Category Archives: Events

Events related to the climate crisis, whether sponsored by OCA or others

Ride your bike to the 2015 Clallam County Farm Tour

Celebrate our local farms and farmers!  OCA will have a booth at Jardin du Soleil about climate change and agriculture.

Go by bike and get in free! Click here for a map

Help plan for global climate mobilization Sept. 26

OCA is sponsoring this event in conjunction with and other climate-action organizations worldwide.  This year’s climate talks in Paris will be crucial, and we need to join hands around the world to tell our leaders that it’s time to get off of fossil fuels and onto clean energy, now!

Power Through Paris Workshop
Saturday, September 26, 12:00-2:00 PM
Port Angeles Library, 2210 South Peabody Street, Port Angeles
This event is public.  Spread the word!

2015 is on track to be the hottest year in recorded history, and momentum is growing to stop the climate crisis. Political and religious leaders are beginning to get the message, but we need to carry the message home, to the global gathering of governments at the Paris climate change talks later this year — and beyond. Climate action groups are organizing events across the world in November and December, and in order to make them compelling we need everyone to work together.

The workshop, led by Olympic Climate Action, will help us share ideas, build energy, and lay out plans for “Power Through Paris”—including how to escalate through and after the Paris climate talks, regardless of their outcome.

OCA gathering signatures on I-732 & I-735

Promoting the CarbonWA carbon-tax initiative to bring clean energy to WA and the WAmend big-money-out-of-elections initiative to restore balance to our democracy.

OCA has sponsored several events centered around the CarbonWA initiative to enact a revenue-neutral tax swap which will tax “bads” (fossil fuels) instead of “goods” (sales, business activities, and working families).  Signature-gathering will continue through the end of November.
We are also gathering signatures on the I-735 WAmend initiative to get big money out of elections by calling for a constitutional amendment to say that corporations aren’t people and money isn’t speech, and that therefore corporate campaign contributions can be reined in.
We see these two issues as integrally related, as the fossil fuel industry has been instrumental in slowing action on climate change.  Contact us for petitions.
  • On July 30,  KONP Radio 1450 interviewed Yoram (yur-AHM) Bauman, the principal author of the I-732 CarbonWA initiative and the world’s only “Stand-Up Ph.D. Economist.”  Podcast this interview.
  • On August 2, Yoram presented “Climate Change–It’s No Joke:  An Evening of Fun, Fossil-Fuel
    Yoram Bauman

    Yoram Bauman

    Fungibility, and Fundraising.”  Poster  –  Video of Yoram’s talk

OCA sponsoring events in support of I-732

Promoting the CarbonWA carbon-tax initiative to bring clean energy to WA

OCA is sponsoring several events centered around the effort to enact a revenue-neutral tax swap which will tax “bads” (fossil fuels) instead of “goods” (sales, business activities, and working families):
  • July 30, 1:05 PM:  KONP Radio 1450’s (and FM 101.7) Todd Ortloff will interview Yoram Bauman about climate change, pricing carbon, and the I-732 CarbonWA initiative.
  • Aug. 2, 6:30-8:30:  “Climate Change–It’s No Joke:  An Evening of Fun, Fossil-Fuel Fungibility, and Fundraising with Yoram Bauman.”  Yoram (yur-AHM), the world’s only stand-up Ph.D. economist and principal author of I-732, will explain in a light-hearted way why economics is so basically funny and why I-732 is so important to our future and our community.  Refreshments, socializing, Q&A, signature-gatherer signups, and unabashed fundraising will also roll out.  Elwha Klallam Heritage Center.  Doors open at 6:30 for refreshments and socializing, then Yoram will step up to the plate at 7–and we don’t mean the dessert plate!  Poster
  • Aug. 3, 12-1:  Yoram will speak to the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce on “Why a Carbon Tax Will Be Good for Our Community:  Let Us Count the Ways.”  Red Lion Hotel, upstairs banquet room.  Lunch $15, drinks-only $3.

