Climate Lobby, Communitopia, Food & Water Watch, GASP, Marcellus Protest, PennEnvironment, Women for a Healthy Environment. Thank you to all our volunteers, and in particular Kate Fissell for some of the heavy lifting. Photo by Maren Cooke.
Our 2017 Kick-Off Meeting

On Jan 9 we discussed our new and ongoing campaigns, including personal and institutional divestment from fossil fuels; Unite100 (see above); Solarize 350 (see below); and the proposed Pittsburgh Climate Action Network.

Clockwise: Our intern Elyse Thurman with grandma Wanda Guthrie; Lucy de Bararo illustrating the performance of your fossil-free portfolio; competitors stumped by a Rex Tillerson quiz question; Fred Kraybill making a point about solar. Photos by Joe Guthrie.

Ellen's Excellent Vegan Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you didn't attend our Jan 12 meeting, here's one of the things you missed. Recipe from Ellen Wilson.

Being vegan is an excellent way to decrease your impact on the planet.  According to One Green Planet, a single cow produces between 250 and 500 liters of methane – one of the worst greenhouse gases – every day. A small dairy farm with 70 cows produces about as much methane as a single fracking well. And that doesn’t take into account the water used to raise and transport cattle, the pollution other than methane caused by all that manure, the land ruined by over-grazing …
 
It’s enough to make one long for a nice cup of tea and a cookie. Whip up a batch of these vegan chocolate chip cherry cookies to reward yourself after a day of activism.

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Oven at 325. Makes about 30.
 
Two T ground flax seed
2 cups flour
½ t baking soda
½ t salt
1½ t cocoa powder
1 dash cinnamon
a few gratings of fresh nutmeg
1½ sticks vegan butter, melted and cooled (I use Earth Balance Buttery Sticks)
1 cup coconut sugar
½ cup white sugar
2 t vanilla
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life mini chips)
½ cup dried cherries (or other dried berries)
 
Mix the flax seed with 6 T water and warm it for a minute or so in the microwave or on the stove. It will magically assume the consistency of thick egg white. Set it aside to cool.
 
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Combine melted butter with sugars until blended. Add flax seed and vanilla. Add in dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir in chips and cherries.
 
Place rounded teaspoons of dough on cookie sheets and bake about 10 mins (depending on how soft or crunchy you like your cookies). Let sit on pan for a couple of minutes after you take them out of the oven, then finish cooling on a wire rack
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Go Solar!
 
Attend a Solar Workshop held for 350 Pittsburgh on Feb 2 to get an overview of solar energy, meet two local pre-screened solar installers, learn about financing, and be able to request a free evaluation of your home's solar suitability and a quote through the program. The installers are offering a $500 discount for all signed contracts by June 16, 2017! In addition, reps from the Sound Home Plan from Conservation Consultants, Inc. will provide information about making your home more energy efficient.

      Thursday, February 2, 2017
      East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Room 234
      116 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
      6:30 PM – 8:30 PM  (registration, light refreshments 6:15 PM)
      Pre-registration: https://solarize350pgh.eventbrite.co

But there's nothing quite like seeing it up close and personal. Come to the Solar Open House on Sat., Feb 25 at Fred Kraybill's place in Point Breeze. He's the homeowner and the man to talk with about the advantages of capturing your own solar energy. 7211 Thomas Blvd, Point Breeze, 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM. Fred's phone is 412-335-9449.

For more information, please visit www.solarizeallegheny.org or contact Sharon Pillar, Solarize Allegheny project manager, at spillar@smartpower.org or 412-215-5995.
Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting The Trump Agenda

What worked for the Tea Party can work for us--but even better. Former Congressional aides have written this handbook full of useful hints on how to lobby our elected officials, based on what worked for the anti-Obama Tea Party movement. Download the Guide.
The
Whole
Depressing
Laundry
List . . .
Yes, 2016 was the hottest year ever, breaking all sorts of records, not in a good way. If you have seasonal affective disorder (SAD), you may not want to read this climate round-up from independent news organization Truth-Out.

Also don't read the 2016 year-end report from NOAA. Or a NOAA scientist's commentary. Avoid this report in The Guardian.
Upcoming Events

Jan 21: The Women's March in DC
Jan 24: Make calls for Solarize workshop. Sierra Club activist night, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. 425 N Craig St. Suite 202, Oakland.
Jan 25: 350 Pittsburgh Steering Committee meeting, 5:30 - 7:00 PM, Squirrel Hill Library
Feb 2: Solarize Workshop (see above), East Liberty Presbyterian, 6:30 - 8:30 PM.
Feb 25: Solarize Open House (see above), 7211 Thomas Blvd, Point Breeze,10:30 AM - 2:00 PM.
Apr 29: People's Climate Mobilization in Washington, D.C. We have at least two buses reserved.

Questions? Shoot us an email at 350pittsburgh@gmail.com 
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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January 18, 2017
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