What is Climate Change?
When we burn fossil fuels like coal and gas, we pump more and more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This build-up creates a blanket effect, trapping in heat around the world. If nothing is done to halt this process, the planet we leave our children will be hotter, with more violent weather and fewer species. ...Can I DO SOMETHING about it and make a difference? YES! Sitka Global Warming Group wants to help every person and community reduce their impact on climate change!
Help Sitkans reduce
their carbon footprint
and prepare for the effects of a changing climate
through education and community action.
* * *Nominations due January 30!!***
It's time to nominate local businesses* for 2017 Sitka Green Business Awards! Nomination form (.pdf) or Nomination form (MS Word) *Local business includes businesses, agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and schools
Upcoming Activities - EVERYONE is welcome to attend and participate
1) Action Meetings and Discussions:
Bags for Change - Community Action Meeting to reduce plastic bags in Sitka
Mondays, January 30 and February 27, 7 pm, St. Peter's See House (behind St. Peter's church on Lincoln St.)
1) teach people about the problems
and dangers associated with plastic bags,
2) provide reusable bags to those
needing them, and
3) increase the use of reusable
bags and decrease the use of disposable bags in Sitka (by implementing a
bag fee with funds paying for schools and to stabilize electric rates).
At this meeting we'll work in 3 committees (education, sponsorships/partnerships/fundraising, and political action) on projects like the "Bag Roundup!" and our "remember your reusable bag" art contest. Meeting attendees will discuss and select methods and actions to reach our goals and work on selected actions. Help us make a difference in Sitka! 747-2708 for more information.
Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) - Sitka Chapter "Big Dividend Tour" Presentation
Saturday, February 25, 7:30—9:00 pm, Harrigan Centennial Hall
Concerned about climate change and ocean acidification? How can we ever take national action to respond to these global threats? George Donart, our Alaska-based State Coordinator and Anchorage Group Leader, will be traveling through Alaska to talk about a potential solution and host the “Big Dividend Tour”. Come and learn about CCL's work or check out http://citizensclimatelobby.org/alaska-big-dividend-tour/
CCL Workshop to start a Sitka CCL chapter
Sunday, February 26, 1:30—4:00 pm
SGWG is starting a committee/Sitka chapter of the Citizens' Climate Lobby. Learn how to effectively lobby your representatives. Meet others interested in responding to climate change . Join us for a training session!
Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization
focused on national policies to address climate change. They are a
well-organized national group that advocates for a carbon fee and
dividend (not unlike our proposed bag fee!)...it includes 3 main actions:
1. Place a steadily rising fee on fossil fuels; 2. Give 100% of the fees minus
administrative costs back to households each month; and 3. Use a border
adjustment to stop business relocation (https://citizensclimatelobby.org/)
Sitka Electric Vehicle Group Meeting
Meets regularly at the Sitka Public Library
A panel of EV owners will talk about their experiences, including buying their first EV
Join the Electric Car Group and Sitka Global Warming Group for discussions about electric cars. Learn about today's electric cars from local electric car owners. Give input into future meeting topics. And participate in actions to bring more electric cars to Sitka to use Sitka's green energy.
2) Community Action
Help SGWG "Recruit" a green business to use Sitka's green energy!
Imagine a green business in Sitka that provides good jobs and stabilizes our cost of electricity just by using our excess green power...YOU can make this happen by spreading the word and helping us build a network that shares this opportunity. Want more information or information to share? Contact Michelle at 907-747-2708.
Participate in the Sitka Reusable Bag "Library"
In collaboration with SeaMart and AC Lakeside grocery stores, SGWG reusable bag library makes reusable bags easier to use, easier to remember, and more available to shoppers. Similar to the library where you borrow books, bags are available at the grocery stores to borrow from the bag exchange and return to the bag exchange during the next visit.
BAGS are NEEDED at SeaMart!
How do you use the reusable bag exchange?
Forgot your reusable bag? Borrow one from the Bag Exchange at SeaMart or AC Lakeside. Then return it, cleaned, to the Bag Exchange at either store on your next visit.
Have extra reusable bags? Wash and dry them well. Drop them off at the Bag Exchange at either store and borrow one when needed.
Future Climate Actions
Make a difference by participating in the activities above or other www.350.org ongoing climate actions - join friends and neighbors in taking action on climate change!
Contact email@example.com to volunteer
Ideas for how you or your community can become more sustainable and resilient?
Check out our News, Past Events, and Photos for ideas. If you'd like to organize or participate in an activity or event, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
Important Local News:
Sitka Power Supply Status is Green - Please use Electricity wisely
The work on Blue Lake Dam is done! And with all the rain, the water filled behind the dam. With that there is a low risk that we'll need to use diesel generators to create electricity.
THANK YOU for reducing your electric consumption during yellow and red lights!!!
To stay up-to-date, be on the lookout for the signs or check out the status on www.cityofsitka.com.
"Compost" float - 4th of July 2012
Climate Change Information You Can Use:
What can I do in Sitka to reduce my carbon footprint?
What can I do about climate change?
Here are resources to save money and reduce carbon dioxide emissions:
1) To participate in the Home Energy Rebate Program:
a home energy rating. Sign-up at www.akrebate.com
or contact the
2) Sitka Energy Saving Tips: http://www.cityofsitka.com/government/departments/electric/EnergySavingTips.html
2) Information about being IDLE-FREE: http://www.idlefreevt.org/
4) Information about growing your own food in Sitka: http://sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.org/
5) Take some of the actions on this inspiring page and check out the full website: http://www.dancingrabbit.org/contribute/what-can-i-do/
Sitka Global Warming Group participates in 350.org candlelight vigil for climate agreement in Copenhagen, Denmark - December 2009
Sitka Conservation Society
(SCS) has been working to protect the temperate rainforest of southeast
Sitka provides great information on what and how to recycle in
www.sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.org can help you learn about growing your own food in Sitka.
Click on Other Links to see additional resources on climate change
Click on Other Links to see additional resources on climate change