Early November Events and an Election, too 11/3/2022

Winter is coming, but the early rains—oh joy!—remind us that regeneration is possible, even as the days grow shorter.  Don’t forget to vote, and celebrate a little, too.

Nov 4: Launch party for The Climate Gallery

What can be better than art + environmental action? Join us for music, complimentary drinks, and interactive art at the launch party for The Climate Gallery.  This Friday, November 4, 2022 starting at 6:30 PM at CounterPulse: 80 Turk Street in San Francisco. Purchase your tickets here with sliding-scale tickets from $10-$50. 

Climate Creative is excited to launch this new venue, feature the work of local environmental artists, and preview an upcoming virtual reality exhibit, “A Study in Artivism.”  Artists Include Mira Musank (Fashion, Fiber Art), David Solnit (Live Screen Printing), Nick Gott (Dance), Klara Maisch/Minori Murata/Rose McAdoo (Digital Works), and others.

If you can’t make the party, it will be followed next week by five days of virtual events, including artists talks.  You can find those events here.

Your Ticket Supports Arts & Environment:  Ticket sales support this project in 3 ways: artist stipends, the environmental grants fund, and the volunteer team fund working on the next exhibit!

November 8 is Election Day.  Support Prop 30!

350 Bay Area’s Transportation team urges you to Vote Yes on Proposition 30.  This will expedite widespread EV adoption with EV and charging subsidies, helping to pave the way for clean air and a healthy future.  Vote yes for our health and climate!

By mandating a small increase in taxes for those with incomes over $2 million, Prop 30 will provide stable, long-term state funding to speed the shift to electric transportation.  Electric vehicles are an essential component of emissions reduction.  We understand that simply switching to EVs will not solve the problem on its own, however:  we’ll also need denser development in already developed areas, affordable and reliable public transit, and safer roads for bike riders and pedestrians.  Here is a fact sheet on this proposition.

Nov 10:  Climate Strike 

The 27th annual Conference of Parties (COP 27) is meeting over the next two weeks in Egypt.  Join us in a youth-led march to demand that world leaders address root causes of climate change. The focus of this march and rally is to DEFUND VIOLENCE, FUND OUR FUTURES. If you are interested in supporting the action in a greater capacity, please email us at info@350bayarea.org for safety marshal roles.  At Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco, 10 AM – 12 PM.

Nov 10:  Deadline for Signing Our Petition to CARB  

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is finalizing its Scoping Plan for meeting California’s climate goals, due in mid-November.  This is a friendly reminder to add your name to our letter calling for a stronger Plan that is far more ambitious, addresses environmental injustice, and puts California on a path to reach real zero emissions!  This is our very last chance to push for an ambitious, equitable plan that pushes back on false solutions like carbon capture and storage! 

Here is our letter addressed to Governor Newsom and CARB Chairperson Randolph.  Please add your name by November 10 to urge CARB to include the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (EJAC) recommendations in the final 2022 Scoping Plan.  More information here

Nov 12:  Bay Area Climate Summit on IRA Funding

Join 350 Silicon Valley on Saturday, November 12 from 1-4 PM for the Peninsula Climate Summit and Workshop: Taking the Next Step Forward.  Attend either online or in person at Henry M. Gunn High School’s Bow Gym.  Register here.

You’ve heard about the recent commitments from the Federal Government and State of California to support the transition to clean electricity for our homes, businesses and mobility.  (Some regional and local funds have already been available.)  But when will the new funding be available and how will it be accessed, and by whom?  Hear from leading experts and local policy innovators at this engaging in-person/hybrid event in Palo Alto.

Presenters include a global climate expert; State Senator Josh Becker speaking about California’s recent $40 Billion state climate investments, and the leading electrification programs and climate goals in Palo Alto and Menlo Park; the Mayor of Bloomington, Indiana sharing the new heartland and coastal state climate collaborations through the Bloomington/Palo Alto Sibling City Alliance; and Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ali Nouri, discussing how the dramatic new federal funding and programs will support local initiatives.

Nov 18: CEMTF Webinar on Climate and Public Health 

The Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force (CEMTF) is a Bay Area coalition of elected officials, city and county staff, NGO and community-based organizations, environmental and social activists, youth, and frontline communities.  More than 1,100 participants—from 148 US cities, and 18 Bay Area cities from six counties—have participated thus far in its summit series, now in its third year.  The CEMTF hopes to encourage even more declarations of climate emergency and inspire and initiate robust climate mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Don’t miss this latest in a series of lively and popular webinars.  Register for the Friday, November 18 9 AM- 12 PM event here.