Juniper Group Sierra Club September 2019 Newsletter
Welcome All—Members, Transfers, New Members, and Friends
Climate Change is not a problem for multilateralism, Climate Change is a problem for us all. The race is on. It’s a race we can win. It’s a race we must win. ~ UN Secretary-General António Guterres, host of the UN 2019 Climate Action Summit, Sept. 23
408.88ppm = Sept. 11, 2019, atmospheric CO2 concentration at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii
385.11ppm = Sept. 12, 2009, atmospheric CO2 concentration ten years ago
— Wednesday, Sept. 18 – Program: Newberry Volcano: Our Backyard Giant
— Friday, Sept. 20 – Global Climate Strike – 4-6pm, Gather at Peace Corner
Wall + Greenwood
— Monday, Sept. 23 – Campaign Finance Reform Forum, 7pm
— Wednesday, Oct. 16 – Program: David Suzuki on Climate: The Future Trajectory
— Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Program: BeaverWorks Oregon
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— Executive Committee candidate – Fall is election time! (see below)
— Welcoming people on a Program night (third Wednesdays)
— Bring a Snack to Program night ($ reimbursed)
— Program Night – help setup and/or cleanup, speaker ideas
— A/V tech – help us set-up tech connections for program night
— Membership Chair – email us to learn more (listed above)
— Website – updates, content, enhancement
— Political Committee – the importance of 2020 elections cannot be over stated
The focus of our newsletter is often on the Climate Crisis, with a mission to inform readers, to spur activism, and to generate a sense of community among we who care about our Blue Planet: the perfection of Nature, Wildlife, Wildlands, Oceans, old growth Forests, Climate Equity, the Future for loved ones, the immorality of the annihilation of countless species slipping away because they’re unable to adapt to the effuse of fossil fuels and human consumption.
Climate encompasses issues that have called us to be environmentalists. Its hand is gripping everything, from the Earth’s microbiome to megafauna and flora to the stratosphere. Climate trouble is so big, so ungraspable, so tragic we’ve been late to act. Humans have suffered the Bystander Effect, when people hang back because, well, other people hang back, stuck within the status quo (abetted by Fossil Fuel’s corrupt narrative).
With moderate prodding not working, Bill McKibben advises us to speak plainly about Climate. And gratefully, such talk is accelerating. Books and articles on the climate crisis proliferate. The media is getting on board: 250+ news outlets are collaborating in a new global collaboration called Covering Climate Now, to amplify Climate coverage. Signs are that talk is working (aided by Nature’s stinging messenger, extreme weather). According to a new CBS poll, “Americans are waking up.” Two-thirds of Americans say the Climate Crisis must be addressed.
Coming up are several openings for us to “talk.” Get yourself to a Global Climate Strike rally on Sept. 20. Attend the Campaign Finance Reform forum (Bend) on Sept. 28 to get Big Money out of Oregon politics. Comment on Oregon’s 100-Year Water Plan. Join the Political Committee. Eat more vegetables, less meat. Consume less, buy judiciously. Pester Rep. Walden with emails demanding that Congress take action on Climate, gun safety, education, etc. Bring your Talk to neighbors, friends, family. Turn Climate silence into Climate Science.
*Check out the photo-for-thought at the very end of each newsletter.
— Wednesday, Sept. 18 – Newberry Volcano: Our Backyard Giant. Learn about our mighty volcanic neighbor, Newberry Volcano! Dr. Stu Garrett, our speaker and driving force behind achieving its permanent protection in November 1990, will share his passion for Newberry’s geology, botany, wildlife and deep history. Located 20 miles south of Bend, Newberry Volcano is the largest Ice Age volcano, by volume, in the Northwest. Since it’s not filled with water, the caldera is arguably an even better geological study area than its spectacular southern neighbor, Crater Lake. Even though it’s one of the continent’s most well-studied volcanoes, the area remains relatively unspoiled. Snacks and networking, 6:30, program begins at 6:50. Free, at the Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend.
