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

Join us every Friday 12 to 1 on the old Courthouse stairs, on Lincoln near 4th in Port Angeles. Bring signs on climate change or just join us as we follow the path of Greta Thunberg and show up every Friday to bring awareness of Climate Change. Masks and social distancing, of course.

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 at 6:30 PM on Zoom 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 will make about an …

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 …

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 …

Hot Off the Wire — 7/17/2020

Flu Virus Resources It’s Time to Tell a New Story About Coronavirus—Our Lives Depend on It Dr. Beak: During the plague years, doctors wore iconic get-ups that included masks filled with scented herbs to protect them from dangerous miasmas. The way we talk about contagion matters. It shapes how societies respond—and whether many of us …

Bill McKibben Steps-down from 350.org Board

First of all, enormous thanks for being part of 350.org's family over the years. We've all depended on you, and I think together we've done useful work. As 2020 ends I will transition from active to emeritus status in my work at 350.org, both in my role as ‘senior advisor’ and as a member of …

Climate justice is racial justice.

A message from The US Climate Strike Coalition On July 20th, we are mobilizing in solidarity with the S.E.I.U and the Movement for Black Lives in order to present a united front against injustice a month out from the Democratic National Convention. As environmental organizers, it is our responsibility to put action behind the phrase …

OCA joins the 350 Washington Network!

OCA members Ed Bowlby, Ed Chadd, and John Cambalik attended the virtual Retreat at which this Network was formally created. The Network will help our group speak with a strong statewide voice but still leave us the flexibility to voice our own opinion. Kudos to Grace Hope, our 350 PNW Organizer, and to Alec Connon, …

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 …

Water Column: Resetting the rules

by Ann Soule | Wednesday, July 8, 2020 -- Sequim Gazzette If you’re into games of intricate strategy and tales of suspense and mystery, you’d probably enjoy water law. You just have to be extraordinarily patient for the solution. I attended an online workshop about the future of water banking and water trusts in our …

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   …

Whipped by the ‘Long Tail’ of the Coronavirus

"When the E.R. nurse asked if I’d been short of breath that day, I replied that I’d been short of breath for 65 days." By Jodie Noel Vinson | July 13, 2020 -- The New York Times On day 45 of our illness, my husband, Marc, and I woke up and looked at each other. …

Hot Off the Wire — 7/10/2020

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the University of Washington is hiring an entry-level Research Scientist.You can learn more about the position here . . . Flu Virus Resources Why kids should be in the classroom this fall — and how to keep them safe thereHow should schools reopen? Pediatricians offer these guidelinesTo save American …

Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness;

A Short List of People in America Who Were Not Freed in 1776 By Arleen Jenson (“Jenson,” They/Them)Farm Manager and Co-Owner, SisterLand Farms Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in particular, but has become a holiday celebrating American freedom in general; complete with patriotic merchandise, eating outdoors, the wearing of nationalist symbols, …

Greta Thunberg: Humanity has not yet failed

Sommar & Vinter i P1 | Jun 20 - 75 min. https://open.spotify.com/episode/7E2Wz3C5XwtEw3Pi96tLQA?si=gOHyk4gOSMGxKcgdaoc4lg Spotify URL - https://open.spotify.com/episode/7E2Wz3C5XwtEw3Pi96tLQA?si=gOHyk4gOSMGxKcgdaoc4lg Episode Description Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges world leaders to do more. Doing our best is no longer good enough. We must now do the seemingly impossible, Thunberg says in the Swedish Radio show Summer on P1 where she …

Hot Off the Wire — 7/3/2020

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the University of Washington is hiring an entry-level Research Scientist.You can learn more about the position here . . . Flu Virus Resources Quarantine bubbles – when done right – limit coronavirus risk and help fight loneliness -- PBS News Hour Opinion Making a Planet Worth Saving | By …

OCA Signs Letter to Big Oil: Protect the Arctic Refuge

OCA joins other groups to encourage the big oil companies of Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Hilcorp, and BP to not pursue fossil fuel development in one of our most majestic public lands in the nation - the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Read the letter here . . . Drilling in the Arctic Refuge is risky and unnecessary - it violates …

Hot Off the Wire — 6/26/2020

Flu Virus Resources It Doesn’t Look Like the Protests Are Causing a COVID-19 SpikeWhat does that mean for other outdoor activities? -- Visual Capitalist Opinion Justice Denied -- GristOpinion: If you care about the planet, you must dismantle white supremacyBy Tamara Toles O’Laughlin on Jun 15, 2020 The Myth of Economic SacrificeWe can afford to act …

In Solidarity with All Our Relations

The senseless, violent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many other Black, Brown, and Indigenous people of this country are merely the most recent, visible examples of systemic inequality and racial injustice in our country. These deaths and the depth of inequality they represent work against our mission to seek a safe, …

OCA Stands Opposed to the Keystone XL Pipeline

In solidarity with Indigenous communities, farmers and ranchers along the route, OCA is sending our protest banner to the Governors of Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska demanding they stop all pre-construction activity. Background: The movement against the Keystone XL Pipeline has successfully stopped the Trump Administration and TC Energy, aka TransCanada, from building this climate-destroying …

Hot Off the Wire — 6/19/2020

Flu Virus Resources When Will Life Return to Normal?--Visual Capitalist The Growth of COVID-19 in the U.S., Organized by State Peak Date How U.S. Consumers are Spending Differently During COVID-19 Visualizing the Occupations with the Highest COVID-19 Risk Opinion There Is No Climate Justice Without Racial Justice -- Yes! MagazineCan India chart a low-carbon future? The …

How can we achieve climate justice today?

