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Celebrate Sci/Tech Saturday!

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Celebration of Science & Technology (a.k.a. GeekOut!)

Saturday, May 11, 2019

On May 11, 2019, the Port Angeles City Pier will again host the free, community-oriented celebration of science from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. People of all ages and interests are invited to engage with scientists at booths and presentations, and examine infographic posters that provide examples of how science works locally to contribute to our communities and our quality of life. To put a face on science in the community, Science on Display provides profiles of local active and retired scientists and science educators.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Port Angeles City Pier stage with a welcome and opening remarks. Dr. Nick Bond will speak about “Hatching a Plan to Save a Northwest Icon,” taking a deeper look at the past, present, and future of salmon in Washington State. Then learn from Erin Gless of Island Adventures Whale Watching the exciting story of humpback whales retuning to the Salish Sea.

At noon, Paul Kolensikoff will enlighten and amaze us again this year with “Einsteins Hair-Raising Story.” Matt Jordon will then take our imaginations to celestial bodies in the night skies and the importance of “Saving the Dark.” Hands-on activity is in store with Brad Griffith as you learn how without power tools or steam wood bending can get the job done.

Also back is Science on Display honoring the broad spectrum of retired and active scientists and science educators living on the Olympic Peninsula. From each profile, learn what inspired him or her to pursue a chosen field. Many residents are not aware of the science education, applied science, and interesting research conducted by their neighbors. Science on Display puts a face from the community on science in the community.

Why celebrate science?

We celebrate science because it helps us understand hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes and how to capture, store, and use power from the sun. Science has shown us that it’s important to wash our hands and to cover our mouths when we sneeze. We use science to heat our homes, grow our food, and predict the weather. Visit with local scientists and scientist practitioners as they show you how they use science in their work and lives. Science is everywhere, everyday.

GeekOut! is a self-sustained community event hosted annually at Port Angeles City Pier by Feiro Marine Life Center. Support for this event is provided from across the north Olympic Peninsula by volunteers who are members of Olympic Climate Action, North Olympic Orca Pod, Sierra Club – North Olympic Group, as well as residents and friends, who annually volunteer in the Corn Booth at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend. These same volunteers fostered this local celebration in 2017 with a shared mission to celebrate the essential role science and technology plays in all our daily lives.

Where: Port Angeles City Pier and Feiro Marine Life Center (315 N. Lincoln St, Port Angeles, WA 98362)

When: 10:00 am (opening speaker) to 4:00pm, May 11, 2019

Cost: Free

For additional information, contact Melissa Williams, melissaw@feiromarinelifecenter.org, (360) 417-6254, or Krestine Reed, NOPVoices@att.net, (360) 397-3420.

Presentations

Hot Off the Wire – 4/27/2019

“Dammed to Extinction”

May 4, Port Townsend, WA

Other Showings

Opinion

How Will Future Generations Remember Our Time?
– Yes! Magazine

A Market-Driven Green New Deal? We’d Be Unstoppable
– The New York Times

Take action

Regional Action

Thank your legislators for their work this session on climate

E-mail your Senator today! – Washington Conservation Voters

E-mail your Senator today! – Washington Conservation Voters

Stand with the Heiltsuk – Raven Trust

Take a moment to say thank you to the senators and representatives that supported our groundbreaking clean energy legislation. – Climate Solutions

National Action

Sign our petition to support a #ClimateDebate
– Youth Climate Strike

Stop Trump from leaving the Paris Climate Agreement!
Sierra Club

Sierra Club Webinar with the magazine Editor
May 2, 2019 11:00 AM in Pacific Time
Sierra Forum: The Green New Deal

Climate News

Local/Regional News

A closer look at Washington’s superb new 100% clean electricity bill – Vox.com

Meaningful Movies PT –
How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.

