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Nor Cal Peoples Climate Rally 9/21/2014

Livestream: Northern Californias Peoples’ Climate Rally

Live at 2:30 PM Pacific Time The stream will be a video after that! If you want to post livestreams relevant to climate change, please email me at launches a global call to action around September’s UN Climate Summit.


Hoda Baraka, Global Communications Manager,, +201001840990

GLOBAL — Today and its allies launched the People’s Climate Mobilisation web platform as part of a global call to action to coincide with the People’s Climate March taking place in New York City this September just before a United Nations Climate Summit. The march in New York will take place on the 21st of September, and the global mobilisation will span the full weekend of September 20-21.

The NY march aims to bring hundreds of thousands of people to the streets of New York City to call on world leaders to commit to bold climate action as they arrive to attend a historic Climate Summit hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The summit is one of the last chances for world leaders to come together and spark international progress before it becomes too late to avoid catastrophic climate impacts. World leaders will be greeted with the largest mobilization on climate change in history in NY and globally.

“People from across the planet will be making sure that leaders gathered in New York know the demand for action comes from every corner,” said Bill McKibben, co-founder of, a global climate campaign on climate change. “This is the first truly global problem, and it has spawned the first truly global movement!”

The main demand from this global mobilisation is for Action, Not Words. Actions necessary to create a world with an economy that works for people and the planet – now. In short, a world safe from the ravages of climate change.

The web platform launched today will serve as a focal point for mobilisations being planned globally and as an open platform where anyone, anywhere will be able to register a local event and will also find online support tools in multiple languages.

“Climate change is the greatest challenge we’ve ever faced,” said Hoda Baraka, Global Communications Manager for, “but it’s also an incredible opportunity to create a more just and sustainable world. The People’s Climate Mobilisation is a chance to take a major step forward, making it crucial for people across regions to partake.”

Several large marches, rallies, and events are already being planned in Delhi, Jakarta, London, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin and Paris to name a few.

Alongside the global mobilisations a delegation of globally diverse grassroots leaders will be in attendance in New York to ensure voices from movements and campaigns around the world are heard while also giving emphasis to ongoing struggles which will serve to launch a series of mobilisations beyond September.

The People’s Climate Mobilisation and the Climate Summit in New York mark the beginning of a busy 18 months of crucial international negotiations. Climate negotiators will head to Lima, Peru, in December 2014 to make progress towards a global climate deal. Then, in September 2015 world leaders will meet back in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, the global post-2015 development agenda. Three months later, the world will gather in Paris to try and sign a new international climate treaty.

WesPac crude-by-rail project on hold. Yay, Pittsburg, California!

WesPac crude-by-rail project on hold. Yay, Pittsburg!

Posted by Nick Despota 207pc on August 04, 2014 · Flag

The Contra Costa Times reported that WesPac’s plan for a massive oil storage and transfer facility is off the table for now. The earliest the City Council may consider a revised project is September. Additional studies could take anywhere from six to 10 months.

A letter from state Attorney General Kamala Harris urging further scrutiny on air quality and the risk of accidental spills, as well as fierce community opposition must have strongly influenced this decision. Yay, Pittsburg!

13 Things You Can Do to Slow Climate Change

13 Things You Can Do to Slow Climate Change

1. Do not drive gasoline powered cars
2. Do not eat animal products
3. Buy local food
4. Buy local products
5. Buy Organic
6. Use solar, wind or water power
7. Use public transportation
8. Conserve everything
9. Recycle
10. Buy Eco products
11. Check labels for Palm Oil
12. Vote for Environmentalist
13. Join an environmental group

NYT Collapse of West Antarctica Ice Sheet Sections Has Begun // Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans From Polar Melt

NYT Collapse of West Antarctica Ice Sheet Sections Has Begun // Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans From Polar Melt


MAY 12, 2014

A large section of the mighty West Antarctica ice sheet has begun falling apart and its continued melting now appears to be unstoppable, two groups of scientists reported on Monday.

While a large rise of the sea may now be inevitable from West Antarctica, continued release of greenhouse gases will almost certainly make the situation worse. The heat-trapping gases could destabilize other parts of Antarctica as well as the Greenland ice sheet, potentially causing enough sea-level rise that many of the world’s coastal cities would eventually have to be abandoned.

