350 Climate Action Training – And Summer Heat

This past weekend, the Ecology Center and Ann Arbor 350 hosted a leadership training with Justin Haaheim, a climate action training facilitator and coach. All weekend, 25 Southeast Michigan activists worked together to learn about leadership, story-telling, and building effective and inclusive organizations to advance the climate movement.

Justin Haaheim

We thank Justin for sharing his experience, and his insight, and of course everybody who participated. We are beginning to grow deep roots and connections across Southeast Michigan, and now it’s time for this movement to blossom.

Moving forward, we agreed to work together to get people to the closest 350.org Summer Heat event – the July 14 Rally for the Great Lakes to protest the use of the dirtiest tar-sand oil, and the pipelines that pump it past our communities and threaten our rivers and lakes.

If you want to participate, please sign up at this link. We are looking for those who can give rides to others, as well as those who need transportation.

Xplaining the Keystone XL pipeline battle

Job creator?  One stop shop to push us over the climate edge?   With all Americans in mind?  Single fossil fuel interest?

Many differing perspectives surround the Keystone XL Pipeline project, but one thing is clear: it is taking on more significance than the pipeline itself.  We are at a crossroads in our energy infrastructure and the “to build or not to build” question of Keystone is at the heart of it. Keystone is the physical and symbolic battleground for constructing our energy future.

But what exactly does this project entail?  Why does President Obama need to approve the project?  Below you will find the basics of the project, so that whether you will join 350.org, the Sierra Club, and the Hip Hop Caucus at the #ForwardOnClimate rally at DC on February 17th or are taking part in discussions at your work, home or elsewhere, you know the key points for Keystone. Continue reading Xplaining the Keystone XL pipeline battle

Cost breakdown for #ForwardonClimate

Updated Friday, January 25, 2013
The biggest environmental rally EVER is happening in D.C. on President’s Day weekend. You definitely want to be there. Even though this kind of thing is physically exhausting, it’s inspiring and way-past-due. Travel and transportation are definitely big carbon guzzlers, but this is Important. So we decided to do some math to help you figure out what’s your best option for getting to the biggest, most important single event of the year. Here goes:
  • Drive yourself: About $120 in gas and 895 pounds carbon (see picture below and multiple by 2 for round trip)

    This is assuming you drive a Ford Fiesta by yourself. Cost of boredom not included!

  • NOT A FEASIBLE OPTION:  Ride with us in a 15-passenger van: $45 per person, 115 pounds carbon per person
  • Ride with us in a big old charter motorcoach: $100 per person, can’t find a calculator for such a large vehicle

What do you think? Get on the bus.

#ForwardonClimate – Let’s go to D.C. on Feb 17th!


Solution = Divest Now!

We Did the Math. Solution = Divestment

Do the Math Tour wraps up, but work is just beginning

350.org has toured around the country spreading the message about terrifying math associated with fossil fuel reserves ready and waiting to be extracted and billowed into our fragile atmosphere. Climate change has an enemy, and that enemy is the fossil fuel industry. This enemy goes by several names, including but not limited to: Exxon-Mobil, Shell, BP, Lukoil Holdings, Gazprom OAO, Chevron Corp, Peabody Coal, Severstal JSC, Anglo American PLC, BHP Billiton, Shanxi Coking Co, and Exxaro Resources.

Continue reading Solution = Divest Now!

Connecting Nationally: 350 Do the Math Tour

Hurricane Sandy brought surprising destruction to millions on our northeast coast, and it is an unmistakable sign of climate change. However, followers of scientists and activists in the climate movement are hardly surprised. This summer, Bill McKibben proposed in an article in Rolling Stone that math also has something to do with our increase in natural disasters.

350 Do the Math. Sold out in Seattle, WA.

Now, McKibben and 350.org are hitting the road, bringing their show to cities around the country–Columbus and Chicago in our neck of the woods–and it’s all about math! Doesn’t that sound exciting? Well, maybe you’re not a big fan of math, but it’s actually just about a few big numbers regarding climate change. Continue reading Connecting Nationally: 350 Do the Math Tour

Bill McKibben’s secret session

Bill McKibben at SNRE Dana Building 9-14

Bill McKibben at SNRE Dana Building 9-14. Photo by: Dave Brenner, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment

Last Friday Sept. 14, Bill McKibben, climate activist and founder of 350.org, gave a big speech in the Rackham Auditorium that lots of people heard about and attended. The Univ of Michigan’s Erb Institute sponsored event nearly filled the auditorium’s 1,100 seats.

Continue reading Bill McKibben’s secret session

350.org + Radiohead at the Palace of Auburn Hills

A handful of volunteers left Ann Arbor at 3 yesterday to help get the word out about climate change, our alarming CO2 levels, and the movement that is 350.org.

Try to flip through these photos and not be moved.

This is a slideshow of images sent into 350.org from around the world of people just like you and me, connecting the dots on climate change. Here’s a message from 350.org co-founder, Bill McKibben:

We’re going to need you soon to fight the political battles that will make use of these images, but for the next day or two just relax, and enjoy the feeling of solidarity that comes from knowing there are millions of people thinking the same way, harboring the same fears and, more importantly, the same hopes.

On we go together.

Here’s our submission:

By the way , don’t forget to mark your calendar: Bill McKibben’s coming to Ann Arbor in September.

5/5/2012: A2 Connect (350.org’s Connecting the Dots)

Our goal is to assemble a representative set of how many people care about our climate crisis as well as why (how it impacts us). On 5/5/2012, we’ll be at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market with “dots” — including blank ones — asking farmers what their thoughts are. You can join us then.

BUT you can also join us before that, but taking these 4 easy steps:

The most important step: ASK FOR HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT. We have construction paper, some ideas, and access to volunteers. We’re happy to help and would be sad to know you didn’t participate because something fixable stood in your way.

Step 1: Pick a location or idea that illustrates how climate change impacts us locally (e.g., Dexter/tornado after-effects)

Step 2: Make a climate “dot” — take a piece of paper, cut it into a circle, write why you picked the site

Step 3: Take a photo of yourself or someone else holding up the dot at the site you’ve chosen.

Step 4: Send your photo to annarbor350@ecocenter.org OR to poses39first@photos.flickr.com

We’ll post photos as they come in: