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Updates from the Fair Climate Frontlines

November 18, 2010

Greetings, Fair Climate Advocate!
 
Welcome to the new Fair Climate Project newsletter!

We'll be using this newsletter as a means to communicate news, events, and upcoming opportunities related to fair climate solutions. If you have any items you'd like to share in an upcoming issue of this newsletter, please email FairClimateProject@nwf.org.

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In this issue...
Nearly 90 groups call on Congress to uphold strong Clean Air Act
Marcellus Shale Protesters Come Out On Top
Funding Opportunities
Texas Landowners at risk in Tarsands Pipeline Development

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The goal of NWF's Fair Climate Project is to build and engage a national network of leaders representing underserved communities to advance equitable and just solutions to climate change. We work to forge connections between community leaders and decision makers to jumpstart local projects and national initiatives that promote green communities, clean energy, and green jobs.


Clean air, clean water and abundant wildlife sustain Americans from all walks of life. We all have a shared responsibility to protect these resources for our children's future.  At NWF, we are working to bring together diverse voices to affect decisions that will create safe and healthy communities for all.

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Upcoming Events

NTAA/EPA Air Policy Call
November 25, 2010 (12:00 - noon - 1:30 pm)

 

Tribal Designations Workgroup Call

December 02, 2010 (12:00 - noon - 1:00 pm)

Recent Happenings & Events:
EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) Meeting:

There were a lot of innovative workshops at this meeting including: How to Achieve Success by Leveraging Resources in Rural and Urban Communities; How to Effectively Reach EJ Communities: What Really Matters to EJ Communities; and Addressing Health and the Food Deserts in EJ Communities.
Arbor Day Foundation: Partners in Community Forestry National Conference:

This conference gave us a great opportunity to learn more about the urban forestry community and served as a platform for sharing important urban forest lessons and innovations with broader sustainability and green infrastructure leaders throughout the country.

GreenBuild Conference: Green Jobs Summit
Earlier this week, thousands of Midwestern community members, students, government officials, and individuals from companies and non-profits met to discuss the new green economy at the GreenBuild Conference in Chicago, which focused on green job creation and how the Midwest, and particularly how youth and folks from low-income communities and rural areas, can seize the opportunity to grow jobs in this sector.  The conference was keynoted by David Foster of the BlueGreen Alliance and Manny Flores, the first Latino American to chair the Illinois Commerce Commission. 
Nearly 90 groups call on Congress to uphold strong Clean Air Act
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A range of groups in the environmental justice, faith, public health, and environmental communities stood together to demand that Congress protect clean air.

 

On Monday, the Fair Climate Project team released a letter of support for the Clean Air Act signed by nearly 90 groups representing low-income communities and communities of color from across the country. The letter reflected the voices groups in the environmental justice, faith, public health, and environmental communities who joined together to ask members of Congress to maintain a strong Clean Air Act. You can find a copy of this letter and its media release .

 

This just goes to show how many people across the nation are working to make a stand on how air pollution impacts communities and to affect change.  

  

We will be looking to drop this letter on the Hill in the coming week but please let us know if you have any questions or thoughts on the letter or our efforts.

11.18.2010 Marcellus Shale Protest
Citizens protest successfully against Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pittsburgh, PA.

Marcellus Shale Protesters Come Out on Top in Pittsburgh, PA 

  
Congratulations to the Marcellus Shale Protesters

in Pittsburgh, PA who successfully protested against natural gas drilling in their community!

 

After the Pittsbugh City Council gave final approfal to a ban on natural gas production in the city, industry opponents involved in the protest vowed to press for similar prohibitions at the Allegheny County and state levels. Concners about well, water, and air pollution were tantamount to the success of the organizers to rally others behind their cause.

Read more about this story and how community involvement really can make a difference!
Funding Opportunities
NOAA K-12 Environmental Literacy Grants - $8 million envr education
Application Due: January 12, 2011envr ed
Eligible Entities: Institutions of higher education; other non-profits; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local, and Indian tribal governments in the United States

The U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, request proposals for Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education. This RFP will support K-12 education projects that advance inquiry-based Earth System Science learning and stewardship directly tied to the school curriculum, with a particular interest in increasing climate literacy. $8 million is expected to be available for up to 10 awardees. For more information, contact Carrie McDougall at oed.grants@noaa.gov.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative - $6.3 million
Application Due: December 22, 2010
Eligible Entities: State governments, local governments, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and others

The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for the Rural Community Development Initiative. RCDI supports organization capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural area. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, programs that support micro-enterprise and sustainable development, and programs to assist recipients in completing pre-development requirements for housing, community facilities, or community and economic development projects by providing resources for professional services, e.g., architectural, engineering, or legal.

HUD HOPE VI Revitalization Grants Program - $124 million
Application Due: November 22, 2010
Eligible Entities: Public Housing Authorities

HOPE VI Revitalization grants assist Public Housing Authorities in areas including but not limited to improving the living environment for public housing residents of severely distressed public housing projects through the demolition, rehabilitation, reconfiguration, or replacement of obsolete public housing projects; and building sustainable communities. HUD encourages development that increases resource efficiency, promotes green development, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and promotes healthy living environments for residents. Approximately $124 million is expected to be available for up to 5 awardees. For more information, contact Leigh van Rij at leigh_e._van_rij@hud.gov.

Currently, the Fair Climate Project is working to create an online resource for funding updates. Stay tuned on this development!
Texas Landowners at risk in Tarsands Pipeline Development
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Don't mess with Texas: pipeline construction from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has encountered fierce opposition in the form of Texan landowners.

 

Reports of landowner abuses by

tar sands pipeline oil giant Transcanada are well documented in Nebraska.  But some reports of abuse are popping up in Texas, including alleged instances of illegal trespass on private property.

 

 

The proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, will carry the world's dirtiest tar sands oil across six states to the Houston Ship Channel. Despite the recent Gulf Coast oil spill and Michigan pipeline disaster, and opposition from over ten thousand citizens

and 50 members of Congress, Secretary Clinton and the State Department are considering approval of the risky Keystone XL project.

 

The pipeline will traverse 16 large rivers in Texas, including several rivers listed as sensitive or protected.  It will also cross rivers and drainages feeding 21 lakes and municipal reservoirs. These water resources support robust fishing and tourism industries and provide drinking water for thousands of Texans; they now face contamination from the world's dirtiest oil.

 

The Houston/Port Arthur region is the final destination for 90% of the pipeline's highly toxic tar sands crude. This region already suffers from some of the worst air pollution in the state, with eight known carcinogens present at unsafe levels-in some cases, twenty times higher than any other city in the US. Tar sands oil contains higher concentrations of toxins than conventional crude oil, and will exacerbate Houston's air quality and public health crisis. The incidence of diseases like asthma, lung diseases, and cancer would likely increase.

 

The Keystone XL pipeline poses a serious threat to Texas' water and air quality and Texans are starting to stand up and fight. To learn more about the efforts of the recently-formed Texan group Stop Tarsands Oil Pipelines, visit their website, where you can view their short documentary and find out how you can help.