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Dakota Access Pipeline Seminar

Wednesday, March 29, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Duquesne University campus
College Hall, Room 104

The United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People seminar will feature Kelsey Leonard as keynote speaker and will focus on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

More information:

Dr Faith Bjalobok bjalobo273@duq.edu

REMINDER: Join the Bus to the People’s Climate March in Washington DC, April 29.

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In January, Donald Trump took office as the only climate denying world leader. Since his inauguration, he has set out to dismantle every environmental protection our movement has achieved, exposing our planet to degradation and our people to dehumanization. That’s why we hope you will join us on the bus to DC to join the People’s Climate March!

You may REGISTER HERE to secure your seat on the bus to DC.

  • Make sure you enter the phone number in the format 4121236789
  • When you click on Submit you will be asked to pay to the GoFundMe account.
  • The basic fare is $10, but to help cover the actual cost per seat of $55 an extra contribution in any amount will be appreciated.

Details

  • The two ‘Pittsburgh’ buses will leave from the Edgewood Towne Centre in Swissvale.
  • The ‘Washington PA’ bus will leave from the Park’n Ride site near the I79 Beau Street exit.
  • All buses load at 4:15 am and depart at 4:30 am.
  • With a rest stop on the way, we expect to arrive at the staging area at 11 am and the event will start at noon.
  • Buses will leave Washington about 5 pm.

Friends who are unable to go to the DC march but wish to make a contribution may do so at CONTRIBUTE HERE.

The current list of sponsors includes 350 Pittsburgh, Action United, Allegheny Group Sierra Club, Citizens for Coalfield Justice, GASP, Marcellus Protest, OnePittsburgh, and SEIU HCPA,.

First 100 Days Unity Event: How to be a Muslim Ally, March 30

The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh welcomes us to become a Muslim Ally. 
Join 350 Pittsburgh’s Unite 100 as we share an evening with our Muslim neighbors and learn about their rich culture and how to support them in these difficult times.

7:00 pm, Thursday, March 30
First United Methodist Church
5401 Centre Avenue
Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA (map)

During the discussion Mohamed Wasi will describe the Islamic Center’s ‘Go Green’ plan.

For details click HERE or contact 350pittsburgh@gmail.com.

First 100 Days Unity Event: Youth Movie Night- Eat, Watch, Discuss, Resist! March 31

Pittsburghers age 14- 22 are invited to a screening the film “Fenceline: A Company Town Divided,” eating free Chipotle and sharing ideas on how you can become involved in eco-activism.

7:00 pm, Friday March 31
East Liberty Presbyterian Church
116 South Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh PA 15206

Learn how the massive Shell ethane cracker plant in nearby BeaverCounty threatens our communities, and what we can do about it. The discussion will be moderated by local filmmaker and activist, Mark Dixon, (best known for the eco-adventure documentary, “YERT – Your Environmental Road Trip.”)

Facebook info and sign-up HERE (RSVPs requested). For more information
contact 350pittsburgh@gmail.com.

First 100 Days Unity Event: Help Rebuild a Home in East Liberty, April 1.

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Enough emails, phone calls, meetings and marches?   Then join 350 Pittsburgh’s Climate Justice = Social Justice project as we participate in Open Hand Ministry’s home reconstruction project.

9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Saturday, April 1
East Liberty, exact location TBA ***
Pittsburgh PA

We will reach out to our neighbors and connect in a very tangible way as we help Open Hand Ministry rebuild a home for a low income resident of East Liberty. Located in the inner city Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Garfield and East Liberty, Open Hand Ministries is committed to promoting justice in our communities through home ownership.

Due to the risks present at a construction site, participants must be 14 or older, and teenagers 14-17 must be accompanied by a parent.

Meet-up sign-up HERE or email 350Pittsburgh@gmail.com.

*** This event is a little bit weather dependent. Details about the exact work we will be doing will be sent out closer to the date.

Phipps Symposium: “One Health, One Planet”, April 4 and 5

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A symposium organized by Phipps Conservatory will examine the relationship between health and the built and natural environments in which we live, work, learn and play.

