Thursday, September 19, 2019

Saturday is the big day - The Climate Strike!

As you may have noticed there are several Climate Strike Events in Tucson. Hope you can attend one near you! (See locations below.)

If you would like to join Sustainable Tucson, Dan and I are hoping to attend all 3 of the events. But we will for sure attend the Youth Climate Strike. Just look for Sustainable Tucson's quilted cloth banner and grab an end! Smirk

We especially want to show support for the Youth Climate Strike hosted by our collaborators the Sunrise Movement and Students for Sustainability. (The Sunrise Movement recently facilitated a Sustainable Tucson meeting on the Green New Deal and then we attended their town hall!) That event is Friday, Sept. 20th from 4:30 - 6:30 at El Presidio Park, 160 W. Alameda. 

Speaking of Town Halls... There's a fun one on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 4 - 6 p.m. The Tucson Faces of Climate Action Town Hall. 

Agnes Nelms Haury Lecture Hall S107, 1064 E. Lowell St, Tucson, AZ

Hope to see you this weekend!

  • Southern Arizona Climate StrikeFriday, September 20, 2019 • 11:00 AMTucson, AZ88 E Broadway BlvdTucson, AZ 85702
  • ECOUNITNOW SYSTEMSFriday, September 20, 2019 • 12:30 PMPima County Tucson Main Library 101 North Stone 101 North Stone101 Noth StoneTucson , AZ 85701
  • Tucson Climate StrikeFriday, September 20, 2019 • 4:30 PMEl Presidio Park (next to Tucson City Hall)255 W Alameda StTucson, AZ 85701

Tell your members of Congress to co-sponsor Rep. DeSaulnier and Sen. Harris's resolution on clean air

Remember when you couldn't see 10 feet in front of you in LA? 

With a tweet, President Trump is trying to pollute the air you breathe.

In what has become his signature move, today President Trump announced via Twitter that he plans to revoke your state's ability to protect the air you breathe. 

NOTE: For more impact don't forget to personalize the subject line and leave a personal message!

Under the Clean Air Act, California has the ability to set standards for vehicles to reduce pollution. Other states can then adopt these standards to help protect you and the air you breathe. 

Now, Trump and his cronies in the EPA and the Department of Transportation are attacking that authority. California's rules have helped states clean their air, save their residents money at the pump, and reduce climate pollution. The only people that will benefit from this attack on state authority are oil companies. 

Congress standing up to this outrageous action by the Trump administration is one of the strongest actions we can take. 

- Andrew Linhardt, Sierra Club

More Information

Trump Defends Plan to Kill California’s Auto-Emissions Authority - The New York Times 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Don't let Nestle destroy the Santa Fe River

Petition to the Suwannee River Water Management District Board and Staff:
"Reject the attempt by Nestle Waters to renew Seven Springs Water's consumptive use permit. Drawing 1.152 million gallons per day from the fragile and valuable ecosystem of the Santa Fe River and its springs is clearly not 'reasonable and beneficial and with the public interest.'"
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But Nestle wants to change all that. The water-hoarding corporate giant is trying to pump 1.1 million gallons a day out of the Santa Fe River area, even though the watershed is already listed as "in recovery" from earlier over-pumping.The blue waters of Florida's Santa Fe River and Ginnie Springs are home to 15 different species of turtles, including 11 native to the area, and a haven for those looking to respectfully enjoy the outdoors.1
The Suwannee River Water Management Board is currently investigating and taking public input. It could decide any day now whether to give Nestle the permit it needs. We have a short window to stand with locals who are speaking out against Nestle's disastrous plans.
The 1.1 million gallons Nestle wants each day is more than four times the record high the previous permit-holder Seven Springs pumped from the watershed. Nestle admitted as much in its application to renew an expired pumping permit it purchased from Seven Springs.3
As the world’s leading bottled water producer and owner of the Perrier and San Pellegrino brands, Nestlé already has a dismal track record on water conservation and human rights. In 2013, Nestlé was forced to back down after fighting a decision in Ontario, Canada that would have limited its water-taking in times of severe drought. That same year, Nestlé’s CEO famously challenged the human right to water.4
The Santa Fe River and related Ginnie Springs are already listed as "in recovery" after earlier exploitation.But Nestle recklessly wants to plunge ahead with a plan to rip four times as much water out of the area. It appears to be trying to game the approval process as well. The company applied for a five-year permit, likely to dodge the stricter scientific study requirements of a 20-year permit. But it is pouring millions into refurbishing and expanding a nearby bottling plant, which it wouldn't do if it planned to leave after only five years.5,6
"The Santa Fe River is already in decline," Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, one of the leaders of Our Santa Fe River, told reporters, "there’s not enough water coming out of the aquifer itself to recharge these lovely, amazing springs that are iconic and culturally valued and important for natural systems and habitats."7 We need to stand alongside everyone fighting to protect waterways from corporate destruction for profit by speaking out against Nestle's move now.
Tell the Suwannee River Water Management District: Don't let Nestle destroy the Santa Fe River. Click below to sign the petition:
Heidi Hess, CREDO Action
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  1. Richard Luscomb, "Nestlé plan to take 1.1m gallons of water a day from natural springs sparks outcry," The Guardian, Aug. 26, 2019.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Food & Water Watch, "Organizations Denounce Nestle’s New Human Rights Impact Assessment as a Public Relations Stunt," Dec. 19, 2013.
  5. Our Santa Fe River, "Nestle sets its sights on the Santa Fe River," Aug. 2, 2019.
  6. Luscomb, "Nestlé plan to take 1.1m gallons of water a day from natural springs sparks outcry."
  7. Ibid.
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Tell Dept. of Agriculture: No logging in Tongass National Forest

Petition to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue:
"Reject plans to open the Tongass National Forest to devastating exploitation by logging and mining interests."
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Instead of putting pressure on Trumpian Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro to act in the Amazon, Trump appears to be weakly following his lead here in America. He recently instructed the secretary of agriculture to open 10 million acres in the stunning Tongass National Forest to brutal exploitation.The Amazon is burning, and yet Donald Trump wants to open the world's largest intact temperate forest to exploitation by mining and logging companies.
Tongass retains more carbon than any forest in the United States, provides habitat for iconic wild creatures and contains old-growth trees as much as 1,000 years old.2 We can't let Trump destroy it.
"There are very few places in the world that are wild," one Alaska tour guide told reporters, "Here we have one, in southeast Alaska, and it’s being put at risk.3 Located in the southeast region of Alaska, the Tongass National Forest is a 500-mile archipelago, which encompasses the world's largest temperate rainforest and is "home to five species of Pacific salmon, humpback and orca whales, otters, beavers, Alexander Archipelago wolves, plus some of the largest concentrations of brown bears and bald eagles found in the United States."4
Its old-growth trees store vast amounts of carbon – an estimated 10-12 percent of all of America's national forests – and play a critical role as "Alaska’s first line of climate change defense."5,6 Local indigenous people, including the Tlingit and Haida, have lived in this region for centuries and rely on the forest's healthy natural resources for survival.7
The Tongass was open to logging exploitation until the 1990s. As much as half of the old-growth trees in the forest were clear-cut. A Clinton-era "roadless rule" requires the National Forest Service to approve new industrial roads that allow for logging on a case by case basis. But Trump recently directed the secretary of agriculture to exempt the Tongass from the rule and unilaterally open up to 10 million acres to exploitation. It appears to be a prelude to pushing for a full repeal of the rule that limits oil, gas and logging companies from plowing up our national forests.8,9
Trump's plan would also devastate tourism and sustainable salmon fishing – costing Alaska far more than it would gain from environmentally destructive logging that requires federal subsidies to be profitable.10 Clear-cutting forests has weirdly become "an obsession" for Trump, according to a former adviser.11 We need to generate a massive public backlash to stop this idea in its tracks before mining and gas companies plow through the Tongass.
Tell the Department of Agriculture: No logging in the Tongass National Forest. Click the link below to sign the petition
- Heidi Hess, CREDO Action
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  1. Brendan Jones, "We need the Tongass now more than ever," The Washington Post, Aug. 29, 2019.
  2. Juliet Eilperin and Josh Dawsey, "Trump pushes to allow new logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest," The Washington Post, Aug. 27, 2019.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Dominick A. DellaSala, "The Tongass Rainforest as Alaska’s First Line of Climate Change Defense and Importance to the Paris Climate Change Agreements," Forest Legacies.
  5. Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, "Alaska Indigenous Women to Senator Murkowski: End The Assault On Our Communities and Lands," HuffPost, Jan. 10, 2018.
  6. Krista Langlois, "Thanks to Trump, This Senator Finally Gets Her Chance to Decimate Alaska’s Environmental Protections," Mother Jones, March 11, 2018.
  7. Earthjustice, "Federal Courts Uphold Landmark Federal Forest Protections Again," Sept. 22, 2017.
  8. The Seattle Times Editorial Board, "Stop the assault on Tongass forest," The Seattle Times, Aug. 29, 2019.
  9. Jones, "We need the Tongass now more than ever."
  10. Ibid.
  11. Eilperin and Dawsey, "Trump pushes to allow new logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Support Tucson's Green Stormwater Infrastructure Program

I am so excited about the City's Proposed Stormwater Management Program. Installing more Green Stormwater Infrastructure is one of the most impactful actions we can take to make Tucson water independent and secure in the future.  As a citizen advocate, I have attended G.I. planning meetings at he Pima Department of Environmental Quality. I'm so impressed by the incredible the work that the  city and county are doing to implement Green Stormwater infrastructure using guidelines by Watershed Management Group.  To really be sustainable, we need these systems built all over town and to be maintained.

