Issue # 25 of 350 Pittsburgh's biweekly digest
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In this issue of Climate Action News ...
  • Building New Hope Coffee - This Saturday, April 8
  • Write/Tweet-A-Thon - April 7
  • Wind Power Update
  • News and BIG events calendar
April 8: Enjoy Some Socially-Conscious, Bird-Friendly Coffee

Enjoy a free sample of Building New Hope coffee when you shop at the East End Food Co-op on April 8. This organic, shade-grown and bird-friendly coffee supports healthy communities by protecting biodiversity and providing fair trade compensation for partner farmers. Building New Hope operates supplemental schools for at-risk youth in Nicaragua and provides grants for education and infrastructure.

Here in Pittsburgh, Building New Hope works to promote a healthy ecosystem and spread awareness of how fair trade relationships can help reduce poverty and inequality. And, naturally, its beans are locally roasted and packed every week by 19 Coffee Company in Washington, PA. Sip a sample and appreciate how important your coffee choice can be!

 
Sat April 8, 9:00 - 11:00 AM
East End Food Co-Op
7516 Meade St.

A Unite100 event
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? 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, 6:00 -10:00 PM
Thomas Merton Center
5129 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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A Unite100 event
The Second People's Climate March

The Second People’s Climate March is 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. Don't delay too long--the buses are already 60% booked.

A Wind in their Sails

Previously, we talked about the 29 states that have a renewable-energy portfolio standard. You may well be asking: Fred, what about the other 21 states? There are 9 states in the West and Midwest where the winds are so strong that wind power is the cheapest form of new electrical generation. And these states are installing wind power at such an accelerated rate that they may not even need a renewable portfolio standard. Iowa and South Dakota get over 30% of their electricity from wind, North Dakota, Kansas, and Oklahoma are over 20%, and Texas, Nebraska, and Idaho (and soon Wyoming) are over 10%. And these states have a lot more investment in wind power in the pipeline.

This 2016 American Wind Power Report, on p.8, shows the percentage of their electricity that each state gets from wind. Pennsylvania ranks 16th. 

Stay tuned for the next digest where we will ask what is happening with clean energy in the southern Appalachian coal country.  (Hint: it will be good news). -- Fred Kraybill

Unite100
The 350Pittsburgh Unite100 campaign that links Climate Justice to Social Justice is supported in part by the Sprout Fund’s 100 Days of US. See our meetup calendar or our Unite100 Facebook page for full event lists.
Upcoming Events

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

Apr 4-5: Phipps' One Health, One Planet symposium explores local and global environmental issues to build a shared interdisciplinary definition of health. RSVP. 
Apr 6-8: CMU's Sustainability Weekend presents panel discussions on sustainable art, engineering and community engagement. RSVP.

Apr 7: Write-a-thon / tweet-a-thon targeting current issues, The Thomas Merton Center, 6:00 - 10:00 PM (see above)
Apr 8: Building New Hope Coffee, East End Food Co-op, 9:00 - 11:00 am (see above)
Apr 8-9: Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Apr 9The 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. 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) Climate action march/rally here in Pittsburgh. leaving from Oakland at 10:00 AM. More details to follow.
(2)  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. 350 Pgh will have a booth.
(3) Join the Sprout Fund to celebrate the close of the 100 Days of US. Meet the Pittsburghers who have taken action in 27 projects. Food and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public, 4:00 - 7:00 PM EventBrite ticket.
(4) Second People's Climate March in D.C. See above or this page for more information.


Jun 25:  Allegheny SolarFest 2017 Held in conjunction with a free admission day at the Children's Museum, North Side, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
News

How Americans Think About Climate Change, In Six Maps. Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening, and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that the changes will harm them personally. New interactive maps from the Yale Program on Climate Communication give the most detailed view yet of public opinion.  The New York Times

#NoKXL. A message from Bill McKibben on Donald Trump's approval of the federal permit for the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline.

Climate Change is Already Making US Kids Sicker.  The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of the health burdens of climate change will fall on children under age 5. Truthout.org
Can You Donate to 350 Pittsburgh?

We've got a ton of activities going on now, and we need money for publicity, to subsidize bus riders to D.C., for banners for festivals, etc. Please donate and help power us with clean energy--your dollars and your time.

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April 4, 2017
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