SF Monthly Actions toward transition

Forward on Climate - Rally

posted Feb 6, 2013, 9:44 PM by Ania Moniuszko

February 17, 2013 at 1pm - 3pm

One Market Plaza
1 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105

Join us in San Francisco to rally and march in solidarity with the huge Forward on Climate demonstration in Washington DC. 

The way forward on climate is clear: President Obama must start cutting carbon from today’s biggest polluters—power plants—and stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to avoid adding more carbon pollution tomorrow.

Join over 50 organizations and thousands of citizens to encircle the State Department Office at One Market Plaza - Demand that the Department reject Keystone XL permit.

Let’s march together and give the President the support he needs to move Forward on Climate!

Rally to Stop GMO Salmon - San Francisco

posted Feb 6, 2013, 9:41 PM by Ania Moniuszko

  • Saturday 2/9 at 11 am -- Embarcadero and Market St.
  • Join us for our rally in San Francisco at Embarcadero and Market at 11am. We will hold an awareness rally here following with a march and street talking/ flyering. 

    Bring signs, and props 

    Closest BART is Embarcadero Station.

January 2013 Action - United voice against Fracking

posted Jan 24, 2013, 11:53 PM by Ania Moniuszko

Fight Fracking in California
On the evening of MLK day, 35 people gathered for information and discussion on Fracking in California. Transition SF invited four speakers to present information on hydraulic fracturing and how their organizations are opposing it in California. Video and slides from the talk will be posted at transitionsf.org.
Although fracking has been occurring in California for decades, we are now at the beginning of a new wave using aggressive new technologies. Pollution and other impacts are the expected result. Corporate lobbying has the ear of our governments more than concerned citizens are being heard. As the tension mounts here in California around fracking, now is the time for us to act together.
Here are recommendations from the speakers on how we citizens can be heard by our governments and make a real difference.
Rose Braz, Center for Biological Diversity
Event: Now is the time to join the Center for Biological Diversity on Friday, February 1, and tell our federal government to protect -- don’t frack -- our public lands. The Center is organizing a creative protest to tell the federal government: "Don't Frack Our Public Wildlands," and we need your support.  We’ll have hazmat suits with props representing fracking fluids.
  • What: Don't Frack Our Public Wildlands
  • When: Friday, February 1, from 12 noon to 1:30pm
  • Where: Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco CA 94102 (near Civic Center BART) 

Adam Scow, Food and Water Watch
Ban fracking in California
(1) Download the fact sheet; (2) Sign the petition.
Andrew Grinberg, Clean Water Action
Event: Joint hearing Senate Natural Resources and Environmental Quality Committees will be holding a joint hearing investigating fracking in CA, and oversight by DOGGR and other state agencies. Clean Water Action and Environmental Working Group will be presenting alongside state agencies, local governments and state regulators. http://transitionsf.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=31c6fa2f575a4f0e7ab455d22&id=9330117f45&e=eb69a3293a
  • What: Joint Hearing Senate Natural Resources And Water And Environmental Quality
  • When: Tuesday, February 12, from 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • Where: California State Senate, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Shannon Biggs, Global Exchange
Who decides if fracking happens where you live—communities or corporations? Under our current structure of law, communities are not allowed to say "no" to fracking even as our health, safety and welfare is at risk. The Community Rights Program is working with communities throughout California to pass cutting-edge ordinances that BAN fracking at the local level and elevate citizens' rights to decide if they want fracking in their community, not corporations or the state. We are working to write new laws asserting community rights and subordinating drilling companies (and state agencies) to local, democratic rule. The path for these cutting-edge laws was paved by over 150 US communities. Including the city of Pittsburgh, PA and a dozen other towns that banned fracking.
Event: Partnering with fracking allies and communities across California on a two-week statewide speaking tour. Public events, rallies, meetings with community groups ready to ban fracking; Raise awareness of fracking through public education and media attention; Support the statewide anti-fracking coalition.
  • What: California Statewide Frack-down Tour
  • When: April, 2013
  • Where: Interested in holding an event, or hosting in your area to make this a reality? Contact shannon@globalexchange.org

You can help support the fight against fracking
These four organizations are working hard to ban or regulate fracking in California. Those of you who are grateful for the work of these organizations here in California can offer your support.
Ways to Connect with Transition San Franscisco:
~ In Person: Community Meetings, 3rd Monday's at Gazebo Room (7pm) and 1st Tuesdays at Happiness Institute - see calendar for up to date info & addresses: http://www.transitionsf.org/Home/dashboard
~ Web: http://www.transitionsf.org/
~ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Transition-SF/311449443692
~ Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TransitionSF
~ BACE Timebank TSF Group: http://timebank.sfbace.org/groups/42

April Action toward transition - Zero Waste at Home

posted Apr 7, 2011, 10:10 PM by Ania Moniuszko

Don’t Just Recycle – Refuse!


Here are some of our favorite tips come from the fabulous, local blog “The Zero Waste Home” (zerowastehome.blogspot.com) whose motto – “Refuse-Reduce-Reuse … Recycle only as a last resort” -- we enthusiastically endorse.  Blogger Bea Johnson encourages everyone to not only reduce consumption but also to refuse store bags and wrappings and to make lots of your own food and products instead (why not make your own tooth powder?). She even takes glass jars to the market for fish, meat and cheese rather than having them wrapped in paper or bags. The result? “I can’t remember the last time I took out the trash,” Bea says.

If these tips (or others on the blog) inspire new ideas, please share them on the TransitionSF listserv.


These are “givens”:

- Arm yourself with a reusable water bottle, a couple grocery totes, a few cloth bags and reusable jars and bottles. And shop at farmer’s markets.


