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  • Anne Havemann, General Counsel | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    the protest outside BP s headquarters June 4th BP Citizen s Arrest Friday High Noon June 3 2010 By Anne Havemann General Counsel Share This Friday at high noon join with CCAN Public Citizen Friends of the Earth Greenpeace Energy Action Coalition 350 org Hip Hop Caucus and the Center for Biological Diversity as we Continued The Gulf Oil Spill Comes to Virginia June 1 2010 By Anne Havemann General Counsel Share The Greenpeace image below clearly shows that if a blowout similar to the Gulf Coast oil disaster occurred off the coast of Virginia we d have oil from Virginia Beach to Continued VIDEO Tidwell reports from Lousiana June 1 2010 By Anne Havemann General Counsel Share Why the CLEAR Act is Fair May 28 2010 By Anne Havemann General Counsel Share The following is an article written by Meg Power Senior Advisor to the National Community Action Foundation NCAF NCAF is the Washington DC representative of the nation s 1100 local Community Continued Prison time for activist over green jobs banner No kidding May 20 2010 By Anne Havemann General Counsel Share Despite the Gulf disaster no one from BP has been arrested and sent to jail Despite

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  • The Pope is here and he’s calling for action | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    on all men and women of good will to take a stand for the future of the home that we all share not to mention to take a stand for each other Climate change is no longer just an environmental issue It is a moral one With so much opportunity to transition to clean energy it is a shame that federal action on climate is largely at a standstill in the U S Congress This is why we must come together to stand with the Pope and FollowFrancis in his call for widespread robust climate action across the political realm The Pope s visit to D C has spurred action across the city This week climate social faith and environmental activists alike have hosted a number of actions to call upon our leaders to take charge on addressing the injustice of climate change CCAN s very own National Campaign Director Ted Glick has now been fasting with fellow Beyond Extreme Energy members for 16 days in a call to halt the approval of any new permits for fossil fuel projects by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Tonight the Franciscan Action Network is hosting an Interfaith Overnight Prayer Vigil where faith and civic leaders will offer inspiring messages of hope justice and peace in light of a changing climate Perhaps one of the more crowd attracting actions will occur tomorrow morning September 24 th on the National Mall as the Pope addresses Congress Thousands of people from near and far will gather on the Mall early tomorrow morning for the Moral Action for Climate Justice rally to follow Pope Francis lead and underscore the moral imperative of the climate crisis Featuring prominent musical artists and over forty five speakers this rally will vocalize the immense support for action before our Congressional

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  • Coastal Residents Learn About Real Time Climate Solutions at Town Hall Meeting | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Mike Tidwell CCAN s Executive Director also answered this question His response to which Nash conceded was for the state to pass the Virginia Coastal Protection Act that would commit the state to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI Dawone Robinson CCAN S Virginia Policy Director went on to explain the Virginia Coastal Protection Act and RGGI to coastal residents activists and students alike who gathered for the town hall RGGI is a cooperative effort between nine states that caps carbon pollution from power plants while requiring them to purchase allowances for every ton of carbon pollution they emit in a given year By committing to RGGI the state of Virginia could see over 200 million in revenue by 2020 This revenue would then be appropriated as follows 1 50 to Hampton Roads for coastal adaptation efforts 2 35 to statewide energy efficiency and clean energy programs 3 10 to southwest Virginia for economic development assistance and 4 5 to RGGI for programmatic expenses Nash and Tidwell both touched on the difficulty of passing bills that support clean energy in Virginia s legislature Dominion the state s largest energy provider is highly engrained in the state s politics often leaving the statehouse polarized on issues However the circumstances for reducing fossil fuel emissions in Virginia have changed radically with the EPA s Clean Power Plan Rules that will be finalized next summer The Clean Power Plan is calling on Virginia to reduce its carbon emissions by 38 by 2030 and RGGI stands as the best mechanism for the state to meet its emissions reduction goals while providing funding for essential climate adaptation mitigation and sustainable development measures across specified regions of the state So what is the most important thing that needs to be accomplished to lessen the impacts of global climate change on Virginians How can people on the ground help to push for climate solutions that will alleviate the sea level rise impacts that coastal Virginians are facing now while protecting the future livelihoods of citizens across the state Each of the featured panelists had a similar position on this question which was asked by a dedicated activist who attended the town hall and book event The answer Get out there and join the public conversation Talk to your friends family members acquaintances and anyone else you can about bringing climate solutions to the state Teresa Stanley of Virginia Organizing the first panelist that the group heard from on Tuesday night spoke about the importance of collective action to make climate solutions a reality for the state Communities need to be informed of the risks that Virginia faces under climate change and communities need to be further mobilized to ensure that the state s precious neighborhoods culture and landscapes are protected from the projected devastating impacts Quan Williams of Virginia New Majority the event s second panelist said that for her the most important thing is to get the Virginia Coastal Protection Act passed Climate change is an

