Faculty and staff commuters: UO students are here to help

Faculty and staff commuters: UO students are here to help

It’s about time University of Oregon faculty and staff caught up with students – and LiveMove may be able to help. In a 2009 survey from the Office of Sustainability, about 50 percent of faculty and staff reported driving alone each day in their commute to campus. That compares to the 11 percent of students who drive alone, the rest taking advantage of alternative transportation such as biking, walking, and riding public transit. Something must be keeping faculty and staff…

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Thousands Join in Defending North America from Toxic Tar Sands

Thousands Join in Defending North America from Toxic Tar Sands

Defend Our Coast, Victoria B.C. On Sunday, I headed up to Victoria, B.C. with two other activists from the Cascade Climate Network. Little did I know that participating in a 5,000 person action to Defend the Coast from tar sands pipelines and oil tankers would continue to build momentum over the following days in many different capacities. I am truly inspired by my experiences of the past few days and wish to share them with you. In the weeks leading…

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Stop Coal Trains, Bring Climate Justice to Eugene

Stop Coal Trains, Bring Climate Justice to Eugene

Update: No Coal Eugene got some great local media today! http://kezi.com/news/local/244341 As coal plants in the United States continue to close, local organizations around the country appear to have struck a blow to the industry. But in reality, as coal consumption decreases in our country, global demand continues to rise. A result of this shift in demand can be found in recent proposals to ship Powder River Basin coal from Montana and Wyoming through several Northwest ports. One of these…

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CCN Activists Scale Billboard, Expose Local Coal Threats

CCN Activists Scale Billboard, Expose Local Coal Threats

Portland, Ore. Three activists with Cascade Climate Network and Portland Rising Tide occupied a billboard at the corner of SE 12th and Sandy Blvd Sunday afternoon to protest proposals for coal export terminals across the Northwest. The activists altered the billboard with a giant banner that listed five potential coal export sites along the Oregon and Washington coast, while around forty protestors gathered below and spelled “no coal exports” with oversized letters. Coal corporations including Peabody and Arch Energy are…

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CCN Site Goes Black for SOPA Protest

CCN Site Goes Black for SOPA Protest

Tonight the CCN Core Team decided to join what’s being touted as the largest internet protest in history: the fight against online censorship. If you haven’t heard yet, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) will be voted on in the House and Senate, respectively, next week. The Huffington Post says “SOPA would give both the government and major corporations the power to shut down entire websites accused of copyright infringement with neither a trial nor…

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BIG WIN for the Climate! Obama Delays Keystone XL Pipeline!

BIG WIN for the Climate! Obama Delays Keystone XL Pipeline!

Today, the Obama administration delayed the Keystone XL Pipeline!!! This is a huge win for the climate. For more information, see the links below. NYTimes article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/11/us/politics/administration-to-delay-pipeline-decision-past-12-election.html?_r=1&ref=global-home Tar Sands Action letter from Bill McKibben announcing win: http://www.tarsandsaction.org/big-news-won-won/

Parents Power Past Coal at Whitman College

Parents Power Past Coal at Whitman College

CCN affiliate school Whitman College participated in Power Shift’s 100 Actions for 100% Clean Energy last month. Here’s a write-up of the event, originally featured on WeArePowerShift.org. On October 23, Whitman College students called into question two kinds of power: the dirty electricity derived from oil and coal that is shamefully prevalant across America today, and the power wielded by big business to keep that coal and oil at the forefront of the nation’s energy landscape. The Parents Power Past…

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Power Shift West 2011 Kicks Off!

Power Shift West 2011 Kicks Off!

After months of planning, Power Shift West 2011 is finally here! The event kicked off Friday afternoon with three keynote speakers who motivated the hundreds of students who traveled from Washington, Idaho, Montana, California and beyond to attend this grassroots environmental activism conference. CCN co-organizers Emma Newman and Lauren Ressler introduced the first two speakers, Dave Cobb of Move To Amend and Rob Dietz of Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy, and also talked about the CCN and Sierra…

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Take Action to Protect the NW from Dirty Energy

Take Action to Protect the NW from Dirty Energy

  The CCN proudly supports the following action described below by our Coalitions facilitator Natalie Eberts: 3 Targets . . . 2 Issues . . . 1 All-Out Action! Join the Energy Action Coalition, Rainforest Action Network, ForestEthics, and Coal Action Network for an amazing march after Powershift to put all the amazing energy from the weekend into action for the crucial issues of TarSands and Coal Exports! Here’s a snapshot: “Returning” Grocery Bags of Tar Sands Destruction at Safeway,…

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#Occupy I-5: A Revolutionary Roadtrip

#Occupy I-5: A Revolutionary Roadtrip

Lauren Ressler, CCN interim Washington co-director and Sierra Student Coalition coordinator for the Pacific NW, wrote this blog about her trip to CCN-affiliated communities in Oregon and Washington. This post was originally featured on WeArePowerShift.org After stops at twelve universities over the course of eighteen days in a journey totaling over one thousand miles I have reached an important conclusion: students in the Pacific Northwest are taking campus climate organizing to new heights. Here is what a small fraction of these schools are…

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