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Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
2:44 pm - Are You Still Reading LJ Comms?

Given the amount of activism that's going to be needed in the near future, I'd like to get a sense of how many people are still seeing sustain_weekly posts.

If you see this post, please comment to say so.

If you see this post but would rather see sustainability activism posts on another platform, please mention one or more platforms that you'd prefer over LJ.

Thank you for still caring about our long-term future!

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2:00 pm - Pledge Pipeline Resistance!


Received from 350.org via email:

Donald Trump has signed executive actions restarting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and the Dakota Access fracked oil pipeline.

Millions of people have shown their opposition to these projects and we are asking everyone who spoke up, marched or sat-in to stand up and show Trump that he has severely miscalculated and pledge to resist these projects and any other fossil fuel project that violates the science of climate action, the rights of Tribes and the will of the people.

Join the Pledge of Pipeline Resistance to be part of the first wave of action to stop Trump's pipeline plans: http://act.350.org/sign/nokxl-nodapl-pipeline-pledge

Edited to add: Urge the Army Corps of Engineers not to cooperate: https://colorofchange.org/campaigns/oppose-trump-dapl

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Monday, December 5th, 2016
12:27 pm - Good News: DAPL Blocked--For Now

Read quite a lot about it at http://blog.credomobile.com/2016/12/victory-dakota-access-pipeline-blocked/

or a little about it at http://light-of-summer.livejournal.com/288574.html

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Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
7:00 pm - Updated: Post-11/8 Links to Use and Share

I just added 16 new items to the list of post-election action and resource links at http://light-of-summer.livejournal.com/285100.html —mostly action items, but also info about how to track congressional votes, why talking about climate change is important, and a post-election essay from Ursula K. Le Guin.

Please consider taking action. Feel free to share.

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Friday, November 18th, 2016
7:25 pm - Post-11/8 Action and Resource Links to Share


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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
9:51 am - Quick actions for climate and food supply (USA)

Urgent: Please call your Senator TODAY and ask them to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline bill. A vote is expected by 06:15 Eastern time.

Bees make possible 1/3 of our food supply. Tell the EPA not to delay - ban bee-harming pesticides today at http://bit.ly/IUrVfP


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Sunday, September 21st, 2014
2:50 pm - Tell World Leaders to Take Effective Action on Climate Change!

Today, the People's Climate March made history with the biggest climate action ever.

World leaders are meeting in New York City in just a few days. Join me in sending them a message that we stand with the People's Climate March, and that it's time for action, not words, particularly re transitioning away from fossil fuels:


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Sunday, May 25th, 2014
3:42 am

Check out this cool Solar Roadways project: http://igg.me/p/solar-roadways/cstw/1073821 -- additional crowdfunders welcome!

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Monday, November 5th, 2012
10:59 am - For USA voters--petition to stop Ohio disenfranchisement


In a last-minute directive issued Friday night that could disenfranchise thousands of Ohioans and tip the outcome of the election, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted changed requirements for submitting provisional ballots on Election Day.

The directive requires voters, not election officials, to fill out a confusing form listing the type of ID they provided to vote. This new directive is a clear violation of Ohio law and puts even more votes at risk of not being counted.

Secretary Husted has also instructed election officials to not count ballots where that part of the form has not been correctly filled out by the voter.

That's why I signed a petition to Jon Husted, Secretary of State and Governor John Kasich. (I think we all know which presidential candidate is most likely to take steps toward sustainability, and which candidate is likely to be helped by this last-minute change to voting rules.)

Will you sign this petition? Click here:



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Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
10:21 am - quick USA petition signing: no Agent Orange GMO soy!

From fooddemocracynow.org:

Dear Friend,

Right now the USDA is considering the approval of dangerous new GMO crop that has been genetically engineered to tolerate the highly toxic chemical 2,4-D, a main component of the Vietnam War era defoliant Agent Orange.

As the first generation of biotech crops has failed, creating millions of acres infected with superweeds, the biotech industry is now introducing even more dangerous chemicals into our food system. That’s gross!

Already thousands of farmers and scientists are raising concern over the potential harm Dow Chemical’s 2,4-D soy will cause to human health, the environment and the livelihoods of family farmers. Already, the chemical herbicide 2,4-D has been called one of “the most dangerous chemicals out there”

We need your help to stop it. Please click on the link below to join us in telling the USDA to keep Agent Orange soy off our plates.

Tell the USDA, to keep Agent Orange soy off Your Plate!


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Thursday, June 7th, 2012
1:33 pm - You Can Support the First EPA Limits on Carbon Pollution


Here's a very quick and worthwhile petition-signing request from the Climate Reality Project (http://climaterealityproject.org/). Note that this petition is not limited to USA folks--it just asks you for your name, email address, and country. Please join in!
The climate movement is about to take a giant step forward: The EPA has proposed the first national standard to limit carbon pollution. This is exciting: And we have a petition for you to show your support.


Carbon pollution is causing the climate crisis. That weird, dirty weather you’ve been having – blame carbon pollution. Where does this pollution come from? The answer is simple: 40% of all carbon pollution in the United States comes from power plants.

