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The Obama administration has done environmentalists a favor by delaying the Keystone XL pipeline decision until June. This will allow activists across the country extra time to raise awareness. Of course it would be easier if he just nixed the whole project, but he seems to like a slower, more reasoned approach with wide public support. This is why it is so important that we take it to the streets. He wants our voice… he wants our support. The Sierra Club, along with many other organizations are coming together next Sunday for the Forward on Climate rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC. If you can’t make it to the DC event, worry not, chapters of have coordinated events in solidarity across the country.

Why is this important?

I hope by now many of you already understand why this is important so I won’t bore you with the details, those can be found in my previous post Do The Math or at’s website. But I will add these facts: the Keystone XL pipeline during its expected lifetime will pump enough tar sands oil to push us over the 565 gigatons of CO2 limit that scientists have said will cause a life altering 2ºC rise in global temperatures. Our atmospheric CO2 concentrations have already exceeded the recommended safe level of 350 ppm, reaching 391 ppm, and Mother Nature has shown her disgust. Just turn on the news, every story of super-storms, drought, 130º temperatures in Australia, that’s her telling us we have pushed too hard and it’s time to turn things around. The time for action was 10, 20…maybe even 30 years ago, but we can’t go back, all we have left is today, next Sunday and the near future to correct this problem. If we don’t, Mother Nature will take her wrath out on our children, not some future generation, but our children of today.

350 Silicon Valley

350 Bay Area has opened a chapter in Silicon Valley with meetings in Palo Alto and Los Gatos. I would prefer it were called 350 Valley of Heart’s Delight, returning to the Santa Clara valley I remember as a child. But the orchards and creeks are mostly gone, replaced by the corporate giants of the technology, small start-up tech companies and concrete flood-control systems. I do take some solace in the fact that maybe some of the Green technology needed to solve this problem may originate here. Although I don’t see Silicon Valley as an overtly progressive area, many either already are or dream of striking it rich in this modern technology “gold rush,” yet many here have strong socially and environmentally progressive ideologies. So I hope this will become a large and innovative chapter.

Join 350 Silicon Valley’s first event as they head to San Francisco for the Forward on Climate rally. Click here to RSVP for the rally or here to signup for information of upcoming meetings.

Join a 350 near you…

Bill McKibben and has created a great organization with local chapters opening up around the globe. Not only can you get involved in national events such as Forward on Climate, but you can also work on local issues. Who knows, maybe your idea can takeoff across the country or around the world. Join or create a group near you, click here local.

Catch a bus: Check here to see if your area has a bus heading to DC.
Can't make it to DC? Find a solidarity rally near you...


Los Angeles
When: Sunday, February 17, 1:00 p.m.
Where: Start at the South-West Side of Paseo De La Plaza in Olvera St. (Between North Los Angeles St. & Main St.)
Destination: South side steps of City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

When: Sunday, February 17, 12-2 p.m.
Where: Window on the Bay Park, Del Monte Ave. at Camino El Estero
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

San Diego
When: Sunday, February 17, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Mission Bay Park Visitors Center, 2688 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 921095 and I-5 overpass
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

San Francisco
When: Sunday, February 17, 1-3 p.m.
Where: One Market Plaza, 1 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94105
Click here to RSVP or for more information.


When: Sunday, February 17, 11:30 a.m.
Where: March from Auraria Campus (900 Auraria Parkway) to Civic Center Parkway
Click here to RSVP or for more information.


When: Sunday, February 17, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Grant Park (Michigan and Congress)
Click here to RSVP or for more information.


When: Sunday, February 17, 1 - 2 p.m.
Where: Brookside Park
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Iowa City, Davenport, and Dubuque
When: Friday, February 15
Click here to RSVP or for more information.


When: Sunday, February 17, 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
What: Coalition teach-in on climate change in solidarity with the Forward on Climate Rally in DC.
Click here to RSVP or for more information.


