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News From the Center

By Dan Ehresman

After a long, dry spell, rain has returned to the North Coast—bringing much needed water to our rivers and providing relief for this fall’s salmon run. While grateful for what we have received, the rainfall so far has been just a drop in the bucket in terms of alleviating drought and replenishing water supplies. Even as we celebrate the rain, we must stay focused on efforts to achieve a more reverential relationship with water. That is to say, we need to treat water as the essential, finite resource that it is and put an end to wasteful ways that seem to presume an infinite supply of Earth’s most vital substance.




2014 Year in Review

By Dan Ehresman

2014 has indeed been a big year for the NEC—and looking at where we were one year ago compared to where we are today, it is pretty inspiring. Throughout the year, our growing team has provided environmental education to hundreds of youth in our region’s schools; engaged over 1,000 community members in cleaning up our waterways and coast; rallied for intact ecosystems, healthy communities, and climate action in our neighborhoods, media and halls of government; and we’ve celebrated all species and the biosphere upon which we depend through art, music and direct action. The year has shown the immense power of working together—and together we can create the change we need to see us through the many challenges we are facing.




Polar Bear Behind Bars: Representing the North Coast at the People's Climate March

By Peter Galvin, Center for Biological Diversity

In late September, I was lucky enough to be able to travel from the North Coast to New York City to attend the People's Climate March. The goal was to make a strong showing before world leaders who were gathered in the city to discuss global warming action at the United Nations climate summit.

Protesters from across the country gathered to press President Barack Obama and other leaders for specific, binding commitments to make the ambitious cuts to carbon pollution we need to preserve a livable planet.




Kin to the Earth: Naomi Klein 

By Morgan Corviday

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Klein’s new book published in September, is described in a New York Times review as bringing together “the science, psychology, geopolitics, economics, ethics and activism that shape the climate question. The result is the most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring

“When its full economic and moral implications are understood, [climate change] is the most powerful weapon progressives have ever had in the fight for equality and social justice,” Klein states. This is our big chance, she argues, to change everything.

“Climate change,” she adds, is “not an ‘issue’ for you to add to the list of things to worry about it. It is a civilizational wake up call.”



UN Climate Report: A Dire Warning to International Community

By Larry Goldberg

Global climate change is set to inflict “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” on people and the natural world unless carbon emissions are cut sharply and rapidly, according to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPCC ) in it’s most important assessment of global warming to date, published on November 9. The report also makes clear that carbon emissions, primarily from burning coal, oil and gas, are currently rising to record levels, not falling.

According to the stark report, climate change has already increased the risk of extreme weather, severe heatwaves, and drought and warns of worse to come—including food shortages and violent conflicts. The report also found, however, that ways to avoid dangerous global warming are both available and affordable.




Mendocino Passes First Rights-Based Fracking Ban in California

By Ben Price, National Organizing Director, Community Environmental Defense Fund

On November 4, Mendocino County residents adopted the first-in-the-state Community Bill of Rights law banning fracking by a vote of 67 percent. The initiative was brought forward by residents in partnership with San Francisco-based Global Exchange.

The Mendocino County Community Bill of Rights Fracking and Water Use Initiative, on the ballot as Measure S, establishes the rights of the people of Mendocino County to a healthy environment, including clean air and water, and the rights of ecosystems to exist and flourish. The measure also secures the rights of residents to local self-governance. Fracking is banned as a violation of those rights.







Help Protect North Coast Communities - Human and Wild

As 2014 comes to a close, we look back at all that was accomplished in the last year: providing environmental education to hundreds of youth; engaging community members to clean up our waterways and coast; standing up for intact ecosystems and climate action; and celebrating all species through art and theater. All that was accomplished would not have been possible without your support. Only in working together can we build on our success and meet the big challenges ahead.

We are proud to work with so many committed individuals, businesses, and organizations towards a more resilient future for all of our planet’s communities. We need your help to continue to take action on environmental issues that matter most on the North Coast.

Click here to read more about all the important work your donation will help with.


New NEC T-shirts and Hoodies!

Finally! We have some great new t-shirts and hoodies for sale with a vintage NEC design. The illustration features trillium, ferns, redwood leaves, an osprey, a sperm whale, a wolverine, a wolf and crashing waves. Short-sleeved Ts, long-sleeved Ts, girl-cut Ts, and a couple of women's hoodies.

Come to our screening of Wrenched at the Arcata Playhouse tomorrow, December 11 (see above) for the best selection, or call the NEC to get yours today!