February 19, 2019 @ 6:50 pm – 8:30 pm at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Ave, Austin, TX 78756
A trio of terrific 350 Austin team leaders will be sharing with us the status of our projects and how you can pitch in to help.
Danny Fetonte will be updating us on the “Close Fayette Coal Plant”
bumper sticker campaign and how it ties in with our overall goal to #ShutItDown. Bring a bit of cash and learn how you can crank up the volume by selling some stickers.
Kristin Herrington-Albrecht will share with us the many ways the
Public Awareness team is getting the word out about why we need to
#ShutItDown. You will want to join this energetic gang!
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:
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