Protect our Coast – Great March and Rally Feb 3

-marchers formed the writing in the sand


More photos from rally at the beach – didn’t get all the speakers- sorry!

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Jan 31st, 2018 – Live stream Watch Party.  For those who missed it here’s the live stream link

BUT DO NOT PLAY FROM THE BEGINNING!!!Current version is almost 3 hours long but first hour is just a title page !! Start at 59 mins.

It’s still long but includes a wonderful variety of inspiring speakers in addition to Bernie Sanders and Bill McKibben.

Follow-up emails to attendees who checked interest in

Mandatory Solar for new construction

Composting – preferable municipal

Plastic waste Reduction

Banking – Divestment and Public Banking


Fossil Free work Continues at Feb 22nd Meeting 7pm Live Oak Grange


Nov 16th, 2017 – House Party,

we quickly reviewed the following resources from

The Video,   Host Toolkit    Facilitation Guide

These were geared to any location around the country. We live in a “relatively progressive” city with some progress already, so it is helpful to be familiar with current City of Santa Cruz on going efforts on Climate Change

  1. Existing Climate Action plan – drafted 2011 with some updates
  2. Climate Action Program with updated Milestones
  3. Final Draft Climate Adaptation – currently in draft format – intro letter from City Manager very interesting. Also includes resolution wording.
  4. Climate Mayors Commitment – As of this June 2017 384 mayors including Santa Cruz Cynthia Chase had signed on to this agreement
    1. As 383 US Mayors representing 68 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.The world cannot wait — and neither will we.
  5. Paris Support Resolution
  6. Future Resolution blank  based on approved paris support resolution
  7. The current city “Climate Action Task Force” has been meeting since spring 2017. It is an interesting information exchange but not even an “advisory” group. We could ask for that to change

Highlights of Nov 16 meeting

We reviewed ONGOING Stop New Fossil Fuel Local Projects

  • New parking garage   CfST – City
  • Widening Hwy 1  CfST –   RTC
  • Commit to 100% Clean Energy for All
  • Local – Monterey Bay Community Power
  • MBCP will start up 2018 – OPT IN! and encourage your neighbors

and   New Ideas for City Resolutions

  • Close the Door campaign – ongoing
  • Community composting – Food Waste
  • Ban all plastics including lids, straws etc.
  • Mandatory Solar on new construction
  • Sea level Rise Ready downtown planning
  • Upgrade CC Task Force to Advisory
  • Commit to 100% renewables by 2030

Attendees Volunteered to tackle to following and meet again on Thursday Jan 4th

  • Close the Door – in process
  • Mandatory Solar
  • Composting –  ? anaerobic digester
  • Plastic straws etc.
  • Divestment – especially Investments

Suggested Plan 

  • Research problem in detail
  • Research solutions in other communities
  • Prepare a letter to city managers and council thanking them for previous resolutions, work on solar, etc. etc. and preferably using their own words remind them about the urgency of the climate change problem
  • Prepare a resolution – possibly using the preamble (all words previously signed to by the council) in the Resolution Blank