Hello Nob Hill Indivisibles,
Please note: Our speaker on Monday, Sept 9, will be NM Sen Jacob Candelaria (yup, a real DINO) come prepared with pointed questions!
This week is focused on the upcoming Global Climate Strike, Friday, Sept 20. All us old hoots need to get out there and support our climate kids.
Be Clear. Be Loud. Get Angry!
INH is supporting the Albuquerque Climate Strike which will be held Robinson Park from 12:30-5pm. Try your best to get your booty out there, even if just for a few minutes over your lunch hour.
Here’s the ABQ strike schedule:
12:00PM: Student & Adult Walk-Out: Meet at Robinson Park
12:30-5:00PM: Climate Fair (Music, Food, Poetry, Climate Actions, KidZone, SoapBox)
1:00PM: Rally & Youth Speakers
1:45PM: March to Senator Udall & Heinrich Offices (4th & Gold)
2:00PM: Children's March for Our Future @ the Park (for young children)
Please tell them that you’re coming by clicking here.
The strike is happening globally, see what other countries are holding marches, click here.
Kids and the climate are what could determine the 2020 election, according to Maeve Reston at CNN “climate change ‘is now viewed as a top area of concern within both a domestic and foreign policy framework’ for those within the 18-29 year-old age group” to read more, click here.
And here’s more stuff you can do for the environment…
1. The Trump administration has proposed gutting direct federal regulation of methane pollution -- one of the most dangerous greenhouse gases. This plan reverses an Obama-era rule that oil and gas companies install technology to inspect for and fix methane leaks from wells, pipelines and storage facilities (to read more click here). But we can still stop this plan, the Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comment on the proposal, and is legally obligated to take public input into consideration. To write them, click here. And/or you can send an email via Environment New Mexico by clicking here.
2. And while you’re at it, tell the EPA that people, pollinators, and the planet deserve better than toxic pesticides that put us at risk! Glyphosate is a toxic herbicide used in products like Bayer-Monsanto's Roundup. It threatens public health and critical pollinators like bees and Monarch butterflies. Now, at least two government bodies have declared it probably causes cancer -- but internal communications revealed in court show this current administration told Monsanto strategists they "have Monsanto's back" (to read more click here). Write the EPA and tell them no Glypho!! And/or send an email via the Sierra Club by clicking here.
3. For years, Americans have unknowingly been drinking water contaminated with toxic chemicals found in everyday goods like nonstick pans, household cleaners, and dental floss. These chemicals, called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been found in more than 700 communities, and more than 100 million Americans may have PFAS in their drinking water. The companies producing household items with these toxic chemicals, 3M and DuPont among them, have known about the health risks for decades, but have knowingly neglected to tell the public what was in their products. They even suppressed scientific evidence that these chemicals are hazardous to human health. House Democrats have recently announced that they plan to hold these corporations accountable and seek answers about what companies knew about PFAS risks and to what extent they hid that information. Call your MoC and demand Congress regulate chemicals in our household cleaners and drinking water. To reach them, click here.
4. The Trump administration said Wednesday it planned to scrap requirements for energy-efficient light bulbs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t phase out the old-style bulbs in your home. It’s good for the environment, and would very likely lower your power bill. To read more, click here.
Please consider supporting INH, a little goes a long way! Donate here.
First Tuesday of every month, 12 noon: Resist Tyranny Tuesdays. Sponsored by Moveon.Org and Indivisible, Simms Building at 400 Gold Ave SW.
Wed, Sept. 11, 6:30-8:00pm: An Evening of Shared Fellowship and Conversation at the Islamic Center of New Mexico. Islamic Center of New Mexico, 1100 Yale Blvd. SE 87106 (PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Space is limited and the Islamic Center needs to know the number of participants for meal preparation, please register here)
Thurs, Sept 12, 9 - 10am: Meeting with Commissioner Cynthia Hall - District 1. Ms. Hall is running for re-election for District 1. We have secured an hour or so with her to have an in-depth conversation concerning the Energy Transition Act, PNM, the closing of the San Juan coal power plant, and PRC's role in this perplexing situation. Please plan to ask questions and follow up questions after this time. At Benita Terrell's House, 1122 Los Arboles Ave NW 87107. For more info and RSVP contact Tiffany Stevens @ 832-454-3415 email@example.com
Thurs/Fri, Sept 19th and 20, MSNBC Presidential Climate forum watch party. Hosted by INH at Kelly’s brewpub, 3222 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque. For more info, click here.
Fri, Sept 20, 12:30 – 5 pm: ABQ Climate Student Strike. Street fair with interactive activities, theatre performances and music. Robinson Park at Tijeras and 3rd, downtown ABQ. For more info and to let them know you’re coming, click here.
Sun, Sept. 22, Fracking Reality Tour in the Greater Chaco region led by Daniel Tso, 2nd date (see actions above to sign-up). To carpool, meet at 7am at the Counselor Chapter House off of Hwy 550.
October 2, 8:30am-12:30pm: eXchange ‘19 Carbon Solutions Summit. Hosted by Climate XChange an invitation-only, free-of-charge event as an opportunity to cross-pollinate on the political strengths of market-based emissions reduction policy, and the pivotal role it can play in a just and equitable energy transition. Warehouse21, 1614 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM. To RSVP, click here.
Nov. 5, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m: Albuquerque City Election Day (October 8 – Absentee ballots mailed, October 19 – Early Voting Begins (voting locations coming soon)
Lastly, to avoid total being totally myopic, here’s some insight on global issues…
What is the Yemen conflict? The conflict began in 2011, when an uprising forced the country's long-time authoritarian president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to hand over power to his deputy, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. This was supposed to bring stability to the country but President Hadi was weak and tried to deal with militant attacks, loyalty to Saleh, corruption, and food issues. Fighting began in 2014 when the Houthi Shia Muslim rebels took advantage of Hadi’s weakness and seized control of northern Saada province and the capital Sanaa. This forced Mr Hadi into exile. In March 2015, Saudi Arabia and eight other mostly Sunni Arab states (backed by the US, UK, and France) began air strikes against the Houthis, to try to restore Hadi back into power.
The Saudi-led coalition feared that Iran (a majority Shia Muslim country), would get a foothold in Yemen. Saudi Arabia says Iran is backing the Houthis with weapons and logistical support. Iran denies this. The stalemate has produced a humanitarian crisis, with at least 8.4 million people at risk of starvation and 22.2 million people or 75% of the population, in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN. Severe acute malnutrition is threatening the lives of almost 400,000 children under the age of five as Yemen’s health has basically collapsed. In addition, Yemen has the world's largest cholera outbreak, which has killed thousands. Due to recent fighting the main port for humanitarian aid has been almost closed.
A new report by the UN Human Rights Council warns countries including the US, UK, France, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, that they could be held responsible for aiding or assisting the commission of violations (i.e. War Crimes). The Western powers have provided weapons and logistical support to the Saudi-led coalition, which backs the Yemen government, while Iran backs the Houthi rebels. The report also says they found reasonable grounds to believe Yemen's government and the Saudi-led coalition, as well as the Houthis, had enjoyed a "pervasive lack of accountability" for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. All parties may also have used starvation as a method of warfare.
Weekly actions checklist:
___ Be a Climate Warrior, scream, shout, stomp about for the climate
___ Come to Monday’s meeting, meet a real DINO
Melora – INH Outreach Coordinator
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