— Saturday, Sept. 20 – Global Climate Strike Rally. Mother Nature is crying. Science not silence. Our house is on fire. Change the system, not the Climate. Planet not profit. We deserve a future. Don’t just watch us, join us—Will you stand with our Youth on the 20th? Stand with neighbors, city/county officials, business leaders? Like the majority of Americans, you and I are worried about our Planet’s Future livability so we’ll show up. Our local rally is supported by a collaboration among Oregon Youth Climate Strike, Vocal Seniority, 350Deschutes, Indivisible Bend, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Juniper Group Sierra Club, and Let’s Act Bend, all doing our part in this global movement. You will be a part of people power pressure to DO Something: 4:00-6:00pm, Bend Peace Corner, Wall and Greenwood.
— Wednesday, Oct. 16 – David Suzuki on Climate: The Future Trajectory. If you haven’t heard of David Suzuki, you’ll soon be drawn in by his energy and passion. David Suzuki is an award-winning Canadian environmentalist, geneticist, broadcaster, author and activist. In his truth-telling style, Suzuki talks about Earth’s rising temperature, getting off fossil fuels, capitalism and where we’re headed as a species. As hyperconsumers, we’ll all have to change our lives. Study biomimicry, how nature does things, because while we need technology to reduce atmospheric carbon, we don’t know enough to anticipate the consequences of technology like geoengineering. Technology should be done with great humility and care, not at the expense of the planet.
Our challenge: Work like hell to cut our ecological footprint and re-green the planet. Countries, he exhorts: live up to the Paris Climate Accord you signed! Nature has many surprises, and we’ve got to protect every bit of nature we have left. Life creates the very things we need to survive and our responsibility should be to protect those things—the foundation of the way we live. We don’t know enough to say it’s too late—you’ve always got to have hope. Streaming video. 6:45pm, snacks and networking, 6:50pm program. Free, at Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend.
— Wednesday, Nov. 20 – BeaverWorks Oregon. Beavers have a fascinating history and important role as a keystone species in sustaining ecosystems and riparian zones. Learn about their life cycle, habitat requirements, vulnerability, protections needed. 6:45pm, snacks and networking. Free, at Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend.
WALDO LAKE CAMPOUT PHOTOS
We had such an enthusiastic, friendly group of people at the Waldo Lake Campout a few weeks ago! Great weather for hiking, kayaking, relaxing at lake’s edge, and having time to just breathe in Nature. We do this campout for those reasons, and also to share our Keep Waldo Wild (KWW) campaign goals and gain supporters. Dave Stowe was inspirational, telling boyhood stories of his Native American grandmother’s wisdom and teachings, and how the KWW campaign was born out of his intimate familiarity with the Waldo watershed territory. The Waldo experience is always about Nature, and then coming home infused with that sense of fulfillment from forest air, mountain vistas and shared community. Take a moment to look at snapshots from the Waldo Lake campout in the Meetup photo album. If you would like to work on our KWW campaign, we’ll put you to work. Get in touch at email@example.com.
JORDAN COVE LNG, PIPELINE UPDATE
Why we Fight: The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon if built
There’s been a lot of activity over the last few months around the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and associated Pacific Connector Pipeline. The Oregon Sierra Club was involved in several permitting processes at the state Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Dept. of State Lands (DSL) earlier this year and late last year, getting in tens of thousands of comments to both agencies.
We replicated that effort on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), submitting formal comments on the shortcomings of the DEIS with our coalition partners and bombarding FERC with nearly 30,000 citizen comments. All told, between the DEQ, DSL, and FERC processes, the Sierra Club was responsible for more than 85,000 comments submitted to the agencies, which represents more than 80% of the comments received! Way to go!
Now we’re gearing up to do it again, as the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) considers whether the Jordan Cove project is in compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Act. We maintain that it cannot comply with the requirements of that law, and we’ll be submitting formal coalition comments and tens of thousands of citizen comments to the agency. Be ready to help.
We are far from done in the Jordan Cove fight! We expect a decision from the DSL on Jordan Cove’s removal-fill permit application this September. The Oregon DEQ denied Jordan Cove’s Clean Water Act Section 401 permit in May, but it’s expected that the company will re-apply for that permit later this fall, setting off a whole new agency process. So get ready, we may have to fight that battle all over again! In the meantime, the Oregon Chapter Sierra Club continues to advocate for Governor Brown to get engaged in opposition to the project and to provide leadership on this critical issue.