The proposed green infrastructure is important for a sustainable future for Tucson.  Please, support the Proposed Stormwater Management Program and Fee by familiarizing yourself with their proposal and providing your feedback in the following survey and showing up at the Mayor and Council Study Session. 

Take this quick survey on the proposed stormwater project here.

I also encourage you to write your city council member.

Find your city council member here:

On Sept 4, City of Tucson's Mayor and Council will be considering a new funding program to support the development and maintenance of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) across the city to reduce flooding, promote shade trees, along with many other benefits.

We need YOU to join WMG's Policy and Technical Director Catlow Shipek in attending the Mayor and Council Study Session on Wednesday, September 4 and showing support for creating a Green Stormwater Infrastructure plan for Tucson.

When: Wednesday, September 4, at 2:30 PM – 4 PM
Where: Tucson City Hall, 255 W Alameda St, Tucson, Arizona 85701

Based on the current agenda timeline we expect the GSI program item to be discussed as earlier as 2:30 p.m. or up to 4 p.m. This is a critical program to help Tucson become more water sustainable, livable, and work towards restoring our rivers. To learn more about GSI please visit:

See the M&C Agenda at:

More information: 

Scaling up Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) - Watershed Management Group

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Protect Tucson's Recycling Program: Share this Recycling Video

At a recent Sustainable Tucson meeting, Sherri Ludlam (Environmental Scientist from the City of Tucson Department of Environmental and General Services) informed us that China would no longer be accepting all of our dirty recycling because of contamination. Tucson's recycling pick-up has already been cut back to twice a month. Sierra Vista's recycling program was cut all together. When Alex Kosmider from Sustainable Tucson's Zero Plastic Waste Team heard about the threat to our recycling program, she decided to educate Tucsonans on the proper way to recycle. She rewrote the lyrics of Meghan Trainor's "No" to include what NOT to recycle. Team Recycle was formed to create a fun music video parody. Please, help us protect Tucson's recycling program by sharing our recycling video:

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Tell BlackRock: Stop financing the destruction of the Amazon

The petition to BlackRock reads:
"Your investments in oil, mining and agribusiness in the Amazon are quickly destroying rainforests, violating indigenous rights and worsening our climate crisis. Stop funding the destruction of the Amazon and destroying the homes of its indigenous inhabitants."
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The record-setting destructive fires spreading quickly across Amazon rainforests are up 80% over last year and nearly all are human-caused, likely set by ranchers, loggers and fossil fuel interests emboldened by Brazil's extreme right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro, who has declared that the Amazon is open for business.1,2  The Earth's lungs are on fire.
BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, is cashing in on Amazon destruction by investing millions in the oil, mining and agribusiness industries in Brazil that are destroying rainforests and indigenous homes and worsening the climate crisis.
Companies that are devastating the Amazon – and our planet – wouldn't be able to continue operations without the backing of BlackRock and other massive investment firms. Let's demand that BlackRock divest completely from these operations immediately.
Bolsonaro campaigned on loosening restrictions on development and deforestation and promoting business interests in the Amazon, and he kept his promises: Since Bolsonaro took office and prior to the most recent fires, the Brazilian Amazon had lost a staggering 1,330 square miles of forest, a 39% increase over this time last year.Bolsonaro even promoted wildly false conspiracy theories to cover for his government's anti-environmental policies, blaming non-governmental organizations who work to protect rainforests for setting the fires.4
With Bolsonaro's Amazon deregulation campaign, BlackRock sees opportunity as the world's largest investor in fossil fuel extraction, especially in the Amazon.5 Yet, publicly, BlackRock and its CEO Larry Fink are on a campaign of their own: to greenwash BlackRock's role in rainforest destruction and climate change by offering "sustainable" investment products and marketing itself as a socially responsible model corporate citizen – all while the companies it invests in are causing untold destruction to the environment and the health and livelihoods of indigenous people living in the Amazon.
It's clear that Bolsonaro won't end the massive deforestation activities wreaking havoc across the region. But if enough of us call out BlackRock's active role financing Amazon destruction, we can help stop it from getting any worse. That's why we must speak out now.
Tell BlackRock: Stop financing the destruction of the Amazon. Click the link below to sign the petition:
- Heidi Hess, CREDO Action
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  1. Jessie Yeung, "Blame humans for starting the Amazon fires, environmentalists say," CNN, Aug. 23, 2019.
  2. Leila Salazar-López, "Bolsonaro Wants to Plunder the Amazon. Don’t Let Him." The New York Times, Jan. 29, 2019.
  3. Letícia Casado and Ernesto Londoño, "Under Brazil’s Far-Right Leader, Amazon Protections Slashed and Forests Fall," The New York Times, July 28, 2019.
  4. Tim Marcin, "Brazil's President Bolsonaro Is Now Spreading Conspiracy Theories About the Amazon Fires," VICE, Aug. 22 2019.
  5. BlackRock's Big Problem, "BlackRock’s Sustainable ETFs:Green Business or Greenwash?" accessed Aug. 23, 2019.