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Inside the JEDI Team’s Racial & Climate Justice Workshop

By Susan Duerksen, JEDI Team Leader “We wouldn’t have a fossil-fuel-based energy system if wealthy white people had to have a coal plant in their backyards.”  The SD350 workshop Climate Justice: Why Racial Justice IS Climate Action, on Sept. 1, opened with that quote from climate scientist Leah Stokes. A major point of the workshop was to describe how racism and wealth inequality are core causes of the climate crisis and must be addressed as part of climate activism.  Click on these links to see the workshop slides and links to resources used. The workshop, presented by the SD350 JEDI

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Why is California Getting Hotter?

By Deanna Alderson, Climate Writer Californians faced an unsettling reality as they headed into Labor Day weekend: it was brutally hot outside and there was no relief in sight. Temperatures soared to 1100 in the valleys and deserts, and the demand for air-conditioning pushed the power grid to the brink of collapse. Even the coasts weren’t spared, with popular beach spots reaching upwards of 950. Families abandoned their picnics and holiday barbecues, and cities opened cooling centers to give residents a few hours reprieve from the scorching heat. So why is California getting so hot? And is this our new

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Building Electrification: The Road Ahead to a Decarbonized Future

By Aishik Saha, Climate Writer Buildings are responsible for 28% of the country’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Cutting down on these emissions is essential to meeting our overall climate goals and preventing cataclysmic climate change. The positive news is that the technology for building electrification not only exists, but it is also actually less expensive than the alternatives. What is Building Electrification? American buildings usually operate on a combination of fuels for heating and cooking. Most commonly these uses rely on fossil fuels. Building electrification is the shift away from these uses toward electrical alternatives to cut down

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Member of the Month: Arthur Salm

This month, we interviewed SanDiego350 volunteer, Arthur Salm to share about his activism. Arthur is a dedicated member of SD350’s Raise The Alarm Team. Learn more about the RTA team here. How did you first get involved with SD350, and when was that? I got involved with SD350 a few years ago through my wife, Susan Duerksen. I’m not nearly as active or effective as Susan, but who is?  What drives your activism?   It’s not so much that my activism is driven; rather, I see climate passivity as irresponsible. What do you recommend to people who want to have a

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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month: Fighting for Environmental Justice

By Monica Gil dos Santos, Marketing and Communications & JEDI Committees From September 15 to October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration created to honor Hispanic Americans’ histories, cultures, and contributions.  This celebration was first introduced by President Lyndon B. Johnson as National Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 “to pay special tribute to the Hispanic tradition.” Johnson created this week to celebrate the Independence Day of five Latin American countries – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua – that earned their independence from Spain on September 15. With Mexico, Chile, and Belize celebrating their independence from

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How Climate Change Affects the Tourism Industry and Ways to Mitigate It

By Bash Sarmiento – Bash Sarmiento Writing Climate change and the tourism industry are closely connected. Tourism is mainly climate-dependent — travelers tend to choose where to go according to a destination’s conditions. During the winter, they go to ski lodges, while in the summer, they go to tropical places such as Costa Rica. Unfortunately, these destinations may not always be the best places to be. Because of climate change, what we currently consider tourist attractions may become obsolete in the near future.  The threats of climate change to tourism It may be common knowledge that the tourism industry contributes

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COMMUNITIES SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 8 WON’T GIVE UP ON BETTER, MORE RELIABLE TRANSIT FOR ALL SAN DIEGANS!

Press release Sept 13 by Environmental Health Coalition and SanDiego350 Despite the 2022 ballot measure setback, communities south of the I-8 freeway and environmental justice advocates are committed to continuing to fight for transportation justice. They support a 2024 transportation ballot measure to fix San Diego’s broken transit system that contributes to climate change and leaves working families behind. San Diego, CA, September 13, 2022 – Led by Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) and SanDiego350 (SD350), community activists from south of the I-8 freeway pledge to continue the fight for a better public transit system. These groups are already organizing to

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Meet SD350’s New Staff!

Authors: Danielle Wilkerson, Jaidacyn Madrigal, Peter Sloan Danielle Wilkerson My role at SanDiego350 is the Action and Equity Coordinator. When I first started with the organization back in February I was part time and assisted the JEDI team and the RTA. I was really excited about this position, because it incorporated a lot of things I am really passionate about. I got to focus on making climate action more equitable while also helping the resistance branch plan a series of direct actions. Prior to being hired, an organization I co-founded, East County BIPOC, was partnering with volunteers from these teams

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Beyond Warmer Weather – Looking at the Impacts of Climate Change

Author: Marilyn Bruno, Newsletter Reporter Most people are focusing on the serious impacts of extreme climate events such as wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and other disasters and the relentless rise in sea levels, which are already affecting fisheries, displacing coastal populations and undermining water and wastewater infrastructure. This article focuses on the impact of a temperature increase of even 1 degree on the health of plants, animals and humans and the safety of our food and water, and how this change in climate will affect our cost of living in the foreseeable future. Higher temperatures accelerate desertification (permanent droughts) and crop

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The Climate Die-In: a Firsthand Look

