Oregon Interfaith Power and Light, a project of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon has set up a web page to provide resources and information to congregations and denominations as part of its collaboration with Oregon activities of350.org and the Go Fossil Free campaign. The page contains links to resources, guidebooks and articles on fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment as well as copies of resolutions and educational materials from congregations and denominations. Send links to your web pages if you have a resolution or resource to share at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cowlitz County, WA recently issued a letter announcing the beginning of a 95-day comment period, from August 16 to November 18, requesting comments on the appropriate scope of the EIS for the proposed Millenium coal terminal at Longview. This is the second largest of the three coal terminals actively under review in the Northwest. There are a variety of ways to submit your comments, detailed here. All comments will be given consideration by the agencies.
Unlike the DEQ hearing regarding the permitting of the Morrow Pacific Terminal Project in Boardman, OR, Washington’s scoping comment collection and hearing process welcomes input on all aspects of coal export. This ranges from strip mine extraction in the Powder River Basin, transportation through our region, and the effects of burning the coal in Asia.
The first in a series of scoping hearings throughout Washington will take place on Tuesday, September 17th, 5-8pm at the Cowlitz Expo Center in Longview, WA. Although the oral testimony period is limited to two minutes, you may email/send in as many comments as you like. We encourage you to attend the Longview hearing to show opposition to the development of the Longview Terminal.
Workshops on comment-writing will be held at the following locations:
- Longview: Monday, August 26, 6:30pm. Cowlitz PUD, 961 12th Ave
- Portland: Saturday, September 7, 3:00-5:00pm. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park
With the publication of his first book, The End of Nature, nearly 25 years ago, Bill McKibben introduced the concepts of climate change and global warming to a previously unaware public. In the quarter century since, he’s written a dozen books and is today recognized as one of the world’s most active, iconic, and dedicated environmentalists. McKibben believes that the climate crisis needs to be tackled at both local and global levels. For example, he spent a year in the company of a beekeeper as part of the growing trend toward local food. He also founded 350.org, the international grassroots organization that was responsible for stopping the Keystone XL pipeline. McKibben’s latest book, Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, is his account of these mutually reinforcing fronts in the climate fight. Drawing from his new book as well as his life’s work as an environmentalist, McKibben will discuss the need for action along with effective strategies, both local and global, toward the goal of saving our planet.
Bill McKibben is the author of more than a dozen books. He is the founder of the environmental organization 350.org and was among the first to warn of the dangers of global warming. Time Magazine called him ‘the planet’s best green journalist’ and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was ‘probably the country’s most important environmentalist.’ He is a frequent contributor to various publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Rolling Stone, and Outside. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize. He lives in Ripton, Vermont, with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter.
Tickets are available beginning Tuesday, July 30, at PCPA.com, the PCPA Box Office, by phone at 503-946-7272, and at all TicketsWest outlets.
Note: Tickets are $20 – $36. The $36 tickets include a copy of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist. Books will be distributed at the event.
On Saturday, July 27th, Summer Heat came on strong in the Pacific Northwest. More than 800 engaged citizens gathered at Vancouver Landing in Vancouver, WA, to make a big display, symbolically blockading the Columbia River against planned fossil fuel export terminals in the area. The Northwest is quickly becoming a hotspot in the fight against expanded usage of fossil fuels. Our region is poised to play a pivotal role with projects that could release hundreds of millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere every year. If we stop these terminals that means they can’t ship it. If they can’t ship it, they can’t sell it. That means it stays in the ground.
350 PDX was one of many organizations that brought people into the action. Activists traveled from Corvallis, Eugene, and Salem in the south, and Seattle, Bellingham, Astoria, Hood River, and the Tri-Cities to the north, to have a peaceful day of workshops and speaking, culminating in a show on the river and along the I-5 bridge.
It was a beautiful and energizing day, and a great step in building this movement to quicken the end of the fossil fuel economy that threatens our way of life.