A demonstrator outside the Australian embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo: Reuters
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Record blazes: Australia’s devastating fires are set to keep burning into the coming weeks and months, despite some relief from lower temperatures this week. Over 10 million hectares have now burned. One climate scientist lamented, “It’s likely the forests won’t be coming back as we know them.”
Outrage continues over politicians’ failure to address the root causes of this climate disaster as they cling to coal. Reports show the Australian government buried response plans and even under-resourced firefighters in the months prior. This on top of years of climate inaction and ongoing commitments to expand the fossil fuel industry.
This Friday, January 17, solidarity vigils in support of affected communities are planned across Australia and at embassies, consulates, and other locations worldwide. Join one in a city near you, and donate to relief efforts through the Red Cross, WIRES, or Fire Sticks Alliance.
Extreme floods: Torrential monsoon rains – made worse by climate change – marked the turn of the decade in Indonesia. Close to 180,000 people were displaced in Jakarta and West Java from flooding. It was the heaviest rainfall since record-keeping began in 1996, and 66 people died. Read more
Happening now, fatal flooding is leaving a wake of destruction in Angola – and more rain is forecast over the coming days. More
Activists will complete a 3-day winter hike from Landquart to Davos to pressure CEOs and other summit members with a climate strike.
End fossil finance, now: Expect even more pressure on the finance world in the new decade. A new Stop the Money Pipeline coalition just launched in the U.S., and it’s already taking on the biggest lenders to the dirty energy industry.
In Canada, 29 youth occupied the Toronto offices of the main financiers of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders.
Tennis star Roger Federer’s sponsorship with Credit Suisse bank was thrown into question by activists as the Australian Open begins today in Melbourne.
And the #SiemensFuelsFires campaign – a collaboration between #StopAdani campaigners and German Fridays for Future activists – is calling out the multinational’s business with Adani for its coal mine in Queensland, Australia.
These women remind us that however daunting the climate crisis is, we are not powerless. Meet the all-female Indigenous firefighting crew protecting communities in Australia. Read more
One to Watch
It’s a new decade – and that means big plans to make the fossil fuel industry pay for climate justice. Are you ready for 2020? Now is the time to get involved.
That’s all for now! See you in two weeks for the next edition of Fossil Free News from around the world.
Monday – Jan. 13 – CCNCW Meeting in a New Location: Wenatchee Public Library (Conference room on the 2nd Floor) 5:00 pm – social time; meeting starts at 6:00. Agenda: Climate Conversations NCW Agenda 1.13.19
Thursday – Jan. 16 Green Drinks @ Seattle Yoga Lounge: 112 N. Wenatchee Ave – Sponsored by Sustainable Wenatchee
Saturday – Jan. 18 – 2020 Women+s March: This year will have a focus on Climate Justice with CCNCW member Joan Qazi as a speaker! – 10 a.m. 2020 Women+s March, Numerica PAC, 123 N. Wenatchee Ave.
Do You Love the Birds in Your Yard? Check out this article from Yale Climate Connections – Audubon Article
Did you know that 350 Wenatchee is far from the only 350.org-affiliated group in Washington State? That there are people fighting for climate justice at eleven different 350 groups across our state? Yakima, Spokane, Wenatchee, Everett, Bellingham, Tacoma, West Sound, Seattle, Bellevue, Vashon Island, and Port Angeles are just some of the cities where 350 people power is taking the fight for climate justice to the streets.
And now, for the very first time, all eleven groups are teaming up to work together as the350 Washington Network! Take a peek at our brand new website at www.350WA.org and see all of the amazing climate organizing happening across our state.
What are we planning to do first with our newly combined powers? Win BIG for climate in the state legislature, and YOU can help!
As you may know, next week is the start of the 2020 legislative session in Olympia ― and despite some modest steps towards climate action last year, we have a long, long way to go. That’s one reason we’ve formed the 350 WA Network: so that we can collaborate across the state and make our voices heard in as many of the state’s 49 legislative districts as possible.
Legislators have told us they don’t hear much from their constituents about climate ― and that’s an important reason why so few of them seem to care about it. Together, we’re going to change that.
By signing up for the 350 WA Civic Action Team, you will receive weekly emails with all the latest updates from the legislative session. We’ll make it as easy as possible for you to do your bit by providing contact phone numbers, bill numbers and suggested call scripts. All you’ll have to do is pick up the phone and dial. Can you sign up here for the 350 WA Civic Action Team?
Last year, 350 Seattle’s Civic Action Team generated nearly 4,500 legislator contacts during the legislative session. We know that by working together, 350 WA can have an even bigger impact.
In solidarity across the State of Washington,
Jill MacIntyre Witt, 350 Bellingham; Bonnie Shipman, 350 Eastside; Julie Martinson, 350 Everett; Ed Bowlby, Olympic Climate Action; Alec Connon, 350 Seattle; Rebecca MacMullan, 350 Spokane; Grace Hope, 350 Tacoma; Jeanne Poirier, 350 Wenatchee; Martha Bishop, 350 West Sound Climate Action; Kevin Jones, Vashon Climate Action Group; Coleen Anderson, 350 Yakima ― for the 350 WA Network