350 Austin Special Meeting

350 Austin Special Meeting

350 Austin Special Meeting – “The IPCC Report: Taking Action in Austin” THIS MEETING IS REPLACING THE READING GROUP FOR THIS MONTH ONLY.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Cepeda Branch, Austin Public Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, Texas 78702

You are no doubt aware that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report last week on the necessity of urgent, systemic action on climate change that has finally gotten the attention of the mainstream media. The normally cautious and conservative body of scientists produced a report that left no doubt that if we do not cut greenhouse gas emissions fast – a target of 12 years – we won’t be able to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. It is now clear that 2 degrees of warming will bring about devastating conditions for all of life.

Although it omitted key tipping points that indicate we likely have less than 12 years to act decisively, the IPCC report has nevertheless created a moment in which decision-makers may actually respond to the climate crisis.

At 350 Austin, we want to capitalize on this moment to make significant progress on our campaigns: push Austin Energy to be Fossil Free Faster; push the LCRA to shut down the Fayette Coal Plant; and encourage local institutions to divest from fossil fuels and invest in an equitable, low-carbon economy.

We are thus calling a special meeting to share ideas and visions on how to blow open the tiny window of opportunity the IPCC report has provided.

The 350 Austin Reading Group leader, Mike Ignatowski, has graciously agreed to share the time and space normally devoted to the reading group for our special meeting. The short article by George Monbiot that Mike had selected for the group provides a perfect springboard for our discussion. Is it time for Non-violent Direct Action (NVDA)?

If you can, read George Monbiot’s short article. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/18/governments-no-longer-trusted-climate-change-citizens-revolt

Please go to our Facebook Event to RSVP and invite friends.

SW Austin Rise Up – 9/8/2018

SW Austin Rise Up – 9/8/2018

On September 8, thousands of events will be held in cities and towns around the world to bring awareness to climate change, help promote green living, learn about local vendors who can help make a difference and call on our local leaders to commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us.

We have invited city officials and local candidates to discuss their position on environmental topics. There will be local providers of good and services to help you make better decisions for yourself and the environment.

Join us at the Rusty Mule, 9201 Hwy 290 East, Austin, TX 78736, from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM for an inspiring and informational afternoon. The Rusty Mule a family friendly outdoor venue situated on 3 acres of heavily treed open land. There is a playscape and plenty of room for kiddos to run about (but not pets, sorry), food trucks and a full service bar. There will be live music and representatives from social and environmental groups to learn more about all the possibilities to move the needle in the right direction.

For full details on the Austin events and to RSVP, click and enter your zip code.

Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice – Climate Solutions Tour – 9/8/2018

Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice – Climate Solutions Tour – 9/8/2018

UPDATE: Due to an 80% chance of thunderstorms on Saturday, Environment Texas has decided to postpone the Climate Solutions Tour until next weekend (9/15). Stay tuned for new details.

On Sep. 8, as part of the Rise for Climate Global Day of Action, join us for a “Climate Solutions Tour” of east Austin. We’ll visit the La Loma Community Solar Farm to learn how solar energy can help replace dirty coal energy, Eden East Farm to talk about how sustainable agriculture can help fight climate change, and check out an Electric Vehicle Showcase at Austin Community College’s Eastview Campus. Then, we’ll head to the Friends and Allies brewery to check out some of their sustainability measures and wrap up the day with a cold drink. Bike or carpool if you can!

10 – 1030 AM  – La Loma Community Solar Farm, 942 Lott Ave, Austin TX 78721

11 – 1130 AM – Eden East Farms, 755 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702

12 – 1230 PM – ACC Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702

1 – 2 PM   Friends And Allies Brewery, 979 Springdale Rd #124, Austin, TX 78702

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350 Austin Reading Group 8/28/2018

350 Austin Reading Group 8/28/2018

Join us for a lively, stimulating, and often deep discussion with some really interesting people! This month we will be discussing the article:

An interview with John Bellamy Foster: ‘There is still time for an ecological revolution to prevent Hothouse Earth’

http://climateandcapitalism.com/2018/08/25/foster-there-is-still-time/

As usual, we will meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm on Aug 28th at the Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

I will not be there this month, but the discussion will be lead by the lively and loving Alex Norton.
(We all love ‘ya Alex!)

Mike Ignatowski

350 Austin – First Thursday Happy Hour – 9/6/2018

350 Austin – First Thursday Happy Hour – 9/6/2018

At 350 Austin we believe in play as well as work, so we are excited to tell you that the 350 Austin Happy Hour is back, with a twist. We will be hosting a monthly Happy Hour on the first Thursday of the month. Join us on Thursday, September 6 for our first “First Thursday Happy Hour” at Cenote – 1010 E. Cesar Chavez. 6:30 to 9:00 pm.  

Calling all friends of 350 Austin, new and old! Join us for an evening of casual drinks & conversation. Meet others who are excited about the #FossilFreeFast movement! Come early or late!
In addition to beer and wine, Cenote has a full food menu and non-alcoholic beverage list. There’s something for everyone! Children are welcome at this happy hour.

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