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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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   …

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 …

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 …

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 …

$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 …

Help the 350.org WA — Civic Action Team

Hello Climate Action Team! 1615: Climate calls made to legislators!932: Climate comments left on bills!2570: Climate emails sent to legislators!5117: total legislator contacts made by the Civic Action Team in 2020! 9: Days left in the legislative session! We’re now in the home stretch with a big cut-off looming on Friday at 5pm when bills …

THE CHEHALIS AT A CROSSROADS

THE CHEHALIS AT A CROSSROADS:  PLANS FOR A FLOOD CONTROL DAM THREATEN THE HEADWATERS If a dam is built, the populations of spring and fall Chinook that spawn above the dam site may go extinct Twin Harbors Waterkeeper Chehalis dam would not address all major storms,nor regular, shallow floodingState Environmental Review ProcessSEPA Draft Environmental Impact …

OCA has Endorsed the National Fracking Ban Act

Now, here's what we can do about getting it passed . . . Hello everyone, thank you so much for endorsing the Fracking Ban Act introduced by Senator Sanders and Representative Ocasio-Cortez! My name is Thomas, I’m the National Climate Organizing Manager at Food & Water Action and I’ll be sharing update on the bill …

LSRD Breach Now! Rally — January 23rd

Facebook Event at Orca Oracle Bus Carpool -- https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/a3uj90 Join advocates for salmon, orcas, tribal rights and fiscal responsibility to rally on the Washington Capitol steps, Jan. 23, 2020 at 11 am in support of breaching the 4 Lower Snake River Dams (LSRDs) now.  Gov Inslee is taking written comments on his “LSRD Stakeholder Study” …

FridaysForFuture demonstrations in PA

Every Friday at noon at the downtown fountain #FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15-year-old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks, to protest the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and …

OCA Joins 450 Organizations Calling for Action

Top 10 Climate Actions for the Next President’s First 10 Days in Office  How Presidential Action Must Address the Climate Emergency In a letter from Ben Goloff: About the Plan: The Plan unpacks the top 10 executive actions—that do not require action by Congress—that the next President must take to tackle the climate emergency in her/his …

Black Friday Climate Strike in Sequim

Friday, November 29, 2019 • 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM Verizon Store • 1241 West Washington Street, Sequim , WA 98264 Signs will be provided, but if you have the time and materials to make a big banner, we have some ideas! -- Host Contact Info: Meigs1@yahoo.com -- Dress warm! Click to RSVP for this …

Comment on Lower Snake River Dams

Stakeholder process throughGovernor Inslee's questionnaire Thanks to NOOP (North Olympic Orca Pod) for this info! LSRD Online Engagement Questionnaire Please respond to Governor Inslee’s “LSRD Stakeholder Survey” this week if possible. Lower Snake River Dams Stakeholder Process Background info, including the link to the survey are here Because Inslee’s consultants have made this process complicated, …

Join Climate Strike Week on the Peninsula! Sept. 20-28

Greta Thunberg explains why we must halt business as usual Beginning September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will mobilize for a week across the world to demand transformative action to address the climate crisis. Millions will take to the streets to demand a right to a …

September 20th

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Leviathans in the Harbor

More and bigger cruise ships are crowding coastal destinations. When is enough, enough? Who gets to decide? by Brian Payton , August 27, 2019, Hakai Magazine 'Knoll Lowney, the lawyer representing the three plaintiffs who claimed they were victims of Carnival’s environmental violations, said, “Time and time again, Carnival has shown its contempt of environmental laws and the …

Are You in the Blast-Zone?