PEOPLE POWER ACTION
— ACT: OREGON’S 100-YEAR WATER VISION: Help refine the draft Governor’s 100-Year Water Vision (until end of Nov). Problem statement (including surface and groundwater): “Oregon’s water infrastructure has served us well, but is showing its age. We have under-invested in natural and built infrastructure to meet the needs of a vibrant 21st century Oregon.” Vision goals are around health, the economy, the environment and safety.
Factors stressing Oregon’s water are Climate Change and associated fire, drought, flooding; 50 years of under-investment in infrastructure; development; and population trends. The lead groups on this are Oregon Water Resources Dept. (water quantity), Dept. of Environmental Quality (water quality), and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. You’re invited to email Meta Loftsgaarden (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions, ideas, or things that are missing such as an environmental perspective on inclusion of Natural Services in planning water resources.
Links: The Vision Statement. Website for info and brief Monkey Survey commenting. Subscribe for updates here. Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.
— ACTIVATE YOUR VOICE: Campaign Finance Issues and Reforms Forum, Bend – Monday, Sept. 23. One of a series of forums organized by Corvallis State Rep. Dan Rayfield that are being held throughout the state to allow Oregonians to weigh in on next steps for meaningful campaign finance reform. The goal is to drive a needed public conversation to pressure the Legislature to limit campaign contributions. First will be a presentation by election policy experts on the history and political dynamics of campaign finance reform, followed by recently passed campaign reform legislation. Then, a 40-minute community discussion on various goals and proposals. Monday, Sept. 23, 7:00-8:30PM, at East Bend Library, 62080 Dean Swift Rd, Bend. This is where you come in. Want Big Money out of our state politics and elections? Come out for Democracy—Your Voice Matters! Email Rep. Rayfield here.
— ACT FOR THE ARCTIC: Inform Greg Walden: Vote YES on HR 1146, the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, to stop the push to open the Arctic Refuge’s coastal plain to oil and gas drilling. Email Walden here, or 202-225-6730.
— ACT SMART: Keep emailing Greg Walden about positions that are important to you, be it Climate, Guns, Education, Healthcare, Public Lands, Drilling, Voting Rights, Renewables, etc. Make it a habit to let our federal rep know you are engaged and informed. Urge him to take action. Email Walden here, or 202-225-6730.
— READ 2019 LEGISLATURE WRAP-UP: Oregon Sierra Club Conservation Director’s blog on environmental wins and losses during the 2019 Legislative session, including the Clean Energy Jobs bill debacle, the Diesel bill, moratorium on fracking, Oregon’s Environmental Protection Act, the Solar Rebate Act for homes and nonprofits, Campaign Finance Reform, and disappointments on pesticides/toxics bills.
JUNIPER GROUP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS OPEN
Juniper Group of the Sierra Club is accepting nominations for 3 positions for the Executive Committee, the leadership team. Term of office is 2 years, from December 2019 until December 31, 2021. We encourage you to email email@example.com if you’re interested and want to learn more about the role and activities, and we can meet with you. Members can also petition to run by submitting 15 member signatures, candidate statement and photo by October 15; send this by email or snail mail to Juniper Group Sierra Club, 16 NW Kansas, Bend 97703. No experience is required—we’re seeking people who want to work for the Planet!—and it’s helpful if you include any experiences such as volunteer and leadership roles, political activism, organizing, outings, or work experience. The elections are coming up by mail and electronic vote later this year in November/December.
— Friday, September 20 – Global Climate Strike Rally, Bend. Come, show up, rally for our youth and the Planet’s Future. 4:00-6:00PM, Peace Corner Bend, Wall and Greenwood. (See previous item, Upcoming Events) Or, in your town be a rally of one (and get friends to join you), make a sign, be a force for Climate Action!
— Saturday, Sept. 21 – Discover Nature Festival by the Children’s Forest, Bend, 30 outdoor family activities, raffles, Riverbend Park, Bend. 11:00AM-3:00PM, free.
— Saturday, Sept. 21 – Community Pot Luck, VegNet Bend, 6-8:00PM. Bring a vegan dish (6-8 servings) with ingredients on card, every third Saturday of month, families welcome. Donation $2-5 for expenses. At Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend.
