Videos of Summer Heat Climate Rally speakers 7/27/13

Here are videos from the 5 speakers who spoke at our Summer Heat Climate Rally in Linden Field, Carpinteria on July 27, 2013.

Katie Davis, Climate Reality Project

Nathan Alley, Environmental Defense Center

Peggy Oki, Origami Whales Project

John Reed,

Becca Claassen, 350 Santa Barbara

Rally Success!

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Above: Katie davis speaking about “California’s Keystone XL” at Santa Barbara County’s first ever climate rally. Photo by Sophia Billikopf.

Santa Barbara County’s First Ever Climate Rally A Success!

As part of climate change advocacy group’s nationwide mass action campaign “Summer Heat,” more than 100 citizens rallied at Linden Field in Carpinteria on Saturday to call on local, state and federal representatives for more urgent action on climate change.

Cyclists rode to the rally from Bici Centro, a volunteer-run bike repair shop on 506 E. Haley St. in Santa Barbara, wearing homemade messages opposing the fossil fuel industry safety-pinned to their shirts. Some cyclists even rode in from Ojai.

“We want to show the need for a larger voice of opposition to the fossil fuel industry as well as an outcry to politicians to start doing the right thing,” said ride organizer and Bici Centro member Alex Favacho.

“We have the ingenuity, the technology, the know-how and the capability to make a rapid shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy,” said Katie Davis, a graduate of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project training. “All we need is the will.”

Referring to the Monterey Shale Formation stretching from the central coast to Los Angeles, Davis said “it’s just as dirty as the tar sands of Canada because shale oil can only be extracted by energy processes such as fracking, breaking up the rock with water and chemicals. About 15 billion barrels of oil. That’s as much as would flow through the Keystone XL Pipeline if constructed.

“If we go that route, rather than being part of the solution, our children will not be able to reverse the devastation we are setting in motion.”

Entrepreneur John Reed of delivered a speech reminding people of the abundant offshore wind energy in our region and about the forward progress in offshore wind development already happening along other coasts in the nation. He and others are looking for more local college research and wealthy investors to get behind an offshore floating wind farm. It could potentially provide 33 percent of the electricity that the 900,000 people in our California Senate District 19 demand using only 103 six mega-watt floating wind turbines.

Nathan Alley, attorney with the Environmental Defense Center, spoke about a number of new proposed oil projects in the area including Santa Maria Energy’s proposal to build 136 wells using an energy and water-intensive steam injection project that would make the project “the largest greenhouse gas polluter in the county.”

“We are staring down a potential boom unlike any other we have seen in this county for over half a century,” he said. “Onshore oil folks have a target on us. We are in the bulls-eye of this Monterey Shale formation. And you are the folks that are standing between it and the rest of the world. So are we going to let them take the impacts and export it from our county and hurt the rest of the world?” To which the crowed replied, “No!”

“Although personal lifestyle choices are very important, we need to build political will and put a price on carbon,” said Rebecca Claassen, one of the rally organizers. “A sizable and steadily increasing carbon tax, imposed upon extraction, will level the playing field for renewable energy and border tax adjustments will allow the power of the market to lower emissions internationally. Also, to protect our fundamental rights to clean air and fresh water, we must consider writing new laws that enable us to decide whether or not fracking happens in our county, instead of letting corporate interests and state pre-emption decide for us.”

There were four workshops after the speakers were finished. One was on fossil fuel divestment, another was on the community-rights based approach to banning certain fossil fuel industry practices on the municipal level, another on how to put a price on carbon on the federal level and one on bike repair. is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis and push for policies that will put the world on track to get to 350 ppm of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

May 2013 Newsletter

Gasland 2, Democracy School, Do The Math Movie, Fracking Moratorium, and Goleta Against Drilling

For those of you who attended our Communities Rising event last month, thank you for attending!  And welcome to our mailing list.

We’re excited to announce that this is our first official newsletter and that we plan on sending more like this in the future.  Within the remaining days of this month there are a lot of inspiring events going on that show how we as ordinary people can make the changes we want to see in our communities.  FOR EXAMPLE:

Gasland 2 Screening + Discussion With Director Josh Fox

If you haven’t seen Gasland 1, we highly recommend it.  You can watch it on Youtube, here.  After watching the first Gasland, you should be convinced (if you weren’t already) that there is something very wrong with fracking.  Gasland 2 is brand new and being screened at UCSB, Buchanan Hall room 1910, 7pm, May 31.  The event is sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity, Environment California, Global Exchange, and Food & Water Watch.  Director Josh Fox (Becca’s hero!) will be there for a panel discussion and How You Can Get Involved.
For more info:

Democracy School

The fossil fuel industry has identified Santa Barbara County’s Monterey Shale formation as a target for unconventional extraction techniques. Come learn from brilliant organizer, Shannon Biggs from Global Exchange, about how our democracy was intended to work, and about how we can use the community rights-based approach to reclaim our power in the face of the wealthiest industry in the history of money.

When:  Saturday, June 1, 12 – 4pm
Where: 21 W Anapamu Street

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

Free admission.
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Do The Math Living Room Screening

Inspired by the Cesar Chavez organizing method of hosting rolling house parties centered on a political issue, we’ve decided to try out rolling living room screenings of‘s new film called Do The Math, which contextualizes the fossil fuel divestment movement sweeping across the world right now.  This is basically a real life “going viral” technique:  at the end of each screening everyone will be given a DVD of the film and encouraged to host a screening at their house with their friends, who may screen and show their friends, and so on.  Our friend Alex has volunteered to screen Do The Math this Saturday at 8pmTo RSVP reply to this email!

(You can also watch Do The Math on Youtube here, but watching it alone has a drawback: no face-to-face discussion about the film!)

California Moratorium On Fracking: Deadline This Week

The deadline for the California legislation calling for a moratorium on fracking is approaching this week.  Credo Action has put together a simple script and the contact information of the representatives we need to call to voice our support for this moratorium.  Click here to voice your support.

Goleta Against Drilling: 1000 Signatures by May 31

SoCal Gas is currently attempting to get permission from Santa Barbara County to start “four new wells for exploration and production of native gas at the existing La Goleta Storage Field.”  A newly formed group Goleta Against Drilling (GAD) circulated a petition that needs 1000 signatures by May 31 to submit to the county to show there is a strong opposition to more drilling.  GAD plans on having a large presence at a June 5 county hearing on this project.  For more information message them on Facebook.

Thanks for reading our long newsletter!
– Becca & Max

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