Take Part in April 14 National Day of Action on Climate Change
The Organic Consumers Association's Planting Peace Campaign invites you to join the No War No Warming Coalition on April 14th when we go out with Step It Up to call on Congress to cut carbon 80% by 2050.
The US military, the single largest consumer of petroleum, and the war on Iraq, a country with massive oil reserves, are obvious targets for actions against global warming. The first thing Congress needs to do to reduce carbon emissions is to set a timetable for the withdrawal of the US military--and US oil companies--from Iraq.
For t hose of us whoâ€™ve been working for years to bring our troops home from Iraq, these are crucial weeks â€¦ now that both the U.S. House and Senate have passed legislation for withdrawal of combat troops by varying dates in 2008. We in the antiwar movement brought this aboutâ€”including our friends in the Congressional Progressive Caucus and coalitions like United for Peace & Justice.
But we canâ€™t relax. Both the House and Senate versions of the Iraq Supplemental Funding bill are flawed. The â€œdeadlinesï¿½? are to far off (a non-binding March 31, 2008 in the Senate; September 1, 2008, in the House) and far too softâ€”allowing thousands of U. S. troops to stay in Iraq for vaguely-defined â€œtrainingï¿½? and â€œanti-terrorismï¿½? missions. And they allocate yet another $100 billion toward the occupation.
The good news is that President Bush and the Republicans stand exposed as having no strategy except â€œstay the courseï¿½? and â€œthe situation in Iraq is imp roving.ï¿½? Bush gas repeatedly threatened to veto any bill with even weak time-lines. This puts him in conflict with the American public, which wants all troops home within a year, according to polls.
Letâ€™s force Bushâ€™s hand. Donâ€™t let Democrats in the House and Senate weaken the Supplemental further behind closed doors.
The Senate and House will be appointing a conference committee to write a compromise Iraq supplemental billâ€”which could be voted on as early as April 16. The antiwar movement must insist that what comes out of the conference committee is a compromise between what the House and Senate Passed, not a compromise with what Bush wants.
Our overriding demandâ€”in line with public sentiment expressed in Novemberâ€™s election and recent pollingâ€”remains that Congress should push for fully-funded, complete withdrawal within a year. Anything short of that is already a compromise. Thereâ€™s no room for further compromise with Bush!
T hatâ€™s our message to Congress, in public protests and in letters-to-the-editor. If Congress doesnâ€™t retreat and the President vetoes the bill, people will see that â€œBushâ€™s Veto Pen Kills Troops.ï¿½? Most Iraqis want U.S. troops out of their country; U.S. military force is no solution in Iraq.
Join Us in Action â€“ Organize a No War, No Warming Action at a Gas Station on April 14th!
On April 14th, tens of thousands of Americans will gather all across the country at meaningful, iconic places to call for action on climate change. The demand: Step it up Congress! Cut carbon 80% by 2050! We urge peace and justice groups to join this day of protest. Send the message â€œFight Climate Change, Not Wars for Oilï¿½? by organizing a protest at a local gas station. What better location to send a message about war, oil and the consequences of oil addiction than a gas station?
Here are a few action ideas:
â€¢ Stage a die-in at the p umps â€¢ Put up crosses or cardboard tombstones with the names of the dead â€¢ Lock yourself to a pump â€¢ Call Congress and the President from the gas station â€¢ Leaflet motorists â€¢ Ride bicycles around the gas station chanting â€œBikes not bombs!ï¿½? â€¢ Put up signs â€¢ Chalk the driveways â€¢ Stage a mock blood and oil spills (oil: molasses and water; blood: thinned tomato paste) â€¢ March from a gas station to a nearby recruiting station or vice-versa â€¢ March from a gas station to a Congresspersonâ€™s home or office
There are already over 1,200 protests planned for April 14th. Letâ€™s get the peace and justice movement involved in this great day of action!
No War No Warming can provide you with posters you can download and use at your protests, e ducational flyers you can hand out to passersby, and a template press release you can use to get local media coverage. Just let us know youâ€™re organizing an action by posting event details to http://www.NoWarNoWarming.org or emailing your protest information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking For a New Career? Want to create the healthy life you’ve dreamed of? For the first time ever, Living Light Culinary Arts Institute is offering our 6-week comprehensive raw vegan training series in one continuous session March/April 2007!
DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 3 FOR A 10% DISCOUNT on our Three-Part Associate Chef Series, or FIRST TIME EVER: Take the entire 6-week program in March/April and receive a discount on all six classes! Living Light Chef Graduates can take the three advanced courses and receive the 10% discount!
Or, just come for FUNdamentals, our introductory weekend course, and find out what all the “buzz” is about!
Our 3-Part Chef Training Series:
FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods
March 3–4 (2 days)
Demystify raw food preparation! This course is the first in our chef training series and is a prerequisite to most of the other courses. Over two dozen superb culinary presentations will show you everything you need to know to create a wide variety of delicious, easy-to-prepare raw recipes. In this class you will discover the magic of creating fabulous organic raw vegan cuisine for optimal health and rejuvenation! Learn to make healthy and delicious everyday favorites using whole, fresh, ripe, raw, organic foods. See and sample rich nut milks and creams, appetizers and pates, cultured foods, smoothies, sauces, dressings, soups and salads, simple entrees, dehydrated goodies and snacks, desserts, Learn kitchen gardening and sprouting, basic knife techniques, and equipment use. You will be provided with a complete recipe folder and resource guide and sample all foods prepared during the class. A delicious Buffet Lunch will be served!
Essentials of Raw Culinary Arts
March 5–9 (5 days)
Students enjoy a hands-on experience with ample personal attention. Learn flavor dynamics, recipe development, knife skills, and get comfortable using a variety of equipment essential to the raw food kitchen.
Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Instructor Training
March 12–23 (10 days)
Students learn to create a wide variety of comfort foods, including burgers, lasagna, enchiladas, cheesecake, and more. Students also plan, organize, and conduct culinary presentations.
Extended Plus Series:
Science of Raw Food Nutrition
March 24–25 (2 days)
The Living Light Culinary Arts Institute has teamed up with Raw Food Doctors™ Rick and Karin Dina to offer a 2-day comprehensive course on the science of raw food nutrition. The course will cover hot topics in raw food nutrition including raw vegan sources of iron, calcium, protein, Vitamin B12, and essential fatty acids, as well as blood sugar regulation, pH balance, food changes from cooking, anti-inflammatory nutrition, weight management, anti-aging, longevity, and much more.
RawFusion Gourmet Spa Cuisine
March 26–30 (5 days)
Explore recipe development as you experience the light and luscious fare we serve at our exclusive retreats in exotic locations. High in fruits and greens, RawFusion is the favorite cuisine of the Living Light staff.
Ethnic Flavors in Recipe Development
April 2–6 (5 days)
Learn to prepare ethnic cuisine from many cultures. Travel to places like Italy, China, Thailand, Mexico, and other exotic regions as you explore two different world cuisines every day for a week. Make great strides in your recipe development skills!
Raw Event Catering and Elegant Entertaining
April 9–13 (5 days)
Learn to cater raw food events from intimate appetizer parties to elegant weddings for 100 or more. Learn about menu planning, organizing, budgeting, pricing, and managing your catering team. You’ll also gain hands-on experience as you cater raw events at the school.
Dates for our classes:
FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods—March 3–4 Essentials of Raw Culinary Arts—March 5–9 Associate Chef and Instructor Training—March 12–23 Science of Raw Food Nutrition—March 24–25 RawFusion Gourmet Spa Cuisine—March 26–30 Ethnic Flavors in Recipe Development—April 2–6 Raw Event Catering and Elegant Entertaining—April 9–13
Call 707-964-2420 or visit www.RawFoodChef.com for more information or to register for classes.
With the election of a new Congress come new opportunities to plan a better way forward on the issues we all care about.
That's why Co-op America is mailing our recent "Climate Solutions" issue of the Co-op America Quarterly to each new and returning member of the 110th Congress. In it, we explore the climate pollution generated by several economic sectors, and propose economic solutions based on the work of Princeton University's Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) -- a plan designed at the speed and scale necessary to curb the climate crisis.
The CMI scientists propose reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by dividing this huge task into smaller, doable segments – or "wedges" – of equal size. They propose 15 wedges, of which we only need to achieve seven to make a difference to the climate.
Co-op America used our own green filters on the CMI analysis, screening out measures that are too dangerous, costly, and slow (like nuclear power plants and "clean" coal), while beefing up those that are safe and cost-effective (like energy efficiency and renewables).
The resulting plan offers 12 "wedges" (listed below) that each would reduce carbon emissions by 1 billion tons per year by 2054. What's more, the plan is safe, clean, cost-effective, doable with today's technologies, and ambitious enough to meet the climate challenge.
Other steps require real action now from our elected officials, car companies, power companies, and other decision-makers to create real change.
If you have a blog or a personal Web site, post Co-op America's 12 Steps to Curbing Climate Change and help us spread the word. Send a copy of this e-mail to your state, local, and national representatives, and to your friends and family.
Send our complete 12-Steps editorial to your local newspaper for reprinting, or contact us for copies of our "Climate Solutions" Quarterly to share with friends, family, and elected officials.
Here's to real climate solutions,
Alisa Gravitz Executive Director Co-op America
Each of these steps would reduce carbon emissions by at least 1 billion tons per year by 2054. Implementing at least seven of them brings us to the scale necessary to meet the climate challenge, but we have to start now, and move quickly. We have a ten-year window in which we need to be well on the way to achieving these steps.
The good news is that we have the technology and know-how to accomplish all of these steps right now. The best news is that we don't just save the climate with these steps. They bring us real energy security, more jobs, a cleaner environment, real progress on the war against poverty, and a safer world. Let's get started today.
1. Increase fuel economy for the world's 2 billion cars from an average of 30 mpg to 60 mpg. (Current US averages are a woeful 22 mpg.)
2. Cut back on driving. Decrease car travel for 2 billion 30-mpg cars from 10,000 to 5,000 miles per year, through increased use of mass transit, telecommuting, and walking and biking.
3. Increase energy efficiency by one-quarter in existing buildings and appliances. Move to zero-emissions plans for new buildings.
4. Decrease tropical deforestation to zero, and double the rate of new tree plantings.
5. Stop soil erosion. Apply "conservation tillage" techniques to cropland at 10 times the current usage. Encourage local, organic agriculture.
6. Increase wind power. Add 3 million 1-megawatt windmills, 75 times the current capacity.
7. Push hard for solar power. Add 3,000 gigawatt-peak solar photovoltaic units, 1,000 times current capacity.
8. Increase efficiency of coal plants from an average of 32 percent efficiency to 60 percent, and shut down plants that don't meet the standard. No net new coal plants; for new plants built, an equal number should close.
9. Replace 1,400 gigawatts of coal with natural gas, a four-fold increase in natural gas usage over current levels — a short-term step until zero-emissions renewable technologies can replace natural gas. 10. Sequester carbon dioxide at existing coal plants. Sequestration involves storing carbon dioxide underground, an unproven technology that may, nonetheless, be better than nothing.
11. Develop zero-emissions vehicles, including plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles powered by renewable energy.
12. Develop biomass as a short-term replacement for fossil fuel until better carbon-free technologies are developed — but only biofuels made from waste, and made without displacing farmland and rainforests.
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