From Kevin JonesNW Climate and Clean Energy Coalition co-lead Background:  The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) has provided preliminary approval for the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Tacoma Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) facility.  A public disclosure request has revealed that NW Pierce county, portions of SW King county and most of Vashon Island is in …

DNC votes down a Climate Debate

Today the DNC voted down holding a climate debate. Evan Weber of the Sunrise Movement was in the room and live tweeted the conversation. The link below is that thread. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1165334843221168128.html

Join Fridays for Future Seattle on 8/16 to stand with Zoe

When:8/16 at 1pm, Where: Seattle City Hall Why: Every Friday from 1-2 a group, called Fridays for Future, of mostly youth Climate Strike in front of Seattle City Hall. They are asking extra people go out on 8/16 to show support for Zoe. Every week they use sidewalk chalk to show their message for climate …

U.S. Oil Refinery, Tacoma Water Quality Permit Renewal

Tell Ecology: No oil terminal expansion in Tacoma! Fact Sheet for this Permit Renewal Frequently Asked Questions about Effective public commenting Comment Online Use the online comment form Comment by mail Greg Gould Industrial Section P.O. Box 47600 Tacoma, WA 98504 Attend a related event Aug. 7, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - U.S. Oil Refinery, Tacoma …

Climate Strikes in September 2019

On May 24 the message from young people on #climatestrike in 133 countries got both louder and clearer: “The planet's still burning. We're not going anywhere. Who's actually with us?” Join in this September 20 - 27 Pledge to join the climate strikes this September

The Three Causes of the World’s Four Big Problems

Deep Transformation, or What London’s Climate Change Protests Teach Us About the Future umair haqueApr 22 - from Medium.com It was a perfect spring day. I was trying to get home to Camden Lock from Oxford Circus, after meeting a few friends for coffee downtown. A siren’s blare cut through the noisy crowds. Soon enough, police …

Join us in Port Townsend on April 20th

Things to remember: Please wear black and / or bring a black umbrellaPope 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 …

Students strike for climate on the Olympic Peninsula

Joining a round-the-world movement started by Greta Thunberg, students on the Olympic Peninsula walked out of classes to call attention to the greatest challenge to their future. http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-angeles-students-take-part-in-climate-protest/ http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-townsend-students-strike-for-change/ https://wqtcq1f34a8kduuv3sc0e76o-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/15987799_web1_190317-pdn-climate-protest-pa-dlogan-tsr-1200x800.jpg Students at Port Angeles High School https://wqtcq1f34a8kduuv3sc0e76o-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/15987724_web1_190317-pdn-climate-protest-pt-tsr-1200x800.jpg Students from Port Townsend High School

Sunrise OP update

From Mike Ferguson, Sunrise Olympic Peninsula Hub coordinator: Whew!  February was a very busy month for Sunrise and the Green New Deal!  Please take a moment to read our updates and commit to the simple actions we are asking of the community.  Here is a summary of what has happened locally and across the country …

Petition: Breach the LSRDs in 2019

Let's get to 1 million signatures! Spread the word! tinyurl.com/timeisout

Rep. Kilmer: listen to science, our young people, and your heart

It was back-to-back activism yesterday at Rep. Derek Kilmer's office in Port Angeles. First, the North Olympic Orca Pod hosted a die-in and delivered a letter outlining 23 scientific articles supporting the immediate breaching of the lower Snake River dams. OCA members delivered our own letter to Kilmer and described the promise offered by the …

Sunrise comes to Port Angeles 2/27

Update from Mike Ferguson of the Sunrise Movement Olympic Peninsula hub:2019-02-25 GND update

Several youth asked Sen Feinstein to support a Green New Deal

Her response was disturbing. If you would like to contact Sen Feinstein to comment on her response, her office number is (415)393-0707. https://twitter.com/sunrisemvmt/status/1099075460649107458

Breach the LSRDs now. Not next year. Now.

