First Learning Session of WA Climate Assembly

Presenters and Assembly Members of the WA Climate Assembly On January 16th the WA Climate Assembly held its first of seven Learning Sessions. For three hours, the 80 Assembly Members and anyone who turned into the live stream on YouTube watched dynamic, brilliant presenters speak on a variety of climate change issues as they responded …

NOAA Webinars Upcoming

Tuesday, January 26 -- 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT https://olyclimate.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/funding-and-financing-coastal-resilience-101-virtual_flyer.pdf Funding and Financing Coastal Resilience 101 Virtual_FlyerDownload Also On February 4, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:15 pm PT

Hot Off the Wire — 1/15/2021

COVID Resources 5 strategies for cultivating hope this year "I am deeply aware that if ever there were a time for a conversation about hope, it is now." Jacqueline S. MattisDean of Faculty, Rutgers U.-- The ConversationClick to enlarge -- Back to Return Solutions Today’s wind turbine blades could become tomorrow’s bridges As wind turbines reach …

Inaugural Meeting of WA Climate Assembly

The first WA Climate Assembly held its Inaugural Meeting on January 12th, 2021. The Zoom meeting facilitated by Gretchen Muller, project manager, started with sharing one-word comments from the Assembly members about how they were feeling about tonight's meeting which included, "excited, stoked, nervous, and curious" A Land Acknowledgement was read that the people of …

Hot Off the Wire — 1/8/2020

Inaugural WA Climate Assembly Meeting We are calling communities throughout Washington State to tune into the conversation of climate pollution at Washington State’s inaugural Climate Assembly. Join us LIVE to listen to the beginning stages of the Assembly process, which aims to find potential solutions for climate mitigation that will be recommended to the State …

2021 WA Legislative Campaign Launch

The 350 WA Civic Action Team We know that legislators don’t hear enough from their constituents about the climate crisis - together, we are changing that. The 350 Washington Network’s shared legislative campaign, the 350 WA Civic Action Team, is about to kick off! Now is the time for all of us volunteers to help …

Participants Chosen for the WA Climate Assembly

On December 17th, 2020 eighty participants plus ten alternates were picked for the WA Climate Assembly. Using a complicated lottery system involving four 10-sided dice that was not quite like Dungeons and Dragons, but still an ingenious way to pick a group of people who will reflect the broad diversity found in Washington state.

Hot Off the Wire — 1/1/2021

What a Startling Year We've Seen with Racial Justice By Dan Ryan Watch the entire DemocracyNow! New Years Eve Special “The Truth in Black and White”: The Kansas City Star Apologizes for 140 Year History of Racist Coverage “Say Her Name: Dr. Susan Moore.” Black Female Doctors Condemn Racial Disparities in Healthcare “This Is How …

Governor Jay Inslee 2021 Climate Legislation Plan

Below is a letter that arrived at our house from Governor Jay Inslee today. With the Washington Climate Assembly, the Governor and many groups lobbying our legislature this year, we may get them to take some meaningful action. -- Michael Clemens Darlene, Bold climate action can't wait. I wanted to share with you our plan …

Addressing the climate crisis is a top, cross-cutting priority for President-elect Joe Biden

League of Conservation Voters The saying goes, "Personnel is policy." As President-elect Joe Biden continues to announce his choices for key leaders in the next administration, one point is clear: Addressing the climate crisis is a top, cross-cutting priority.On the campaign trail, Biden called for a whole-of-government approach to four interconnected issues: The economy, public …

Hot Off the Wire — Christmas Update 2020

COVID Resources PBS News Hour How to help kids build resilience amid COVID-19 chaos Photo by Justin Paget/Getty Images Childhood trauma impacts millions of Americans, and it’s having devastating consequences How to find help with healing from childhood trauma Your questions on childhood trauma during the pandemic, answered Dr. Jack Shonkoff, who founded Harvard’s Center …

Hot Off the Wire — 12/18/2020

Heritage Forests of the Toandos Peninsula Save the Heritage Forests of the Toandos Peninsula These forests are in Jefferson County, WA. Some trees in this old growth forest are over 400 years old Get further information COVID Resources How to create meaningful connections while apart Author Priya Parker shares tools for creating meaningful connections with …

