Tuesday, December 18, 2018 7:00 – 8:30 pm First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin 4700 Grover Ave, Austin, Texas 78756
Despite the IPCC’s dire report that we have twelve years to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50%, we know that this consensus-generated report almost certainly underestimates how rapidly changes must occur. And since the release of the IPCC report in October, reports from other institutions support 350 Austin’s position that time is running out fast.
At this month’s meeting, 350 Austin co-founders Gil Starkey and Bobbie Tsukahara will present a status update on the climate crisis and the role that non-violent direct action (NVDA) needs to play in our campaigns beginning in 2019. As a member of the Board of Directors, Gil will also be updating us on the Board’s directive in responding to the climate crisis.
We will still find time to enjoy one another’s company, however, as we share holiday treats during the latter portion of our meeting.
Plan to arrive early as we have a lot of ground to cover and want to be sure we have time for merry munching!
Please bring holiday finger-foods to share, keeping in mind that we still do not have access to the church kitchen.
*** VENUE CHANGE! We’ll meet at Wildflower Church for the November meeting ONLY. In December, we’ll be back First UU Church, our usual venue. ***
This month, we’re facing an especially somber crop of climate news, particularly the recent IPCC climate report and new research on rapid ocean-warming. Let’s gather to share our reactions and feelings about the latest headlines. We’ll discuss our concerns, then brainstorm ways we can transform our energy into action through our local campaigns.
350 Austin monthly general meetings are open to all! Join us on the third Tuesday of each month.
At this month’s meeting, we’ll hear from guest speaker Michael J. Osborne, who will share his thoughts on our Austin Energy and LCRA/Fayette Coal Plant campaigns.
Michael J. Osborne is the former Special Assistant to the General Manager for Energy Development at Austin Energy. He is a member and recent Chairman of the City of Austin Electric Utility Commission and also serves on the City of Austin Joint Sustainability Committee.
He has been a renewable energy and climate change activist since the mid-1970’s. In 1981, he installed the first wind farm in Texas. In 1983, his company, Osborne Solar, became the Solarex distributor for Texas. Throughout the 90s, his company documented and leased the wind resource for the Texas wind fields.
Michael was one of three founding members of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association, and for more than 30 years he has been at the forefront in making Texas the leading Renewable Energy state.
Mr. Osborne is also a prolific writer. Of particular interest to us is his book, Silver in the Mine, a long term comprehensive energy plan for the City of Austin. All of his works are available in bookstores and on Amazon.
Here are all the details for 350 Austin’s September Open Meeting:
Note: We typically meet on the third Tuesday of each month. For September ONLY we are switching to the second Tuesday to avoid conflicting with Yom Kippur. We’ll be back to our regular third Tuesday schedule in October.
To get Austin to be “Fossil Free Faster”, it’s going to take more than just pressuring Austin Energy (AE). While we are not shifting that focus, we are expanding it to include the LCRA* – AE’s “partner in crime” at the Fayette coal plant. When it comes to the Fayette Power Plant (FPP), it’s about more than just CO2 and its impact on climate change and the health of the nearby community – as bad as those effects are.
There’s a water grab going on. And if you want to get Texans riled up, just go after their water.
Al Braden, Austin’s own photographer extraordinaire and long-time activist on climate change, will be leading us in what is bound to be a very motivating discussion on how to get organized to take on the LCRA* in our goal of shutting down the Fayette Power Plant altogether.
And don’t forget that we have candidates’ forums to plan, so come prepared to roll up your sleeves as we get to work on that pressing project. Solar Austin is partnering with 350 Austin, so we can make new friends while we identify when and where the forums will be held. And draft the questions we want our mayoral and city council candidates to answer.
Here are all the details for 350 Austin’s August Open Meeting:
At our July Open Meeting, we learned more about the Fayette Power Project, a dangerous coal power plant that is partially-owned by Austin Energy (AE). We talked about potential strategies to pressure AE to divest from Fayette more quickly, as well as ways we could advocate for a full-plant shutdown.
Al Braden gave a presentation about the Fayette coal plant and AE’s stake in the facility. He also updated us on measures being taken by the AE Electric Utility Commission (EUC) to push for more transparency around Fayette. Thank you to Al for your informative presentation!
If you missed the meeting or would like to review Al’s presentation, the slides and video are available below. We hope to see you at our next Open Meeting on August 21!
Tuesday, 7/17 (7 to 8:30 p.m.) – 350 Austin July Open Meeting at First Unitarian Universalist Church on Grover. NOTE THE TIME CORRECTION! We are in the process of sharpening our focus on the Fayette coal plant and steps we might take in getting it shut down much sooner than Austin Energy’s (AE) is currently planning. Al Braden will be sharing his broad and deep understanding on Fayette. We will also be updating you on information that AE has effectively been withholding regarding how much Fayette is being used.