Author: Tamara Kramer, SD350 Volunteer On August 2, SD350 participated in a “die-in.” Our activists laid down in protest at the Schwartz Federal Building to call on President Biden to declare a climate emergency. Below is the firsthand experience of an activist who attended.  Being a part of this movement in whatever way I can is important to me. Getting to stand (and lie down) with a group of people who are speaking up for the same cause has been extremely encouraging in this time that feels so uncertain. It felt good to hold up signs for what I believe

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Member of the Month: Alexa Lewis-Rosenfeld

This month, we interviewed SD350 volunteer Alexa Lewis-Rosenfeld to share about her activism. Alexa is a dedicated member of SD350’s Food & Soil Team and the Fundraising Team. How did you first get involved with SD350, and when was that? I got involved with SD350 2 years ago while I was studying public health and had a special interest in environmental health. I had a passion for addressing the intersection of planet and human health, including anthropogenic causes of climate change. At that time, I learned about 350.org in the incredible documentary ‘The Condor & the Eagle’ and was inspired

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Climate and Weather: What’s the Difference?

By Aishik Saha The intertwining of the terms ‘Climate Change’ and ‘Global Warming’ can often be confusing for one another. Extreme weather events have included sudden cold waves and increased frequency and intensity of winter storms, leading to the questions of what are weather and climate and how are related to each other? What is weather? Generally, weather indicates short-term changes in the atmosphere. The components of weather include temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure. These factors change essentially on a day to day basis or even shorter time periods. Meteorologists take these factors into account

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Quick Takes on the Surprise Federal Climate Deal 

If your head is whirling from the on-again-off-again federal climate legislation, you’re not alone. After months of negotiations, delay, and walking away from the table, Sen. Manchin and Dems have announced a climate and tax deal. Here’s SD350’s quick highlights based on what we know now.   The Good Includes a commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030. This is the most significant action Congress has ever taken on climate (admittedly a low bar), and would allow the U.S. to re-engage with other nations, because we’re putting our money where our mouth is. Invests substantial federal funds ($369 billion)

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Member of the Month: Tina Tran

This month, we interviewed Tina Tran for insights on her SD350 volunteer efforts. Tina is a college students and member of the Food Waste Tea and is in charge of social media efforts in the Food and Soil and Plastic Free Gen Z Youth4Climate teams. How did you first get involved with SD350, and when was that? I first got involved with SD350 in December 2020 and I found out about SD350 through the screening of Purple Mountains. What drives your activism? My activism is driven by seeing everyone with the same passion to fight for climate justice and how

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San Diegan’s Protest the Supreme Court’s EPA Decision

By Danielle Wilkerson, Action and Equity Coordinator On Saturday, July 2nd, SanDiego350 volunteers and community members rallied outside the Hall of Justice in response to the Supreme Court verdict in West Virginia v EPA. This decision ultimately limits the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, and sets a very worrying precedent for what the fossil fuel industry is allowed to do moving forward. SCOTUS unapologetically ruled against the best interest of the people and public health, and in favor of a multi-billion dollar industry responsible for wrecking our planet. Over 60 San Diegans turned out in

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Pride and the Climate Movement

By Dolores Davies, Newsletter Reporter This month we are honoring the LGBTQ community with pride celebrations and parades as well as workshops and symposia. At San Diego 350, paying tribute to LGBTQ Pride is important to us. While at first glance, it may not seem to some that climate change has any specific relevance to the LGBTQ community. Just peel back a couple of layers and it becomes clear that LGBTQ groups have perhaps the most to fear from the impacts of climate change. In fact, recent research has documented that LGBTQ communities tend to bear disproportionate environmental impacts, due

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Civil Disobedience

By Marlyn Bruno, Newsletter Reporter When a country’s citizens want to protest a law or policy that is harmful to them, they can do a few things without disobeying any law: vote to elect representatives that support their interests; contact their current representatives at all levels of government to address their grievance or point of view; write articles, letters, blogs, etc. to media outlets; join forces with other like-minded organizations; or file a lawsuit to inflict economic and other pain on the perpetrator of the harmful policy. But they can also protest by breaking a law. Violent civil disobedience involves

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SanDiego350 Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Limit EPA Regulation of Carbon Emissions

SAN DIEGO – June 30, 2022. SanDiego350 today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling on West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency:  “Today the Supreme Court sided with the fossil fuel industry in stripping the EPA’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from power plants and address climate change. While the court has shown they are determined to take the U.S. backwards on multiple issues, we refuse to let them have the last word on climate change and will continue to fight for aggressive policies that reduce emissions and protect our communities from pollution and extreme weather,” said Anne

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Celebrating SanDiego350’s 10th Anniversary!

By Masada Disenhouse, Cofounder and Executive Director In December 2011, 15 people got together to celebrate a successful climate action march and decided to create an organization to build the grassroots climate movement in San Diego. 10 years later, we’ve come so far!  I wanted to take the time to reflect on our 10th anniversary, and thank our volunteers and supporters, who make everything possible: In 2011 our march had about 350 people participating. In the last few years we’ve been able to turn out thousands of people to demand climate action, including 4,000 students in the Climate Strikes this

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