Climate Education & Action Committee (CEAC)

Save the Date: February 28, 2023 – Monthly Program

Our monthly AAUW program at the Morgan Hill Library will have as a special guest presenter Kari Hall, NBC Bay Area Meteorologist! Save the date and we will let you know here when the program is finalized.

‘‘CODE RED” That’s the warning coming from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Unless there are “immediate, rapid, and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions” we will not be able to keep climate warming to 1.5 degrees centigrade or less.

That means more melting ice, higher sea levels, more heatwaves and other extreme weather. What follows are greater impacts on food security, health, the environment, and sustainable development. Women and girls will see the greatest impact as they populate the areas that are most vulnerable.

While some may feel powerless with this ominous scene of the future, Morgan Hill AAUW members, having activism in their blood, feel empowered to take it on. From women’s suffrage, civil rights, pay equity and more, we don’t back away from a challenge.

Climate is a major component of AAUW Morgan Hill's Public Policy agenda, focusing on:

  • Climate Education

    • get educated on carbon and how it affects our climate
    • learn about economics, innovations, renewable energy and more
    • discover how women and girls are disproportionately affected
    • find other organizations with similar goals and what they do
  • Climate Action

    • search out other organizations with similar goals and learn from what they do
    • learn the most effective ways to get involved
    • push for legislation focused on the climate crisis

Climate News & Ideas

Home and Building Electrification

Our group has met recently with Debbie Mytels from FossilFreeBuildings.org. We also discussed with Tanya Carothers, head of environmental services in Morgan Hill, how our committee can get involved in moving Morgan Hill closer to decarbonizing existing homes and buildings. While all new buildings are now required to be fully electric, older homes and building are not. It is these structures that continue to be the source of methane (natural gas) causing our planet to continue to warm.  The city is open to our getting involved and, thanks to Debbie Mytels from Fossil Free Buildings, we will have experienced volunteers to work with.  See Morgan Hill’s Climate Plans.

California Policy Updates

  • California has committed to selling only electric vehicles by 2035.

Plant a New Tree Every 11 Days

Imagine using your internet searches to help capture carbon. You can take action today and switch your default search engine to Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees. For every 45 searches you make, Ecosia’s team plants a tree where it’s both needed and will thrive. Your search result quality won’t change at all, but your impact will. The average person makes four searches each day. At that rate, you could be responsible for a tree being planted every 11 days.Imagine the difference that could make. Now, multiply it by the 100 people you can influence online–spread the word. Make your internet searching carbon negative by clicking here.

CLIMATE ACTION & EDUCATION RESOUCES
We are collecting and adding to a list of resources for you. These include both information on what you as an individual can do and ways you can engage with your elected officials to effect change.
CLIMATE ACTION & EDUCATION RESOUCES

The more we learn, the more we realize that there are things that can be done and how we are able to contribute. Our reality goes from ignoring the problem because it is so daunting, to one of expanding our knowledge and sharing it with others. Get involved, expand your mind, make new friends, and be part of the solution!

This is an active committee, meeting monthly (1st Tuesday evening) at a member’s home. To get involved or provide resources to this AAUW Morgan Hill public policy initiative, please contact Margaret at climate@aauwmh.org.

AAUW Climate & Education Committee Annual Earth Day Festival

Our 1st AAUW Earth Day Celebration on April 24,22 was a fantastic success. We are so grateful to all of our members who worked so diligently on the creation, promotion and production of this community event.

The variety of businesses and non-profits who participated in Earth Day 2022 made this day a fun way for all ages to learn more about caring for our endangered environment. From the beekeepers display to the electric cars and the lively activities for children, there was something to engage all attendees.

We enjoyed live song and dance by teens from our local theater group, had loads of fun giving away colorful spring flowers and other prizes, and we valued all that we learned about caring for Mother Earth from a variety of dedicated experts on the topic.

This event was a success because of the fantastic vendors, the City of Morgan Hill’s CCC staff and all the volunteers involved. Great job everyone!

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 22, 2023 for another amazing Earth Day festival.

Above photos by Elizabeth Mandel