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Hey, Bay Area Kossacks. Just checking in to make sure y'all know about the May 9-11 350BayArea Climate Conference. (I've been helping out with media hoping to fill the seats and we could sure use your support in spreading the word and showing up.)

Information is below and if any of you have the time to support the first Thunderclap I've linked here, that would really help to amplify the message. (This is a trial run to see how effective Thunderclap is in these campaigns. Right now, we only have five supporters. Supporting doesn't mean you're going; it just means you are helping us to reach 1000 supporters of the clap which entitles us to help from Thunderclap in further promotion.)

Here's the promo:

350 Bay Area hosts their first ever grassroots Climate Conference “Dirty Energy, Clean Solutions." (DECS)” just weeks after the IPCC’s  5th Assessment Working Group III on mitigation announced “large scale changes in the global energy mix” and rapid and dramatic cuts in GHG emissions could keep global warming to a sustainable rise of 2 degree C by 2050.

In fact, the IPCC suggests, a 1.5 degree C scenario is not out of range. If we act now. And act aggressively.

The May 9-11 Conference begins on Friday evening in San Francisco with a keynote address by Stanford University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Mark Jacobson.  Jacobson, a recent guest on David Letterman, will present his plan for converting to renewable energy by 2050. His address precedes an interactive panel to engage in analyzing the legislative, regulatory and environmental justice implications of implementing the plan. Tickets for a speaker's reception are also available.

Days two and three of the conference shift to Oakland’s Laney College and feature several panels and breakout sessions as well as trainings to strategize effective ways to disempower the fossil fuel attack and expedite the switch to clean energy.

Participants include San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos, a Bay Area Air Quality Management District board member; Shannon Biggs, Global Exchange; David Turnbull, Oil Change International; Madelaine Stano, Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment; Andreas Soto, Communities for a Better Environment; Penny Opal Plant, Idle No More; and Latrice Carter, an anti-fracking activist from Carson, California.

Mark Hertsgaard, author of HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth,  will discuss “Organizing for the Future." Post Carbon Institute Lead Fellow and Peak Oil Expert Richard Heinberg will present “An Oil Industry Overview.”

Register and buy tickets now. Rates are $50 for the entire conference and $30 for Friday evening.

Totally unrelated, but just returned from Macchu Piccu and here are some of the first images I've downloaded from my trip to Peru. Story on trip percolating for future EcoJustice article

First glimpse of Macchu Piccu.
The trapezoid shaped windows and crevices used in Inca architecture to ensure stability of windows and crevices and doorways.
My daughter at Macchu Piccu.
The Pacific Ocean in Miraflores district of Lima, Peru.
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  •  About Thunderclap - this is an experiment (9+ / 0-)

    all you have to do is tweet it from here
    then Thunderclapshares this message once on your behalf, along with other supporters.
    If the goal is not reached, no message will be shared.  

    If you're not terrified into action by the IPCC's 5th Assessment , you're not human.

    by boatsie on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:48:52 AM PDT

  •  sample tweet (7+ / 0-)

    @350BayArea hosts lst post #IPCC_wg3 #Climate conf. 5/9-11 #climatechange http://bit.ly/... #fracking

    If you're not terrified into action by the IPCC's 5th Assessment , you're not human.

    by boatsie on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:50:29 AM PDT

  •  Hey boatsie! (7+ / 0-)

    Great shot of Macchu Piccu. And a great selfie! Can't wait to see more pics.

    Are you going to write about Jacobson's 2050 strategy? I'm looking forward to hearing about it (haven't visited your links yet.) Thanks for the head's up.  :)

    "It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into." --Jonathan Swift

    by rb137 on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:58:45 AM PDT

  •  platformed along best/boatsie! ty! (5+ / 0-)

    decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

    by renzo capetti on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 11:07:14 AM PDT

  •  Wow, thanks, boatsie! That was just the booster I (4+ / 0-)

    needed this afternoon!  Wonderful pics, am looking forward to seeing more.  It looks like the Peruvian weather was cooperative and that you had a great time - - awesome!  I hope DECS goes exceedingly well, do keep us posted!  Thanks again!  :)

    Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will. - - Antonio Gramsci

    by lehman scott on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 11:15:28 AM PDT

  •  Love the photos (4+ / 0-)

    of Macchu Piccu; great memories. Lima has funny weather. It's always crummy. After our trip I followed Lima weather for years in our paper. Almost never sunny.

    Ceiling Cat rules....srsly.

    by side pocket on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 11:41:51 AM PDT

  •  Beautiful pictures, you had a wonderful time, yes? (3+ / 0-)
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    At last I discussed with my husband he was planning on attending. Thank you for posting about this.

    As you may know, the DK blogathon team was contacted by Harvard Divestment team to stand in solidarity with them tomorrow. We will hold a blogathon to support them. Please join us, rec, tip, comment, and share widely. These will be exceptional diaries written by exceptional people. Thank you!






