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September 21, 2022
11:30 AM PST
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Join panelists, Drs. Bev Law, Chad Hanson, and Monica Bond for presentations on carbon capture and storage, the role of forests, and the real steps needed to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030; the importance of wildfire and how best to protect communities; and an overview of post-fire habitat and biodiversity. 

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Tell Consumer Goods Forum to Drop Asia Pulp and Paper

Two indigenous figures in a rainforest.

Consumer Goods Forum member Asia Pulp and Paper has used physical violence, intimidation, and food crop destruction to displace several Indigenous and traditional communities like the Sakai People and Lubuk Mandarsah from their land in Indonesia. This company has one of the worst human rights track records.

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Delivering Community Clean Energy – Fall Conference (virtual) 2022

The virtual two-day conference will take place on November 14 and 17 from 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm.
The conference is $40 for members and $50 for non-members for both days and is open to all. Thank you for supporting the Coalition!

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On Friday, October 14th, 2022, Washington Environmental Council (WEC) and Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) will team up to host our biggest event of the year! Please join us for a special evening of community and conversation. This event will be hybrid with options to join us in person or virtually at a watch party.

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Totem Pole event, PT Sept 11 — 11:30 am

Our Lummi friends at the House of Tears Carvers are coming to PT this Sunday!  This totem pole is an honoring pole for beloved Chief Tsilixw (Bill James), hereditary chief of the lhaq’temish (Lummi ) people.  

Who:  Doug James, Siam’elwit James, their children and Sul ka dub (Freddie Lane) 

What:  This month, September 2022, the House of Tears carvers will embark on the next totem pole journey, to the Clean Energy Justice Convergence in Pittsburgh, PA. It is the latest of more than a dozen journeys made by the Lummi Nation over the past 20 years to educate and advocate with the alliance of Earth, Sky and Water protectors. This journey builds upon, strengthens and reaffirms the growing indigenous-led climate justice movements that began with a successful campaign to oppose proposed fossil fuel projects in the Pacific Northwest. (Cherry Point)

The goal is to bring inspiration, media attention, and a call to action during the September 2022 Global Clean Energy Ministerial hosted by the US Department of Energy in Pittsburgh, PA. This journey is dedicated to communities in Appalachia and around the world who are on the front lines of fossil fuel-based energy extraction and environmental devastation, and to the growing movement of Earth, Sky and Water protectors working to advance truly clean energy solutions and hasten a just transition away from fossil fuels and false solutions.  

The Alliance of Earth, Sky & Water protectors include: the House of Tears Carvers of Lummi nation, sulkadub strategies, the Natural History Museum, Sacred Trust, e3c, Arm in Arm, Catskill Mountainkeeper, se’si’le Foundation, Tiny House Warriors, Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment, Earthball of Orcas island and the New Old Time Chautauqua.  More info on the totem pole and journey can be found at their Facebook page, (5) Our Shared Responsibility: A Totem Pole Journey | Facebook.

Where:  North parking lot of Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the corner of 24th Street and San Juan Avenue, 2333 San Juan Ave, Port Townsend, WA 98368. 

No orca suits are requested at the event, just come as your human alter ego.  Responsible renewable energy development is one of the crucial issues facing humanity and the planet, so I hope you can make it!

Understanding The Science, Ep. 4: Adapting to Wildfires: Planning for Inevitable Risks

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 Join us for a panel discussion on the climate impacts of industrial logging activities and what decision makers at the federal, state, and local level can do to scale up climate-smart alternatives that represent a win-win-win for climate, communities, and workers.

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Local/Regional News

Thurston County commissioners join hundreds outside DNR in rally to save WA ‘legacy forests’

Thurston County Commissioners Tye Menser and Carolina Mejia address a rally of over 100 people in front of the entrance to the Dept. of Natural Resources headquarters in Olympia, Wa. on Sept. 6, 2022 to protest the agency’s timber sales practices.
Photo — Steve Bloom

People from around Western Washington gathered with the Summit Lake Alliance to protest the DNR’s management of state lands and continued clear-cutting of trees they think should be conserved.
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by Ty Vinson

Despite Biden’s promises, logging poses major threat to PNW forests

A Cascadia Wildlands volunteer stands in a Western red cedar grove within the Flat Country project area. (Andrew Kumler, Cascadia Wildlands Volunteer)
Photo — Andrew Kumler

The president celebrated Earth Day in Seattle’s Seward Park by pledging to protect old growth trees. But his measures aren’t enough. Read more

by Rochelle Gluzman — InvestigateWest

The century of climate migration: why we need to plan for the great upheaval

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National Actions

Stop Manchin’s dirty deal

The one-page summary of the Manchin- Schumer side deal guts bedrock environmental protections that further disempower one of the few ways in which communities can fight back, endangers public health, fast-tracks fossil fuels, and pushes approval for Manchin’s pet project, the Mountain Valley Pipeline.


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Climate change has made extreme weather increasingly normal.

Flooding in northwestern Pakistan. Photo — Bilawal Arbab

Heat waves in the U.S., wildfires in Europe, floods in Asia: This summer has shown how the climate crisis had made extreme weather a part of everyday life. Read more

by German Lopez — The Morning

The tough job of building institutions

Chileans voted to reject a new constitution. Photo — Rodrigo Sura

For the past year, Chile was closely watched as an assembly of elected officials wrote what was shaping up to be the world’s first constitution to confront the climate crisis. But change is hard. The proposal was firmly rejected by 62 percent of Chilean voters. Read more

What Peltola’s win can teach Alaska (and America)

Profile photos of (left to right) Sarah Palin, Mary Peltola, and Nick Begich
Sarah Palin, Mary Peltola and Nick Begich

Mary Peltola is going to the US House. The former state House member will become the first Alaska Native to serve in Congress after winning the state’s first ranked choice election on Wednesday. Peltola will serve out the remainder of the term of former Representative Don Young, who passed away in March.  Read more

by Jeannette Lee — Sightline

The electric vehicle boom could bring lithium mines back to North Carolina

Collage: an electric car hooked up to a charging station, mountains, a silhouette of North Carolina, a chunk of lithium ore, and a sign with the words

In the Piedmont region of North Carolina, about 50 miles east of the Blue Ridge mountains, a thin, 25 mile-long belt of ore stretches north from the southern state line. The strip, called the Carolina Tin-Spodumene Belt, contains the country’s largest hard rock deposit of lithium.  Read More

Wildfire smoke is choking Indigenous communities

Collage: Indigenous woman with a lake and trees behind her; a cloud of smoke and a pink sun hover over her head; a sign for Mille Lacs Reservation in the foreground

A Columbia University study published in March found that air pollution in Native American communities is worse than in non-Native areas, despite nationwide improvements in air quality over the last 20 years. Read more

by Diana Kruzman — Grist


How Bad Is It?

And what does that question even mean?

Farmers carrying feed for their animals, yesterday in Balochistan province Pakistan

Bill McKibben shares his thoughts on where we are heading with all the major disasters and challenges with our global climate. Read the full article.

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