What: 50 Sunrise activists arrive Marin Civic Center after 250-mile trek
When: Sunday, June 13, 12pm
Where: Marin Civic Center (park corner Armory & Civic Center Drive)
In the shadow of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, the Sunrise team will eat a vegan lunch from Ultimate Souvlaki, answer questions from press, and meet local environmental leaders like Fairfax Town Council Member Chance Cutrano and Marin County Supervisor Judy Arnold. Chance is a board member at Sierra Club Marin and Director of Programs at Resource Renewal Institute — all at 27. According to him, “The next generation of environmental leaders understand what is at stake for our planet and our communities if we don’t ramp up investments in climate solutions and the workforce necessary to implement them. I’m honored to welcome these leaders to Marin and to join their call for a new Civilian Climate Corps.” Judy has been a Marin County Supervisor since 2007. “I may be older than the average Sunrise member,” said Judy, “but I was the first supervisor to drive an electric car, and I believe in the idea of a Civilian Climate Corps.” Judy is 80.
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No New Gas Novato vs City of Novato
As the Marin Independent Journal reported on May 7 online and May 8 in print, "Novato residents have filed a lawsuit challenging the city’s approval of a 14-pump gas station at Costco, a citizens’ group announced Friday. The litigation, filed in Marin Superior Court by the group “No New Gas Novato,” alleges the city did not adequately study the environmental impacts that could be caused by the gas station, including greenhouse gas emissions, water contamination and others. The group is seeking an order to dismiss the city’s findings that the project would have no significant impacts on the environment and to force the city to conduct a full environmental review."
While I cannot discuss the specifics of the lawsuit, I can present the overall picture of this issue.
First, it is a shame that four Novato Council members voted in favor of building the largest fueling facility in Marin County. That is what the lawsuit is all about.
If built, it would become the largest emitter of harmful airborne chemicals in the County.
If built, it would place 120,000 gallons of gasoline some 50 yards from vital wetlands, with no guarantee against catastrophic spillage.
If built, there would be no guarantee of additional tax revenue for the City of Novato.
In order to entice Costco to build the station, the City agreed to spend $500,000 improving parking on Rowland Boulevard. That investment would come at a time when the City is struggling to pay its employees and provide basic services to its residents.
How can four Novato City Council members vote in favor of building such a harmful boondoggle? Just two months after declaring a climate emergency? It reminds me of what Greta Thunberg said about politicians who talk about fighting for the environment but then do the exact opposite: “It really shows the hypocrisy.”
Dear Fossil Four:
Do you favor clean air, good health, and a green economy? Your recent vote says "No."
Instead of letting Costco dictate your agenda, please listen to the voices of youth. Start investing in the future.
Green Novato (and many others)
"Start investing in our future"
Youth Activists Speak
Watch the one-minute video to hear from youth organizers.
Supervisor Arnold Speaks Out.
Judy Arnold is Marin County Supervisor for District 5 (Novato).
"This is critical habitat."
Chance Cutrano is Director of Programs for the Research Renewal Institute.
"Are you kidding me?"
Carleen Cullen is Co-Founder of Cool the Earth.
"I can't think of a worse idea."
Cecilia Osborn is a sophomore at Marin School of Environmental Leadership.
"Students fear for their future."
Sue Saunders is a teacher and also a member of Indivisible Ross Valley.
"City Hall, you work for us."
"We all have to change our ways."
Silke Valentine is a member of 350 Marin and Sierra Club Marin.
"The right side of history."
Lily Cohen is an organizer with 350 Bay Area's Mobilization Team.
Taking it to Costco
Nik leads rallygoers to Costco.
Novato City Council Votes 4-1 for Costco Gas.
Write to The Fossil Four.