If this rule goes into effect, no new dirty, climate-change-causing power plants will be built.
[In the USA, anyway. Emphasis added by me.--light_of_summer]

So, now that you’re up to speed, what do you say? Will you tell the EPA you support the first-ever limit on carbon pollution? It’s easy. Just sign our petition to show your support:


Thank you!

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Thursday, April 7th, 2011
12:16 pm - Democrats Voting Against Clean Air: We're Watching

Hi, All,

Yesterday, in the U.S. Senate, four amendments attacking the Clean Air Act each failed to get the required 60 votes to pass. But before these votes could fail, 17 Democrats sided with big polluters and radical Republicans, and cast at least one vote to undermine the Clean Air Act's ability to limit carbon pollution.

I just signed a petition, telling these "Dirty Air Democrats" that I won't forget this vote. Will you click the link below and do likewise?


FYI, here are the names of the Democrat Senators who voted to block, delay or limit the Clean Air Act: Sens. Baucus (D-MT), Begich (D-AK), Hagan (D-NC), Levin (D-MI), Brown (D-OH), Casey (D-PA), Conrad (D-ND), Johnson (D-SD), Klobuchar (D-MN), Pryor (D-AR), Stabenow (D-MI), Landrieu (D-LA), Manchin (D-WV), McCaskill (D-MO), Nelson (D-NE), Rockefeller (D-WV), Webb (D-VA)

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Friday, February 18th, 2011
8:33 pm - Help Hold the Line!

Part of the challenge of moving our planet toward sustainability is finding ways to encourage smaller families.

Unfortunately, in the USA, the House of Representatives just voted to cancel ALL funds to health clinics like Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthoods and local health centers like them provide birth control, Pap tests, and prenatal care to millions of low-income people every year. And apparently more than half of the members of the House of Representatives want to stop funding these clinics!

It's up to the Senate to say "no."

If you are a citizen of the USA, please send a quick email to hold the line on funding this compassionate and valuable resource for moving toward true sustainability:


Thanks for speaking out!

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Monday, January 17th, 2011
4:02 pm - Send the EPA a Message re Curbing Climate Change

The (USA-based) organization Environmental Action is urging people to send messages to the Environmental Protection Agency supporting their work to fight global warming by curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Click here to participate: http://www.environmental-action.org/I-support-EPA?id4=TAFsent


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Monday, June 28th, 2010
9:55 am - Request for USA Voters: Sign for Clean Energy

Hi, All,

Tomorrow, President Obama is meeting with a bipartisan group of Senate energy leaders to decide what kind of legislation to pursue in response to the Gulf oil disaster. I just co-signed a letter to President Obama and Senate leaders, urging them to pass comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation. If you haven't already done so, would you please join me? The following link will take you to the letter and the VERY brief form and button you can use to use to sign, too:


Please help build public pressure for our leaders to do the right thing.

Thanks very much!

current mood: determined

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Thursday, March 4th, 2010
2:21 pm - U.S.A. Voters: Call Your Senators re Energy/Climate

Hi, voting USA sustain_weekly Folks,

If you haven't already done so, please call your Senators, this week, to urge them to pass comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation this year, including investment in clean energy, creation of green jobs, and limits on harmful carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas pollution.

If you'd like to be reminded of these talking points, get connected to one of your Senators without looking up her or his phone number, and do it toll-free, you can call 1-877-9-REPOWER (1-877-9-737-6937).

If you'd rather skip the talking points and pay for your own calls, you can call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 1-202-224-3121 and ask for your senator's office. After you've expressed your opinion, you can ask to be transferred to your other senator's office.

Add your voice to the 40,000+ people who have called their Senators about this issue, this week--help to drown out the planet-endangering lobbying of the oil and coal industries!

For more info about this campaign see http://www.repoweramerica.org/


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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
7:34 pm - Flatirons, Habits, and Prosperity: an Essay

I rarely iron a piece of clothing...Collapse )

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Friday, December 18th, 2009
10:48 am - Pressure for Climate Agreements

At the Copenhagen climate conference that is now in its last days, the USA, among others, is lagging well behind the level of commitment that science says is needed to avoid climate catastrophe. Europe and Japan have made commitments that are much better.

There's an internet effort currently in progress to pressure world leaders to make binding agreements at levels that will actually do the job. Effort organizers have put together a one-paragraph petition and are aming to deliver 15 million signatures today. As of right now, the count is 13,744,336. The count has gone up by more than 3000 in the last half an hour.

If you haven't done so already, please consider signing and passing the word. Thank you.


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Sunday, November 8th, 2009
2:33 pm - Recycle

NOvember 15 is American Recycles Day!

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Friday, October 23rd, 2009
9:58 pm - Climate Action Day: October 24th

Events are taking place world-wide on Saturday, October 24th, to urge political leaders to take faster action to address climate change. If your day is not already fully scheduled, browse to the following map, and zoom in to your geographical area to find out about events near you.


Why now? To avoid truly catastrophic climate change, the levels of CO2 in the earth's atmosphere need to be brought back down to 350 parts per million. We're currently at 387 parts per million, and levels are still rising by 2ppm every year. There's an international climate summit coming up in a few weeks, in Copenhagen. Take one of October 24th's opportunities to add your voice to the call for action!

More info available at http://www.350.org.


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