From urban cities to rural towns, people are coming together in outrage to demonstrate that #BlackLivesMatter and call for the end of white supremacy culture and systematic racism. This is not a new struggle or fight. This is a response to centuries of oppression that has torn apart Black communities through slavery, police brutality, incarceration, …

Hot Off the Wire — 6/12/2020

Opinion A Novel Approach to Climate Action at the State LevelBy Cindy Jayne An Expose of the Environmental Movement It’s Time For a Black New DealChris Winters | June 8, 2020 Solutions REI's Opt to Act Weekly Calendar / Checklist Week 29: Add a book about an environmental issue to your summer reading listTake part: June 14–20, …

Stop the Money Pipeline supports the demand to defund the police

For years, the Movement for Black Lives has demanded investments in the education, health and safety of Black communities, instead of in institutions that criminalize, cage and harm Black people.Stop the Money Pipeline supports the demand to defund the police, and invest instead in Black communities.Cities across the United States spend a mind-boggling portion of …

OCA Endorses the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

THE FOSSIL FUELNON-PROLIFERATION TREATY An initiative to phase-out fossil fuels and fast-track solutions Climate change, like nuclear weapons, is a major global threat. Bold and immediate action is needed to address the climate emergency.The main cause of the climate emergency is fossil fuels. Coal, oil and gas are responsible for almost 80% of all carbon …

What are our next steps toward BLM?

How about that amazing special edition 350 PNW Conversations call on Monday?! We had 22 folks from 12 local groups across our region gather together to reflect, listen, and engage in conversation around the powerful recent message “In Defense of Black Lives” from Black leadership at 350.org to all of us organizing for climate justice …

Updates on Climate and Racial Justice

Crowds of protestors have taken to the streets in major cities and towns of all sizes in the United States and around the world, decrying the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and many others, and to demand an end to police violence against black people. Last week the Movement for …

An Expose of the Environmental Movement

It is empowering to see how many people in Washington state are taking time in this moment to stand up for racial justice. Many of you have reached out to ask how the environmental community can show up right now and what our role is in the fight against institutional racism. At WCV, we believe …

Large-size Cardboard Resource

I have two boxes once used to ship aluminum fencing. Four or more large pieces, as large as 4 feet x 6 feet are available for: SignsPostersTable-top backgroundsScore them to accordion-fold Paint them for impact, cut them into shapes. Use your imagination Thursday, June 11, 2020 I will update availability as the cardboard is dispensed. …

A Novel Approach to Climate Action at the State Level

By Cindy Jayne An effort is afoot to bring an ancient Athenian democratic process to Washington State – a Citizen’s Assembly, where a representative group of randomly chosen Washington State residents would come together to make recommendations on how the state could address climate change. Citizen Assemblies have been happening all across the world to …

Hot Off the Wire — 6/05/2020

On Social Justice Richard Shotwell/Associated Press Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the N.B.A.’s all-time leading scorer, is the author of 16 books. "Yes, protests often are used as an excuse for some to take advantage, just as when fans celebrating a hometown sports team championship burn cars and destroy …

Stop the Money Pipeline supports minority protests

June 5, 2020 medical worker Breonna Taylor should have been celebrating her twenty-seventh birthday. But on March 13th, police used a battering ram to enter her apartment and murdered her in her bed, shooting her eight times. Anyone who has read about the cold-blooded murder of Breonna Taylor or watched the footage of a white …

Science is Not Immune to to Racism

The protests that are sweeping the country are a direct response to the fact that racism is an inescapable reality in the United States. That these protests are happening right now, in the midst of a pandemic that places the protesters at risk from congregating, speaks to how deep the injustice is, and how urgent …

Hot Off the Wire — 5/28/2020

Breaking News! $170K grant will facilitate climate planning on the North Olympic Peninsula Flu Virus Resources HURRICANE SEASON IN A PANDEMIC For many regions facing an active 2020 hurricane season, COVID-19 has created the potential for a double disaster. As state and local governments draft emergency  plans, uncertainty lingers.-- The Atlantic Solutions REI's Opt to Act …

