Plugging In (11/25/2016)

Here are three ways to plug into the local climate movement.

1. Arctic Clothes Donation

Two men from the Bitterroot Valley, Jim Stubblefield and Bill LaCroix, are headed to Standing Rock this Sunday, November 27, and they’re hoping to fill their pickup with insulated coveralls and other arctic gear. Several very generous souls have already donated. You can drop your donations at Wilderness Watch’s office, 208 East Main, on the third floor of the Union Hall. You to into the bar and through the door to the right, then up the stairs to the third floor.  If the door’s locked, you can donate at the bar. Call 880-8320 if you have questions.

2. Screening of Josh Fox’s “How to Let Go of the World”

Josh Fox is the Oscar-nominated director of “Gasland” and is one of the best doc-film-makers working today. His latest premiered at Sundance this year and it’s tragic, funny, inspiring, and energizing. The full title is “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.” The showing s at 5 p.m.Wednesday, November 30, at the Imagine Nation Brewery, 1151 West Broadway. The screening is being organized by Kate Keller’s (Enviro Studies?) grad students. They’ve invited folks from 350 Missoula, ReInvest Montana, Climate Smart, Jeannette Rankin Peace Resource Center, Intergenerational Change, and Indian Peoples Action to lead the discussion after the film. If you’re curious about the strength, diversity, and direction of local climate activists, this is a good place to start. Donations will go to the Sacred Stone legal fund, which defends the water protectors arrested at the Standing Rock.

3. ReInvest Montana Auction

ReInvest is a student group that is powerfully challenging the University of Montana Foundation to stop investing in fossil fuels. A large group occupied the Foundation’s offices last spring and were charged with tresspassing. The auction is raising money to pay their lawyers for their long hours of work defending the students.The auction gets underway on Saturday, December 3, 5 to 8 p.m., at the Imagine Nation Brewing, 1151 West Broadway. Auction items gathered so far include local art and ceramics, a foot massage, a bike, a month of hot house yoga, and gift certificates to local businesses.

I hope to see you at these gatherings.

Jeff Smith, Chair, 350 Missoula