County Commissioner candidate debate

League of Women Voters Candidates Forum
Sunday July 12
Shipley Center,  921 E Hammond St, Sequim
1.00 PM  – 3.45 PM

Candidates for Clallam County Commissioner  District 1
Jim McEntire, Mark Ozias, Bryan D. Frazier

Please Vote in the Primary Election     August 4
Ballots Mailed Out on July 15

Teamsters and Turtles:  Musical benefit for OCA

Troubadours Dana Lyons and Anne Feeney to perform July 6 at UU Hall

Teamsters & Turtles poster

Join us for a benefit concert by environmental troubadour Dana Lyons and labor hell-raiser Anne Feeney in the only North Olympic Peninsula stop on their “Teamsters and Turtles:  Together at Last” tour.  Starting in Bellingham and sweeping south to Oregon, the duo will marry song and story to dispel the myth that unions are at odds with environmentalists.  Can we really merge labor activists and environmentalists into a huge movement for justice, peace, equality, and sustainability? Come to their show and find out!

Both of these songsters performed here last year to enthusiastic crowds:  Lyons for OCA’s “Our Oceans in a Changing Climate” weekend, and Feeney for a Pete Seeger memorial rave-up.  Now, two for the price of one, and the donation is yours to determine!

Monday, July 6, 2015  7 PM

Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 73 Howe Road, Agnew

Sequim Gazette article

sHellNo: Showdown in Seattle May 16-18

Members of Olympic Climate Action will participate in some of the activities planned in Seattle to protest the Shell Arctic drilling rig Polar Pioneer May 16-18.  Carpooling may be available; contact us for details. Shell acknowledges that human-caused climate change is a problem and that government sHellNoought to set a limit on carbon emissions.  Yet they spent $55 million on lobbying in the past five years, generally to protect their interests in oil.  They know the world can’t afford the consequences of burning the oil that would come out of the Arctic, even if they could guarantee that they can safely extract it.  Their rush to drill the Arctic is a cynical bid to pump the last dollar out of the ground, consequences be damned.  And the tiny financial blip caused by their rig in our harbor pales by comparison with the benefits to our local sHellNo.org_-e1428776506461economy of moving to clean energy, with an army of working people insulating buildings, selling efficient appliances, and installing heat pumps, solar panels, and electric-vehicle charging stations.sHellNo OCA PortOCall May 2015 Here is more information about Shell, Arctic drilling, and climate change published by OCA in the May 2015 PortOCall magazine: “Nickname the Rig” contest:  We held a contest to nickname Shell’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig, and the winner is…the No-Solar Profiteer!  Congratulations to OCA member Adrian Hoban, who wins a $10 gift certificate to the Port Angeles Farmers Market. Speaking of the Profiteer:  OCA has been invited to speak about the rig and the dangers it poses at the Clallam County Democratic Headquarters, 124-A West First Street, Port Angeles, on Wednesday, May 13, 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

sHellNo:  We Can Do Better than Drill the Arctic

Saturday, April 25, 10-2, Port Angeles Farmers Market, Front & Lincoln Streets

Members of Olympic Climate Action will be at the Port Angeles Farmers Market this Saturday to stand in opposition to the Shell oil drilling rig currently moored in Port Angeles Harbor.

Shell acknowledges that human-caused climate change is a problem and that government sHellNoought to set a limit on carbon emissions.  Yet they spent $55 million on lobbying in the past five years, generally to protect their interests in oil.  They know the world can’t afford the consequences of burning the oil that would come out of the Arctic, even if they could guarantee that they can safely extract it.  Their rush to drill the Arctic is a cynical bid to pump the last dollar out of the ground, consequences be damned.  And the tiny financial blip caused by their rig in our harbor pales by comparison with the benefits to our local sHellNo.org_-e1428776506461economy of moving to clean energy, with an army of working people insulating buildings, selling efficient appliances, and installing heat pumps, solar panels, and electric-vehicle charging stations.

