As summer comes to a close, we get ready for a big national call to action in September, and another year of building community as we help build the power of the climate justice movement. May the good news increasingly outweigh the bad news that we wake up to, and may we find joy, creativity, and solidarity as we continue to help each other stay in this struggle.
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ACTION ALERTS 1
1). Make oil companies clean up their abandoned wells -- Call or email your state senator TODAY
When oil and gas wells stop producing enough to make it profitable, they typically abandon them without proper plugging and cleanup, so they continue to leak toxins. AB 1167, The Orphan Well Prevention Act, would make well owners legally responsible for the full cost of safe cleanup of abandoned wells. The Western States Petroleum Association is mounting a big attack on this bill.
The vote could come as early as Tuesday. September 12. Please call or email your senators TODAY—tell them to support AB 1167. Make oil companies clean up their mess
Background, scripts, and talking points here
2) National mobilization to end fossil fuels, September 17
On September 20 in New York, the UN Climate Ambition Summit will gather world leaders to commit to phasing out fossil fuels. Thousands will take to the streets on September 17, in New York and around the country to demand President Biden take bold action to end fossil fuels. On the West Coast, we are gathering in Sacramento, the capital of the 5th largest economy in the world and the nation's 7th largest oil producing state. Governor Newsom is expected to make a speech at the UN summit, but what will he say? Newsom has the power to be a global leader by ending all new permits for fossil fuel infrastructure in California, and to declare a climate emergency.
More info/RSVP, sign up for a place on the bus from the East Bay. If you are interested in joining a Grandmothers contingent in NY, contact Virginia.
3). Tell the federal Bureau of Land Management to stop drilling on federal lands – by Sept 22.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is revising its rules for oil and gas drilling on public lands. Tell them to phase out drilling and make fossil fuel companies pay for cleanup. More info and sample comment here.
4) Stop Toxic Mining on Anishinaabe land in Minnesota
Without tribal consultation or comprehensive federal or state environmental review, the federal Department of Energy has allocated a $115 million subsidy for Talon Metals/Rio Tinto nickel-copper-cobalt sulfide ore mine processing. This project must not proceed at the expense of Indigenous and rural communities, land, and water.
5). If you live in Arizona, you might have to go to the ER if you fall -- not because you broke any bones -- but because the searing pavement burns your skin. It’s so hot that low-income people are having to choose between food and their skyrocketing utility bills. The Coalition on Human Needs is demanding a $3 billion subsidy to ward off the suffering that is already occurring. Click here to support their demand.
6). Use a Smartphone? Get the Free Climate Action Now App!
The Climate Action Now app makes it exceptionally easy to take meaningful climate action on your phone in just seconds or minutes. Most actions you take earn points, and when you’ve earned enough points, they’ll plant a tree on your behalf.
They send out recommended climate actions every day, or you can choose a few every day from their library of thousands of actions. You can easily click to contact legislators, learn about the climate crisis, and more. Info on how to sign up and use the app as a member of 1000 Grandmothers here