4 area Tribes are “still in” for climate action

The Jamestown, Hoh, Quinault, and Suquamish Tribes are among 12 Tribes nationwide that have signed on to the We Are Still In declaration, a coalition of cities, states, tribes, businesses, universities, healthcare organizations, and faith groups who strongly oppose the US withdrawal from Paris and are not going to take a retreat from the global …

$170K grant will facilitate climate planning on the NOP

Once again, partnerships pay off: The Puget Sound Partnership, along with its local stakeholders’ group known as the Strait Ecosystem Recovery Network, have awarded $170,000 to the North Olympic Development Council (a local coalition of governments, businesses, NGOs, and citizens) to develop multi-benefit local climate action plans that integrate with local governmental comprehensive and shoreline …

Hot Off the Wire — 5/23/2020

Flu Virus Resources Will you take the COVID/Climate Video Challenge?Join us in starting a global conversation about the relationship between COVID-19 and the climate crisis Opinion Health of People, Health of Planet and Our ResponsibilityClimate Change, Air Pollution and Healthby Wael K. Al-Delaimy, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo Available for free download as PDF or …

350 Leadership Webinar – July 1, 2020

URGENT:  FEDERAL CLIMATE BILLS & STRATEGYDate & Time: Wed.  July 1, 2020.  Noon-1:30 pm.Zoom Register.   FB Event. TOPICS:★ Federal Climate Bills: What's Good & What's Missing?★ Movement Action for National Legislation.★ Organizing for Power: A "Climate Bill Package"? PRESENTERS:★ Todd Fernandez, Executive & Legislative Director, Climate Crisis Policy★ Jake Davis, Senior Policy Director, Family Farm Action★ Etelle Higonnet, …

IS CARBON TAX A “SILVER BULLET”? YES!

By Climate Reality leader William Tucker - 5/5/2020 Maybe not gold, but definitely silver! We frequently hear those climate activists who are skeptical of carbon fee and dividend legislation (see, e.g., The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 763) dismiss it as not a “silver bullet.”  What is meant by this seemingly pejorative comment …

Hot Off the Wire — 5/16/2020

Flu Virus Resources Opinion Why I oppose “Planet of the Humans” | Patrick MazzaIt’s undermining our main chance to avert climate catastrophe Planet of Half Truths – Michael Moore’s attack on renewables unmooredBy their nature, documentary films are supposed to expose mistruths – this one often amplifies them -- Corporate Knights What Planet of the …

Hot Off the Wire — 5/08/2020

OMG! look at that honeybee swarm! Flu Virus Resources For young people, two defining events: COVID-19 and climate changeAn unforeseen pairing of catastrophes will inform how Generation Z navigates the world as adults, and what sort of future they create. -- National Geographic Youth Climate Activists Are Writing a Just Recovery Curriculum -- Yes Magazine How …

OMG! look at that honeybee swarm!

Quick, call Noelle! 360-280-4594 | noellenordstrom.oly@gmail.com | #beeallaboutit Hello neighbors, my name is Noelle and I am a hobbyist beekeeper who moved here last fall. I live on 9th street in Port Angeles. Alas, my bee colonies did not survive the winter. Since I am renting, I decided not to purchase bees this year and …

The “new approach” for our leaders

Ed and others,Hope you are all having a nice day!The "new approach" is for our leaders, elected and agencies, to realize that immediate action is required to save salmon, Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW), and Bonneville Power Authority (BPA).  Collaboration needs to be about rounding up some of these leaders and to agree and how …

Hot Off the Wire — 5/01/2020

Local, Actionable and Timely Flu Virus Resources COVID-19 and Climate: Implications for Public Health -- Climate One Opinion LETTER: Healthy body politic -- Peninsula Daily News Jubilee — A way forward with deep, ancient roots Pandemic Billionaires and Corruption, Corruption Everywhere Earth Day 2025: The things we left behind -- By Todd Paglia, Executive Director, Stand.earth …

Jubilee — A way forward with deep, ancient roots

It’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, the global price of oil hit minus zero and headlines are declaring the end of the economy as we know it.  And, sorry, but I don’t want to go back to normal. I want to go forward, toward a better …

For a healthy planet, we need a healthy body politic

Crises have a way of laying bare some home truths.Letter from OCA chair Ed Chadd: https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/letters/letter-healthy-body-politic/

Hot Off the Wire — 4/16/2020

R.S.V.P. for Earth Day Live programming on April 22, 23, 24 See what's happening here during Earth Week . . . Flu Virus Resources & News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hgQFaeaeo0&feature=youtu.be Arundhati Roy: ‘The pandemic is a portal’ The novelist on how coronavirus threatens India — and what the country, and the world, should do next - Free to …

The Destruction of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Photo: Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post via Getty Images Go to Earth Day Home How Trump is destroying Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and what it means for environmental protection laws everywhere Thursday, April 23, 7pmOn zoom.us,meeting ID: 972 0690 8213, Password: carolyn@riseup.net, or call in at(253) 215-8782 (more connection information below).Trump’s border wall is …