OCA will share information about:

  •     The drilling history of Royal Dutch Shell
  •     The dangers of drilling for oil in the Arctic
  •     Federal drilling permits in the Arctic
  •     Shell’s disastrous prior effort at drilling in the Arctic in 2012
  •     Actions planned vs. Shell once the rig arrives in Seattle
  •     The amount of oil that the world can safely burn without disastrous climate impacts
  •     The need to quickly transition to a clean-energy economy
  •     The technical ease with which we could make this transition
  •     The economic benefits to working people of a clean-energy economy
  •     The biggest stumbling block to making this transition:  the influence of money in politics

OCA members will gather signatures on two statewide initiative petitions:

  • WAmend would get big money out of elections through a constitutional amendment
  • CarbonWA would tax carbon pollution and reduce other taxes by an equivalent amount


OCA will also conduct a “nickname the rig” contest; the winner will receive a $10 voucher for the Port Angeles Farmers Market.


Environmental films showing at Peninsula College

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek

Thursday, March 5:  2 p.m., Peninsula College Longhouse.  Free.

Derrick Evans, the hero of this film, will be here from Boston to present the film and lead a discussion.

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek follows the painful but inspiring journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who moves home to coastal Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport. Over the course of a decade, Derrick and his neighbors stand up to powerful corporate interests and politicians and face Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster in their struggle for self-determination and environmental justice.

Double-feature on food and farming

Friday, March 6:  7 p.m., Maier Performance Hall.  $5 donations are encouraged.

Panel discussion after the films led by local area farmers; all proceeds will be donated to co-sponsor, the Port Angeles Food Bank.

The New Green Giants,  47 minutes.  Directed by Ted Remerowski (2013).

This documentary looks at some of the bigger questions surrounding organic food. Is it really healthier? Is it truly organic? Is it possible to grow from a mom-and-pop operation to become a huge supplier of major grocery chains? Is it actually sustainable? Is it realistic to think the world can be fed organically? The New Green Giants reveals the complex and controversial world of today’s organic food industry.

Also playing:  Big or Small? 29 minutes.  Directed by Alex Gabbay (2012).

Economies of scale suggests that bigger is better when it comes to feeding a hungry planet.  But there is a price to “big” that’s not factored in at the checkout counter and, as a consequence, a “small farmer” revolution is unfolding in many rich countries including the US. What’s the best method of growing food for a hungry population of 9.5 billion people? Big, or small?

The case for divestment – Feb. 13


Jim Hallet, financial advisor

Friday, February 13, 3 PM, Elwha Klallam Heritage Center

Are you an unwitting supporter of Big Oil and Coal?  The fossil fuel industry, by spreading misinformation and buying politicians, is arguably the biggest obstacle to avoiding climate chaos.  But many people unknowingly have money invested in these companies.  Now, a movement based on the struggle against South Africa’s Apartheid regime aims to change that.  Local investment advisor and Port Commissioner Jim Hallett will explain why and how to divest your portfolio from fossil fuels.


Photos from the event (18 attendees):

Hallett mid     Hallett close

OCA member Bob Lynette to speak at Sequim Science Café Feb. 10

OCA member Bob Lynette will be the guest speaker at the Sequim Science Café at 6:30 PM Tuesday evening, February 10th, at the Paradise Restaurant, 703 N. Sequim Ave. in Sequim.  Admission is free with food and beverages available.

Bob will speak about Climate Change on the Olympic Peninsula – what we are already seeing, and what we can expect in the future.

The Sequim Science Café is a production of the Sequim Education Foundation. It presents expert speakers on topics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Bob Lynette has taught accredited courses on Climate Change, Renewable Energy, and Sustainability for Antioch and Seattle Universities.  He founded and managed a renewable energy consulting company and has worked in India, Nepal, and China on village electrification using renewable energy.