Bipartisan Engagement Pays Off – Biochar Bill Passes!
Donate to CarbonWA

Do you have questions about 5-G cellular?
The Environmental Health Trust

National/International News

Passion and Perseverance

The Sierra Club has written a letter to the Nobel Committee, supporting the nomination of Swedish high schooler Greta Thunberg to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize

Chicago Goes All-In on
Clean Energy
Sierra Club

On April 10, Chicago became the largest city in the US to commit to 100% clean energy. A resolution passed unanimously by the city council will enable the metropolis of 2.7 million to power all of its buildings with clean, renewable energy by 2035.

Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act:
The Strongest Climate Bill Ever.

Dallas Goldtooth: Hold Banks Accountable for Financing Climate Chaos & Violating Indigenous Rights – DemocracyNow! Video

The world’s happiest people already have a Green New Deal, and they love it – Waging Nonviolence

Green New Deal advocates in the United States should look to the Nordic countries for inspiration on how to overcome the 1 percent and address climate change.

Resources on the Green New Deal – Olympic Climate Action

Inspiration

The Grief and Gratitude Lodge
The Zen Dome on Marrowstone Saturday, May 11th, 2019

“We Can Be Whatever We Have the Courage to See”

Molly Crabapple’s Art Breathes Life Into Green New Deal
– DemocracyNow! Interview

Resources on the Green New Deal

Green New Deal resources from by David Barnhill, a local 350.org leader from Wisconsin:

What’s the Deal with the Green New Deal? – slide presentation 

Facebook page: “Green New Deal in the News,” key daily articles

Annotated list of articles featuring quotes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1665bf5GXeueoj1OovVPiSP6Ty5iJJ47rKiUGHmly90w/edit

The Three Causes of the World’s Four Big Problems

Deep Transformation, or What London’s Climate Change Protests Teach Us About the Future

umair haqueApr 22 – from Medium.com

It was a perfect spring day. I was trying to get home to Camden Lock from Oxford Circus, after meeting a few friends for coffee downtown. A siren’s blare cut through the noisy crowds. Soon enough, police had shut down Regent Street — and massed protesters, cheering, shouting, rebelling, thronged London’s busiest intersection, shutting it down.

I don’t know if you’ve heard elsewhere, but London’s seen protests day after day now — of a new kind. Organized by a group called Extinction Rebellion, the subject of these protests isn’t authoritarianism, fascism, extremism, Wall Street — it’s climate change.

Extinction Rebellion is, by my reckoning, the world’s first significant series of global protests about climate change. The first one to shut down a major city, to galvanize a people, to cut through the noise of capitalist mass media — and do what protests should do: make some noise.

Keep reading!

Special Sneak Preview Showing

“Dammed to Extinction”

Port Townsend — May 4th — 3:45 p.m., doors open 3:30 p.m.

The Wheeler Theater, Fort Worden Conference Center

Four obsolete dams choke off access to thousands of miles of rivers.
Removing these dams will save money, salmon and endangered orcas.
I’d like to watch the movie trailer . . .

$10 general admission, tickets on-line at Brown Paper Tickets

Post-film Discussion

This event features a post-film discussion with Director Michael Peterson, and Cast Members Carrie Chapman Nightwalker Schuster and Jim Waddell.

Michael Peterson, Director – Carrie Schuster, Palouse Elder – Jim Waddell, Ret. US Army Corps of Engineers

Peterson-Hawley Productions 2019. This special preview is part of the Global Earth Repair Conference.

Celebration of Science and Technology

This community event recognizes contributions science and scientists make every day. Activities focus on education and how science informs and is applied by and through technology.


People of all ages and interests are invited to engage with scientists at booths and presentations, and examine infographic posters that provide examples of how science works locally to contribute to our communities and our quality of life. To put a face on science in the community, Science on Display is profiles of local active and retired scientists and science educators.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Port Angeles City Pier stage with a welcome and opening remarks. Dr. Nick Bond will speak about “Hatching a Plan to Save a Northwest Icon,” taking a deeper look at the past, present, and future of salmon in Washington State.

At noon, Paul Kolensikoff will enlighten and amaze us again this year with “Einstein’s Hair-Raising Story,” which has become an annual GeekOut! favorite.

