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Information workgroup is coordinating ideas and input from thousands of organizers from around the world, with community level demonstration projects. Let's use this group to coordinate our local efforts!

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Bike Bellingham is the 2011 local event has launched a 2011 project set for 9/24/2011, called "Moving Planet" with a website at In Bellingham, a project has risen up called "Bike Bellingham" which will feature family friendly bike rides from ten city schools that will converge at the Bellingham City Hall flag plaza for a climate rally/info fair from noon to 2 pm. There will also be an advanced ride from the plaza to the proposed Cherry Point Coal terminal leaving at 2 pm. If you would like more information, go to I will be posting additional information here as I learn more. However, there is a need for volunteers to help the day of the event, with pre-event postering canvassing for sponsors.

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Bill McKibben Wants to Give Obama One of Jimmy Carter's Solar Panels

Started by Rob Olason Sep 7, 2010. 0 Replies

Michelle planted a vegetable garden on the White House lawn and suddenly backyard gardens sprang up all across America. Bill McKibben wants to give Barack one of Jimmy Carter's old solar panels to…Continue

A Message from Bill McKibben

Started by Stephanie Davis Jun 28, 2010. 0 Replies

Dear friends,We're writing to everyone on the United States mailing list because it's crunch time.We learned earlier today that President Obama…Continue

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Comment by Stephanie Davis on May 1, 2010 at 8:12am
Dear friends,

The oil spreading across the Gulf is a test, pure and simple.

Think of its twisted outline as a Rorschach ink blot for a society--maybe for a whole civilization. Will we respond in ways deep enough to matter? Or will we see nothing wrong in the devastating images of the oil slick, and continue on this path of destruction, danger, and dirty energy?

Forty one years ago, similar pictures of oil-soaked beaches and dying sea-birds off the coast of Santa Barbara, California galvanized the nation and set the stage for the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.

But over the years, that environmental fervor faded, and we returned to business as usual--mostly, the business of burning more fossil fuel. In late March, President Obama decided to "drill baby drill", lifting a moratorium on coastal drilling that had its roots in that first spill.

Just a few weeks ago, Obama said "It turns out, by the way, that oil rigs today generally don't cause spills."

How wrong he was.

So now we've got another chance--not just to come to terms with offshore drilling, but far more importantly, to come to terms with fossil fuel itself.

Please take a few seconds and send a message to President Obama and your Senators asking them to ban offshore drilling, and instead invest in safe, clean energy:

And there's no way to prevent global warming with better valves on oil rigs. The only way is by ending our addiction to fossil fuel with great speed. The scrawny climate bill that the Senate may take up later this summer barely nudges the oil industry-as Republican Senator Lindsay Graham explained earlier this week, the big companies helped write the bill themselves.

So now is the time to demand more--a new chance to ignite a broad movement to protect everything we hold dear. Can you add your voice today?


Bill McKibben, for the whole team

P.S. We know that sending an email is only a first step. That's why we're planning a Global Work Party on October 10th of this year. Get involved by joining or hosting an event near you on 10/10.
Comment by Stephanie Davis on April 27, 2010 at 6:40pm
I received this in my inbox today - thought it worth sharing. It includes ideas for action leading up to 10-10-10.

Senators John Kerry (MA), Lindsey Graham (SC) and Joe Lieberman (CT) had committed to releasing the outline of their long-awaited climate bill yesterday. Instead, the release has been delayed due to ongoing partisan disputes in Congress.

Rumors of concessions to the fossil fuel industries in the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman bill -- especially the potential gutting of the Clean Air Act -- are deeply troubling. But we have remained engaged in working to improve it because the bill would put a cap on global warming pollution in this country for the first time. Every delay on this climate bill means less time to tackle the climate crisis and get our country on the road to recovery with an economy powered by clean, renewable energy.

May: Dirty Fuel Hunt: Find out who the biggest emitters of global warming pollution are in your area to highlight our current dependence on dirty energy;
June and July: Green Jobs Hunt: Help us map out the green economy in your community and collect success stories;
August: Congressional Recess Meetings: Visit your representatives' offices in your district and state to talk about clean energy;
September: Energy Efficiency Canvas: Talk to your neighbors about the millions of federal dollars available for greening projects and how they can benefit from them;
October: 10/10 Public Events: A day of work to build the green economy of the 21st century.
We'll keep you posted on the progress of the Senate climate bill. In the meantime, I hope you'll get involved in the many events and activities we have planned for the rest of the year.

Gillian Caldwell
Campaign Director, 1Sky
Comment by Rob Olason on April 24, 2010 at 9:40am
Climate Change--The Movie

Starring: You

This is a great framing article for this group.

350 degrees of inseparability
Comment by Stephanie Davis on April 23, 2010 at 6:05pm
Thanks for starting this group Rob. What a great cause and I feel the perfect venue to empower our community for action regarding global warming. I would love to see all the group's, or at the very least each community group participate. Did you register on the website? This may be a way to attract additional Whatcom residence to TW as well. I'll get with my "Goshen" group to start discussion on the event - and do some research on the site for planning/organization ideas for work parties. I will post these ideas as I hope will other members of TW.

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