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.
* * *Congratulations to 2017 Sitka Green Business* Award winners!! * * *
And there's still time to nominate local businesses* for a 2017 Sitka Green Business Award! 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
Art Contest - Design a sign to remind people to bring reusable bags
Entries must be received on or before May 1, 2017 at Old Harbor Books or the Sitka Public Library, or through all Middle School through High School Art Teachers
The CHALLENGE:People often forget their reusable bags at home or in their car. We challenge you to design a sign that can be used in store windows or made into larger signs in parking lots to remind people to bring their reusable bags and use them every time they shop!
Please print and follow these OFFICIAL RULES AND GUIDELINES and print and submit each entry with an official ENTRY FORM.
Bags for Change - Community Action Meeting to reduce plastic bags in Sitka
Wednesday, March 22, 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 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/International Meeting
Saturday, April 8, 8:30—11:00 am, Sitka Conservation Society Office
Concerned about climate change and ocean acidification? How can we ever take national action to respond to these global threats?
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 as we start to take action!
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.
Gather your unused reusable bags - We're haveing a Reusable Bag Round-up!
Bags for Change wants your clean, servicable, reusable bags (fabric, mesh, canvas, heavy-duty plastic) to donate to others in Sitka that need them. Please drop off your extra reusable bags in the containers at the Library, City Hall, UAS, Sitka Community Hospital, and some churches around Sitka. Look for the "Reusable Bag Round-up signs" and the white boxes through St. Patrick's Day. Thanks!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
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Click on Other Links to see additional resources on climate change