Today, Acting EPA Administrator and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler sent his proposal to the Federal Register to declare that mercury pollution limits on coal plants are no longer “appropriate and necessary.”
This is his way of rewarding a few coal companies, like Murray Energy which he used to lobby for, in spite of united opposition from health professionals, utilities, moms, environmental leaders, and faith communities. But Wheeler cannot act unilaterally, and the EPA is required to take public comment into consideration in setting or changing regulations.
Tell the EPA you oppose this proposal: click here to send a message today.
Mercury pollution impacts the most vulnerable among us: unborn babies and children. Babies exposed to mercury in the womb suffer long-term impacts on their memory, cognitive thinking, language, and fine motor skills.
As people of faith we are called to defend the vulnerable and care for future generations. This attack on our community's health and goes against our core morals and values.
Take action today and let the EPA know you oppose any weakening of life-saving mercury standards.
Since 2011, thanks to the Mercury and Air Toxics standards, mercury emissions were reduced by 70% or more. But now, Acting Administrator Wheeler wants to endanger that progress.
Of all the anti-environmental actions taken by the Trump administration, this one may be the most egregious. It threatens the health of children and babies. It’s also dangerous for adults: exposure affects vital organs like the lungs, kidneys, brain, and heart. And it disproportionately impacts people of color and lower income families who are more likely to live and work in areas near polluting power plants that emit mercury.
We will not stand for the sacrifice of human life and health just to make dirty coal a little more profitable. With your help, IPL will educate and inspire faith leaders and people of faith across the nation to stand up in defense of future generations. Make your voice heard today: click here to register your opposition to this outrageous proposal.
DOCUMENTARY FILM RACING EXTINCTION
Saturday, February 9th at 7:00 PM
Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
CA Poor People's Campaign presents:
A Poor People's Hearing on Homelessness, Mass Incarceration and the Criminalization of Poverty
Saturday, April 6th from 2-4 pm
Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church
1188 12th Street, Oakland
Poor People's Campaign: A national Call for Moral Revival organized by California Poor People's Campaign Bay Area. ppcbayarea.org * facebook.com/californiappc
Summer Solstice Sunrise Service
Friday June 21, 2019
Sunrise and ritual at the summit of Mount Diablo at 5:00 am
Offerings of tobacco to the ancestors, prayers for peace, and a toast to the sun. This year's intention to Honor Mother Earth.
For more details click here.
March for Fossil Fuel Freedom
April You're invited to join the March for Fossil Fuel Freedom, a 34-mile march from Palo Alto to San Francisco over three days (March 16 to 18). Part of 350 Silicon Valley's "Oily Wells" campaign, the march will call attention to the funding Wells Fargo provides for building pipelines carrying Canadian tar sands oil across Minnesota. Through a series of nonviolent public actions, the campaign seeks a dialogue with Wells executives to convince them to end fossil-fuel profiteering, and the campaign will inform Wells customers, employees and the general public about Wells's role in funding dirty energy projects. http://oilywells.com
Climate Change Discussion with Reps trained by Al Gore & Film Showing (Free)
April 14 @ 2:00 TO 5:00 pm
945 Risa Road, Lafayette
Join us for a discussion on climate change and free screening of Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" led by Sustainable Lafayette. Learn how to help make a positive impact on climate change locally by joining the #livinglightly challenge and other direct actions.
According to the EPA, electric power is the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Choosing an electric service with 100% renewable sources can eliminate your electricity related carbon footprint. Enroll in MCE's "Deep Green" program for 100% California renewable energy at only $0.01/kWh (~$5/month).
Everyone is welcome to attend and bring a friend.
EastBay Electrification Expo: Fight Climate Change with a Clean Energy Home
When? Thursday, February 7, 2019, 3pm-8pm
Where? Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703
Our homes and buildings are the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. But thanks to local Community Choice Energy providers, electricity in the Bay Area is clean, and is getting cleaner and greener every year. We can vastly reduce our carbon footprint by getting off natural gas in our homes and electrifying everything. Not only does electrification reduce greenhouse gases, it also makes our homes healthier and safer.
For who? Renters, Homeowners & Building Professionals
Cost: FREE, register at a www.ecologycenter.org/event
Colonisation of the Americas at the end of the 15th Century killed so many people, it disturbed Earth's climate.
That's the conclusion of scientists from University College London, UK.
The team says the disruption that followed European settlement led to a huge swathe of abandoned agricultural land being reclaimed by fast-growing trees and other vegetation.
This pulled down enough carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the atmosphere to eventually chill the planet.
It's a cooling period often referred to in the history books as the "Little Ice Age" - a time when winters in Europe would see the Thames in London regularly freeze over.
"The Great Dying of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas led to the abandonment of enough cleared land that the resulting terrestrial carbon uptake had a detectable impact on both atmospheric CO₂ and global surface air temperatures," Alexander Koch and colleagues write in their paper published in Quaternary Science Reviews.