Wildfires destroyed ‘irreplaceable’ trees

John Branch, right, interviewed Nate Stephenson, a research ecologist at the United States Geological Survey, in the Kings Canyon National Park in October. Max Whittaker for The New York Times They are the only plant species in California honored and protected by national parks that bear their names. They attract crowds from around the world. By …

Commerce awards $9.8 million for electric vehicle charging

Commerce awards $9.8 million for electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the state Projects prioritize communities underserved by EV infrastructure and those disproportionately impacted by climate change and pollution from transportation systems OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $9.8 million in Electrification of Transportation Systems (ETS) grants for 14 projects in …

Monitoring Team of the WA Climate Assembly Meets in December

Monitoring Team to Gather Before the WA Climate Assembly begins meeting on January 12, 2021, there will be two Monitoring Team meetings in December. As part of the oversight and accountability structure, the Monitoring Team will ensure the Assembly is transparent, non-partisan, and follows the rules. While participant selection for the Climate Assembly is now …

Clallam County Commissioners to Work with the City of Port Angeles on Climate Plan

Clallam County Commissioner Work Session On November 23rd, the Monday Work Session for the Board of Clallam County Commissioners began their Discussion on Climate Change. Rich Meier stated "The logical first step is to conduct a greenhouse gas inventory to measure a baseline for decision making, and a yardstick of where we’re going for future …

Port Angeles City Council Awards Contract to Begin Climate Action Plan Update

Port Angeles City Councilmembers Port Angeles City Council members at meeting on Zoom.Top row left: Mayor Kate Dexter | Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin | Deputy Mayor Navarra CarrBottom row left: Mike French | LaTrisha Suggs | Charlie McCaughan | Brendan Meyer-picture not available November 17, 2020, | Port Angeles Virtual City Council Meeting Full Recording of City …

23 Amazing Comparison Maps

Click to enlarge -- Back to Return Size Comparison Between Australia And The United States Click to enlarge -- Back to Return Tracking Of An Eagle Over A 20 Year Period Click to enlarge -- Back to Return Blue States Have A Smaller Population Than Los Angeles County Click to enlarge -- Back to Return …

An update talk by local climate activist and scientist Bob Larsen

Climate Warming: Impact of COVID-19 and Latest DevelopmentsNovember 12, 2020 You can listen to the audio recording here What are the latest developments in our understanding of climate science and the development of policies and technologies to lessen the effects of Climate Warming? As a follow-up to my series of in-depth presentations last Autumn, I …

Hot Off the Wire — 12/11/2020

The OCA Report This episode of the OCA Report introduces a segment I'm calling "The Readers' Corner" This episode presents a reading by Jodi Riverstone of her meditational piece, "Transmutation of Mind and Heart: The meanderings from a beach walk". I hope this reading will inspire other OCA'ers to share their own thoughts, feelings in …

The Washington Climate Assembly is Coming Soon!

Several months ago, OCA endorsed this effort to organize the first Climate Assembly in the United States, which will kick off here in Washington on January 12 and run coincident with the State Legislature. Eighty Washingtonians will be randomly chosen in a way reflecting the population of this state, then come together online to learn, …

An Open Letter about Soil and Carbon

An open letter from former Clallam County resident Don Wilkin, now living in the Midwest Dear Colleagues, The urgency that moved me to start the EAT FOR GOOD food and farming network a few years back is coming to a head. The perfect storm of global climate change, soil deterioration, fossil fuel depletion, deforestation, and …

Hot Off the Wire — 12/4/2020

COVID Resources 5 Big Picture Trends Being Accelerated by the Pandemic --Visual Capitalist Little Free Pantry locations growing on North Peninsula by Matthew NashNovember 25, 2020-- Sequim Gazette Port Angeles Farmer's Market The Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83394161642 If you want to talk farms, local food, and ways to plan meals, please join us Solutions Geologic Carbon …