— Saturday & Sunday, September 28-29 – Central Oregon Conservation Summit: Climate Change and Population Growth, how do we balance recreation and conservation. Sponsored by Surfrider Foundation, OSU Cascades Natural Resources Program, COCC Outdoor Leadership, Latino Outdoors, Environmental Center.
— Thursday, October 3 – Go Clean Energy Conference, new opportunities for business and citizens, 35 speakers. All day, Trinity Episcopal Church, Bend. Lean more. $35-75, Register here.
— Tuesday, October 8 – The Census, Why it Matters and What to Expect, John Thompson, Former Director, U.S. Census Bureau – 6:30PM, Wille Hall, Coates Campus Center, COCC. $10, buy tickets here.
— Oct. 18-20 – Bioneers Conference: Seeding the Field, Growing Transformative Solutions, Marin Center, San Rafael, CA. Sessions include the Green New Deal, How She-Power is Connecting across Nations to Leverage Learning and Change, the Secret Life of Soil, much more. with keynotes by Bill McKibben, Varshini Prakash, Paul Hawken, Julian Brave Noisecat, others. More info.
— Tuesday, October 29 – Food Is What Connects Us: Immigration, Community and Activism at the Dinner Table, Amy Harper, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, COCC – 6:30PM, Wille Hall, Coates Campus Center, COCC, free. Reserve a seat here.
— Tuesday, November 18 – Lulu Garcia-Novarro, NPR Host Sunday Morning – 7:00PM, Tower Theater, Bend, $15, buy tickets here.
— This Fall, OSU-Cascades offers a variety of workshops and courses open to the community. Check out the offerings, from personal development, print-making, retirement planning, professional development, wilderness safety, etc.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT, QUOTES
— We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity. ~ E.O. Wilson
— [When we deal with the Climate Crisis tough transitions ahead] …there are going to be benefits: we’ll have more livable cities, we’ll have less polluted air, we’ll spend less time stuck in traffic, we can design happier, richer lives in so many ways. But we are going to have to contract on the endless, disposable consumption side. ~ Naomi Klein, read article.
— Satisfaction of “Enough”, 15 second video, link. Do I have enough stuff for now? Watch #EnoughStuff Episode 8, a 1-minute video featuring a West Virginia motivational celebrity answering that big question, from PostConsumer.com.
— The idea behind the Green New Deal is a simple one: in the process of transforming the infrastructure of our societies at the speed and scale that scientists have called for, humanity has a once-in-a-century chance to fix an economic model that is failing the majority of people on multiple fronts. Because the factors that are destroying our planet are also destroying people’s lives in many other ways, from wage stagnation to gaping inequalities to crumbling services to surging white supremacy to the collapse of our information ecology. Challenging underlying forces is an opportunity to solve several interlocking crises at once. ~ Naomi Klein, extract from her book On Fire: The Case for a Green New Deal
— Planting Seeds of Happiness The Danish Way, (Danes among the happiest people in the world, video 16:47) talk given by Malene Rydahl, TedxINSEADSingapore, link here. Building community with trust, Freedom to be you, Finding purpose and the rewards of being a worthy person and part of the solution, within each of us.
— One Breath Around the World, a stunning 13-minute video, features diver Guillaume Nery and an elite free-diving team that dances with whales in ethereal underwater vistas in Mexico, Philippines, Japan, French Polynesia, Finland, Nice.
ARTICLES TO READ
— A draft report on climate change and land use being debated in Geneva by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), states that it will be impossible to keep global temperatures at safe levels unless there is also a transformation in the way the world produces food and manages land. Humans now exploit 72% of the planet’s ice-free surface to feed, clothe and support Earth’s growing population of 7.7 billion. At the same time, agriculture, forestry and other land use produces almost a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions.
About half of all emissions of methane, one of the most potent GHG, come from cattle and rice fields, while deforestation and the removal of peat lands cause significant levels of carbon emissions. The impact of intensive agriculture has also increased soil erosion and reduced amounts of carbon-holding organic material in the ground.
Scientists have said the best way to reduce environmental impacts is to avoid meat and dairy and shift towards vegetarian and vegan diets. “The consumption of healthy and sustainable diets, such as those based on coarse grains, pulses and vegetables, and nuts and seeds … presents major opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” Read article.
