Hot Off the Wire — 5/7/2021

Social/Climate Justice DemocracyNow! Coverage Filmmaker Raoul Peck Explores Colonialism & Origins of White Supremacy A 4-part HBO Mini-series We Can Have Facebook or Democracy in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism. Not Both. Shoshana Zuboff: Facebook’s Oversight Board Is Not Enough. The Government Has to Regulate Big Tech “Nothing to Lose”: Colombians Protest “Fascist Mafia Regime” …

Clean Energy & Sustainability Accelerator (Green Bank)

Fund the Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator (“Accelerator”) to rapidly scale up investment needed to meet US climate goals and create millions of jobs The Accelerator will serve as the national green bank. A green bank uses public funding to invest in decarbonization, jobs, and economic growth. It also reduces risk to help scale up …

OCA expresses Qualified Support for the Climate Commitment Act

OCA has expressed qualified support for E2SSB 5126, the Climate Commitment Act with a letter to our state legislators Rep. Steve Tharinger and Rep. Mike Chapman, and U.S. Senator Kevin Van de Wege Update late Friday night: Rep. Steve Tharinger and Rep. Mike Chapman voted yea to pass the measure. This historic bill would guarantee …

WA Carbon Action

While the Sustainable Farms & Fields Act passed with broad bipartisan support last year... it still hasn't been funded. That means the program is not yet able to put much-needed economic support in farmers' hands. In addition to working with legislators on this this session, we've been working with the Washington Conservation Commission (WSCC), Audubon …

THE EARTH BILL

Climate Crisis Policy A 2030 MOONSHOT FOR EARTH 100% BY 2030 1. Renewable Electricity 2. Electric Vehicles 3. Regenerative Agriculture With Enforcement Tied To Corporate Tax Deductions.(This makes it fit in the budget!)Definitions matter!  HERE they are with draft language.Your support now can get these in the infrastructure bill!Take action with The Earth Bill Pledge below. JOIN OUR NETWORK …

Who Knew?

VERY INTERESTING STUFF In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have 'the rule Of thumb' Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled 'Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden'...and thus, …

A Letter to Representative Derek Kilmer about the LSRDs

Click to enlarge -- Back to Return March 10, 2021 To: Hon. Derek KilmerRe: Rep. Simpson’s “Columbia Basin Fund” Plan Dear Rep. Kilmer: Olympic Climate Action is a grassroots organization based on the Olympic Peninsula with more than 1000 followers dedicated to research, education, and action on climate. We engage in consensus decision-making and only …

Nationwide Permits issued for commercial shellfish aquaculture ruled Unlawful

Back in October, 2019 the Federal District Court found that the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) Nationwide Permits issued for commercial shellfish aquaculture unlawful. The Court ruling required shellfish operations to re-permit under Individual Permits but did allow planting through the 2020 season and harvesting through March 2022. The aquaculture industry group appealed the decision. …

First Grade Wisdom

An elementary school teacher had twenty-six students in her class. She presented each child in her classroom the first half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It's hard to believe these were actually done by first graders. Their insight may surprise you. While reading, keep …

Amanda Gorman recites her poems

Earthrise: A Poem About Climate Change by Amanda Gorman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwOvBv8RLmo&feature=youtu.be Amanda Gorman recites her poem at inauguration Amanda Gorman -- Wikipedia Like Mr. Biden, Gorman has struggled with a speech impediment throughout her life, making poetry a "lifeline" for her. Also like Mr. Biden, she has a long-term goal of running for president.-- CBS Amanda …

League of Conservation Voters Endorses Climate Agenda

This is the single biggest day for climate action in more than a decade.Today, President Biden signed a series of executive orders and memoranda that place climate justice at the center of the administration's agenda. These orders are just the start of the Biden-Harris administration's all-of-government approach to address the climate crisis and the interrelated …

Letter to the Editor: Climate Assembly as Cooperative Example

Peninsula Daily News | January 19, 2021 Democracy depends on our ability to cooperate.As the nation confronts an ugly national divide, we must remember that the only way forward is together, and as hard as that way might seem right now, it starts with people talking and listening to one another.Here in Washington, residents from …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 — 12/4/2020

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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" …

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 — 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 — 9/11/2020

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 …