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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?

Climate and America’s endangered rivers

Endangered Rivers

Hot Off the Wire – 4/20/2019

Take action

Regional Action

Urge your Washington state legislators to stand up for
clean energy, clean cars, and climate action.

Here’s what you need to know about these five critical bills:

  • SB 5116 would set a target of moving Washington State to 100 percent clean energy by 2045
  • HB 1110 would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation industry — the largest emitter of climate-busting carbon pollution in the state
  • HB 1112 would phase out harmful “HFCs” — powerful climate-changing gases that threaten human health and the environment
  • SB 5811 would require a percentage of cars sold in WA be zero-emission vehicles
  • HB 1257 would help make buildings more energy efficient
  • House Speaker Frank Chopp: (360) 786-7920 ·         
  • Majority Leader Pat Sullivan: (360) 786-7858 ·         
  • Majority Caucus Chair Eric Pettigrew: (360) 786-7838

Support the Healthy Environment for All Act – Washington Conservation Voters

Please Pass the HEAL Act off the House Floor– Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy

Tell your legislators that Washington needs a Clean Fuel Standard like the rest of the West Coast – Climate Solutions

Call on the Washington State Senate to Address Our Wildfire Crisis – Add Your Name to dedicate $62.5 million a year for wildfire

National Action

Chip in now to Power the Amazon Spring

The Amazon is home to 10% of the species on the planet, produces 20% of our oxygen, and sucks in and stores more carbon pollution than any other place on Earth.
This magical forest is literally helping keep us all alive!

Tell BlackRock: Vote to make big corporate polluters take action on the climate crisis!

Thank Murray and Cantwell for standing up for our environment and voting no on Bernhardt’s confirmation – NRDC Actin Fund

2020 Presidential Candidates must debate environmental policy
– MoveOn and Youth Climate Strike

It’s time to end the climate silence once and for all.
Demand a Democratic debate where climate justice is front and center.

Have you wondered what electric vehicles are like up close?  

Find your nearest Drive Electric Earth Day event!

Climate News

Local/Regional News

Activists rally for woman on hunger strike Supporting Orcas
– Peninsula Daily News

Fort Worden State Park
will host first-ever Global Earth Repair Conference in Port Townsend

State bicycle facilities and pedestrian walkways plan – WSDOT

San Fransisco and Chico Declare A Climate Emergency
– The Climate Mobilization

WA House passes 100% Clean Electricity SB 5116
– NW Energy Coalition

Go solar and support the Sierra Club – Get a Savings Estimate
$1,000 for you, $1,000 for the Sierra Club

This is a HUGE victory for fish habitat protection – Sound Action

National/International News

A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
– The Intecept and the Sunrise Movement

The Chrysalis Symposium: Courageous Transformation for the Climate Crisis – Oregon State University

Join Spring Creek Project for an afternoon symposium with climate change thought leaders, practical workshops, and a reception with community discussions to help make the connections we’ll need for the years ahead.
When: Sunday, May 5, 2019 from Noon to 7:30 p.m.
Where: LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis, Oregon (875 SW 26th St)

Recent Sierra Club milestone accomplishments, including the
re-introduced Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act

Is there really Environmental Inequity? – Video by The Years Project

Winona LaDuke Calls for Indigenous-Led “Green New Deal”
– DemocracyNow! Video

Meet the Famed Climate Attorney Who Superglued Herself Outside Shell’s U.K. HQ – DemocracyNow! Video

350.org on Trump’s executive order to expedite pipeline permits

Juliana v. United States Case, will be heard on June 4th, 2019

Climate crisis: today’s
children face lives with tiny carbon footprints
– The Guardian

Next generation must keep their own carbon levels at a fraction of their grandparents’ in order to prevent catastrophe

Sierra Forum: Protect the Arctic Refuge – 37 min.

Inspiration

Global Earth Repair Conference

Port Townsend, WA, USA

Fort Worden Conference Center, 200 Battery Way

The Global Earth Repair Conference is for people who have
devoted their lives to Earth repair or who wish to.

Alan Watson Featherstone
will join us as a presenter.

Ceremony – Keynotes – Workshops – Round-table discussions –
Panels – Planning meetings – Caucuses – Indigenous Voices
Honoring our Earth Repair heroes & heroines

Live Streaming during the conference!

Keynote talks will be live-streamed as well as some of the more exciting workshops and panels.

Kids Program

A daily kids program will be offered Friday through Sunday, as well as an invitation for youth to participate in different aspects of the conference throughout the weekend.

“Falter”: In New Book, Bill McKibben Asks If the Human Game Has Begun to Play Itself Out

All three parts of the interview can be accessed from this page link.

Thousands are taking to the streets in London today to demand radical action to combat the climate crisis. Protesters with the group Extinction Rebellion have set up encampments and roadblocks across Central London and say they’ll stay in the streets for at least a week. It’s just the beginning of a series of global actions that will unfold in the coming days, as activists around the world raise the alarm about government inaction in the face of the growing climate catastrophe. The London protests come just days after schoolchildren around the globe left school again on Friday for the weekly “strike for climate” and as the push for the Green New Deal continues to build momentum in the United States. The deal—backed by Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey—seeks to transform the U.S. economy through funding renewable energy while ending U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. We speak with climate activist and journalist Bill McKibben, who has been on the front lines of the fight to save the planet for decades. Thirty years ago, he wrote “The End of Nature,” the first book about climate change for a general audience. He’s just published a new book titled “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?”

Join us in Port Townsend on April 20th

Things to remember:

  • Please wear black and / or bring a black umbrella
  • Pope Marine Park in Port Townsend. (across from City Hall)

Schedule 

12:30pm DamSense and Backbone set up ocra pattern layout.
1:00pm People assemble in the orca pattern layout.
1:15pm Mural assembled and speakers at the dorsal fin to speak.
1:15pm Drone flies over to take video/photo
1:45pm Orca mural wraps up. Participants gather for a group photo and sing “No More BS” lead by Karen Davis
2:00pm NOOP performs “Stayin’ Alive” and other routine. 
2:30pm Socializing and wrap-up. A canopy with table for information materials will be available.