Post-Election Virtual Recap

Thank you for joining our Washington Environmental Council + Washington Conservation Voters Post-Election virtual gathering last week! We really enjoyed celebrating everyone’s accomplishments from this election cycle together, as well as learning about the political lay of the land and environmental priorities for 2021. If you weren’t able to make this event, we’re sorry we …

The Challenge of Drought on a Changing Planet

The Sierra Club’s Climate Adaptation and Restoration GrassRoots Network Team invites you to join in our ongoing webinar series. Communities throughout the United States are facing great challenges with a changing climate. One of the most crucial challenges is that of drought -- whether it’s periodic drought, deep water stress, or fundamental climate zone shifts.  For this series of …

350 WA Legislative Priorities for 2021

Hello 350 WA Network local group leaders! Greetings from the whole crew at the 350 WA Civic Action Team. We have been working very hard behind the scenes to grow our Network’s shared legislative campaign, and we wanted to let you all know where we are and what’s ahead. First, we’ve grown our volunteer crew of …

WA Citizen Climate Assembly Moves Forward

In January 2021, Washington state will form its first Citizen Climate Assembly and be the first in the nation to do so. The process to select the members for the Assembly gathered steam with a workshop last week to identify important criteria for the Assembly members. The Initiating Team for the Washington Climate Assembly is …

Hot Off the Wire — Thanksgiving 2020

COVID Resources PBS NewsHour -- Science On Thanksgiving gatherings, public health officials say ‘don’t do it’ There is currently no risk-free way to spend time indoors with the loved ones who live outside your home. Click to enlarge -- Back to Return Planning to get together for Thanksgiving? Consider having a "COVID conversation" ahead of …

Hot Off the Wire — 11/13/2020

https://vimeo.com/208145716 COVID Resources We’re Never Going Back to Normal The question is how we’ll remake the world. Gregg Gonsalves | The Nation livia Grant hugs her grandmother Mary Grace Sileo. It is the first time they’d had contact of any kind since coronavirus pandemic lockdown began in February 2020. (Al Bello / Getty Images) Visualizing …

Fridays for Future

Fridays for Future in Port Angeles will be suspended during the holiday season. We will resume after the new year. We'll let you know when in Hot Off the Wire. When we begin again, you can join us every Friday 12 to 1 on the old Courthouse stairs, on Lincoln near 4th in Port Angeles. …

How can we make our economy work for everyone?

What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? Like a doughnut says Oxford economist Kate Raworth https://www.ted.com/talks/kate_raworth_a_healthy_economy_should_be_designed_to_thrive_not_grow?language=en This talk was presented at an official TED conference,and was featured by our editors on the home page. In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of the hole -- where people …

Election Special — Hot Off the Wire

Get Ready for the Day After Indivisible Sequim prepares for any election fallout We all want to pop the champagne the night of Nov 3, but unfortunately there's no more 'Election Night' and it's dangerous to act like there is. Unless Biden/Harris win in overwhelming numbers, we won’t find out the true winner of the presidential …

Climate Change, COVID-19 and Bat Week

Are Bats our friends or are they a menace? While visiting family in Monroe, WA, we discovered a small bat had blundered into the house. I believe I saw a representative range of reactions, from extreme fear and hat-wearing through calm attempts to help the bat escape. Bat Week -- October 24-31 Bats eat insects, …

Hot Off the Wire — 10/30/2020

COVID Resources Port Angeles School District debuts COVID-19 tracker Parents will be notified when a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in the schools.-- Peninsula Daily News Will COVID-19 give Santa Ana officials an excuse to ignore the city’s lead crisis? The California attorney general says the city needs to collaborate with overburdened communities to address its …

Port Angeles School District debuts COVID-19 tracker

Debut of the Daily COVID-19 Cases Dashboard for mobile Up-to-date information on school reopening status. Peninsula Daily News story in full > by Michael CarmanTuesday, October 27, 2020 1:30am PORT ANGELES — Parents will be notified when a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in the schools, Port Angeles School District Superintendent Marty Brewer said as …

DEADLY BACTERIA LURK IN SE US COASTAL WATERS. CLIMATE CHANGE INCREASES THE RISKS.

