Issue # 12 of 350 Pittsburgh's biweekly digest
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In this issue of Climate Action News ...
  • Anti-Fracking Rally - Sep 22
  • Carbon Offsets
  • Sunny-Day Flooding
  • 350Action for Politics
  • Upcoming Events
Big Anti-Fracking Rally Downtown

On Thursday, September 22, the Marcellus shale industry’s convention is coming to town. Donald Trump, who wants to relax environmental regulations and states that climate change is a hoax, will address the convention along with Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald.

In response, One Pittsburgh and NextGen Climate will hold a family-friendly rally for environmental and economic justice featuring kids' crafts, music, and more. 

When: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm (an updated time!), Thursday, Sep 22
Where: Outside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Guilt Reduction With Carbon Offsets

Carbon offsets let you compensate for causing greenhouse gas emissions – from air travel, for example – by contributing to an environmental program or industry that is certified to reduce greenhouse gases. If you think this sounds like buying a papal indulgence, well, that’s kind of how it works. The difference is that the contribution to sustainable energy is real. Your air travel still dumps CO2 into the environment but this is one way to make up for it – at least a little.
The Sierra Club Outings program has chosen NativeEnergy to provide their carbon offsets, and here’s why: “NativeEnergy helps build renewable energy projects that deliver on their carbon reduction promises while also helping the communities where they are located.” Check out this clear and well-researched article on why Sierra Club supports offsets in the first place. Example projects include:
  • "Slow-sand" water filters in Ghana (instead of burning wood and charcoal to boil the water)
  • Methane capture for the Southern Ute Tribe in Colorado
  • Landfill gas-to-energy in New York state
  • Wind farms in northwest China
  • Small-scale hydropower in Brazil
Sunny-Day Flooding

This relatively recent phenomenon of sunny-day flooding happens during high tide in certain coastal areas when the wind is strong enough to send water up the beach and into peoples’ homes. It will be a common scenario in the future, when the oceans have risen due to climate change. The problem is, it’s already happening along the East Coast and Gulf Coast, providing a clear illustration of what to expect elsewhere as sea levels continue to rise. 
As William J. Stiles, head of Wetlands Watch in Norfolk, VA, told the New York Times, “There’s just more and more visible impacts: water on the street, water that won’t clear from the ditch, these intense rain events, higher tides. It’s beginning to catch the attention of citizens, restaurant owners, business people, politicians.”
Local governments are building sea walls and floodgates while residents are elevating their homes – when they can afford to. All of these options are expensive, and their efficacy is questionable. Read more about it in the New York Times. (Above photo courtesy
Participating in the Fall Election Campaigns 

350 Pittsburgh is a local affiliate of and is a project of the Thomas Merton Center.  Because of our IRS 501(c)3 status we do not engage in any political actions, endorse or support candidates.  However, to support their direct-action political work, our national organization has set up an independent group called 350Action. To support political action for climate change, please visit the 350Action web site.
Upcoming Events

Through 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. 

Sep 22: Anti-fracking rally (see above). Outside the Convention Center, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.

Sep 23-25: Mother Earth News fair. Check out all the eco-friendly exhibits and don't forget to visit the 350 Pittsburgh booth. Seven Springs Resort.

Oct 1: Pittsburgh Solar Tour. This year’s tour, organized by PennFuture, offers multiple routes that feature a mix of solar homes, businesses, and public buildings plus, mapped bike paths and children's activities. Noon – 4 pm.

Oct 7-8: Reconnect. Stunning ephemeral art made from natural materials ... the Wilkins School Community Center's annual fall eco-festival unites Art & Nature. Free showing of the Andy Goldsworthy documentary Rivers and Tides at 7:00 pm Friday. Saturday morning starting at 10:00 brings artful garden and photography workshops, a nature walk, children's activities, a plant swap and art-supply swap. In the afternoon we'll create our own ephemeral art at Nine Mile Run (pre-registration required). Wilkins School Community Center, Regent Square.

Nov 1: Free workshop: Children's Environmental Health: Protecting Children Where They Live, Learn, and Play. Sponsored by Southwestern PA's Environmental Health Project. Intermediate Unit 7 (102 Equity Drive, Greensburg, PA  15601), 8:30 am - 1:00 pm.. 
September 21, 2016
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