    Harvard Fossil Fuel Divestment Blogathon – Please Sign the Petition to Show Your Support



    On April 30, Harvard students will form a blockade outside the President Faust's office in support of divestment from fossil fuel. A coalition of NGOs support the blockade and ask for your support.  We've been asked to hold a blogathon here the same day to help spread the word and obtain more signatures on their petition.  For Harvard students divestment campaign, please sign this petition.
    Coalition includes: 350.org, Forecast the Facts, CREDO



    "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass... it is about learning to dance in the rain." ~ Vivanne Grenne Shop Kos Katalogue!

    by remembrance on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 11:45:00 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for promoting here, remembrance. gmoke (2+ / 0-)
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      sent along a list of all the events happening at Harvard tomorrow. It is truly an amazing day, and all this independent of the 10am Divestment Action!!
      hubevents.blogspot.com:

      10am  Race To Solar
      10am  Divest Harvard Day of Action
      12pm  Design for Manufacturability for Sub-14nm Nanometer Technologies
      12pm  The Art of Peace
      12pm  User-centered system design in an aging society: an integrated study on technology adoption
      2:30pm  Climate Change and the Cocoa Industry: Leveraging Science and Technology for Sustainability
      4pm  Community Archives in the Digital Era: Creating the South Asian American Digital Archive
      4:10pm  Harvard University’s #Tech4Democracy Movement, with Harvard innovation-lab
      4:15pm  "Does Public Opinion Affect China's Foreign Policy?”
      5pm  Geoengineering: Science and Governance
      5pm  China 2035: Energy, Climate, and Development Lecture Series
      5pm  Rethinking the Learning Experience
      5:30pm  Advanced Nuclear Reactor Regulation: Present and Future
      6pm  Worldly Wording: Curating the Imaginal Fields of Science and Art
      7pm  Celebrated director and theatre visionary Anne Bogart
      7pm  Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods
      7:30pm  “Tillich, Bonhoeffer, and the Future of Jesus Christ.”

      If you're not terrified into action by the IPCC's 5th Assessment , you're not human.

      by boatsie on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 01:28:10 PM PDT

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  •  Oh, I am so happy for you, boatsie, that kind of (3+ / 0-)
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    experience is truly unforgettable and can indeed be deeply transformational.  Well done and congratulations, Ma'am! :)

    Native wisdom in regards to how we must transform our entire society's relationship with the Earth is going to be extremely important in the coming years of Transition.  I really look forward to whatever insights you gained on your journey that you might feel so moved to translate and share with us all (and i have a pretty good feeling you will be so moved. :)) ).

    I might take one bit of exception with your observation about our insignificance, however.  Yes, in the physical cosmic scope of things our individual lives can certainly be looked at as insignificant.  Here, on this planet, in this unique and critical time in our world's history, each of our lives are anything but.  The nature of complex adaptive systems is such that a seemingly trivial action on the part of just one person, just one committed soul guided and moved by a love that goes into the seventh generation from now, can have profound ripple effects on the other beings they are connected to.  And we are all intimately connected with each other, and thus every other being on this planet, and the planet itself.  This is what we must all reawaken and relearn and empower within each other.

    As I am fond of closing some transmittals with:

    ~ Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam ~

    (a Sanskrit phrase: We Are All One Family)

    I'd say welcome home, boatsie, but you never really left, did you?  :)

    scott

    Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will. - - Antonio Gramsci

    by lehman scott on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 12:14:51 PM PDT

    •  I couldn't agree more. think what I was trying (2+ / 0-)
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      to convey is that for as long as I have been writing about indigeous knowledge , I had done so without ever truly being on the ground as it were and communicating, experiencing directly this sense of connectedness with nature which so typifies the less industrialized societies.

      It was our lack of appreciation of this, our view of worshipping nature which we termed 'paganism' which created the 'rift' between cultures, perhaps. Viewing nature as something to tame, to take from, to utilize to our advantage as opposed to a force to respect, adhere to and shape our culture to atune with ....

      I feel small because I have been so dis-engaged from nature and there is no doubt that reconnecting has the power to reconnect us all.

      If you're not terrified into action by the IPCC's 5th Assessment , you're not human.

      by boatsie on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 01:33:07 PM PDT

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      •  Ah yes, understood and very well put. I can (1+ / 0-)
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        definitely identify with you, too.  I have been disengaged from nature for far too long, myself.  Such an extended absence followed by a reunion can indeed accentuate that awareness of disconnectedness and resulting diminution of sense of self.  A very insightful observation, Ma'am, thank you!

        Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will. - - Antonio Gramsci

        by lehman scott on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 01:50:51 PM PDT

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  •  amazing pics! (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks so much for sharing. Looks like such a soul-changing experience!

    I'm tweeting this diary, but the Thunderclap thing asks to log into my Twitter account and I have a personal policy to not allow that for any 3rd party app. I'm just too paranoid about giving out my info and not knowing who has it and what they do with it. Please consider this comment my full support of the conference!

    Ecology is the new Economy => Kosonomy

    by citisven on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 01:26:06 PM PDT

    •  can't wait to read about Medellin ... (1+ / 0-)
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      the Thunderclap idea seems like a total bust, IMO. And I agree with your policy. Didn't realize people had to log into Twitter to support. Mea culpa. Now it makes a lot more sense why we are not getting supporters.

      If you're not terrified into action by the IPCC's 5th Assessment , you're not human.

      by boatsie on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 08:15:33 PM PDT

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      •  I'm sure they mean well (0+ / 0-)

        and it helps them to track everyone better. But I think with all the paranoia out there about what's happening with our information, people are growing increasingly suspicious of the whole data mining thing. At least folks of my generation and older, who still remember what life was like when social networking meant going to the park with your friends. :-)

        Ecology is the new Economy => Kosonomy

        by citisven on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:09:16 AM PDT

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