Scientists call Vibrio a bellwether for climate change because it flourishes in warm water. As the overheating planet alters the oceans — swelling sea levels and fueling harsher storms — the bacteria are multiplying in places where they already thrived and creeping into places where they never did. That’s sickening more Americans who swim, fish and work …

Candidate Biden said he would phase out the U.S. oil industry

57% of Americans voters, including 41% of Republicans, support transitioning off oil! By Lisa Martine Jenkins | October 23, 2020 at 7:30 pm ETMorning Consult Click to Enlarge -- Back to Return After former Vice President Joe Biden said he would phase out the U.S. oil industry over time in order to make space for …

Should I get a Flu Vaccination this year?

PBS News Hour weighs-in on the subject of Flu Vaccination

FridaysforFuture Returns

FridaysforFuture Returns to Port Angeles Come masked and strike with us for the climate. Fridays from Noon - 1:00 At the Clallam County Courthouse steps223 E 4th St, Port Angeles, WA 98362 Join those across the globe who are continuing to strike weekly because this needs to be at the forefront of our consciousness. Bring …

Hot Off the Wire — 10/23-2020

COVID Resources For some near the Cross Bronx Expressway, COVID-19 is an environmental justice issue, tooalsoTackling climate change seemed expensive. Then COVID happened Self-administered COVID Test https://videopress.com/v/rzkdhd3C?preloadContent=metadata Delightful Solutions Ikea Will Buy Back Some Used Furniture The program, part of the company’s larger efforts to combat climate change, will be available in 27 countries, but …

Third Annual Future of Carbon Policy Forum

Low CarbonProsperity Institute Back by popular demand, join us for the Future of Carbon Policy Forum. This year's event, the Third Annual, will be all virtual and will feature Helen Clarkson (CEO, The Climate Group) and Rajinder Sahota (Climate and Energy Programs Division Chief, CARB) alongside a lineup of other expert speakers and a political …

Wet’suwet’en matriarchs share words of truth and wisdom

Powerful words of truth and wisdom were shared by Wet’suwet’en matriarchs yesterday. Hearing Wii Esdes Sandra Harris speak the names of more than 30 missing and murdered Indigenous women (and men) was a soul-shaking moment I will personally never forget.  https://vimeo.com/470685651 Misiyh - gratitude - goes to Charlotte Euverman, Lisa deWit, Wii Esdes Sandra Harris, …

Usual and Accustomed Places Screening

Greetings Friends of ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ House of Learning, Longhouse, This Friday starts a unique opportunity and collaboration between Magic of Cinema, Studium Generale, and ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ House of Learning, PC Longhouse,  as we bring Usual and Accustomed Places to the campus and our community. Audience members will also have an opportunity to meet virtually with the film's director, Sandra …

An update talk by local climate activist and scientist Bob Larsen

Climate Warming: Impact of COVID-19 and Latest DevelopmentsNovember 12, 2020 You can listen to the audio recording here What are the latest developments in our understanding of climate science and the development of policies and technologies to lessen the effects of Climate Warming? As a follow-up to my series of in-depth presentations last Autumn, I …

Allan Brothers Workers Strike to Unionize

The Climate Alliance recognizes that the simultaneous crises we face today are deeply intertwined: a public health emergency, an economic catastrophe, and a climate crisis. And, that these crises have day lighted the inequities in our society, underscored our nation’s dependence on essential, frontline workers, and highlighted the importance of unions in the fight for …

Website Rebuilding in Progress

Hello to all our social media users.This is an informative message from your webmaster, Michael Clemens. Olympic Climate Action Website OCA has a new look for our website. If you want to take a look you can do that here.In this rebuilding process, I have made some unavoidable posts that also appear in your social …

Ancestral Waters (2019) a Water Protector Documentary

Ancestral Waters is a Documentary of the Puyallup Tribes fight for their treaty, their water and their way of life. For 164 years, since the signing of the Medicine Creek Treaty, they have had to fight for the guarantees implicit in it. We have stood and continue to stand at the side of tribal members …