At the direction of our membership at our February 3 meeting, OCA sent letters to Governor Inslee, our District 24 State Representatives, and Rep. Derek Kilmer about both the necessity and feasibility of breaching the lower 4 Snake River Dams this year. Nothing would prevent this from happening if we recognized the true dire straits …

GND local update

From: Mike Ferguson <petitions4bernie@gmail.com> Sent: Friday, February 8, 2019 8:15 PM Below are local actions to take and UPDATED INFO for events on the Olympic Peninsula to ensure the Green New Deal gets the support it needs. The plan to pass the Green New Deal starts now! From today until Sunday, February 10, we need …

Green New Deal petition

Tell Congress: Support Sen Markey & Rep Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution for a Green New Deal This week, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Senator Ed Markey have introduced twin resolutions to bring the Green New Deal to Congress. These resolutions are the first that tackle climate change in line with what science and justice demand, and if …

Green New Deal

Join livestream kickoff watch parties for a Green New Deal, Tuesday, February 5, from 7-8:30 pm at the Clallam County Courthouse (use the after-hours entrance west of the flagpoles) or in Port Townsend at Rosewind Commons. The most recent scientific consensus, including the federal government’s own National Climate Assessment, indicates a very short window for …

Investigate Ryan Zinke

Thanks for taking action on our petition: Tell House Democrats: Investigate Ryan Zinke. Here are some ways you can spread the word: Email your friends or forward the message below. If you are on Facebook, click here to post the petition to your Timeline. If you have a Twitter account, click here to automatically tweet: …

Petition demanding a real climate plan

Pelosi and Democratic Party Leadership: Democrats have the House. Now we demand a real climate plan.  

Their future is in our hands

Please pay attention...please get involved in this most important decision-time for this nation...please get everyone you know to do the same. A plea from our kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89Jhj3MX1WU And a plea from our brothers and sisters under the sea: http://forthewild.world/listen/kurt-russo-on-the-people-under-the-sea91 https://omtimes.com/2018/08/tahlequah-grief-animal-kingdom/

Gather for orcas in Olympia Nov. 16

An important rally for the orcas is scheduled at the Capitol complex in Olympia on Nov. 16, 2-5 pm.  There will be representations of all 74 living wild Southern Resident Killer Whales, plus Tokitae, aka "Lolita," held in captivity at Miami Seaquarium. Nov 16 is when the Orca Task Force final recommendations go to Governor …

First American PAC promotes I-1631

First ad features Quinault Tribe executive director The first commercial produced by the First American Project PAC, a coalition of Washington's Tribes and allies, stands in support of I-1631. This unedited, long-form commercial features President Fawn Sharp of the Quinault Tribe. Multiple other leaders will be featured in the next two weeks in ads. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMqqAyli6A8&feature=youtu.be

How you can help 1631 NOW

From 350.org: Sign up for a shift to knock doors or make phone calls near you with other Yes on 1631 volunteers — find the next event here. (If you can sign up for a volunteer shift, this is where the campaign needs you most!) Sign up here to call voters from the comfort of your …

Poll: 1631 has Big Oil on the ropes!

This Elway poll has some good news for making carbon polluters accountable: https://crosscut.com/2018/10/poll-nations-first-carbon-fee-leading-among-voters This poll shows that:   1) I-1631 is leading among voters, and it's clear that Washingtonians don’t trust big oil despite their $21 million in fancy advertising.   2) This election is going to be close, but we CAN win and defeat …

Save our orcas, climate, and dollars: free the Snake!

At our August 5 general meeting, OCA members by consensus adopted a resolution calling for the immediate removal of the four lower Snake River Dams and their replacement by clean power. Removing the lower 4 Snake River Dams will benefit the Pacific Northwest in several ways: Freeing the Snake River ensures restoration of fish populations and …

Ask about climate at candidate forums

Coming soon is the time to exercise your democratic right to vote. Inform yourself (and others) about the candidates’ views on climate change and what to do about it. As has been noted elsewhere on this site, individual acts of conscience will simply not be sufficient to avert a catastrophic climate crisis in the coming …

Salish Sea Day of Action coverage

http://www.ptleader.com/news/community-gathers-to-save-our-salish-sea/article_c1a50c38-bb9f-11e8-a30f-e7d966ce6d05.html https://youtu.be/Z6N6RXZTonM

Save our orcas, climate, and dollars – Free the Snake!