OCA Annual Meeting: “Local Climate Action:  Keeping the Momentum Going”

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 4-6 PM

Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, 401 East 1st Street, Port Angeles

Join Olympic Climate Action (OCA) for its annual general-membership meeting.  OCA has numerous climate-action and education initiatives planned for 2015 and invites those interested in protecting our community from climate change to attend.  The program will include:

  • A review of OCA’s community-outreach activities in 2014;
  • A progress report on a local climate change vulnerability and adaptation study which will help local decision-makers better plan for our future;
  • An update on the increase in local fossil fuel transport and the risks posed to our community;
  • A State Citizens’ Initiative for a revenue-neutral carbon tax that would reduce Sales and B&O taxes and provide a tax rebate for low-income families;
  • An initiative to jump-start home energy-retrofit investments in our local community;
  • Presentations from other community groups working on climate issues;
  • A poll of member interests; and
  • Inspiration from Bill Moyers and Company.

A buffet of locally-produced specialties will be served, and there will be a drawing for door prizes, including:

  • An Energy-Star© 19” HDTV
  • “Fate of the World: Tipping Point”—a PC strategy game that simulates the real social and environmental impact of global climate change over the next 200 years — “It’s all real, and it’s scary.”

OCA activist Ed Chadd says, “Let’s help make 2015 the year when the world finally gets serious about climate change.  There’s little time to lose, and we all have a stake in this.  Come join us!”

RSVP not required but would be much appreciated.

Local climate presentations this Wednesday

Local climate study and other local/state climate actions to be discussed by DRMT

This Wednesday, at a meeting of the Dungeness River Management Team at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, climate change will be the central focus:

At 2:20: Climate Change on the Olympic Peninsula

Kate Dean and Cindy Jayne, North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council

Kate and Cindy will discuss this climate adaptation planning grant project in which OCA is a partner.

At 3:20: Climate Change – Other Local/State Activities

Bob Lynette, Renewable Energy Consultant and Climate Change Educator

Bob is an OCA member, closely follows the political scene, and serves on our Speakers Bureau.

Farm tour to feature climate issue

farm tour poster

The 18th Annual Clallam County Farm Tour is being held on Saturday, October 4th from 10– 4 This year’s theme is “Farming for our Future,” with each stop on the tour featuring displays and activities about the ABCs of preserving our local farm culture: Adapting to climate change, fostering Beginner farmers, and Conservation of farmland. Olympic Climate Action is supporting the event by providing a Farm Tour bike map and hosting WSU Jefferson Extension director Dr. Laura Lewis, who will be giving short talks about farming in a changing climate. The tour showcases eight amazingly diverse farms, including organic lavender, u-cut flower, vegetable, and raw milk dairy farms, as well as a cattle farm and riding school, organic orchard and tree farm, a sheep farm with herding dogs, and a school with a budding farm program. There will be fun for adults and children alike: farm-fresh food, live music, and lots of family activities at just $10 per carload. Visit for a list of participating farms and activities and a printable farm tour map. The tour is sponsored by WSU Clallam County Extension and the North Olympic Land Trust. Come spend the day out on the farms!

OCA encourages biking the farm tour for free admission, your health, and fun!  Here are suggested bike routes: Bicycle Routes Farm Tour.

People’s Climate March–solidarity actions across the Peninsula

People’s Climate March:  solidarity actions across the Peninsula on Sept. 20-21

On the weekend of Sept. 20-21, people around the world will gather for what promises to be the biggest climate demonstration in history, centered upon the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, two days prior to a special climate summit being called by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, where world leaders (not just their climate negotiators) will be called upon to get serious about a world climate action plan.

The message:  it’s time to act.  And here on the Olympic Peninsula, we will march in solidarity in three places:

Port Angeles:  “People’s Climate March:  Connecting the Dots”

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., beginning and ending at the Port Angeles City Pier, OCA, along with other community groups, will lead a vigil, rally, and march.