Science on Display is designed to honor the broad spectrum of retired and active scientists and science educators living on the Olympic Peninsula. From each profile, learn what inspired him or her to pursue a chosen field. Many residents are not aware of the science education, applied science, and interesting research conducted by their neighbors. Science on Display puts a face from the community on science in the community.

Why celebrate science? We use science to heat our homes, grow our food, take pictures of Mars, and send people far beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Science helps us understand why we have wind, tides, fish, and plants. Science has shown us that it’s important to wash our hands and to cover our mouths when we sneeze. Come learn about birds, bugs, tea, trees, water, and how to capture power from the sun. Visit with some of our favorite local scientists as they show you how they use science in their work and lives.

Glaciers and Arctic ice are vanishing. Time to get radical before it’s too late – Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben — Wed 10 Apr 2019 06.00 EDT

No one should be annoyed when schoolkids start leaving class en masse or surprised that Green New Deal advocates call for dramatic overhaul of American society. We should be grateful. @billmckibben

‘The respectable have punted; so now it’s up to the scruffy, the young, the marginal, the angry to do the necessary work.’ Photograph: UPI/Barcroft Images

Forget “early warning signs” and “canaries in coalmines” – we’re now well into the middle of the climate change era, with its epic reshaping of our home planet. Monday’s news, from two separate studies, made it clear that the frozen portions of the Earth are now in violent and dramatic flux.

The first, led by the veteran Greenland glaciologist Jason Box, looked across the Arctic at everything from “increased tundra biomass” to deepening thaw of the permafrost layer. Their conclusion: “the Arctic biophysical system is now clearly trending away from its 20th century state and into an unprecedented state, with implications not only within but beyond the Arctic.” To invent a word, the north is rapidly slushifying, with more rainfall and fewer days of hard freeze; the latest data shows that after a month of record temperatures in the Bering Sea, ocean ice in the Arctic is at an all-time record low for the date, crushing the record set … last April.

The other study looked at the great mountain ranges of the planet, and found that their glaciers were melting much faster than scientists had expected. By the end of the century many of those alpine glaciers would be gone entirely; the Alps may lose 90% of their ice. From the Caucasus to the South Island of New Zealand, mountains are losing more than 1% of their ice each year now: “At the current glacier loss rate, the glaciers will not survive the century,” said Michael Zemp, who runs the World Glacier Monitoring Service from his office at the University of Zurich.

One could list the “consequences” of these changes in great detail. They range from the catastrophic (Andean cities with no obvious source of water supply once the glaciers have melted) to the merely bitter (no one is going to die from a lack of skiing, but to lose the season when friction disappears will make many lives sadder). For the moment, though, don’t worry about the “effects”, just focus on what it means that some of the largest systems on Earth are now in seismic shift.

What it means, I think, is that no one should be shocked when Extinction Rebellion activists engage in mass civil disobedience. No one should be annoyed when school kids start leaving class en masse. No one should be surprised that Green New Deal advocates are now calling for dramatic overhaul of American society. In fact we should be deeply grateful: these activists, and the scientists producing these reports, are the only people on the planet who seem to understand the scale of the problem.

Not our political leaders. Obviously not Trump, but even most of the theoretically engaged premiers and presidents let themselves constantly be distracted by much smaller questions. (Brexit would seem like a silly charade at the best of times; at the moment it seems actively obscene). Not our business leaders, who make occasional greenwashing noises but continue passively belonging to organizations like the Chamber of Commerce that continue to fight serious change. Not those pension fund trustees still clinging to fossil fuel stocks even as they lose money.

The respectable have punted; so now it’s up to the scruffy, the young, the marginal, the angry to do the necessary work. Their discipline and good humor and profound nonviolence are remarkable, from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Greta Thunberg. They are what’s left of our fighting chance.

The biggest physical features on the planet are now changing in ways they haven’t since long before the dawn of human history. On the most distant poles, and on the highest peaks, we see almost unfathomable shifts. The only question is whether a similar shift is possible in our politics. Planet Earth is miles outside its comfort zone; how many of us will go beyond ours?

  • Bill McKibben is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, founder of the climate campaign 350.org and author, most recently, of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?