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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.







Giving Local Tuesday - December 2

As a proud member of the Northern California Association of Nonprofits, we are participating in “Giving Tuesday,” a National Day that kicks off the holiday giving season (following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday) to encourage charitable activities that support nonprofits, with a special emphasis on “Giving Local.” The participating organizations seek to build a more resilient and sustainable Humboldt by inspiring generous giving to local nonprofits. For more information on Giving Tuesday, check out Giving Tuesday and California Association of Nonprofits, and join the NEC's Giving Tuesday page on Facebook.

Click here to read the NEC's End-of-Year fund appeal letter for more information about all the important work your donation will help with.



Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Monitoring December 6

Join us this December 6 (at Samoa Beach - Power Pole Parking Lot) and December 7 (at Point St. George Beach in Crescent City) as we clean up and monitor Humboldt and Del Norte county coastlines for marine debris originating from the catastrophic tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. The NEC provides gloves and buckets for trash collection, but we encourage volunteers to bring their own reusable supplies!  Contact


Movie & Mixer Night December 11

Join the NEC and Backcountry Press for an end-of-year mixer and movie night at the Arcata Playhouse on Thursday, December 11 for the premiere Humboldt County showing of Wrenched—a documentary exploring how Edward Abbey’s anarchistic spirit and riotous novels influenced the environmental movement of the 1970s and ‘80s. Mixer starts at 6:30 p.m., movie at 7:30 p.m. followed by a discussion.

Click here to join the Facebook event page.