Yarns from the Farm is BACK!

This time discussing Biodiversity A note to my Yarns from the Farm Readers—I’ve started another series for our local newspaper on biodiversity. This is the first instalment." Nan Biodiversity Introduction "In the next few Science Insights we’ll explore the meaning and importance of biodiversity—literally “life variety”.  We’ll put it into context in Tasmania’s agricultural as …

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 …

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 …

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

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Washington’s Environmental Justice Task Force

Dear Friends:  Thank you for your ongoing interest and engagement in the mission of Washington's Environmental Justice Task Force. Its body of work will provide a policy blueprint for how Washington State can provide the highest standard of environmental health protection to every resident. Since September 2019, the Task Force has been collecting public input …

A Demand sent to Trans Mountain Insurers from OCA

To the CEOs of AIG, Chubb, Energy Insurance Limited, Liberty Mutual, Lloyd’s, Munich Re, Starr, Stewart Specialty Risk Underwriting, W.R. Berkley, Zurich, Amlin, ANV, Arch, Argo, Ironstarr, Lancashire, and QBE: The 2019-2020 certificate of insurance for the Trans Mountain pipeline names your company as a provider of insurance coverage from August 2019 through August 2020.1   …