At our August 5 general meeting, OCA members by consensus adopted a resolution calling for the immediate removal of the four lower Snake River Dams and their replacement by clean power. Removing the lower 4 Snake River Dams will benefit the Pacific Northwest in several ways: Freeing the Snake River ensures restoration of fish populations and …

Save our Salish Sea featuring singer/guitarist Dana Lyons, Sept. 15 in PT

On September 15th, from 2-4 pm at Pope Marine Park in Port Townsend, there will be a free concert featuring singer/songwriter and guitarist, Dana Lyons.  He will be sharing his “Songs of the Salish Sea” focusing on the health and restoration of our important waterway. Our local community is joining other communities around the bioregion to build broader …

Rise for Orca and Climate Justice – Saturday, Sept. 8 – Port Angeles

Our action is part of a national day of observance sponsored by 350.org. and a prelude to the Global Climate Summit being held in San Francisco September 12-14. Activities include: * Hollywood Beach Party, meet and greet, potluck/picnic * Kids' activities all day long (see press release below for details) * Storytelling and music * …

Rise for Orca and Climate Justice

* Part of a National day of observance sponsored by 350.org. Prelude to the Global Climate Summit being held in San Francisco September 12-14 * Beach Party, meet and greet, potluck/picnic * Kids activities all day long * Story telling and music * Orca Vigil * Kayaktavists Invocation ceremony asking protection for our waters and …

Candidate forums available online

Candidate Forum videos are going up on Peninsula Area Public Access's YouTube channel as they become available. If you have not had a chance to see the candidates speak in person, check these out! Here is a link where you can check periodically to see when one a new comes online: Peninsula Area Public Access …

A Plea for Initiative 1631

by volunteer Don Steinke, with the Washington State Sierra Club: Can We Save Civilization As We Know It? A Plea for Initiative 1631 We’ve waited thirty years for Congress to act on global warming. We’ve waited enough. Some scholars are saying it is too late to save civilization as we know it, but I believe …

Ask your candidates about climate

With primary election season coming around, it's time to exercise your democratic muscles and get involved! One way is to inform yourself (and others) about the candidates' views on climate change and what to do about it. As has been noted elsewhere on this site, individual acts of conscience will simply not be sufficient to …

Tribes uniting to support I-1631

http://knkx.org/post/pacific-northwest-tribes-pushing-climate-action-launch-new-political-action-committee A new coalition of tribal leaders, The First American Project, has come together to promote policies that protect the environment and human rights, and their first order of business is to pass I-1631, which would put a price on carbon in the effort to slow global warming. Theresa Sheldon, a member of the coalition and …

I-1631 seems headed to the ballot

State initiative would put a fee on carbon and devote the proceeds to clean energy and climate protection Olympic Climate Action has endorsed I-1631, the Protect Washington Act initiative. OCA joins Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, Washington Audubon, a coalition of Native American tribes and 200 other statewide organizations in our endorsement. We cannot continue to …

Port Angeles commits to a climate plan

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-angeles-aims-for-climate-plan-in-2019/ In a 6-0 vote, the Port Angeles City Council at its meeting on 6/19/18 committed to devising a climate action plan in 2019 with help from a citizens' committee. Council member Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin noted that Port Angeles has heard from citizens [including OCA members] for many years on this issue, with little response, and …

Clallam County Commissioners unanimously pass climate resolution

At their June 19th meeting, the Clallam County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted Resolution 2018-62, reinvigorating planning and action on climate, shepherded by Commissioner Mark Ozias. In this resolution, the Commissioners note local impacts of climate change including "increased likelihood of storm surge and coastal flooding...low snowpack resulting in drought and water shortages...major fires...advance of …

Clallam County Commissioners to consider climate resolution

At their regular meeting of June 19, 2018, starting at 10 a.m., the Clallam County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution long in the making, shepherded by Commissioner Mark Ozias, to reinvigorate a Climate Action Plan passed in 2009. The draft of the resolution is here. Passage of this important resolution is not guaranteed; …

OCA endorses I-1631; time to gather signatures!

