The Environment Now! committee focuses on the topics of Climate Change and the Green New Deal. We educate ourselves, identify and take appropriate action, and bring educational and activism opportunities to the Huddle. We support and promote environmental causes and values with an emphasis on elections, candidates, and select local actions.
2019 Action Proposals:
Meet with Representative Swalwell to discuss the Green New Deal
Meet local DNC representatives and request them to keep climate issues prominent in the DNC platform
Learn more about our new energy provider
Research the effect of trash being dumped in our local creeks and impact on the Bay
Learn more about the 17 million environmental advocates who did not vote and send postcards encouraging them to vote. Environmental Voter Project
Co-sponsor movies at the library:
Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel, Truth to Power
Saving the Bay, about three local women who saved San Francisco Bay
Explore ways to support local young people who are interested in working with the Sunrise Movement. Sunrise has a summer internship program and is setting up town halls.
Identify online tools to track candidate voting records and platforms related to environmental issues. Candidate Environmental Scorecard
Follow and act on the Sierra Club Legislative Priority List.
16-year-old Swedish girl fighting the government over climate change
High school students' constitutional lawsuit over climate change
Book by David Wallace-Wells about the devastating effects of climate change
Instrumental in writing HR 763 Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act
Tools and information for grassroots organizations fighting climate change
Committed to environmental justice and the health and safety of Bay Area communities threatened by climate change and toxic pollution
The Green New Deal
Text of the Green New Deal resolution on the official Congress.gov website
Video recording of the the April 11, 2019 Huddle meeting program. Lisa answers Huddle questions.
Group of young people working to gain Democratic consensus on the Green New Deal
How to Stop Freaking Out and Tackle Climate Change - New York Times opinion
Where Does our Recycling Go? - NPR/Fresh Air. Discussion at meeting on 10/24/2019
Environmental scientist Kate O'Neil, author of Waste, discusses recycling and the global politics of waste.
The Plastics Crisis Is About to Get Worse - Article from The Nation
Built on Sand (Episode 361) by 99% Invisible (Podcast 36 minutes) Discussion at meeting 8/22/2019
Watch: Grand Designs, Season 18, Episode 9, Herefordshire II on Netflix; Focus on repurposed materials for the home.
Read: The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright; about a young family scavenging for recyclables from a dump in Cambodia, a story of hope.