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Ninth Circuit Court Hears Challenge to Youth Climate Lawsuit

Ninth Circuit Court Hears Challenge to Youth Climate Lawsuit

Eighteen of the 21 youth plaintiffs in the Our Children’s Trust youth climate lawsuit attended a December 11 hearing at the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The Court heard oral arguments in response to a move by the Trump administration to dismiss the suit before it goes to trial.  Over 100 supporters rallied outside the courtroom to support the suit, which has been described as “the trial of the century.”

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California climate action in the time of Trump

While all of us are frightened and grieving at the idea that an avowed climate change denier will lead our nation’s response to the Paris climate agreement, Californians need to take heart and get to work. Our state, the fifth largest economy on the planet and the established climate leader among subnational governments, must step…

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Thinking about "climate change"

This post is by Russell Kilday-Hicks, Fossil Free California activist and member of the CSU Employees Union. It is a talk he delivered at the December “Suds, Snacks & Socialism” community forum, held monthly at the Starry Plough in Berkeley. He began with two strong quotations. Our moral obligation to fight climate change is to build a collective…

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It's done, now we start!

By now you’re all tuned in to the bones of the agreement and have heard both the huzzahs and the carping. It’s important to note that the final outcome was far better than most of the world had dared hope before the nations converged in Paris. Seems to me that the realists are ready to…

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Assembly passes SB 185!

The California Assembly has passed SB 185, the coal divestment bill, by a vote of 43–27! (Update: When the late votes came in, it was even better, at 47–30.) One more step remains before the bill is enacted: Governor Jerry Brown’s signature. Let him know that when he signs this bill into law, California will become the first…

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State Senate passes SB 185 to divest coal

Today the California State Senate made history, passing SB 185 by a large margin, 22–14. The bill calls for the nation’s two largest state pension funds, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), to divest from thermal coal. The bill now moves to the California State Assembly. Senate President pro Tempore…

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Rally for CalSTRS divestment

On Friday, June 12, the Investment Committee of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) meets in West Sacramento. Divestment activists will rally at CalSTRS headquarters to urge that the committee begin the process of divestment from fossil fuels. It’s about time. Over the years, CalSTRS has established an enviable record of concern for the environment. The…

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Vosburg: Shareholder engagement is futile

On Global Divestment Day, the second campaign-launch speaker in Sacramento was Jane Vosburg, a retired teacher and fervent activist for fossil fuel divestment. She is divestment coordinator for 350 Sonoma County and for the CalSTRS campaign of Fossil Free California. Her speech: “Action on climate change must happen now!” CalSTRS knows this. And CalPERS knows it. They also know that…

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A time for renewed hope—and action

The end of the year is a time for evaluation and introspection. What have we achieved? What do we want to achieve? Like everyone else, those of us who care about averting climate chaos are thinking about what has happened in 2014—and what might be possible in 2015. Looking backward, in fact, is heartening: the climate movement…

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