NW Youth Head to St. Louis, MO for Shindig Gathering

NW Youth Head to St. Louis, MO for Shindig Gathering

This weekend youth from the Cascade Climate Network are embarking on journeys across the country to St. Louis, Missouri for the national Sierra Student Coalition Shindig gathering. The gathering is a fabulous opportunity to organize with other youth from across the country around international conferences (Rio+20 and COP 17), beyond coal efforts, tar sands pipelines, and visions for the future. Expect to hear more when we return!

Youth Activists Prepare for Community-Building Journey

Youth Activists Prepare for Community-Building Journey

It’s called the Self Express: and the catchy name isn’t the only unusual thing about the 38-foot bus which a group of Northwest students and recent graduates are converting into a living space that will transport them across the country this summer.  By the time it’s finished, the former 1989 school bus will be ready to run entirely on used vegetable oil, and will be outfitted with a solar panel installation on the roof.  For the bulk of the summer it…

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Protecting Oregon from a New Palomar Pipeline

Protecting Oregon from a New Palomar Pipeline

Yesterday morning a group of climate activists in Portland, Oregon gathered at the base of one of the city’s busiest bridges, to urge morning commuters to help put the final nail in the coffin of the Palomar natural gas pipeline. The pipeline’s main backer, NW Natural Gas, was holding its annual shareholder meeting this afternoon. This presented a great opportunity to call the company out on its support for a piece of fossil fuel infrastructure that would carve through stands of old…

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This Thursday, Make Sure the Palomar Pipeline Stays Defeated!

This Thursday, Make Sure the Palomar Pipeline Stays Defeated!

A couple of short months ago, climate activists in the Pacific Northwest scored a major victory: NW Natural Gas withdrew its application to build the 220-mile long Palomar Pipeline, a liquefied natural gas project that would cut through Oregon’s farmland and forests while making our region dependent on a high-carbon fossil fuel.  The defeat of Palomar was a monumental victory for our movement, and dozens of Cascade Climate Network activists helped make it happen.  Now your help is needed to make sure Palmor stays defeated: and this Thursday…

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Tracing Coal Exports’ Deadly Impacts

Tracing Coal Exports’ Deadly Impacts

As fast as the world’s biggest coal companies move to make the Pacific Northwest an export zone for their deadly product, people across the region are organizing to prevent coal exports from Northwestern ports.  From impacted community members, to students who are watching their future go up in flames as China burns vast quantities of US coal, concerned residents of the Northwest are uniting for a clean energy future. The Northwest has already made great strides.  On Thursday the Washington legislature passed…

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Register for Spring Fling!

Register for Spring Fling!

Register here! We will be hanging out with our CCN friends and reflecting on who we are as an organization and how we can move forward to be the best regional climate activism network possible. We will also be talking about new leadership for the upcoming year. Details Friday, May 13th (5:00pm) – Sunday, May 15th (2:00pm) Camp Namanu in Sandy, OR (outside of Portland – map) [probably] Logistics We’ll have cabins rented and a lodge with a kitchen. Please…

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Eugene Students to US Senate: Defend the Clean Air Act

Eugene Students to US Senate: Defend the Clean Air Act

By defending the Clean Air Act, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley can protect Oregonians from mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal plants For immediate release Eugene, OR – On Wednesday the youth-run Cascade Climate Network and the University of Oregon-based Climate Justice League called on Oregon’s US senators to defend the Clean Air Act and public health. With Republicans and conservative Democrats in Congress now attempting to restrict the Clean Air Act’s authority, students urged Senators Ron Wyden and…

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Wells Fargo, Bank of America Closed for Climate Crimes

Wells Fargo, Bank of America Closed for Climate Crimes

Today members of Portland Rising Tide and participants in a training for Power Shift 2011 set out to let major banks in Portland know it’s time to pull investments from dirty fossil fuel infrastructure.  About fifty people visited local branches of Wells Fargo and Bank of America, letting customers know the banks have been “Closed for climate crimes.”  While some participants staged a die-in on the sidewalks, others used mud to stick “dirty money” to the walls and windows.  The group drew interested looks from people…

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Time to Pass the Coal Free Future for Washington Act

Time to Pass the Coal Free Future for Washington Act

In the next couple of weeks Washington state legislators have a window of opportunity in which to set this green-minded state on the path to a coal free future.  By agreeing on a timeline to phase out the TransAlta Coal Plant – Washington’s biggest source of carbon, mercury, and many other pollutants – the legislature can follow in the footsteps of neighboring Oregon, which has already committed to transition off its single coal plant.  The US Pacific Northwest can provide an example for…

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