The all female, Indigenous Aussie fire fighters – wow!

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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.

On Friday, January 11, 10,000 people joined a rally outside Sydney’s town hall in response to the fires. Photo: Mohammad Farooq/AFP via Getty Images

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.

Show Your Solidarity

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

Demands at Davos:
21 youth strikers including Greta Thunberg issued concrete demands for financiers to respond to climate devastation happening around the globe at next week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland:

  • Immediately halt all investments in fossil fuel exploration and extraction
  • Immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies
  • Immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels

Activists will complete a 3-day winter hike from Landquart to Davos to pressure CEOs and other summit members with a climate strike.

Jane Fonda and Susan Sarandon with protesters outside a Chase Bank branch in Washington, D.C. Photo: Anna Moneymaker, New York Times

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.


Inside Story

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

Photo: Jessica Shapiro

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.


Snow now, but come spring –

Hi Jeanne!
From the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, to Friday, April 24, youth will be leading thousands of nationwide events, including rallies, marches, teach-ins, protests, and strikes.
These climate actions will be about uniting across nations and movements, coming together with the shared belief that our generation deserves a future. Across the 72 hours will be a chance to reflect, celebrate, learn, and educate.
Disaster isn’t coming — it’s here. Australia is burning, Indonesia is flooding, and last year was a record high for ocean temperatures. We must act accordingly. We will not continue as if this is normal, and that’s exactly why we’re preparing to mobilize millions to action in April, and then to vote in November.
2020 is about decisions. There’s nothing like the power of the people, and we’re counting on you to choose the future and #StrikeWithUs.
The Climate Strike Coalition just relaunched its website for this new wave of strikes – much more will be announced in the coming days and weeks; stay tuned.
In solidarity,
Katie, Executive Director, Future Coalition + member of the Youth Climate Strike Coalition

Climate Conversations NCW Meeting Monday!!!! Join Us!

This Week:

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

Birds at feeder

Let’s make it bigger than 2017 was!


The Women’s March swept the entire country and the world in 2017. We sent a resounding message that we reject Trump. Now in just 7 days, we will again with the boldest day of action we’ve organized to date.

In Washington DC, there will be targeted direct actions where some of us will put our bodies on the line. Across the country, women and allies will step into the streets to send a message too great to ignore – right as our chances to finally remove Trump from office heat up.

This is too big and too important to sit out. Can you help spread the word on social media and invite your friends to join you in Wenatchee ?

Your event details
Women+s March Wenatchee
Numerica PAC
123 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee , WA
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 10:00 AM

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You can also find more events on the map here.

The first Women’s March showed the world that our resistance is massive and fired up. It paved the way for more protests against Trump’s policies and slowed his attacks. It inspired young women and women of color to run for office – many who’d never even considered it – and helped build the blue wave in 2018.

January 18th is the next step to reverse the attacks against our bodies and our rights: people marching in the streets together, rising above Trump and everything he stands for, to win the change we need.

See you in the streets,

Women’s March Team

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Exciting because we are not alone!!

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.

This legislative session we are launching the 350 WA Civic Action Team. Can you sign up to join the 350 WA Civic Action Team?

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.

Together, we can make sure that climate justice is a top priority this legislative session.

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