Dear Santa Barbara County Supervisors and Planning Commissioners,
I respectfully urge you to be a voice for your constituents and reject the upcoming proposals for 750+ new oil wells from AERA, ERG and PetroRock. Many of these wells would use dirtier and riskier enhanced oil production methods that contribute to climate change and emit 4X as much carbon as traditional drilling. These projects would drill through the Santa Maria Groundwater Basin, which provides water for 12 cities and over 200,000 people – well castings often fail – potentially contaminating our largest water basin in the county. We should be transitioning to 100% renewable energy and investing in renewable energy infrastructure, not contributing to climate change and threatening our limited water supply in Santa Barbara County. Our new administration’s denial of climate change, determination to defund the EPA and weaken environmental protections, makes it all the more important that we stand strong against all extreme oil drilling methods in our county. Santa Barbara County residents overwhelmingly oppose extreme oil drilling, I urge you to deny all of these proposals and fight for an oil free Santa Barbara County.
Join Santa Barbara Standing Rock Coalition this Saturday, Sept 10th, for the “Water is Life” rally at De la Guerra Plaza in solidarity with the Dakota Access Pipeline protest. Opening ceremony with Chumash Elders at NOON. Speakers include Chumash leaders, environmental leaders, music by Native American flutist, Emiliano Campobello, and more!
BRING FRIENDS and SIGNS!
Organizers will be accepting supplies which are greatly need by our brothers and sisters on the front lines, especially as weather is turning very cold. See list of items requested at bottom of this event description
The Camp of the Sacred Stones and Red Warrior Camp, currently defending against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, are calling on allies across the world to take action from September 3rd to 17th on the pipeline companies and financial institutions working to build the pipeline.
warm camping gear and clothes are much needed. flashlights and batteries. Cooking supplies, tents, shade tents, shelving for the kitchens(there are 4 kitchens), hay for the horses, toys and books for the youth, shoes/boots and warm socks. Also very warm jackets. Snow season is not far off.
Check out our calendar for details on our march against the Keystone XL Pipeline, to take place from 10:00am-12:00pm on Saturday, September 21st as part of 350.org’s Draw the Line Action! Speakers before, during and after the march will include State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, State Assemblyman Das Williams and SBCC student body president Elie Katzenson.
When: June 5, 2013. 9am.
Where: Santa Barbara County Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 East Anapamu Street, Room 17.
Why: SoCal Gas is proposing to drill for natural gas in Goleta.
If you are opposed to the Socal Gas Expansion Project please come to the hearing this Wednesday morning if you can. For information about why some people living near the proposed site are opposed, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the climate change related problems with the project email email@example.com. You can also read the EIR and make your own assessments.
(This was sent out to our mailing list via mailchimp on June 3, 2013.)
Gasland 2, Democracy School, Do The Math Movie, Fracking Moratorium, and Goleta Against Drilling
For those of you who attended our Communities Rising event last month, thank you for attending! And welcome to our mailing list.
We’re excited to announce that this is our first official newsletter and that we plan on sending more like this in the future. Within the remaining days of this month there are a lot of inspiring events going on that show how we as ordinary people can make the changes we want to see in our communities. FOR EXAMPLE:
Gasland 2 Screening + Discussion With Director Josh Fox
If you haven’t seen Gasland 1, we highly recommend it. You can watch it on Youtube, here. After watching the first Gasland, you should be convinced (if you weren’t already) that there is something very wrong with fracking. Gasland 2 is brand new and being screened at UCSB, Buchanan Hall room 1910, 7pm, May 31. The event is sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity, Environment California, Global Exchange, and Food & Water Watch. Director Josh Fox (Becca’s hero!) will be there for a panel discussion and How You Can Get Involved.
For more info: www.gaslandthemovie.com
The fossil fuel industry has identified Santa Barbara County’s Monterey Shale formation as a target for unconventional extraction techniques. Come learn from brilliant organizer, Shannon Biggs from Global Exchange, about how our democracy was intended to work, and about how we can use the community rights-based approach to reclaim our power in the face of the wealthiest industry in the history of money.
When: Saturday, June 1, 12 – 4pm
Where: 21 W Anapamu Street Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
Inspired by the Cesar Chavez organizing method of hosting rolling house parties centered on a political issue, we’ve decided to try out rolling living room screenings of 350.org‘s new film called Do The Math, which contextualizes the fossil fuel divestment movement sweeping across the world right now. This is basically a real life “going viral” technique: at the end of each screening everyone will be given a DVD of the film and encouraged to host a screening at their house with their friends, who may screen and show their friends, and so on. Our friend Alex has volunteered to screen Do The Math this Saturday at 8pm. To RSVP reply to this email!
California Moratorium On Fracking: Deadline This Week
The deadline for the California legislation calling for a moratorium on fracking is approaching this week. Credo Action has put together a simple script and the contact information of the representatives we need to call to voice our support for this moratorium. Click here to voice your support.
Goleta Against Drilling: 1000 Signatures by May 31