Sebastopol Carbon Conversations…starts with Project Drawdown Sep. 4th

Sebastopol Carbon Conversations presents….

An Introduction to Drawdown, with Crystal Chissell

September 4th, 2019. 7:30pm
@ Sebastopol Grange. FREE

The Workshop…

“At Project Drawdown, we seek to change the discourse of
the climate crisis from fear, confusion, and conflict to solutions,
possibility, and opportunities to create the future we want”

Through comprehensive research and analysis, Project Drawdown has ranked the top 100 solutions to reversing global warming based on greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction potential.  All of these solutions are in place today. The solutions range from the technological (such as renewable energy, electrification of transportation, energy-efficient building practices, etc.) with Earth-based methods of carbon drawdown (such as planting trees, preserving existing forests and practicing regenerative agriculture). At this workshop, and future Sebastopol Carbon Conversations, we’ll ask ourselves ‘What can we, as individuals and collectively, do about Climate Change. In the process, we’ll discover roles for ourselves in shaping a better future.

This workshop will provide the foundation for our future carbon conversations as we look closer into the many solutions.

To Learn more and to register…

About Sebastopol Carbon Conversations

Sebastopol Carbon Conversations is hosted by The Rahus Institute and Sebastopol Grange.  The series takes a closer look at the many solutions for reversing global warming as presented in Project Drawdown  and other sources. We’ll learn from local organizations that are working on Climate solutions in agriculture, renewable energy, reducing waste, empowering women, transportation, building design, carbon sequestration, and more.   Through this exploration, we’ll discover where we each can take small to large steps, help shape a better future, and still enjoy the day (smile, get a good night’s sleep, dance, sing, play music). To Learn more and to Check out the Fall 2019 Schedule

View “Ice on Fire” Film on HBO

As a potential film for your class, to introduce climate science and solutions…

View the Trailer on HBO. [click image below]

Produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, George DiCaprio and Mathew Schmid and directed by Leila Conners, Ice on Fire is an eye-opening documentary that focuses on many never-before-seen solutions designed to slow down our escalating environmental crisis. The film goes beyond the current climate change narrative and offers hope that we can actually stave off the worst effects of global warming.

Eleven years after Conners’ first collaboration with DiCaprio on The 11th Hour, which emphasized the problems of climate change, Ice on Fire instead focuses on the cutting-edge research behind today’s climate science – and the innovations aimed at reducing carbon in the atmosphere, which could pave the way for a reduction in the global temperature rise and a benefit to the planet’s life systems.

With sweeping cinematography of a world worth saving, Ice on Fire as filmed across the globe, from Norway to Alaska, Iceland to Colorado, Switzerland to Costa Rica to Connecticut. The film highlights firsthand accounts of people at the forefront of the climate crisis, with insights from scientists, farmers, innovators and others.

Ice on Fire emphasizes the importance of an immediate, two-pronged approach to reversing the crisis: reducing carbon emissions through traditional renewable energy sources and new ones, like tidal energy, and implementing “drawdown” measures, focusing on methods for drawing down and sequestering carbon, including direct air capture, sea farms, urban farms, biochar, marine snow, bionic leaves and others.

While much of the political and economic focus has been on the energy sector, the film points out that drawdown (pulling CO2 out of the atmosphere and oceans and sequestering it underground or into new materials) is perhaps the best hope for mitigating climate change.

Ice on Fire finds that while the risks and urgency may be higher than ever today, there are also greater opportunities for innovative solutions, offering a realistic but hopeful perspective on a key global issue that demands our attention.

After July 16, check for options to view on HBO via subscription or other options.

March 15th Climate Strike…with your students..

When people talk about the climate strikes … they talk about almost anything except for the climate crisis: they talk about whether we are promoting truancy, or whether we are puppets, or it’s great that the young people are taking action. They don’t want to talk about the climate crisis … they just want to change the subject.”Greta Thunberg.

Recently when visiting a middle school class, I shared about Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teen that has inspired youth all over the world to hold Climate Strikes, and one coming up in the US next Friday March 15th.  I was a little surprised when the teacher said ‘”oh, we can do that, we’ve done that before @ other issues”.  This means that teachers and students at this school will work together to study the issue and on March 15th will march (strike) around their neighborhood sharing messages encouraging taking action on Climate Change.   A sign of collaboration. YES! Please consider doing something similar.

Greta is remarkable.  You can google her to find some of her videos and stories about her. Here are a few links.“in response to hate and lies, let me make some things clear about my climate strike” by Greta Thunberg, 2.2.2019 Greta TED Talk.

background information
Interviews with 8 youth from around the world, who are leading Climate Strikes in their own communities. 2.11.2019

The Green New Deal…. perhaps you’ve read or heard of it….Here is short video (NBC) sharing the story:,Inside The Sunrise Movement: How Climate Activists Put The Green New Deal On The Map. A group of 20yr olds that started this just 2 years ago.

Climate Trial – 22 youth suing the US federal government to protect the Climate.  Here is the story “Lawsuit could put Climate Change on trial” as reported on CBS 60 minutes program on March 2 2019.

Youth plaintiffs in Climate Trial

Article in The Nation, March 2019 issue, “On March 15, the Climate Kids Are Coming” This article talks about Greta, Sunrise, and youth activists engaging in Climate Activism.

