Get Involved at Power Shift West!

Get Involved at Power Shift West!

The second Power Shift West is happening November 4-6 at the University of Oregon in Eugene. (For a full description of what Power Shift West is all about, see our previous blog post.) Volunteers and bottom-liners are still needed to organize the conference, and we at the CCN strongly encourage people to sign up for a team. Below are contacts for each of the organizers; please get in touch with them or fill out the volunteer interest form. Thanks and…

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Power Shift West Registration Open!

Power Shift West Registration Open!

Across the country a bold movement is emerging to demand a clean and sustainable future. People of all ages and backgrounds are coming together to show industry and politicians that we will not let our country continue its dangerous addiction to fossil fuels and youth are at the forefront. Whether it is in DC resisting the disastrous Keystone XL pipeline, in Appalachia resisting the destructive process of mountaintop removal or in cities resisting the placement of toxic industries near low-income…

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CCN Members are Drawn to Washington, D.C. to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

CCN Members are Drawn to Washington, D.C. to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

CCN Members are Drawn to Washington, D.C. to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline On August 20, 2011, Americans of all ages, including Bill McKibben and members of the Cascade Climate Network (Chelsea Thaw and David Kellner-Rode), kicked off the largest climate civil disobedience action in U.S. history by being arrested in front of the White House in protest of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. Over 2,000 people from all 50 states have signed up to risk arrest in the next two…

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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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