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  • It’s true: Dominion dumped toxic coal ash waste into our rivers | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    the director of DEQ David Paylor had denied that any waste had already been drained into Quantico Creek Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network the truth is finally coming to light Dominion and DEQ are now admitting that water was dumped last spring Now they re just saying it was all legal 3 Our friends at Potomac Riverkeeper aren t buying it They ve asked the U S Environmental Protection Agency to launch a criminal investigation Concerned Virginians aren t buying it either over 500 of us marched this weekend to DumpDominion from Dominion s Richmond headquarters to the General Assembly building It s time for Governor McAuliffe to step in Especially on the heels of the disaster we ve seen unfolding in Flint Michigan our Governor needs to do everything within his power to protect our access to clean safe drinking water As a testament to the threat this coal ash poses the Virginia Tech professor credited with uncovering the disaster in Flint has agreed to help monitor potential coal ash leakage near another one of Dominion s coal burning power plants in Dutch Gap 4 Pending an EPA investigation potential legal challenges and so many unanswered questions Dominion has no business dumping more coal ash waste into the rivers Virginians rely on for our drinking water recreation and livelihoods Governor McAuliffe is responsible for protecting Virginians Let s make sure we remind him Sources 1 InsideNova EXCLUSIVE Dominion released millions of gallons of coal ash water Feb 8 2016 2 Washington Post Maryland to fight utility s plan to release treated waste into Va creek Feb 15 2016 3 Think Progress Utility dumps over 30 million gallons of coal waste water into Va creek Feb 12 2016 4 Chesterfield Observer Local group taps renowned

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  • Residents of Buckingham Say NO to Proposed Compressor Station | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Atlantic Coast pipeline and the rush for natural gas in the eastern region of the United States Friends of Buckingham member Kenda Hanuman presented the dangers of compressor stations and what the proposed Buckingham station would mean for the community Concerns ranging from toxic emissions land rights noise and light disturbances and the creation of only 2 full time jobs from the station were all discussed Following the presentation community members engaged by firing off questions about the proposed pipeline and compressor station People were concerned how noise levels that accompany this type of infrastructure would affect sleep in this rural community Many had pointed questions about the elderly people of Buckingham with compromised health issues including respiratory conditions The elderly fear their lack of mobility could be detrimental in the event of leaks and explosions A packed house as citizens across Buckingham County came to learn about the proposed compressor station Many people had questions about the economics specifically the outsourcing of jobs to out of state workers the loss of land and depreciation of its value and supposed tax benefits gained by the people of Buckingham being outweighed by health environmental costs Especially concerning was the difficulty of tapping into the gas to be used by Buckingham Right now if a county or business wanted to use gas from the pipeline it would cost 5 8 million to tap the line Citizens are troubled with the way Dominion is forcing their way onto private property by lawsuits against innocent citizens Many people s families have lived in Buckingham for hundreds of years Dominion is willing to compromise the health and livelihood of Buckingham citizens for empty promises of cheap natural gas and economic benefits The general consensus among attendees was there is no benefit to Buckingham citizens or

