Recommended Actions for the Week of 20170911

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Local Level Actions

National Level Actions / Other

Source: 350.org (edited)

Description: Republicans are calling the actions of politicians to connect recent hurricanes to climate change “insensitive.” Hurricane Irma flattened islands in the Northeast Caribbean including St. Martin and is flooding Florida and Georgia. Hurricane Harvey caused flooding that has devastated Houston and parts of Louisiana. In South Asia, monsoon flooding has killed 1200 and displaced 40 million.  Meanwhile, the Republicans and the Trump administration continues to deny climate change and roll back climate protections.  In the face of these tragic events, we must urge our leaders to stand up and connect the dots between climate change and extreme weather events, condemn climate denial, and promote bold, just climate action.

Background:

Climate change has amplified extreme weather events.  Greenhouse gas emissions have increased the likelihood and severity of heat waves, extreme rainfall and storm surges.  A warmer atmosphere can hold more water, increasing the potential for heavy downpours, while warmer oceans can produce more intense hurricanes.  Storm surge is exacerbated by sea level rise, increasing flooding risk.

Contact Information:

Senator Patty Murray, WA (206) 553-5545, DC (202) 224-2621

https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

Senator Maria Cantwell, WA (206) 220-6400, DC (202) 224-3441

https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form

Congressman Rick Larsen (WA 2nd Legislative District), WA 360-733-4500, DC (202) 225-2605

http://larsen.house.gov/contact-rick/email-rick

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA 1st Legislative District), WA (360) 416-7879, DC (202) 225-6311

https://delbene.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Suggested Script: 

As a constituent from [insert city, County], I am deeply concerned about the devastating impacts of recent flooding to vulnerable communities in the Gulf region, the SouthEast, the Caribbean, and across south Asia.  The science is clear – global warming is increasing the severity of extreme weather events.  I urge you to strongly condemn the Trump Administration’s climate denial, connect the dots between these hurricanes and climate change, and intensify your efforts to promote bold, just climate action.

From the Calendar

Link to the Riveters Collective Calendar

Every Monday: Attend a vigil hosted by C2C and Keep Bellingham Families Working. A vigil will be held from 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m. in front of City Hall or from 5:00-6:00p.m. at the WTA downtown bus station. Support undocumented and immigrant families to live in safety and dignity in our community. Come together and join in building power in people!

Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 from 6:00-7:30p.m.: Speak up for the Homeless and tell the city council what you want to see in order to end homelessness in Bellingham, as well as present your ideas for how to help. Join HomesNow. Not Later. at City Hall, 210 Lottie St, Bellingham, WA 98225. Visit Facebook or the RC calendar page to learn more about the event.

Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 from 6:30-8:30p.m.: Join the Re Sources monthly Clean Energy Activist meeting to discuss the upcoming Whatcom County Council action on the fossil fuel moratorium, upcoming events and more. The meeting will be held at Re Sources, 2309 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA. Visit Facebook or the RC calendar page to learn more.

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 from 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.: Join the Whatcom Water Week: International Coastal Cleanup Day at 3161 Locust Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225 for a local beach cleanup. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Please dress appropriately for walking along the beach. RSVP is encouraged but not required. To RSVP, contact Eleanor Hines at nws@surfrider.org or visit Facebook for more information.