March Meeting: Another Opportunity to see Age of Consequences

2018-02-28 13:05:31 mary

Our apologies for the technical difficulties which resulted in our inability to screen the film Age of Consequences at our February meeting.  And thanks to the generous people who came to see the film, endured our attempts to run the film and stayed for a very lively discussion with local groups who are active in addressing climate change locally.

And, we are happy to report a positive development in regard to those efforts: On Monday, February 26, the Ventura City Council voted to join the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California after listening to 23 speakers in favor and none against.

For our March meeting, we invite you to join us in attending the Unitarian Universalist Environmental Action Team’s screening of The Age of Consequences at our usual meeting time:  Sunday, March 4 at 3 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston Street, Ventura.  An A/V technician will be on hand to oversee the screening. Following the film,  local groups addressing climate change will participate in a discussion.

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Ventura City Council votes to join the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California

2018-02-27 13:11:20 mary

On Monday, February 26, the Ventura City Council voted to join the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California after listening to 23 speakers in favor and none against.

The Clean Power Alliance of Southern California is a non-profit organization run by a Board of Directors–one director from each county and from each participating city in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The Clean Power Alliance is self-funded by revenues received from the sale of electricity. No expenses are paid by taxes. Revenues can only be spent to promote Clean Power Alliance goals. They collaborate democratically to select contracts for electricity, decide what rates to charge, and what kinds of energy programs and investments to make. Unlike Edison, the Alliance has no shareholders it has to pay. The Alliance is leaner without extremely high paid executives on first class travel budgets and because of its non-profit status can borrow money at lower rates for projects.

The Alliance asks each city to decide on a default level of renewable energy: 100%, 50% or 36% and each customer can choose how much renewable energy they want. Ventura residents and businesses can tell their Board members what kinds of incentives and offerings they want and what kind and location of investments in new renewable energy generation.

Edison still maintains the grid and handles the billing. If a customer for some reason decides to go back to Edison, they have the choice to opt-out of Clean Power Alliance.

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February Meeting: The Age of Consequences

2018-01-19 21:20:51 mary

‘The Hurt Locker’ meets ‘An Inconvenient Truth’

The film investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.

Sunday, February 4

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

E.P. Foster Library Topping Room

651 E. Main Street, Ventura

Admission Free

co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace Ventura County

Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.

These Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that if we go on with business as usual, the consequences of climate change – waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism – will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century.   theageofconsequences.com/

The film’s unnerving assessment is by no means reason for fatalism – but instead a call to action to rethink how we use and produce energy.
Following the film, learn about our local responses to this global crisis.

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Rally to Oppose Off-shore Drilling

2018-01-15 00:34:32 mary

The time is now – to speak up for our coastal communities and the ocean economy that depend on beautiful beaches and harbors.

This Saturday, Feb. 3

come Rally in Ventura as part of a statewide day of action to oppose the federal plans to open up our coastline to more offshore drilling.

12:00 noon – Gather in front of Ventura City Hall and walk to the beach
12:45 pm – gather at Promenade Park (in front of Crown Plaza Hotel) and stand together and link HANDS ACROSS THE SAND.

There will be an information booth about the federal offshore leasing plan, and how to submit your comments.
We will also be taking sign ups for our VAN to Sacramento on February 8 to speak at the public hearing about the leasing plan.

Questions & to Volunteer:
Kimberly Rivers, CFROG: ed@CFROG.org, cell: 805-727-1393

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Ventura County Rising Rally for Community

2017-12-31 11:58:07 mary
  Justice For All VC is hosting another dynamic community event. “Ventura County Rising” will bring us back together once the smoke has cleared and the ashes have settled. It will be a celebration of the first responders and community activists who have kept us safe and fed. It will be a time of healing. And it will be a political rally that addresses the environmental factors that allowed such a vicious fire to uproot our community. We are one world, political and social. These worlds communicate with each other on the street, and perhaps more importantly, in the voting booth. We have a say in our political and environmental future, and it is up to us exercise our vote. The event aims to bring community members both awareness and inspired action items that can help heal the people of the county, can strengthen the stability of the state and especially the nation and earth. The gathering is about community action ~ building and rebuilding community – offering resources and tangible ‘calls to action’.

Guest speakers include: Congresswoman Julia Brownley Ventura Deputy Mayor Matt LaVere Environmentalist Peter Kalmus & Ventura Resident Veronica James.

Representatives from 30 local nonprofit organizations will be there to help you get involved in the community!
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