State initiative would put a fee on carbon and devote the proceeds to clean energy and climate protection At its April 2018 monthly meeting, Olympic Climate Action (OCA) agreed by consensus to endorse I-1631, the Protect Washington Act initiative. OCA joins Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, Washington Audubon, a coalition of Native American tribes and …

Warrior Up! Rally on land & sea vs. Kinder Morgan May 20 in Seattle

The Kinder Morgan pipeline project can and must be stopped! Tar sands are one of the biggest climate threats we face, and Houston-based Kinder Morgan is trying to build a massive new pipeline through British Columbia to export this oil. They've encountered much more resistance than they expected so they've temporarily stopped investment and will …

Support these climate-related bills now!

Consider sending a message SOON to our state legislators about these pending bills. Sen. Kevin Van de Wege: kevin.vandewege@leg.wa.gov Rep. Steve Tharinger: steve.tharinger@leg.wa.gov Rep. Mike Chapman: mike.chapman@leg.wa.gov Dear 24th District state legislators: At today's monthly general meeting, the members of Olympic Climate Action took a consensus position to support these bills, which will help to pave the way …

Stop Kinder Morgan: Kickoff March 10

Indigenous-led resistance to the Kinder Morgan tar-sands pipeline will begin March 10 in Vancouver. From: Victoria Leistman-Sierra Club [mailto:victoria.leistman@sierraclub.org] (NOTE: Victoria helped organize our local Pull Together events last August in Chimacum and Port Angeles, to raise funds for the fight vs Kinder Morgan.) ON MARCH 10th, KWEKWECNEWTXW BEGINS An Indigenous-led Mass Mobilization to Stop Kinder …

Tell BOEM we reject offshore drilling

From Sierra Club: Our coasts are too precious to drill! RSVP now to join Sierra Club on March 5 to tell BOEM we reject offshore drilling! We've never seen anything like this. Last month, Trump unveiled a plan to hand 90% of America's coasts over to Big Oil - that means offshore drilling from Maine to Louisiana, …

Climate/Energy bills in the State Leg

OCA's Executive Committee just sent these messages to our 24th District state legislators; we suggest you contact them as well, on this and other issues still pending in the Legislature: Rep. Mike Chapman: mike.chapman@leg.wa.gov 360-786-7916 Rep. Steve Tharinger: steve.tharinger@leg.wa.gov 360-786-7904 Sen. Kevin Van de Wege: kevin.vandewege@leg.wa.gov 360-786-7646 3SHB 1144: OCA commends the State House for passing this bill which would revise the current state-mandated …

Clallam County considers climate action

At their work session on 2/12/18, the Board of Clallam County Commissioners discussed a resolution proposed by Commissioner Mark Ozias for Clallam County to take further steps to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Clallam County residents are urged to communicate with their Commissioners about this resolution. Public comment of a general nature is taken …

Legislators: enact a strong carbon tax

At our general membership meeting of 2/4/18, we agreed to send this letter to our state legislators urging action on a strong carbon tax. The time is now, and there is no time for half-measures or excuses. We urge individuals to write their own letters on this issue--your representatives need to hear from you! Letter …

Salish Sea lobby day Feb. 12

Salish Sea Protection - Lobby Day 2018 A day of action to protect The Salish Sea! Join Protectors of the Salish Sea and Students for the Salish Sea in a day of constituent conversations with decision makers about key issues threatening our Salish Sea and what it will take to let this beautiful region return …

We will endure: the Climate Resistance

Now that the Climate Resistance event has happened, you can watch highlights here: ...or the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1EMCxtpyok&feature=youtu.be With our federal government seemingly bent on cooking the planet for the sake of corporate profits, we have no choice but to take up the mantle ourselves:  as individuals, organizations, businesses, and local and state governments. …

Rally vs offshore drilling Feb 5 in Tacoma

Day of Action & Rally - No New Offshore Drilling - Tacoma - February 5 - 5:30 p.m. Let your voice be heard . . . Say No, No, No! The current administration wants to open 90% of U.S. coastal waters to offshore drilling between 2019 and 2024. It's important to have a large turnout attending BOEM's (Bureau …

