Friends and neighbors gathered Friday evening in front of the old Federal Building in Port Angeles to reinforce each other’s resolve in the aftermath of the current administration’s ill advised decision to pull out of the 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 black and bring a drum and candle if you have one–we’ll have some there.
Without the federal government to protect us, it’s up to us make progress.
Come the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center this Friday, May 19, at 6 PM to join in a discussion of the Legacy of Standing Rock. Speakers:
Vanessa Castle resided at Standing Rock for five months, until the camp closed. She will discuss her reasons for going, the authorities’ brutal treatment of the water protectors, and how we can take the message of Standing Rock home.
Matt Krogh, of Stand.Earth, protects the West Coast from oil, gas, and coal terminals. He will discuss the Kinder-Morgan pipeline and other fossil-fuel initiatives, and sustainable energy alternatives.
Mike Doherty served as Clallam County Commissioner for 20 years. He will discuss local efforts to protect our communities and what you can do to participate.
The moderator will be Mary Lovell of Pull Together, a coalition leading the fight against the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
Donations are encouraged for Pull Together and the Elwha Heritage Center.
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 or gas industry will be subject to additional checks on the “potential impact on dependent communities and indigenous people.” Activism works!
This Saturday, May 20, from 11am-12 people will be going out to the PA and Sequim branches of US Bank, where we protested, this time to bring flowers and wave signs thanking them for listening to the people. Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1348163088552428/
Here is an article: http://www.ecowatch.com/us-bank-divest-pipelines-2408440397.html
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 you’d like to join the contingent from the Olympic Peninsula.
For official details and/or to donate, visit walk4salishsea.ca
Saturday, April 29 was a day of Climate Awareness marches in Washington, DC and around the world. In Port Angeles, some 600 concerned citizens from across the Olympic Peninsula and beyond came by bike, by foot, by carpool, and by busloads. Some presumably swam, like this pod of orcas from Port Townsend!
The event was organized by a tireless group of activists from Olympic Climate Action and supported by the Sierra Club North Olympic Group. Led by members of the Klallam Drum Group of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, this non-violent march moved with good spirit through the sidewalks of downtown PA in the rain. The majority of bystanders and local businesses showed their support and expressed an understanding of the importance of the issues being raised on this day.
Climate change is real and now. Most of us get it. Humans must act in ways to limit its effects, and deal with surviving the changes that are here and/or on their way.
Give a rousing cheer for the many unsung citizens who took an afternoon out of their lives to make this a worthy event. Even the clean-up crew!
Check out the Peninsula Daily News story about this March for Climate, and some of the interesting commentary that follows.