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Two children protesting in New Delhi at the last climate strike with text: November 29: Strike!

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Black Friday Strike: Youth climate strikers will hold another massive global climate strike in just two weeks’ time. On the frenzied shopping day ahead of the holiday season, school strikers will take to the streets to demand an end to fossil fuels and binding action from governments before the end of the year. They need adults to join them.

So mark your calendars for November 29 and follow Fridays For Future (FFF) for details:

People unload baskets of coal out of a boat in Bangladesh
Photo: StevenK, via Market Forces and 350.org

‘Choked by Coal’: A new report finds foreign finance from China, Japan, India and the UK is driving plans to build 29 new coal-fired power stations in Bangladesh. That would increase the country’s coal capacity 63-fold and put Bangladesh among the world’s biggest coal producers. Local groups are outraged. More

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A community anti-fracking rally in Yorkshire. Photo: Kirklees Campaign against Climate Change

Fracking ban: After nine years of resistance, the UK’s anti-fracking movement is celebrating a major victory with the government’s immediate moratorium on fracking in England. Some raise concerns that the ban is only temporary, but activists are confident their relentless protest has proven the industry unviable: just one fracking site has been active to date. More

Three professional rugby players before a match with AIG logo on their jerseys

Photo: Getty Images

AIG kicks Adani: 35,000 people petitioned the All Blacks rugby team to drop AIG as a sponsor — part of an organising campaign that used an impressive mix of people-powered tactics. AIG has now backed out and stopped insuring Adani, the company behind Carmichael coal mine in Queensland. Meanwhile, the New Zealand government passed a bill across political lines that’ll see zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Inside Story

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The Ombilin coal plant has been spewing fly ash into residents’ air in Talawi, West Sumatra, Indonesia. Now communities are speaking out. They’ve launched this eerie video to show the extent of the pollution, and their campaign to shut down the plant is ramping up fast. Watch

Use Your Power

We’ve seen the momentum from the Global Climate Strike translate to plenty of campaign wins over the last month and a half. These people-powered victories are hugely important – and it’s up to us to spread the good news!

Watch and share this powerful video counting five recent climate wins:

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We’ll be back in two weeks with more climate movement news from around the world.

 

Climate Conversations NCW Newsletter

THURSDAY- Nov. 21: Sustainable Wenatchee  GreenDrinks 4:30-6P, Saddle Rock Brewery, 25 N. Wenatchee Ave., Ste 107  Chelan Douglas Land Trust will be the featured group.

Coming Up:

 FRIDAY – NOV. 29 – (aka Black Friday) Instead of shopping, give a gift to the planet and come protest at Chase Bank in Wenatchee.  350Wenatchee.org will be bringing the Red Brigade into town and they would love to have you come to Chase to support them.  Don’t know about the Red Brigade?  Come find out!  Bring a sign or use one of ours.  They will start at Memorial Park at 11:30 and then go to the bank.

Buy Local: In concert with Sustainable Wenatchee, we encourage you to buy local products for people on your holiday gift list.  We will feature some of our favorites in each newsletter.  If you have a favorite, let me know!

“YOU CANT BUY HAPPINESS BUT YOU CAN BUY LOCAL!”

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Have you heard of Salt Creek Apothecary?   Inspired by the seasonal botanical abundance of the Pacific Northwest, Salt Creek Apothecary is dedicated to producing small batch handcrafted herbal teas, extracts, tonics, infused honey, soap and other topical products.   Product availability change seasonally. Located in Cashmere, WA

www.saltcreekapothecary.com

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Minutes – Climate Conversations Meeting 11/11/19:  Climate Conversations NCW Meeting 11.11.19

Minutes – 350Wenatchee.org: 350Wen11-15-19 

NCW United – 7 days of Action #145: 7 days of Action #145 a  Check out the Climate Change Movie that the Red Barn is showing on the Wednesday, the 20th. “Guilt Trip: A Climate Change Film with a Skiing
Problem”
7:00-8:30

 

 


I can’t believe I’m doing this for her!

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National Recycling Day

Dear Friend,

Today I spoke on the House floor to recognize National Recycling Day. As we come to understand the ramifications of climate change, we must also consider the impacts of plastics pollution on our environment.