— UN 2019 Climate Action Summit, Sept. 23. With the world racing to meet the urgent need to address the Climate Emergency, UN Secretary-General António Guterres seeks to boost ambition, inject momentum for political-economic action, and accelerate implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Find out more. Guterres is featured on TIME Magazine’s cover, titled Our Sinking Planet, whose special issue is devoted entirely to the Climate Crisis. Read his interview here.
— Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience – The Global Commission on Adaptation has released its comprehensive flagship report. The Commission, led by Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary General of the United Nations, Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank, consists of 34 international leaders from governments, international agencies, and community organizations, and convened by 20 countries. The report emphasizes the urgency of action. Here are just a few recommendations in Chapter 3, Natural Environment, which highlights Nature-based solutions that interweave across landscapes to build resilience. Though in the past ecoservices have been taken for granted and undervalued, now there’s great appreciation:
+ Raise understanding of the value of nature for climate adaptation
+ Embed nature-based solutions into adaptation planning and policy
+ Nature-based solutions often have more substantial and lasting benefits if deployed at landscape, ecosystem, or citywide scales
+ Increase investment in nature-based solutions
+ Mandate climate-resilient design
Report link here, pdf.
— Positive News: Six states enacted ambitious laws requiring them to be at or near 100% renewables and zero emissions by mid-century. Opponents claimed mandates in Hawaii, California, Washington, Colorado, New Mexico and New York would drive up electricity rates, but ample evidence in falling renewables prices led to lawmaker approval. “There was plenty of opposition from people reluctant to believe the marketplace prices reported by Lazard and Xcel Energy,” stated Colorado Rep. Chris Hansen, D, co-sponsor of a bill requiring “100% clean energy by 2050. “Real world data shows renewables’ costs today make clean energy the lowest cost option. When we get to the 2030s, they will still be cheaper and better for the planet.”
“Early concerns about renewables increasing customer costs were overstated,” With renewables cheaper than natural gas and innovations in distribution system management emerging, the cost of “very high levels of renewables” may be “far less than we originally imagined.” ~ V. John White, Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT)
“The starting premise must be that a clean, dynamic and resilient grid is worth investing in. The question is no longer how much a transition will cost, but how to make it in the most cost-effective way possible.” ~ Jackson Morris, NRDC Eastern Regional Director for Climate and Clean Energy. Read Utility Dive article.
— Avoiding/limiting meat and dairy is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact, say scientists. Global farmland use could be reduced by a whopping 75% and still feed the world. Loss of wild areas to agriculture is the leading cause of ongoing mass extinction of wildlife. Ranchers are burning Amazon forests in Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia to clear for agriculture. More than 80% of farmland is used for livestock, but produces just 18% of food calories and 37% of protein, while contributing 58% of agriculture’s GHG emissions, 57% of water pollution, 56% of air pollution and 33% of water withdrawals.
— It’s Happening: Decline of coal-fired electricity. New data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) illustrates the rapid decline of coal-fired electricity, showing a more-than 13% decline in generation from coal in the first half of 2019. Solar generation grew 10.5%, while gas grew 6.1%; nuclear generation remained stable. EIA expects coal to make up less than a quarter of U.S. generation this year, compared with about half just a decade ago. And Moody’s Investors Services has predicted coal-fired power could decline to 11% of U.S. electricity by 2030. Wind, solar, and other non-hydropower renewables provided 10% of U.S. total utility-scale generation in 2018. EIA expects they will provide 10% in 2019 and 12% in 2020.
— National Park Appreciation Day is September 28th.
— Oregon Bee Atlas is using volunteers to find every kind of bee in Oregon, from OPB Field Guide, video (8:35). We love and need our Native Pollinators!
— Local Jamie McLoed-Skinner recently filed to run for Secretary of State.
— UN’s 17 Sustainable Goals to transform our world by 2030, adopted in 2015 by 193 member states, 1-minute video.
— Tracking Planetary Warming: The NOAA Annual Greenhouse Gas Index (AGGI) in 2018 was 1.43, which means that we’ve turned up the warming influence by 43% since 1990. It took ~240 years for the AGGI to go from 0 to 1, i.e., to reach 100%, and 28 years for it to increase by another 43%. We’ve got a lot of work to do. Read about the Keeling Curve and work of NOAA at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory tracking daily atmospheric greenhouse gas levels in North America.
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