Adjusting the width of the content display

The default width of Twenty Seventeen is about half the screen. That was unsatisfactory to the editors who installed the Theme. WordPress Happiness Engineers provided two snippets of CSS code which allow us to change the width of the content area. In the event this code is changed or lost, this is what we started …

Changing the Pages Displayed on the Front Page

The Twenty Seventeen Theme includes a Front Page Template that can display up to four Pages as part of the scrolling Front Page. These designated Pages can be easily changed in the Customizer. In My Site, select Design -- Customize -- Theme OptionsNote: Wait for all the features to load. Theme Options will eventually appear …

Page Anchor, Page Jump, HTML Anchor

Page Anchor, Page Jump and HTML Anchor are different names for hyperlink targets.These targets can be set in Heading Blocks in your documents using visual tools. After setting targets, they can be used with hyperlinks in the same document or from other documents inside and outside our domain.Page Jumps in WordPress SupportNote: Page Jumps will …

Ping-Backs — What to do.

Ping-Backs are a way to tell if some other site is using a link to our Posts.Notifications will be delivered to the OCA Inbox in Google Mail. Self Ping-Backs happen when you reference one of our Posts, in another of our Posts incorrectly.You might do this when making a link to another OCA Post from …

Categorizing Posts

What Are Categories? Categories provide a helpful way to group related Posts together.Tools on the page can display Categories of Posts in a list by their subject. From a reader's perspective, it's important to assign each Post to one or two Categories.On the other hand, adding a Post to many Categories degrades the user experience; …

About Categories

Inside WordPress, blog Posts reside in one big list.That list can be accessed via My Site -- Posts. It can be sorted and searched in various ways. By default, it shows the Posts that YOU have made in chronological order. In the Post composition window, the properties of the Document are in the column on …

How to use the More tag

<!--more--> The More Tag will shorten a Post to the place the tag is inserted when the post is displayed in a Category Page. We use this feature for long Posts to facilitate browsing the many Posts on a page.Note: The More Tag only splits posts on your Home Page, Category Page, or Archives. You …

Displaying a Post using Shortcode

There is a technique for displaying, and quickly changing, individual Posts using Shortcode. Shortcode in WordPress Help Insert a Shortcode Block and Paste or type the above code.Replace the highlighted Post number with the number of the Post you want to see.Replace again to change the Post displayed. This is an Image. You will have …

Following-up on E-mail Returns

After you have sent your e-mails, you need to wait a little while to check for returns because of errors. There are a couple of causes for returns: Delivery Status Notification (Failure) When an address is invalid it fails to deliver the e-mail.Look up the address in the Contacts List to see if there is …

Checking and Sending the Invitation E-mail

This is your last chance to ensure your e-mail invitations look the way you intend.Starting from the top of the composition dialog: Bcc - Is the message addressed using the Bcc line?Subject - Check the SubjectMessage - Is the message the same in each dialog?Sign Your Name - Is you name on the message? If …

Duplicating the Invitation E-mail

Overview When your message is exactly the way you want it, you will need to duplicate it for the rest of the contacts in OCA GROUP2. This is easier than it sounds. Procedures Select Compose to open another e-mail composition dialog.Select Bcc as before, then select OCA GROUP2 this time. Highlight and Copy the Subject …

Composing the Invitation E-mail

Overview Sometimes I only include a link to "Hot Off the Wire . . ."Other times I provide a couple of important links from the Digest as teasers, which will display independently without Hot Off the Wire.Graphics will not display on the user's computer if they do not reside in Google Mail's Media Page, which …

Addressing the Invitation E-mail

Overview At the time of this writing, OCA has about 800 contacts who asked to be on our mailing list. Being on this list is the only requirement to be a member of OCA. Because of the large number, member contacts are split into two groups, OCA Group1 and OCA Group2. This means you will …

Inviting OCA Members to Read

After composing Hot Off the Wire, it makes sense to invite OCA Members to visit the website and investigate the current stories. This follows the tradition of sending e-mails to the membership with the links right in the message itself. If you like, you can put a couple of the important links in the e-mail …