Youth Climate Strike US. 5 teens organizing strikes across the county on March 15th.  Visit this site to learn more about other youth climate strikes around the country and ideas for your own.

Need a refresher on Climate Change/Global Warming basics. Visit Climate 101 by Climate Reality Project. and

Additional Resources….Drawdown – the Most Comprehensive Plan ever proposed to Reverse Global Warming. 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming. it’s inspiring, and a great resource for study in your classroom.

the Parents Guide to Climate Revolution – by Mary DeMocker.100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep [Great book & resource. TA]

Wondering when we’ll get back to Solar Energy? Not to worry, the sun comes up everyday. It’s good to explore why we’re interested in the promise of sunshine and all it can do. A Big reason is it’s potential to wean us off fossil fuels, helping to reverse global warming.

Looking forward,


Youth Climate Trial Update 2018.11.25

Youth plaintiffs in the Climate Change lawsuit gather in Eugene Oregon in October.

Youth plaintiffs in the Climate Change lawsuit gather in Eugene Oregon.

article and photos by Lucia Garay , student @ Casa Grande High School, Petaluma, CA. Posted 11.25.2018

On Monday, October 29th, twenty-one youth and the thousands supporting them lined up outside of the federal courthouse to speak, sing, protest, and stand together. The same emotions could be seen on every face: anger, disappointment, sorrow, determination, and hope. They were all there for the same reason, to protest the federal government’s refusal to meet the twenty-one American youth who were trying to sue in court.

Our Children’s Trust, a non-profit organization which, according to their website, “elevates the voice of youth to secure the legal right to a stable climate and healthy atmosphere for the benefit of all present and future generations.”

The Trust selected twenty-one youth who had been affected by radical changes to the environment to pursue a class action lawsuit against the federal government for, “through the government’s affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.” Often called the trial of the century, the lawsuit, named Juliana v. U.S Government after the first plaintiff to file a grievance, has the possibility of being as constitutionally important as Roe v. Wade, Brown v. the Board of Education, or Tinker v. Des Moines.

The youngest plaintiff, Levi D. [last name omitted due to underaged status] of Satellite Beach, Florida, was only seven when he first partook in suing the government in 2015. Now, at eleven years old, Levi’s fellow plaintiffs and the adult counsels of Our Children’s Trust describe his conviction and dedication to the cause as beyond his years.

For three years each of the plaintiffs, who are aged eleven to twenty-two and hail from Alaska to Hawaii, have struggled alongside the adult counsels to bring the lawsuit to the federal courts. The lawsuit was finally scheduled to take place at the Federal Courthouse of Eugene, Oregon on Monday, October 29th. Less than a week before the scheduled opening statement, the Trump administration filed a stay, meaning that after three years of work, the plaintiffs and counsel could not even set foot in the courtroom on the appointed day. Many speculate that the Trump administration intends to postpone the hearing until Justice Brett Kavanaugh is fully confirmed to the United States Supreme Court.

Miko V, one of the plaintiffs, addresses the crowd in Eugene, oregon.

Miko V, one of the plaintiffs, addresses the crowd in Eugene, Oregon.

Despite the disappointing turn of events the plaintiffs and their supporters traveled to Eugene on October the 29th order to show their solidarity and protest the stay. The plaintiffs in addition to Our Children’s Trust were joined by the national environmental activist organization, several religious congregations including the Santa Rosa Unitarian Universalist Congregation, the students of South Eugene High School, many other similar groups, and a mass of individual supporters. From 8:00 am to noon thousands stood outside the lifeless courthouse in pouring Oregon rain and October chill. Incredibly, the overall atmosphere of the event was one of hope and perseverance. There was music, laughter, boisterous banjo-punk performances by plaintiff Kiran Oommen, poetry reading, heartfelt sermons by a diverse group of religious leaders, and talk of determined action moving ahead, despite what adversity has faced or will face the movement.

“[In order to stay hopeful] I just kind of remember how many people are supporting us and after thinking about that it lifts me up a little bit or a lot,” said plaintiff Avery M., thirteen years old, about keeping hope in the face of adversity. “I feel like that’s probably one of the main ways… remembering how many people are supporting us, because it is hard to keep hope when something like this happens.”

“Just being here and seeing the community come together and being here with the plaintiffs and our friends and knowing that we will get through this [gives me hope]… We will have a trial date and we will see them in court,” said plaintiff Hazel V., fourteen.

“We have supporters from almost every state….My family is a very big reason why I still do this because they’re very supportive,” said plaintiff Jayden F., fifteen. “There have been times, because I live in Louisiana and its very supportive, that sometimes I have thoughts that I should leave [the lawsuit], but my family is very good and supportive and if I ever feel bad, I just go see my elders and talk to my friends.”

The federal government has attempted to postpone or outright deny the lawsuit, first claiming that the various plights of the young plaintiffs brought forward as evidence have no scientific proof of being the result of human misuse of the environment and later arguing that the children do not have the constitutional right to an environment free of climate change. Despite their attempts, the Supreme Court has lifted the stay and will allow the hearing to proceed…for now.

The exact date of the opening statements and beginning of the court case are pending. For now, the counsels prepare themselves to face off against the United States Federal Government in court as the plaintiffs return to their home states, school, college, friends, and the holidays, anxiously awaiting their day in court and a future free from the threat of climate change.

Check the Our Childrens Trust website for status updates of the Trial and to learn more.

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