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  • A busy spring for Virginia students | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    on the Virginia Coastal Protection Act Virginia Power Shift 2015 Three weeks after flexing their political muscles at the Capitol VSEC was at it again in Fredericksburg at the University of Mary Washington putting on Virginia Power Shift 2015 This time more than 350 students gathered from across the state to discuss building student power the intersectionality of our movements and how we can make serious change in Virginia The first Virginia Power Shift in 2014 had 125 attendees and ten short months later Virginia Power Shift 2015 almost tripled that number A true testament to the growth of student activism in Virginia You d think after Power Shift things would have cooled off for a bit Wrong Recharged and reinvigorated dozens of VSEC students spent their spring breaks in the mountains of south west Virginia at Mountain Justice Spring Break MJSB is a week long action camp centered around combating mountain top removal mining and fracking in Appalachia Noah a student at UMW arrested at divestment sit in In late March students at the University of Mary Washington began a 20 day sit in of their President s office demanding a subcommittee be formed to study the prospect of divestment The sit in ran peacefully for almost three weeks until the administration had state troopers remove students from their occupation arresting two The arrests sparked a flurry of action across the state and amplified the energy surrounding divestment in Virginia There have been at least 5 divestment campaigns launched within the past month capitalizing on the recent momentum The Divest UMW sit in fell within a larger wave of student divestment sit ins that swept the nation happening at schools such as Harvard Yale Tulane Colorado University Swarthmore and Wesleyan Divest UMW students helped lead the way and provided

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  • Divest University of Mary Washington Sit-In Reaches Day 14 | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    issue with her after the meeting their questions were not answered and Rector Cuellar fled the scene Students had no choice but to resort to sitting in for their voices to be heard The Board of Visitors had not even deliberated their proposal as Rector Cuellar ended the discussion without a vote Day 1 of the sit in 18 students poured into George Washington Hall I found myself fortunate enough to be one of them Throughout the day I witnessed an administration that was friendly towards the students but hesitant They clearly had not anticipated this when they made their way into work that morning Students communicated with the administration throughout the day and both parties were respectful of one another Students work on assignments and continue organizing the sit in from within George Washington Hall That evening there was a lecture series held in the auditorium across from where the students were occupying Theresa Crawley a member of the Board of Visitors was in attendance Two students went to engage her in conversation so as to explain how powerless they felt that they had to begin the sit in As the conversation developed several things became clear Mrs Crawley actually had no idea what divestment was despite sitting through several presentations by students to their Board of Visitors Mrs Crawley does not believe in global warming and asked one of the students if they had ever attended a science class before The conversation ended after Mrs Crawley becoming noticeably frustrated told the students they were being pests and subsequently withdrew herself from discussion This begs the question of Mrs Crawley if you view genuine student passion and engagement over issues as being a pest why are you in higher education Reverend Lennox Yearwood joins the sit in It seems

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  • Virginia Power Shift | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    tune with Global Divestment Day meant to elevate the noise of the Divest UMW s University of Mary Washington divestment campaign one week before they met with their Board of Visitors Over 200 students marched across the campus cheering Hey BOV Listen to me We want to be fossil free and Show me what democracy looks like before lining up to take a few aerial shots Later that evening students were invited to participate in an open mic event facilitated by Good Clear Sound an award winning slam poetry group from Virginia Commonwealth University I never knew it was possible to feel that intimately connected with a room full of hundreds of strangers Originally slated to end at 10 pm the event ran until 11 pm as the flood of students eager to share their stories never relented to dry up They shared really personal and inspired stories touching on issues such as gender identity racial discrimination sexual orientation and how their lives have been shaped Music was performed poetry was read and laughs were had It undeniably helped shape the weekend from a convergence into a genuinely inclusive community Saturday kicked off with a convergence wide training on systems of power and anti oppression No small task when you ve got a room filled with more than 300 students Virginia Power Shift Anti Oppression Training led by Maryland Campaign Coordinator Shilpa Joshi Thanks to our awesome facilitators who willingly chose to develop and facilitate an anti oppression training for 300 people The rest of the day was a blur of workshops trainings and panels on topics from fighting fracking to Black Lives Matter organizing from food justice to direct action training to queer organizing in the south The halls were buzzing with new ideas friendships and energy Saturday evening

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