Tags — Add Tags to your new Posts

Tags should be added to the properties of a Post to aid in Searching and display. Tags are like keywords. They are listed under: My Site--Manage--Settings--Writing--Tags, and all the Posts with that Tag are listed separately. Tags can be used to create Topics.OCA uses 500 Tags. As a new Tag is typed, a drop-down list …

Document (Post) Featured Image

The Featured Image Property of a Post defines what graphic will appear above the Title of the Post. ALWAYS save Posts with a Title, even if the Featured Image includes the Title you want to use, like an Event poster. The Title is part of the name of the Post and it aids in Searching. …

How to Make Internal Links

What is an Internal Link? -- Ping-Backs Internal Links require one additional step.After making a link in the usual way, edit the link in the link dialog; removing all the text except for the URL Slug. You can also select just the part of the web address that you want to use when copying the …

What is Carbon Offsetting?

Visual Capitalist examines the carbon offsetting principle.

“Carbon offsetting programs such as the one implemented by California have the potential to generate revenues and encourage innovation. Critics, however, have suggested it has a number of design issues.”

Sequim Beacon Adds Resources

The Sequim Beacon has added a multimedia Resources section to their website with recommendations for books to read in the Left-leaning category. There's also a link to a timely talk by Noam Chomsky and a PowerPoint presentation on The Two Moralities. "This presentation is an introduction to the concept of 2 moralities: the "Strict Father" …

Yarns From the Farm — A Climate Basics Series

Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientistwho has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands, Tasmania since 2000 This is a series on climate change that I’ve written for our local monthly newsletter, the Southern Midlands Regional News. I wanted to go back to the basics of the science behind climate change.Cheers, Nan A Climate Basics …

Hot Off the Wire — 10/15/2020

See All the Hot Off the Wire blogs Our President has scheduled a town hall on NBC at the same time as Vice-President Biden's instead of debating him as planned.If this is a ratings showdown for voters, YOU can make your choiceat 5:00 PT tonight on ABC TV | NBC TV. https://youtu.be/5dVcn8NjbwY More than 50 …

350.org Webinars on the Election

Donald Trump has repeatedly indicated that he may not respect the results of the upcoming election. It's important to understand that such threats are generally made from a position of weakness, not strength — by those who understand they're likely to lose. Nevertheless, we believe these threats should be taken seriously. Across the country, coalitions …

To Sequester or Not to Sequester, That Is the Question!

Petitioners tell DNR:Words are good, but a real climate policy would be better! On Oct 7th, the Washington Environmental Council, Washington Conservation Voters and Washington Forest Law Center sent this further request to the July 7, 2020 response from the WA State Department of Natural Resources. The original twenty-six page petition sent a year ago, …

Hot Off the Wire — 10/9/2020

COVID Resources Can the EPA reopen its offices safely? Its employees don’t think soMore than 90 percent of EPA union employees indicated that they did not trust the agency to keep them safe. Measuring the Emotional Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Population -- Visual Capitalist Opinion What The Stockdale Paradox Tells Us About Crisis …

The Teaching of the Dams

It took nearly a century for people in Clallam County to decide that damming the Elwha River was a mistake, although the tribal people had opposed the notion all along. But finally the day arrived for the big ceremony to begin the process of the largest damn removal project in the history of our country. …

Hot Off the Wire — 10/1/2020

COVID Resources Smoke and COVID-19 drove us inside — but the air in there wants to kill youThe perils of breathing in 2020. -- Grist Opinion America’s Plastic Hour Is Upon Us -- The AtlanticThe country is at a low point. But we may be on the cusp of an era of radical reform that …

Hot Off the Wire — 9/23/2020

COVID Resources Mapped: Basic Income Experiments Around the WorldAmid the pandemic, the idea of Universal Basic Income has been gaining steam with policymakers. -- Visual Capitalist Opinion Noam Chomsky’s Green New Deal A chat about his new book with co-author Robert Pollin -- Vox Solutions REI's Opt to Act Weekly Calendar / Checklist Week 41: …

Hot Off the Wire — 9/18/2020

COVID Resources Trump vs. Masks: Attacks on CDC, Doctors & Scientists Undermine a “Pillar of Pandemic Control” -- DemocracyNow!"They are incredibly important,” says Dr. Gandhi, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Opinion When Good …

Transmutation of Mind and Heart

Meanderings from a Beach Walk By Jodi Riverstone | September 2020 There’s something about spending time present near the ocean that slows the body down to be closer in rhythm with the tide.  A welcome and overdue respite from what has been a trying season.  I relished long walks on the beach the two days …

A picture worth a million votes?

