References for Biodiversity and Climate Change
Advocacy Training (class descriptions below)
Session Two (10/20): Persuasive Strategies. Presentation Slides.
Possible Advocacy Project: Emissions from small engines in California: Fact Sheet
What is Currently Happening: San Anselmo passed an ordinance that motorized leaf blowers can only be used from 1p-4p on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays for a period not to exceed 30 minutes per property. Similarly, Novato, Larkspur and San Rafael are considering ordinances that would limit gas powered leaf blowers, though these have not gone into effect yet.
AB 1346 a bill co-authored by CA Assembly members Marc Berman and Lorena Gonzalez was approved by governor Newsom on October 9th, 2021! AB 1346 directs the CA Air Resources Board (CARB) to adopt regulations by July 2022 phasing out the sale of gas-powered lawn equipment in California by 2024. You can find the record of the Senate and Assembly votes here.
Another bill, SB 170, was signed into law and includes Section 87: "$30,000,000 shall be available to the State Air Resources Board to create a program, or utilize an existing program, to provide incentives for professional landscaping services in California operated by small businesses or sole proprietors to purchase zero-emission small off-road equipment, including, but not limited to, leaf blowers and lawn mowers, as defined by the state board, for use in their professional landscaping services."
AB 1346 also directs CARB to make available funding for commercial rebates or similar incentive funding as part of existing programs, such as the Carl Moyer program, for air districts to implement to support transition to zero-emission lawn care equipment. This language, if enacted, will allow air districts like the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District to utilize existing funding for buybacks for, in addition to mowers, other zero-emission lawn care tools like blowers and trimmers.
October 13, 2021 — Critical Thinking
Trevor Stevenson - Executive Coach for Social Change Leaders
October 20, 2021 — Persuasive Strategies
Next we’ll take the information that we’ve gathered and create a message about the issue that will persuade listeners to take the action you’re recommending. We will talk about effective narrative structure and how values and emotion can affect your argument.
October 27, 2021 — Advocacy Tactics
Once we’ve created the message, we’ll learn how to use coalition building and power mapping. The first helps us to identify potential teammates while the second helps identify target people to receive the message and take action. We will discuss how best to share your message, what tactics are effective, and how to listen while you advocate.
November 3, 2021 — Persuasive Video
Leah Faw, Doctoral Candidate, Education Policy, University of California at Berkeley
Video is today’s most persuasive medium and can take your carefully crafted message far and wide. Define who you are trying to reach and then learn how to select the appropriate social medium to match your strategic requirements. Please note that this is a content discussion, not video-making boot camp.
References for Biodiversity and Climate Change
9/29 event: Biodiversity on Land, at Sea, on Tam - for a copy of the recording contact Kim@marinefm.org
Reference for the 9/22 field trip to Muir Woods with Mia Monroe
Please read the EFM Notebook's installments on the Western Monarch (images linked below):
Reference for the 9/15 field trip to Bothin Marsh with Veronica Pearson and Rob LaPorte
Bothin Marsh in Richardson Bay is an accessible window to an important, diverse and sensitive habitat. Take a walk with Rob LaPorte along the Mill Valley/Sausalito Multiuse Pathway, and you’ll see the marsh with fresh perspective, learning why it is important, how sea level rise threatens the marsh, issues taken up by the community, and ideas for maintenance and preservation efforts.
References for the 9/9 program: Biodiversity: The Essential Survival Strategy For the Climate Crisis
References suggested by David Ackerly:
Loss of Biodiversity — Insect Apocalypse, What's the Buzz on Bees, The Plight of the Pond Turtle and Successful Efforts to Reintroduce Them in the West, Citizen Scientists: Addressing Environmental Problems with Data and Advocacy
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Conserving Lands in Marin by Nona Dennis (one of EFM's Founding teachers)
Want to know more about Climate Change? Climate Change - Ellie Cohen presented Sept. 2020
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