Tuesdays for Trash, plus the EPA wants to limit coal/gas power plant CO2 emissions, and The Climate Daily’s crowdfunding reforestation campaign!
Tuesdays for Trash, EPA Wants to Limit Coal/Gas Power Plant CO2 Emissions, The Climate Daily Crowdfunding Reforestation Campaign!
TUESDAYS FOR TRASH
You’ve heard of Fridays for the Future, right? Well how about Tuesdays for Trash? TFT is a grassroots environmental movement founded on May 5 2020 by two friends and youth activists at Portland State University in Oregon, during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was co-founded by Wanda McNealy and Sharona Shnayder. Wanda McNealy is a climate and BLM activist in Portland, OR with a BS in Communications. Sharona Shnayder is a 22-year-old Nigerian-Israeli Environmental Activist, Data Analyst, Chairwoman of OSPDX, and Marketing Manager at Albo Climate with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Portland STate U.
During the height of pandemic lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, the two took the opportunity to turn quarantine into an environmental movement. They turned their daily walks across campus into trash-collecting exercises. They spread the word among friends. What was initially a two-person activity on campus quickly spread among Shnayder and her friend’s international friend group as they began to document and expand their trash collection walks.
And Tuesdays for Trash has expanded its reach. Now there are 11 chapters worldwide, with participants taking part in 35 countries. Together, they have picked up over 30,000 pounds of trash. And that’s why Tuesdays for Trash matters to us. The vision for Tuesdays for Trash is to mobilize communities around the world to make intersectional behavioral changes and fight for the creation of a healthier home for everyone on this planet–beginning at the local level. The resolution of the climate emergency stems from individual action that enables local heroes to lead collective change on a political and societal level.
NEW EPA PROPOSAL LIMITS COAL, GAS POWER PLANT CARBON DIOXIDE OUTPUT
According to the Associated Press, the Biden administration proposed new limits Thursday on greenhouse gas emissions from coal- and gas-fired power plants, its most ambitious effort yet to roll back planet-warming pollution from the nation’s second-largest contributor to climate change. A rule announced by the Environmental Protection Agency could force power plants to capture smokestack emissions using a technology that has long been promised but is not used widely in the United States.
If finalized, the proposed regulation would mark the first time the federal government has restricted carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, which generate about 25% of U.S. greenhouse gas pollution, second only to the transportation sector. The rule also would apply to future electric plants and would avoid up to 617 million metric tons of carbon dioxide through 2042, equivalent to annual emissions of 137 million passenger vehicles, the EPA said.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan, said, “This administration is committed to meeting the urgency of the climate crisis and taking the necessary actions required.” Regan went on to say that the proposal relies on proven, readily available technologies to limit carbon pollution and builds on industry practices already underway to move toward clean energy.
Why does this proposed rule matter to us? Because despite what its opponents say, the EPA rule would not mandate use of equipment to capture and store carbon emissions — a technology that is expensive and still being developed. Instead, the agency would set caps on carbon dioxide pollution that plant operators would have to meet. Some natural gas plants could start blending gas with another fuel source such as hydrogen, which does not emit carbon, although specific actions would be left to the industry.
THE CLIMATE DAILY 50/100 REFORESTATION CAMPAIGN CONTINUES!
We’re making progress with our Climate Champions 50/100 reforestation campaign, so we’re keeping it going!
Thank you to the listeners of The Climate Daily who donated to The Climate Champions 50/100 campaign! There’s still work to do to get us to 10,000 trees. That’s why we’re extending the campaign through May to give more of you the chance to become climate champions. What’s a climate champion, you ask? A climate champion proves that a small group of people can make a massive impact on the planet in a short amount of time.
How? Our company, The Climate, is partnering with over 30 international tree-planting organizations–ALONG WITH our climate champions– to re-plant, and regrow forests all over the world, by planting ten thousand trees at a time. Why? Because science says the best way to combat climate change is to restore nature. And the fastest way to restore nature is to plant and grow a trillion trees by 2030, and the fastest way to do that is to plant ten thousand trees at a time. So, we’re looking for folks to donate $50 or $100 one time, to help us plant 10,000 trees at a time, in one of seven regions around the planet.
(Which our tree planting partners will do. They’re the tree-planting professionals.)
Please visit www.TheClimate.org, and at the top of the page, click on the words, “Climate Champions.” Then click on the donate button and join our team of climate champions today. Again, visit TheClimate.org, and at the top of the page, click on the words, “Climate Champions.” Click on the donate button and join our team of climate champions today. And if you want to start your own team of climate champions, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll help you put together your own small group of climate champions to make a massive impact on the planet in a short amount of time.
(Planting 10 thousand trees–a 20-acre forest!)
Wouldn’t it be great to be the change you want to see in the world? Become part of something special. Become a climate champion. Thank you!!