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Feb
6
Mon
Sf Independent Film Festival
Feb 6 all-day

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Tyre Nichols Block Party Vigil @ Oakland Tech
Feb 6 @ 11:15 am – 2:00 pm

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SF Public Bank Forum @ Online
Feb 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Register at bit.ly/sfpbc-forum

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Feb
7
Tue
Sf Independent Film Festival
Feb 7 all-day

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Feb
8
Wed
Sf Independent Film Festival
Feb 8 all-day

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Feb
9
Thu
Sf Independent Film Festival
Feb 9 all-day

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What is the Role for Hydrogen in the Energy Transition? @ Online
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

To register:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEof-isqzsvHtIz_YFVwpOvckDgM_0W_J1f

This 90 minute workshop will equally emphasize factual evidence on hydrogen from Professor David Cebon, and strategic communications advice from a global communications group’s hydrogen specialist, to help provide the wider climate community with an understanding of hydrogen, topline key messages, and tools to navigate this complex topic.

As natural gas has increasingly become a politically divisive topic on the global stage, many of the world’s economies are desperately looking for ways to speed up the energy transition.  Oil and gas companies have reciprocated by latching on to the “hydrogen economy” as an exit route for their business in an environment where they are under pressure to evolve.

Through intensive political lobbying, hydrogen has shot to the forefront of the climate debate in the past few years.  Politicians are now touting hydrogen as a central piece needed to unlock the energy transition, allowing oil and gas companies a seat at decision-making tables and a silver bullet tactic to buffer out their net-zero plans.

But while hydrogen as a silver bullet solution to natural gas sounds alluring, what does the evidence actually tell us about its role in the energy transition? And how can we best organize as a global climate community to strategically communicate about this complicated subject?

AGENDA:

  • Introductions and objectives of the session
  • What is hydrogen?
  • What role can (and should) hydrogen play in the energy transition?
  • Why is hydrogen strategically important in the global energy transition, and what is the current media narrative?
  • How can we, as climate activists, communicate about hydrogen?
  • Opportunities, threats, and things to watch
  • Breakout questions and group discussion

SPEAKERS:

  • Professor David Cebon, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cambridge, England
  • Kaliana French, Senior Strategic Communications Associate, Hydrogen, the Global Strategic Communications Council.
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EFF Talk: Fog Data Science – data broker to law enforcement @ Online
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

https://eff.org/EFA-2nd-Thu
Join us for a talk from EFF staff technologist Will Greenberg on Fog Data Science� a data broker which has been selling raw location data about individual people to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
You can get a head start on the topic by checking out our blog series on the topic here: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/08/inside-fog-data-science-secretive-company-selling-mass-surveillance-local-police

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Justice 4 Willie McCoy @ Starbucks
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Feb
10
Fri
Sf Independent Film Festival
Feb 10 all-day

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Feb
11
Sat
Sf Independent Film Festival
Feb 11 all-day

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Strike Debt Bay Area Book Group: Cannibal Capitalism @ Online
Feb 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Email strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com a few days beforehand for the online invite.

For our February meeting we are reading Cannibal Capitalism: How our System is Devouring Democracy, Care, and the Planet and What We Can Do About It (Verso, Amazon) by Nancy Fraser.

A trenchant look at contemporary capitalism’s insatiable appetite—and a rallying cry for everyone who wants to stop it from devouring our world.

Capital is currently cannibalizing every sphere of life–guzzling wealth from nature and racialized populations, sucking up our ability to care for each other, and gutting the practice of politics. In this tightly argued and urgent volume, leading Marxist feminist theorist Nancy Fraser charts the voracious appetite of capital, tracking it from crisis point to crisis point, from ecological devastation to the collapse of democracy, from racial violence to the devaluing of care work. These crisis points all come to a head in Covid-19, which Fraser argues can help us envision the resistance we need to end the feeding frenzy.

What we need, she argues, is a wide-ranging socialist movement that can recognize the rapaciousness of capital—and starve it to death.

Strike Debt Bay Area hosts this non-technical book group discussion monthly on new and radical economic thinking. Previous readings have included Doughnut EconomicsLimitsBanking on the PeopleCapital and Its Discontents, How to Be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century, The Deficit Myth,  Revenge Capitalism, the Edge of Chaos blog symposium , Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons, The Optimist’s TelescopeMission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism, Exploring Degrowth, The Origin of Wealth, Mine!, The Dawn of Everything  A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, Beyond Money, and Less is More.

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Feb
12
Sun
Sf Independent Film Festival
Feb 12 all-day

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CA Biomass Plan Threatens Climate and Environmental Justice @ Online
Feb 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Register here

Learn about a plan to destroy California forest land and increase pollution—here and overseas—by producing “biomass,” a false climate solution that does more harm than good.