And now, Bea Johnson’s even more creative ideas:


- Welcome alternatives to disposables (paper towels, garbage liners, wax paper, aluminum sheets, disposable plates, cups, etc....): swap paper towels for reusable rags, swap sandwich baggies for kitchen towels or stainless containers, drop garbage liners all together (wet waste is mostly compostable anyways).


- Buy in bulk or at the counter and bring reusable bags (dry goods), jars (wet items such as meat, deli, fish, cheese, oil, peanut butter) and bottles (liquids: oil, soy sauce, shampoo, conditioner).


- At default of bulk, find a supplier (bring your jar to the ice cream shop, a pillow case to the bakery for your bread, or your bottles to the winery/brewery) ... or make it (mustard, salad dressing, hot sauce, jams, OJ, hummus, cookies, canned tomatoes).


- Use bulk castile soap as a dish/hand cleaner, baking soda as a scrubber (in a stainless Parmesan dispenser) with a compostable cleaning brush (a wooden one with natural hair). Choose dishwasher detergent in a cardboard box.


- Use 100% recycled and unbleached toilet paper individually wrapped in paper (if you have solar you could install an electrical washlet to your toilet sit).


- For shaving, (re)use a safety razor and shaving soap (usually wrapped in paper) or Alep soap (found in middle-eastern stores).


- Switch from toothpaste to homemade tooth powder, in a glass parmesan dispenser, and use compostable toothbrushes (Preserve brand).


- Reduce your cosmetics and consider homemade substitutes such as cocoa powder as bronzer and homemade balm that works on eyes, lips, hair and nails, and in lieu of disposable feminine products, invest in menstrual cup and reusable liners.


- Use zero waste cleaning: microfiber cloths for mirrors, hydrogen peroxide for mold, baking soda as scrub, a mix of baking soda and vinegar as drain cleaner.


- Laundry washing once a week saves time and dryer energy costs, use eco-friendly detergent, full loads, and cold water cycles as much as possible. Savon de Marseille, dishwasher detergent, lemon or hydrogen peroxide work great on stains.


- Dry on a line when possible.


- Make finger foods for larger parties and consider serving tap water with lemon slices instead of fizzy water.


- Transfer your music onto your iPod: Donate your CD player and CD’s for others to enjoy.


- Use refillable stainless pen/pencils, white board markers and highlighters and donate extra office material (paper, pencils) to your public school's art program.


- Start your personal junk mail war, cancel your phone directories, and sign up for electronic bills and statements.


- Ditch the trash can, strive to use your compost and recycling bins exclusively.


- Use your library to read business magazines and books, sell your books or donate them to your library for other people to enjoy.


- Use memory sticks and external drives instead of CD’s.


- Only shop a couple times a year to avoid compulsive buys.


- Buy mostly secondhand.


- Make room for compost, pee in your citrus and compost. Consider a worm compost for liquid fertilize.


- Return plastic containers to the nursery.


- Find bulk seeds.


- Find a bulk garden center, and get your dirt, rocks, compost, etc., in reusable sand bags.


- Install rainwater and gray water catchments (check your city ordinances for the latter).

Plant a Tree - SF February Action towards Transition

posted Feb 1, 2011, 6:44 PM by Ania Moniuszko   [ updated Feb 1, 2011, 8:49 PM ]

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To help San Francisco transition to a cleaner future, we're asking SF residents to get involved in planting trees in the month of February. Trees provide life-giving oxygen to our planet and remove pollution from the air. In its lifetime, one tree can process up to a ton of carbon (the equivalent of the CO2 emissions from 102 gallons of gasoline), sequestering the carbon from the air and replenishing the soil. Tree roots hold soil in place and reduce erosion. Now is a great time to participate in the many programs around the city to grow trees in our streets, public spaces, and yards.
Here are some options we have for February. Sign up and join us in transition action towards sustainability!
- Participate in the greening of our public spaces through the Street Parks program: http://www.sfpt.org/OurPrograms/CommunityGreening/tabid/86/Default.aspx
- Collaborate with your neighbors and FUF, Friends of the Urban Forest, to plant trees in your neighborhood: http://www.fuf.net/treePlanting/index.html
- Plant a tree (or two or three or...) in your own back yard: http://www.kitchengardensf.org/about
- Volunteer at a local urban farm and learn more about trees in the process: San Francisco Farms
- Join in one of the many Tree Planting events happening around the city this month: http://www.fuf.net/about/calendar.html 
If you decide to join us, register and we'll keep you informed on the collective progress:  

Plant a Tree - February Action

Eat Local - SF January Action towards transition

posted Jan 12, 2011, 7:29 PM by Ania Moniuszko   [ updated Jan 17, 2011, 8:57 PM ]

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To help SF transiton to a cleaner future, we're asking SF residents to commit to one month of eating local (January 17 - February 17).  This month is harder than the summer months, because local produce is not as abundant.  However, we're hoping to make more of an impact. 
Here are some options we have for January/February, hoping you sign up and join us in our very first San Francisco transition action towards sustainability.
- Grow veggies in your own back yard: http://www.kitchengardensf.org/about
- Grow veggies with your community: Growing Food in the City OR on an Urban Farm: San Francisco Farms
Eat at a restaurant that sources local food: Restaurants
If you decide to join us, register and we'll keep you informed on the collective progress.

Eat Local Action - January 2011

Actions towards transition

posted Jan 12, 2011, 7:25 PM by Ania Moniuszko

This January 2011, we are launching monthly actions, which will move SF toward transitioning into a resilient community.  We're hoping that many people in SF will participate.  We'll capture metrics to show how powerful collaborative action can be.

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