Issue # 13 of 350 Pittsburgh's biweekly digest
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In this issue of Climate Action News ...
  • Bill McKibben Was Here
  • 22,000 years
  • Mother Earth News Fair
  • Miami Beach and the DoD
  • Upcoming events

Look! Bill Was Here!

"Our success with the Keystone pipeline has empowered people. Oil executives are saying that every new pipeline faces resistance; they lament what they call the 'Keystone-ization' of their development projects. In my dark heart, I rejoiced. Now people believe it can be done." --Bill McKibben.

Tonight at Carnegie Lecture Hall, 350.org founder Bill McKibben joined panelists Dan Gilman, Gisele Fetterman and NextGen Climate founder Tom Steyer for an audience of 150 people. 

Someone  asked, "What is the single most important thing that each of us can do?" Bill's answer was straightforward: "The most important thing you can do as an individual is to not act as an individual. Instead, we must organize, organize, organize! The root of climate change is structural and systemic. We have to act as a collective. Then, if you have time left over, put solar panels on your roof." Of course, Bill isn't dissing solar panels or individual action. But he is claiming that no amount of individual actions will be enough.

Tom Steyer agreed. "During World War II, many people made personal sacrifices. But it took the government to direct that our factories stop making passenger cars and use all their resources for tanks, trucks, and airplanes. And what we're facing now is a war. As a businessman, I learned never to risk the whole enterprise. Addressing climate change isn't like taking out some insurance; it's because we've put the whole enterprise at risk."

Left, 350 Pittsburgh member Warwick Powell gives Bill one of our shirts.

"350.org is not so much an organized movement as it is a sprawling resistance."

22,000-Year Cartoon for Climate Deniers

At Grist the cartoonist/physicist Randall Munroe has created a somewhat amusing but ultimately depressing cartoon of the earth’s temperature that debunks the claim that since the climate is always changing, there's nothing new going on.

Mother Earth News Fair - Even Huger Than We Thought

Last weekend, 350 Pittsburgh was at the Mother Earth News Fair--along with 19,000 other people (!). 

The volunteers who staffed our booth over the three days (thank you, Pat Buddemeyer, Karen Campbell, Kate Fissell, Fred Kraybill, and Warwick Powell) said that lots of people stopped by. They estimate that 25% were concerned about climate change and 25% were climate change deniers, with the remainder somewhere in the middle. In line with recent research, our staffers found that people don't want to talk about doom and gloom, but about solutions--particularly solar power.

We also debuted a new 350 Pittsburgh brochure, thanks to Ellen Wilson and Kate Fissell.

Miami Beach, Arctic Ice, and the Dept. of Defense

The city of Miami Beach is one of the first places being directly and significantly affected by our changing climate. The city spreads along the flat limestone key across the bay from Miami. To combat the increasingly frequent street flooding, the city has created a $400 million project to raise the level of the streets and to pump away the seawater. 

Three thousand miles north of Miami Beach, the Arctic Ocean continues to warm, as indicated by the relatively rapid loss of sea ice in the first ten days of September.

Both are examples of climate change indicators that have long worried the folk at the Pentagon. As long ago as 2009 the realists at the Pentagon and the CIA recognized climate change as a threat to national security. It was termed an 'immediate risk’ in 2014, and last month a group of 25 from the national security community issued a set of climate-related recommendations for the next US President. Among the recommendations is the creation of a cabinet-level official dedicated to climate change and security issues plus the prioritization of climate change in intelligence assessments.  -- Peter Wray

Upcoming Events

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 9:00 brings artful garden and photography workshops, 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.

Ending 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.
Help Us Keep Tabling ...

It's important for us to have a local presence at events like the NextGen panel discussion and the Mother Earth News fair. But it takes money for tabling fees and transportation and printing. Please donate and help us continue to be out there in the world.

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October 5, 2016
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