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Yep, my home town has been one of the casualties of the California fires, specifically the Sonoma County fires. As far as I have heard, everyone I know is safe and well.

We don't know yet if our house survived. It's way up a hill where they're not going to get video from emergency responders driving by, and the mandatory evacuation is still in effect, so the tenants can't go back to see. All in all, as the photos start to come in, the damage is not as bad as it was in my head. The plants are going to come back fast, which is a comfort.
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Over here in Oregon, we are bathed in ash and setting temperature records as fires rage in the Columbia Gorge, and I have soothed my sense of frustration a little by purchasing 150 tons in carbon offsets from Climate Neutral Now.

It is true offsets are not the best answer. Like geoengineering, they can make us feel like we're doing something when what we really need to do is reign in our own carbon emissions. But they do do something: these UN-vetted projects are not only reducing carbon emissions but helping create jobs, education, and healthier local environments in the developing world.

As opposed to REDD+, which has been widely accused of exploiting indigenous populations in the name of industry offsets, Climate Neutral Now favors local projects that return benefits to the local ecology/economy. I encourage folks to check it out.
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Crappy day. In addition to the Trump Administration's daily attempts to end the world as human civilization has known it, my best friend's brother-in-law unexpectedly died. I'm going to respond to all this by taking a leaf out of [personal profile] umadoshi's book and doing an inspiring linkspam (though short by her standards).

How to search for a socially responsible credit card. (Word to the wise: It ain't Credo/Working Assets. They sold out to Bank of America a long time ago.)

CarbonNeutralNow.org: the United Nations' program allowing individuals and businesses to purchase carbon offsets, supporting green projects in the developing world. Bloody awesome!

Carbon Offset Program in the Philippines. I attended a meeting featuring a speaker who had been on-site observing this reforestation program. It seems legit.

Green-e Energy: helping individuals and businesses buy into green energy. I never knew this existed till today and haven't fully vetted it, but I see no immediate complaints through the BBB or just posted online. My first impression is it's legit.

Top 25 Retail Electricity Providers in the US: not solely geared toward green energy, but this list does include the company's green energy options as well as regions served and other info.

Donate directly to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: now more than ever, they need it.

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