The plan is to produce wood pellets to burn in for energy that’s supposedly “renewable,” because trees absorb carbon dioxide when they grow back—disregarding the fact that the CO2 from burning wood is all released immediately, while it takes many decades for a new tree to absorb that much. We don’t have that time!

Golden State Natural Resources is proposing to build two of the country’s largest wood pellet production facilities in California’s Lassen and Tuolumne counties, using wood obtained by cutting and removing “trees and other forest materials, of any type and size . . .within a 100-mile radius of each pellet facility.”

The wood pellets would then be transported by rail to ports in Stockton and Richmond, where they would emit methane, dust, and fine particulate matter. From there they would be shipped overseas to burn in power plants converted from coal, releasing CO2 and co-pollutants.

At this webinar, speakers including Gary Hughes of Biofuel Watch will explain the dangers of this plan and the efforts to stop it.

In a comment letter on the scoping plan for the environmental impact report on this project, the Center for Biological Diversity and other organizations, including Sunflower Alliance, wrote: “Wood pellets are a highly polluting, expensive, and inefficient energy source that have no place in a clean energy future. Burning wood for electricity releases more carbon emissions at the smokestack than fossil fuels, including coal, per unit of energy produced.

“Numerous studies show that it takes many decades—to a century or more (if ever)—for cut forests to re-sequester the amount of carbon that is emitted from logging and burning woody biomass for energy, even when forest “residues” (i.e. “waste”) are burned. Producing wood pellets is extremely carbon-intensive because the wood must be debarked, chipped, dried, pulverized, and compressed into pellets. . . Wood pellet production facilities also emit toxic air pollution that harms public health. These facilities are often concentrated in communities of color and low-income communities, worsening environmental injustice.”

For deeper dive on the proposed California project and the perils of biomass, check out this recent episode of Terra Verde on KPFA.

Take a look at how biomass projects contribute to old-growth forest destruction in Canada here.

Find an inspiring story about how North Carolina communities defeated a proposed biomass plant here.

Take action:

If you’re interested in joining a work group to organize opposition, please email action@sunflower-alliance.org

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Green Sunday: How the West Sabotaged Ukraine and Provoked Russia   @ Online
Feb 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83676331606?pwd=SUtqU1V3OW1SZ0kzQTlMeDhDRXA5dz09


Natylie Baldwin
is the author of The View from Moscow: Understanding Russia and U.S.-Russia Relations and co-author of Ukraine: ZBIG’s Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated.  She traveled throughout western Russia in 2015 and 2017 and interviewed a cross-section of Russians.  Her writing has appeared in various publications including The Grayzone, Consortium News, RT, The Globe Post, Antiwar.com, and OpEd News.  Her websites are:  https://natyliesbaldwin.com/  and:  https://natyliesb.medium.com/

Baldwin will discuss Ukraine’s history and how it relates to contemporary political and cultural divisions in the country.  She will also provide insight on how NATO expansion and other post-Cold War actions by the US-led West looked from Moscow’s perspective, which led to Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine last February.

Save the Date for Next Month’s Green Sunday – March 12 Report from Nicaragua
Panel Discussion: Phoebe Thomas Sorgen, Erica Caines, and Jennifer Sullivan were part of the Alliance for Global Justice delegation to Nicaragua in January titled “Women in Nicaragua – Power and Protagonism.”  Did you know that Nicaragua is a world leader in gender equality?

Erica Caines is Co-Coordinator of Black Alliance for Peace – Haiti/Americas Team. Jennifer Sullivan, who is on the Green Parrty International Committee with Phoebe, joins us from Florida.  She is treasurer for the GP National Women’s Caucus.  Phoebe is the GP-US representative to the Global Green Network.
Sneak preview: https://afgj.salsalabs.org/reportjan23?wvpId=3b43e68b-92fb-431b-b75f-6268ae8dcb1f

Green Sundays are a series of free public programs & discussions on topics “du jour” sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County and held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party follows at 7:00 pm, after a 30-minute break. Council meetings are open to anyone who is interested.

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Apr
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Decolonizing Economics Summit – The 4th Annual Post-Capitalism Conference @ Online
Apr 20 – Apr 22 all-day

Anchored by the Wiyot Tribe’s Dishgamu Community Land Trust, several Cal Poly Humboldt faculty members,  Green Eco-Socialist NetworkNative Roots Network, New Economy Coalition, the US Solidarity Economy Network, and a growing network of additional partners, this 3-day virtual conference serves as a space to exchange experiences and information, strengthen alliances and networks, and to devise strategies to decenter colonial systems and implement concrete solutions to heal the land and people. Over 1,000 people participated in the 2022 Summit, and we expect even more in 2023!

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