Climate Change Museum In China

Updated version 3.29.14

Richmond Rail Connector Will Enable Increased Shipments of Explosive Bakken Crude.

Caltran at site of Richmond Connector

Caltran at site of Richmond Connector

Taken at Richmond Rail Connector Site 1/28/14

Taken at Richmond Rail Connector Site 1/28/14

Construction has begun on the new Richmond Rail Connector project, located between Parr Boulevard and Richmond Parkway in the City of Richmond CA. 8 members of the California Transportation Commission (CTC) voted unanimously in August 2013 to provide $10.9 million to the California Department of Transportation for the connector between BNSF lines in San Pablo and Richmond.
Although the project is touted as a traffic control project, its proximity to the Chevron Oil Refinery is uncanny. The Connector is in close proximity to housing, schools and playgrounds. Environmentalists and residents are concerned with the connector, for several reasons. Recent train explosions and Chevrons’ expected increase in the refining of Bakken crude oil, a highly explosive crude, highlight these concerns. Bakken Crude will be transported from Bakken, North Dakota by rail.
The US Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) warns that:
…recent derailments and resulting fires indicate that the type of crude oil being transported from the Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil. Based on preliminary inspections conducted after recent derailments in North Dakota, Alabama, and Lac-Megantic, Quebec involving Bakken crude oil, PHMSA is reinforcing the requirement to properly test, characterize, classify, and where appropriate sufficiently degasify hazardous materials prior to and during transportation.
CALTRAN is instrumental in this project. In their report… CALTRAN stated in their report that that the following environmental factors would not be potentially affected by this project : “Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Air Quality, Population / Housing Hazards & Hazardous Materials”. The report does not seem to address the increase of greenhouse gas emissions which will occur due to increase of tar sands refining. Carbon dioxide emissions from the production of shale oil and shale gas are extremely higher than conventional oil production. This fact has not been accounted for in the report, as well as the hazards from transporting highly explosive materials.
CALTRAN and BNFS are partners in the Connector project. The funding is derived from tax payers, and the project benefits BNFS and Chervon.“BNSF Railway is the only carrier that touches all western shale plays”, said Teresa Perkins, the Class I’s general director of petroleum. ‘The railroad currently moves 600,000 barrels of crude oil per day and expects that volume to grow’, she added at the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers.…
The BNSF Railway is the second-largest freight railroad network in North America. On Feb. 12, 2010, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC, (formerly known as Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation) and BNSF Railway Company became subsidiaries of Berkshire Hathaway Inc
Warren E. Buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.. 2012 total operating revenue was about $20.8 billion. BNSF transports enough crude oil from the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana to the tanks of more than 656,000 average sized vehicles every day. The BNFS fact sheet states that in 2012, BNSF hauled 2.2 million coal shipments.… . Also, petroleum transportation was up 23.66 % in the first three weeks of 2014, stated in their weekly report.….
The huge increase in refining and transportation of these dangerous oils are not due to an increase in demand locally. Billions of galleons of oil are being exported in the San Francisco Bay Area, as reported by the New York Times : “the region’s five oil refineries along San Pablo Bay and the Carquinez Strait were responsible for $7.8 billion in oil exports in 2010, more than any other metro area in the country, according to a report released by the Brookings Institute.…

Governor Brown is proposing 6.8 million in funds in the state budget for the Office of Oil Spills Prevention and Response Program in anticipation of the increased risk of inland oil spills.

Democracy Now Video On Chevron

Fighting Climate Change in Hangzhou, China

This is the first of a series of Videos I will post that I have taken in China, showing some of the many ways the Chinese people are implementing environmental measures. These bike rental stations are everywhere, as are the various signs about being mindful of the environment.

Chevron Protest Richmond California Aug 3

Summer Heat Richmond

Summer Heat Richmond

Suumer Heat Richmond Aug 3

Thousands Protest Chevron Oil Refinery in Richmond, California | The Nation

Thousands Protest Chevron Oil Refinery in Richmond, California | The Nation.

Climate Change Kills Polar Bear

Climate Change Kills Polar Bear

Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire Animation

Putting Agriculture at the Center of Climate Change

Nor Cal Peoples Climate Rally

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