Half of all plastic made since 1950 was made in the past 13 years, and we are on course to generate over 12 billion metric tons of plastic waste by 2050. Put differently, we will have generated more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.

Fortunately, there are measurable changes we can all make to help address this problem. Last week, I visited JMK Fibers (pictured below with Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus), a single stream material recovery facility (MRF) that receives recyclables collected from King and Pierce Counties. This facility deploys optical scanners, paper screens, magnets, and plastic sorters to help their employees process recyclables and reduce landfill waste. Once sorted, these materials are packaged in bales and sold to manufacturers in order to make new products.

ImageImageBut there’s more to being a thoughtful consumer than just recycling. Years ago, I worked at the EPA, and recycling was the third priority. First was reducing. Second was reusing. And we all need to walk the walk right now. That is why I sent a letter today to Chairwoman Lofgren of the House Administration Committee to request the House of Representatives eliminate all plastic cutlery. Plastic utensils pose a unique problem to our waste management systems and our environment. Most are not recycled, due to the inconsistency in plastic types and sorting challenges. Given that more than 100 million plastic eating utensils are used daily across the country, the threat posed by plastic utensil pollution is immense.

This is one small action I am taking today and it is just the beginning. In the coming months, I will be reaching out to my colleagues on Capitol Hill to ask that they personally take steps to minimize their plastic footprint and use their voice to increase awareness on this issue. We will lead by example.

I hope you will partner with me by talking with your family and engaging others in your community on the importance of reducing our use of plastics, reusing when we can, and recycling when we can’t. The next time you order take-out or delivery, ask them not to include single use utensils. Heck, carry a spork! Bring your own mug to your favorite coffee house. Carry a reusable water bottle. Avoid plastic bags altogether, but if you do use them, save them and return them to your local grocer – single-use grocery bags are not recyclable and will actually make it more difficult for a facility to recycle other materials.

If you would like to learn more about how to effectively recycle I encourage you to visit https://www.epa.gov/recycle/how-do-i-recycle-common-recyclables.

It is an honor to serve as your Representative and I hope you have found this update helpful. If you don’t already, you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more regular updates from Washington DC and the 8th district.

Sincerely,
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Kim Schrier, M.D.
Member of Congress

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1 of my favorite heroes against NWIW!

Hi Jeanne,

It’s a big week in your fight against fracked gas and the Kalama methanol refinery.

Columbia Riverkeeper and allies filed a federal lawsuit because the Trump administration’s agencies violated the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act when reviewing NWIW’s impacts on the Columbia River and the climate. Riverkeeper’s attorneys, and our outside counsel at Earthjustice, plan to hold the Trump administration accountable and protect the Columbia from fracked gas development. If successful, the lawsuit would deny federal permits and subsidies to the Kalama methanol refinery.

But wait, there’s more! In response to the Washington Department of Ecology’s recent request for more information, NWIW merely repeated its claim that exporting massive amounts of fossil fuel will somehow prevent global warming. We know better—now it’s time for Washington to deny the proposal for good.

Thanks to your support, we are working toward a cleaner Columbia and a healthier climate!

Best,
Miles Johnson, Senior Attorney
miles@columbiariverkeeper.org | 541-490-0487
P.S. While we’re working on Kalama, we’re also standing in solidarity with our allies who are fighting the Jordan Cove LNG project and Pacific Connector Pipeline in Southern Oregon. Like Kalama methanol, this fracked gas monster urgently deserves denial from state leaders and agencies. Join us at 11AM at the Oregon Capitol in Salem on November 21 to urge Governor Brown and Oregon leaders to stand up to Jordan Cove. 
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Hood River Office: 541-387-3030 | 407 Portway Avenue Suite 301 Hood River, OR 97031
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Worth repeating – here is what we are up against!

NWIW HEADLINE NEWS
This week, Larry Brown, Mike Bridges, and Mark Riker published an opinion piece in the Seattle Times. They got it exactly right.
NWIW isn’t just about providing family-wage jobs. It’s also about providing a new way to fight climate change and setting new standards that make Washington State a national leader. We need to impact climate change now.
Here’s how you can help:
We’ve been in the permitting process for five years. The damage to our environment increases every day with every delay to building our facility in Kalama. It’s time to put some people to work in our state to fight climate
change globally.
With your support, we will get this done.
Election Night in Kalama — Big Wins
Let’s Build This!

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