Climate Resistance kickstarts across the Olympic Peninsula Jan. 31

With our federal government seemingly bent on cooking the planet for the sake of corporate profits, we have no choice but to take up the mantle ourselves:  as individuals, organizations, businesses, and local and state governments. It's on us! Join us January 31 as we work with 350.org to kick off a major campaign for 2018...  On …

Climate Resistance kickoff Jan. 31

Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance On January 31, Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance, launches Fossil Free U.S, a campaign led by 350.org, calling for an immediate halt to all fossil fuel projects and a fast and just transition to 100% renewable energy for all. We'll be hosting local kickoff watch parties on the Olympic Peninsula. …

Climate Countdown in Olympia Jan. 8

Let's send a strong message to our state legislators that it's time for real climate action, now! Join with statewide 350.org groups mobilizing in Olympia for Climate Countdown: Day 1 on the first day of the 2018 Legislative Session, to let our representatives know we expect them to pass bold and meaningful climate legislation that has a chance of …

Block the Gates – “No LNG in 253″

OCA members participate in the Lock-Down demonstration at the Port of Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas terminal construction site on December 18, 2017. By OCA member Michael Clemens On Sunday the 17th and Monday the 18th, the Puyallup Tribe sponsored a protest of the unpermitted LNG terminal in the Port of Tacoma. 350.org and many other …

We blocked the gates!

On the morning of Monday, December 18, Water Protectors and community members gathered outside the Tacoma LNG facility to show opposition to Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) disregard for treaty rights and the health and safety of our communities and planet. A contingent from North Olympic Peninsula representing OCA and the North Olympic Orca Pod were …

CALL TO ACTION: Block the Gates, Tacoma LNG

On the morning of Monday, December 18, water protectors and community members will gather outside the Tacoma LNG facility to show opposition to Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) disregard for treaty rights and the health and safety of our communities and planet:  https://www.facebook.com/events/766578836862331/ Let's send a delegation from the Olympic Peninsula! RSVP HERE so we can organize …

Clallam shoreline plan needs to consider climate change more seriously

At today's hearing on Clallam County's Draft Shoreline Master Program (September 2017, Ed Chadd submitted the following comments on behalf of OCA, urging greater consideration of climate change in shoreline planning in order to protect both the public and County government (news article here): I am here representing Olympic Climate Action, a group of local citizens …

Banks: respect the planet & human rights; until then, we’re divesting

By consensus at our Oct. 1 meeting, OCA signed onto the Equator Banks, Act! petition, asking the major banks of the world to live up to their commitment to support people and the planet--it's time to match their words with actions. The petition is below; you can sign on yourself at equatorbanksact.org. We also signed on …

Mazaska Talks Day of Action Oct. 23

OCA joins Mazaska Talks Global Day of Action, October 23, 2017 Take action and participate with Olympic Climate Action in the global day of actions against major banks funding dirty oil-pipeline money.  This campaign is led by Mazaska Talks ("Money Talks" in Lakota), a coalition of grassroots Indigenous groups including the 121 First Nations and Tribes of …

#DeFundPipelines – join us on Oct 23

We are participating in the Mazaska Talks Global Day of Action on Oct 23 with actions opposing banks funding pipelines with branches in Port Townsend, Port Angeles, and Sequim. Join our planning group! Sign up for the event here    

Cut off the money pipeline

Money talks.  One powerful method for protecting our water (health, climate) is for individuals and organizations to move their money out of banks that fund pipelines. Join the Divestment Movement.  Its power comes from the collective will of the many. If you are looking for information on how to do this, Connect to the Defund …

