WA State Alert on Systemic Risk of Climate Change

State of Washington DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONSDEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS P.O. Box 41200  l  Olympia, Washington 98504-1200Telephone (360) 902-8700 l  TDD (360) 664-8126  l  FAX (360) 586-5068  l  http://www.dfi.wa.gov July 7, 2021 TO:  Washington State Regulated Financial Institutions RE:  DFI Alert on Systemic Risk of Climate Change and Related Financial Risks Message from DFI Director Charlie …

Congressional District Three and Six Redistricting Meeting

Put Yourself on the Map July 26, 2021, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The once-a-decade redistricting process is underway in Washington State.  Every 10 years, after the federal census, we redraw the boundaries of our congressional and legislative electoral districts to ensure that each district represents an equal number of residents. To ensure that our …

9 Years to ZERO newsletter

Accelerating Climate Impacts This past month has brought hellish reminders of the gravity of the climate emergency and the very real danger it brings. We’ve seen destructive heat waves in the Northwest, which cooked shellfish on the shore and is estimated to have killed more than a billion marine animals. Hundreds of people, including unhoused individuals, …

We need to talk about cruise ships

These massive ships are toxic, and so are their business practices--from the smokestacks harming our health; to the massive fossil fuel footprint; to garbage, human waste, and engine oil dumped straight into waterways; to noise pollution disrupting our underwater relatives; to onboard workers often underpaid and exploited; to tax avoidance while stressing local infrastructure; to bully tactics used on destination communities that push back against …

Fossil Banks No Thanks

Dear all, Thank you very much for your support for the Global Call on Banks and Fossil Banks No Thanks! We’re really excited to have you on board.  Now that the Fossil Banks No Thanks (FBNT) website is up and running, we would like to highlight some platform-related activities and news. We intend to update …

Hot Off the Wire — 6/26/2021

Newsletter For Future Edition 3 Local and Regional Newsletters Weekly Announcements Restoration, Protection and Recovery Information for the Puget Sound Region National/International News Draft UN Report: Crushing climate impacts to hit sooner than fearedAn exclusive review of the report to be released February 2022. UN draft climate report: Impacts on nature Click to enlarge Protein-Filled, …

Earth Bill Network

Hi all - We have six weeks to get a great Clean Renewable Energy Standard in the U.S. House American Jobs Act.  This can change history if we unite and focus. Please see the list below of TWO important committees below.  Please reply if you want to help organize in any of these or fill out …

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, …

Nine Steps to Kick Your—and Our—Carbon Addiction

Adapted from the Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network, Drawdown.org, and Local 20/20 By Peter Kuper -- TodayClick to enlarge -- Back to Return 1. Recognize that your individual actions to conserve will have little impact on climate change and the most important changes need to be at the systemic level, because our laws, politics, and markets …

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 …