Like our lives depend on it A color-coded map shows the biggest wildfires raging up and down the West Coast -- Insider.com Fires on Monday 14 September The map below shows some of the biggest blazes in the three states, color coded by acreage. The resultant smoke from the fires AirNow Interactive Map of Air …

Hot Off the Wire — 9/11/2020

COVID Resources How California can recover from wildfires without leaving its most vulnerable behind Opinion The link between climate change, health and povertyFor the poor and vulnerable, the health impacts of climate change are already here, says physician Cheryl Holder. Unseasonably hot temperatures, disease-carrying mosquitoes and climate gentrification threaten those with existing health conditions, while …

25 Washington Newspaper Editors Contact List

Places to submit Letters to the Editor Follow the links for further instructions Clallam County: Peninsula Daily News: 250 words or less Clark County: The Columbian (Vancouver, WA): 200 words or less King County: Crosscut: No word limit specifiedBellevue Reporter: 300 words or lessKent Reporter: 250 words or lessRedmond Reporter: 300 words or lessRenton Reporter: 250 …

LSRD Methane Paper update – 30 July 2020

https://olyclimate.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/methane-paper-update-30-july-20201.pdf The original report from 2016: https://olyclimate.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/snake-river-greenhouse-gases.docx-.pdf

En-ROADS — Climate Change Solutions Simulator

En-ROADS is a transparent, freely-available policy simulation model that provides policymakers, educators, businesses, the media, and the public with the ability to explore, for themselves, the likely consequences of energy, economic growth, land use, and other policies and uncertainties, with the goal of improving their understanding. https://vimeo.com/359091159

Breanna Draxler interviews author Eric Holtaus

Breanna Draxler is the climate editor at YES! How do we get where we need to go, from where we are today? Excerpts from the interview: “The old world has fallen away, and there’s not yet a clear vision of what the new world is going to be,” “There needs to be a picture of …

Hot Off the Wire — 9/4/2020

SCIA volunteer Johanna says letter writing is a great parent-kid activity: “Recruit them for attention grabbing and ‘awwww’ inducing envelope decorating!"-- Sierra Club Can you write some letters to targeted voters in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, or Pennsylvania?Learn More . . . Get Out the Vote with 350.orgJoin 350.org volunteers from across the country to call …

Seattle Cruise Control Update

Greetings, Seattle Cruise Control Supporters! The COVID-19 pandemic has had at least two positive consequences: The entire 2020 Seattle-to-Alaska cruise season — all 233 ships — has been cancelled.Work has stopped on the new cruise terminal at T46! However, a pause is not the same as a cancellation: the Port of Seattle Director has stated that "when it's safe to …

How do you become an Intersectionalist?

It starts within each of our guts, hearts, minds and souls.  It is the "White Supremacy, Colonialist, Industrialist, Militaristic, Mysoginistic, Zenophobic, Capitalist, Consumerist, Patriarchal, Power-Over"  STORY.  Each of us has to take an unsparing look into our own "frameworks" of basic beliefs and HOW THESE FEED INTO SUPPORTING the systems we have all come to …

Hot Off the Wire — 8/28/2020

Flu Virus Resources Smoke, heat, and COVID-19: Californians are caught between public health crises LA’s homeless communities are avoiding cooling centers, and it’s not just because of COVID-19 Opinion The Climate Window "Nothing feels possible and Everything feels possible."-Dr. Katharine Wilkinson More about the complex history of our past economic recoveries from depression and recession We …

More about the complex history of our past economic recoveries

Although COVID-19 emerged as a new challenge, the disproportionate impacts of crises such as COVID-19 on black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are not new. Rather, disproportionate health and economic impacts on BIPOC communities directly correlate to a history of structural and institutional racism. From housing segregation to community disinvestment to the criminalization of …