Pull Together: Keep Tar Sands Oil out of Our Water, Aug. 22-23

Local Groups Fight Pipeline with “Pull Together” Events August 22 in Chimacum ♦ August 23 in Port Angeles  ♦ August 24 in Port Townsend DONATE TO PULL TOGETHER HERE DONATE TO STAND WITH KWANTLEN HERE Olympic Climate Action (OCA) joins with the Sierra Club, the Native Connections group of the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Port Townsend, Pull Together, and Stand with Kwantlen …

OCA Statement on draft Shoreline Master Program

On 7/5/17 OCA sent the following statement to the Clallam County Planning Commission concerning the Shoreline Master Program, updating our earlier comments on the previous draft of the SMP: My name is Robert Vreeland.  I am a member of the executive committee with the Olympic Climate Action group which has more than 600 members in …

Walk to Protect & Restore Our Salish Sea

https://www.facebook.com/events/170422866830544/ One OCA walker's diary “I believe in the sun and the stars, the water, the tides, the floods, the owls, the hawks flying, the river running, the wind talking. They’re measurements. They tell us how healthy things are. How healthy we are. Because we and they are the same” -Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Tribal …

While Feds fail, locals step up

President Trump's withdrawal from our country's commitment to the Paris climate accord has engendered both dismay and determination around the globe, and here on the Olympic Peninsula, Olympic Climate Action has joined that chorus.  Around the country, groups are now calling for their state and local governments to fill in the void of federal leadership by …

Vigil for Paris Accord

Olympic Climate Action will hold a vigil for the Paris Accord on Friday, June 2, from 5 - 6:30 pm in front of the Federal Bldg. at First and Oak Streets in downtown Port Angeles. We will be there to witness this tragic development and express our profound sadness and disappointment in the President's decision. Wear …

SOS! All hands on deck!

President Trump is reported to be leaning toward completely withdrawing America from the Paris Climate Agreement. This would be one of the most foolish and reckless decisions of any President in history. Scientists estimate that this single act could result in an additional 0.5°C of global warming, which could make the difference between a difficult-but-livable planet and …

Legislators: Put a price on carbon now

By unanimous agreement at our meeting of 5/7/2017, we have sent this letter to our state legislators: Senator Kevin Van de Wege Representative Steve Tharinger Representative Mike Chapman Washington State Legislature Dear State Legislative representatives from District 24: Olympic Climate Action maintains a membership of more than 600 members from the Olympic Peninsula through email …

US Bank Updates its Environmental Responsibility Policy!

Remember those cold days in February when people in Port Angeles and Sequim were protesting US Bank's support of DAPL pipeline ?  Well, good news.  US Bank has revised its environmental responsibility policy to state that it will no longer directly fund any oil or gas pipelines! And any relationships with companies/people in the oil …

Walk 4 the Salish Sea

Walk 4 the Salish Sea

This is one of the most important international/local issues we face now.  We encourage you to join in (for as much or as little as you can via any human-powered means of transport).  Or, if you can't join physically, donate. When: May 25-28, 2017 Where: from Victoria to Kinder Morgan Westridge Terminal, Burnaby RSVP if …

People’s Climate March ♥ Olympic Peninsula ♥ April 29, 2017

"Our Peninsula, Our Future, Our Climate" 3:00 PM • Port Angeles City Pier 321 N. Lincoln St., Port Angeles, WA 98362 RSVP here Contribute here Map to parking and City Pier Agenda of speakers and activities March route FAQ Our banners - original artwork by Makah artist Micah McCarty Video by James Cameron Article by Bill …

OCA’s Message to US Bank Officials

US Bank

On Saturday, Feb. 25th and March 4, concerned citizens and members of OCA  joined other groups around the country to speak truth to corporate executives of US Bank, which is one of the funders for the Dakota Access Pipeline.  A worldwide movement is calling to divest from these banks if they won't withdraw their DAPL …

Stand for Standing Rock

U.S. Bank, Port Angeles & Sequim Saturday, March 4, 2017, 11 - noon In response to the sudden announcement that the Trump administration plans to abrogate the Environmental Impact Statement process and bulldoze the sovereign rights of indigenous people at Standing Rock in order to push the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) through their ancestral lands, OCA, …