IN VENTURA COUNTY
Here is more about the organizations that gave workshops after the march in September.
350 refers to the maximum parts per million of CO2 in our atmosphere that is considered safe. We organize because the CO2 is up to 400 ppm and rising. We invite all who want to initiate, help organize, or join in climate activism in Ventura County. We are part of the 350.org international network and locally a project of the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Ventura. We have hosted screenings of “Do the Math” and “Disruption”, education about divestment, outreach at July 4th Street Festivals, and sponsored or supported street demonstrations in Ventura and Santa Barbara including the Ventura Peoples Climate March. We are convening a Ventura County People’s Climate Hub with a focus on fracking. Join at the local tab of 350.org and contact Jan Dietrick at 805-643-3640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be on the email list and to join email@example.com. We post at Ventura350 FB and tweet @Ventura350. If you would like to donate to help cover the expenses for our events on September 21 and October 17, you can mail a check to UUCV with the memo Ventura350 and mail to UUCV, 5654 Ralston St, Ventura, CA 93003.
Citizens Climate Lobby
Our mission is to build political will for a stable climate. Our non-partisan lobbying has included meetings with our Member of Congress (MOC) or staff, opinion editorials, letters to editors, public speeches, outreach actions and letters to our MOC. We meet monthly and have other informal get-togethers, outreach events and skills training. We advocate the next best step to reduce CO2 emissions—a federal carbon fee with 100% dividend to households. A carbon fee and dividend scheme that is revenue-neutral creates jobs and helps the economy and business, as well as the environment. We post/tweet at Ventura Citizens Climate Lobby FB and @VenturaCCL.
VCCool is a Non-profit Climate Change Action group since 2006. Our mission is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ventura County, while improving the quality of life. VCCool is dedicated to climate protection through grass-roots community building, education, political action, and social impact. Projects include The Ventura Bike Union, Physically Protected Bike Lanes, Complete Street Commissions, county-wide education about new 3-feet-for-safety law, and the HUB Community Bike Shop. VCCool partnered with the city of Ventura on a $44 million dollar Master Bikeway Plan. Helped over 500 people repair their own bicycle. Our on-line petition and video moved $700 million dollars into Southern California’s Active Transportation Budget. Volunteer Opportunities: web assistance, carpentry work, food research, office administration, communications, fund-development, and volunteer leadership. Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org 1150 N. Ventura Ave., Suite 101, Ventura 93001. www.vccool.org
CFROG (Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas) CFROG is a group of local residents working with elected officials, informed citizens and industry leaders to ensure effective oversight of oil and gas operations in Ventura County. We demand a full environmental review for new and reworked wells and well stimulation regulations that protect our air, water and neighborhoods from industrial blight. Ventura County is woefully unprepared to manage a proliferation of fracking and other enhanced recovery techniques anticipated to tap into the Monterey/Santos Shale Deposit. Can they get that oil responsibly without causing great environmental damage? It’s time to act. Support CFROG to ensure Ventura County’s water and air are protected. CFROG is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Mail donations to P.O. Box 114, Ojai CA 93024. Inquire at email@example.com or call 805-556-4001.
Yes on Measure P in Santa Barbara We are walking neighborhoods and phoning Santa Barbara Co voters to explain the truth about Measure P to ban extreme oil extraction methods in Santa Barbara County. Millions of oil industry donations are being spent to oppose Measure P with lies saying that it will shut down any existing oil wells or jobs. The ordinance will only refuse permits for thousands of new wells using fracking, steam injection and acidizidation that put our water, air, health and climate at risk. Sign up to volunteer through http://www.sbcountywaterguardians.org/ or come to phone bank parties every Tuesday 5-8 pm at 108 Orchard Dr, Ventura, 93001.
Arts For Earth Foundation Welcome to artists, musicians, writers, scientists and environmental organizers who want to unite to turn their passion into compassion for people, plants, animals and the earth. Arts speak from the soul, creating the desire in hearts to engage in sustainable lifestyles. Through art, people can envision complex solutions. We network at our meetings and we collaborate or provide services in various ways to the meetings of green non-profits bringing exhibits and performances to support educational or fundraising goals. Like our Facebook page Arts for Earth. If you are an artist wanting to be involved in efforts to care for earth or someone who wants to incorporate the arts into your efforts to care for the earth, contact Michelle Nosco at ArtsForEarth@gmail.com.
Surfrider Foundation, Ventura County Chapter Surfrider’s mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network. The local chapter was established in 1992 and works on a range of projects including Rise Above Plastics, Ocean Friendly Gardens, Surfers Point Managed Retreat, Matilija Dam Removal, among others. For a complete list of projects and their descriptions and to sign up for newsletter updates, please visit www.ventura.surfrider.org. With questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ventura Food Cooperative We are in the beginning stages of bringing a community-owned grocery store to Ventura! The mission of the Ventura Food Cooperative is to provide fairly priced groceries, while following cooperative principles. The Co-op’s focus is to source small-scale, local, organic goods with the intention of keeping ourselves, our community, and our environment healthy and happy. In addition, it will provide a space for the Ventura community to gather, organize, learn, and share. To read more about VFC, to sign up for the newsletter, and to get involved, please visit www.venturafoodcoop.com. To contact us, email email@example.com.
Ventura Growing Circles Growing circles are organic networks of neighbors, health advocates, social and environmental organizations, and just folks creating local food self reliance. We are seeking places to install food gardens at organizations, businesses, and residences — including multifamily. Completed sites include Westpark Community Center, Green Art People, Bell Arts Factory, and homes in the Westside Community Council neighborhoods. To be part of building a community that shares abundance through food gardening, contact Ron Whitehurst, 805-746-5368, firstname.lastname@example.org. Like us at Ventura Growing Circles Facebook.
PEOPLE’S CLIMATE TRAIN