OCA Signs letter to DNC for a ban on fossil fuel executives, lobbyists in campaign and administration

You can Tell Joe Biden: Keep Fossil Fuel Influence Out Dear Vice President Biden, Congratulations on your nomination as the presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. As you have said, this is a historic time for our nation. Over 175,000 Americans have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to ravage the nation. …

Hot Off the Wire — 8/21/2020

https://www.youtube.com/embed/hZL7TqSeDus And you think we have a heavy lift. We can do it. A neighbor of an Amish family had a large metal pole shed that they no longer wanted. The Amish Family said they wanted it. How will you move it they were asked???  They replied that some of their friends would help them …

OCA Signs Letter to Gov. Inslee for Whales

41 Organizations Ask Governor Inslee to Oppose Roberts Bank Terminal 2 near Vancouver, BC Read the letter to Governor Inslee | August 20, 2020 RBT2_41_orgs_ask_Gov_Inslee_to_oppose_8-20-2020Download E-MAIL language and links to include in your own letter rbt2-action-email-language-8-20-1Download Ask Governor Inslee to say YES to Southern Resident orcas & NO to a new terminal less than a …

Forest Carbon Management Report

Forest Carbon and Climate ChangeProposed SolutionsCitations Lawetal2020Download https://olyclimate.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/lawetal2020.pdf

Climate Girl knows too much!

Comix by OCA member Cathy Lear, recent Climate Reality training grad: Stranded in Paradise: http://Pixton.com/ic:jlwcpvfm Pesky visitors: http://Pixton.com/ic:1f0dz96k

Hot Off the Wire — 7/31/2020

Position Announcement: Washington State Climate Assembly Program Assistant The Climate Assembly Washington Initiating Team is looking for excellent candidates to serve as Program Assistant for the first-ever “Citizens’ Climate Assembly” in the United States! Flu Virus Resources Understanding the Disconnect Between Consumers and the Stock Market -- Visual Capitalist Trump’s October Surprise: A Vaccine for …

Climate Emergency Movement

The global tally for Climate Emergency declarations is up to 1,755, within 30 countries. In California, the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD) Board of Directors adopted a Climate Emergency resolution and committed to achieving net zero emissions electricity by 2030, becoming the first utility company to commit to a timeline that is in line with …

The DNC platform is being improved!

Thanks to you, the DNC platform is being improved! At the end of a long day of amendments, hearings, and markups, we’re pleased to report that most of the amendments supported by Climate Hawks Vote folk like you have been approved! Here’s a sampling of the amendments where your public support made a difference: -- …

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Timothy Snyder | March 2017 An idiot’s guide to tyranny: Some thoughts about Timothy’s Snyder’s ‘On Tyranny’ — The Berkshire Edge “Americans today are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism in the twentieth century. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is …

Hot Off the Wire — 7/24/2020

Position Announcement: Washington State Climate Assembly Program Assistant The Climate Assembly Washington Initiating Team is looking for excellent candidates to serve as Program Assistant for the first-ever “Citizens’ Climate Assembly” in the United States! Flu Virus Resources A Walk to RememberThis is UsThe Princess Bride’s “inconceivable” remake -- A Grist Series Baseball’s Stadium Workers Are …

Accurate Weather and Climate Reporting on KNKX Jazz Blues & NPR News

Thanks for signing our petition, "Accurate Weather and Climate Reporting on KNKX Jazz Blues & NPR News". We were successful in modestly moving KNKX with respect to Cliff Mass's minimization of the climate crisis. Station managers arranged for a scientific review (conducted pro bono by Dr. Tad Anderson, a former colleague of Mass and a …

The Washington State Climate Assembly needs your help!

Position announcement: 17 July 2020 Washington State Climate Assembly Program Assistant The Climate Assembly Washington Initiating Team is looking for excellent candidates to serve as Program Assistant for the first-ever “Citizens’ Climate Assembly” in the United States!   So-called “Citizens’ Assemblies” are a form of deliberative democracy that has been used with promising results around the …