When: Sunday, February 17, 1 p.m.
Where: The library at 626 E. Main St.

When: Sunday, February 17, Noon - 1 p.m.
Where: N. Higgins St. Circle, at the XXXs
Click here to RSVP or for more information.


When: Sunday, February 17, 1:00 p.m.
Where: 1 p.m. at the Medford Public Library (205 South Central Ave.) and 2:30 p.m. outside Porters Restaurant (147 N Front St.)
Click here to RSVP or for more information.


When: Sunday, February 17, 2 p.m.
Where: 5th and Lamar, in front of Whole Foods
Click here to RSVP or for more information.


When: Sunday, February 17, 3: p.m.
Where: Heritage Park
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

When: Sunday, February 17, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Golden Gardens Park (8498 Seaview Pl. NW) with special guest speaker, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.
Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Note to kossacks: Check the "New Day" dairy series for details on connecting with other kossacks at the rallies.

Have you ever seen the earth breath? It the carbon levels go up and down as the seasons change.

NASA Animation

NOAA Earth Systems Research Laboratory with carbon levels going back 800,000 years

More information on this topic: Watching Earth as it Breathes by jim in IA

"Forward On Climate" Blogathon: February 11 - February 15, 2013
Diary Schedule - All Times Pacific


Please join tens of thousands of Americans on the National Mall in Washington, DC on Feb. 17 from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm to urge President Barack Obama to take immediate action on Climate Change.  

President Obama has now listed Climate Change as an important part of his second term agenda. Legislative proposals and debate will occur in Congress.  President Obama can take executive action to move Forward on Climate now; he can reject the toxic Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  A recent study in Canada has linked tar sands with cancer, something First Nations groups have reported for years - with the result being increased cancer rates, deformed wildlife, and a variety of other negative impacts.  President Obama can also direct the Environmental Protection Agency to set carbon standards for power plants.

Let your voice be heard.


Our Daily Kos community organizers (Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, citisven, boatsie, JekyllnHyde, rb137, and peregrine kate) coordinated this blogathon with Bill McKibben of to help spread the word.

  • Monday, February 11

7:30 am: A Siegel.
11:00 am: citisven.
1:00 pm: Shaye Wolf, Climate Science Director for Center for Biological Diversity.
3:00 pm: Van Jones, President and Co-Founder of Rebuild the Dream.
4:00 pm: Glen the Plumber.
5:00 pm: Kitsap River.

  • Tuesday, February 12

11:00 am: Allison Fisher, Outreach Director for Public Citizen's Energy Program.
1:00 pm: Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President of the Hip Hop Caucus.
3:00 pm: gregladen.
5:00 pm: WarrenS.

  • Wednesday, February 13

11:00 am: Jeremy Bloom.
1:00 pm: Congressman Ed Markey, Democratic Candidate for 2013 United States Senate MA Special Election.
3:00 pm: FishOutofWater.
5:00 pm: Roger Fox.

  • Thursday, February 14

11:00 am: Marty Cobenais (Ojibwe), U.S. Pipeline & Heavy Haul Resistance Organizer for Indigenous Environmental Network. Liveblogging with Tom Goldtooth (Dine' and Dakota), Executive Director of IEN and Oglala Sioux Tribal Vice President Tom Poor Bear.
1:00 pm: rb137.
3:00 pm: James Wells.
5:00 pm: jlms qkw.

  • Friday, February 15

10:00 am: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Chief Executive Officer of Green For All.
11:00 am: Agathena.
3:00 pm: DWG.
5:00 pm: JekyllnHyde.

Please remember to republish these diaries to your Daily Kos Groups.  You can also follow all postings by clicking this link for the Climate Change SOS Blogathon Group.  Then, click 'Follow' and that will make all postings show up in 'My Stream' of your Daily Kos page.

Originally posted to Climate Change SOS on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 04:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Barriers and Bridges, J Town, and Dream Menders.

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