Reception and Keynote, 5 pm to 9 pm, Tuesday, April 4
Symposium, 8:30 am to 5 pm, Wednesday, April 5
Pittsburgh Conservatory
1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

To build a shared interdisciplinary vision of “health,” expert-led conference sessions will explore global and local environmental issues and their effects on human and animal health, defining and building on each topic through the lens of the others.

GENERAL REGISTRATION. Both days:$125. Reception and keynote only: $30. Symposium only: $99.
STUDENT REGISTRATION. Both days: $40. Reception and keynote only: $15. Symposium only: $30.

Register to attend HERE. To register by phone, please contact Kat Carr at 412/622-6915, ext. 6936  Questions? Contact Dr. Sarah States at sstates@phipps.conservatory.org.

Message to the Trump Administration: 2016 Was Earth’s Hottest Year on Record

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President Trump, please take note, “the globally averaged temperature for 2016 was the highest since record keeping began in 1880”. 2016 was hotter than 2015 and 2015 was hotter than 2014, due in large part to wormer ocean surface temperatures. Sixteen of the 17 record years have occurred since 2000.

In the US 2016 was the second hottest year on record, with 15 ‘weather disasters’ causing $46B in damage. For Pittsburgh 2016 was the second warmest year in the 69 years of record keeping, being 3.0 DegF above the 1981-2010 average.average

According to the World Meteorological Office, the largest contributors to the rising temperatures continue to be man-made greenhouse gases like CO2, resulting in acidification of the oceans and minimum ice caps in the polar oceans.

Gorsuch Could be Bad for the Environment

Regardless of which tactical path the Democrats follow, it seems mostly likely that Neil Gorsuch will become the next member of the U.S. Supreme Court. This will not cheer environmental groups like the Sierra Club, who fear that this judge will favor corporations over the environment. In a statement on Twitter Sen. Casey (D-PA) said in part:

“I am concerned that far right groups presented an edict to Donald Trump when he was a candidate, demanding that he select a nominee from their approved list. These same organizations have pushed for legal rulings that rig the system in favor of big corporations and against workers, stacking the deck against everyday Pennsylvanians.”

Let your U.S. Senators know what your think:
    Pat Toomey at Phone: (412) 803-3501 or Fax: (412) 803-3504
    Bob Casey at Phone: (412) 803-7370 or Fax: (412) 803-7379

Keystone XL Pipeline is NOT a Done Deal – Send Trump a Message

Starting with support for the rally in Washington DC in February 2013, Pittsburgh’s environmental community has seen the Keystone XL Pipeline as a major symbol of what is wrong with our national energy policy. Citing climate change, on Sept. 6, 2015 President Obama rejected the pipeline. Since then we have opposed the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. On January 24 President Trump signed an executive order that reopens the discussion of whether these pipeline should be built or completed, much to the consternation of groups like the Sierra Club.

Because the actual consequences of Trump’s action are unclear, sending a personal message to President Trump will be timely.

Why there is uncertainty about Trump’s executive order is explained by Duncan Meisel of 350.org:

  • He did *not* approve Keystone XL or Dakota Access. He briefly succeeded in confusing a lot of people on this point
  • On DAPL he told the Army Corps of Engineers to “consider” revoking the environmental review placed on it by the Obama Administration.
  • On Keystone XL, he invited TransCanada to re-apply and if they do, mandated a final decision on the pipeline within 60 days and waived input from environmental agencies.
  • And when TransCanada does re-apply, they no longer have permits in Nebraska, and their permits in South Dakota are being challenged.
  • Trump also placed conditions on approval of the pipelines — like limiting oil exports, and determining where the steel comes from — that the oil companies might not accept.

Allegheny Group Preserves Selected Federal Climate Information

The Trump Administration intends to remove all references to climate change from Federal Government web sites.

To protest this action, the Allegheny Group has preserved selected climate information from the NOAA web sites.

You can view the NOAA home page (as of January 25, 2017) at:

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NOAA’s climate page (as of January 19, 2017) at:

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