10-10:30:  Semi-silent vigil led by faith communities (or family time at the beach)

10:30-11:30:  Rally with speakers from a variety of organizations speaking about how climate change impacts them in their lives and work

11:30-12:30:  March around downtown Port Angeles, ending at the observation deck at the end of City Pier for photographs

12:30-1:  Semi-silent vigil to close the activity (or more family time at the beach)

The “dots” are the various issues that impact and are impacted by climate change.  We are seeking broad involvement by people involved in a myriad of social issues, because climate change will affect us all.  Here is a partial list of participating organizations, along with OCA:

  • Stop the Checkpoints
  • MoveOn
  • Green Party
  • Veterans for Peace
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
  • Port Angeles Dzogchen Sangha
  • Sierra Club North Olympic Group

The visuals will center around a large painting of Earth which will be visually connected by ribbons to smaller “dots” with phrases suggesting the surrounding issues.  These images will be carried in a long line during the march and then displayed in sunburst fashion, with Earth at the center, for a photograph with marchers at the City Pier observation deck.

People’s Climate March PA Poster

Photos from that day:

Kia ArmstrongThe DotsGroup shot

Sequim:  Climate talk and march at Railroad Bridge Park

On Saturday, Sept. 20, OCA member Bob Lynette will give a talk on climate change and its local impacts at the Dungeness River Audubon Center from 10-1.  Following his talk, OCA members will lead a brief march and photo shoot in support of the worldwide mobilization.

Railroad Bridge

Port Townsend:  Rally, song, and march at Pope Marine Park

Our colleagues at the Fossil Fuel NW Action group will hold a rally and march on Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at 3 PM at the Pope Marine Park waterfront.  PT Peoples Climate Action poster

Two numbers of import:

401: The peak concentration of carbon in the atmosphere (in parts per million) measured by the world’s leading scientists this spring — higher than any time in human history.

Zero: The amount of progress we’ll make if we stay home. There’s no guarantee this will work. The only thing that’s for sure is if we stay home, nothing will change — except the climate.  More than 2000 events are being planned around the world, in 130 countries…let’s do our part on this beautiful corner of the planet!

Disruption chronicles the making of the People’s Climate March

Disruption logo

As a lead-up to these solidarity actions, Disruption weaves together political intrigue, mind-blowing science, and an insider’s view of the largest climate mobilization in history.  It features Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Van Jones, and some fresh faces with powerful new stories.  Watch it here.

“Disruption” to screen Sept. 7

Olympic Climate Action will screen’s newest film, Disruption, which weaves together political intrigue, mind-blowing science, and an insider’s view of the largest climate mobilization in history:  the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21 and solidarity actions being taken all around the world. It’s got some folks you might find familiar (Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Van Jones), and also brings some fresh faces and powerful new stories to the fore.

The screening will be at the Port Angeles Library on Sunday. Sept. 7, at 5:30 pm, directly following a meeting of Olympic Climate Action from 3-5 in the same room.  You are invited to attend both.

OCA is planning People’s Climate March solidarity actions on Sept. 20 in both Port Angeles and Sequim, and our Port Townsend colleagues are also planning an action–see our Actions page for details.

Disruption logo

“Oil in Our Marine Waters” event July 11

Risks of spills discussed, capped by film The Big Fix

FlyerSlideshow – Oil Transport RisksDoherty speaking

Olympic Climate Action is sponsoring “Oil in Our Marine Waters”, an evening of education and an invitation to action regarding the burgeoning transport of oil in local marine waters, on Friday, July 11 at 7 pm in the Port Angeles City Council chambers, 321 E. 5th St.

  • Clallam County Commissioner Mike Doherty will speak about proposed increases in oil tanker traffic and the associated risks to our communities and resources, and what our community can do to minimize these risks.
  • OCA will screen the film The Big Fix, a 2012 documentary and Cannes film festival official selection, exploring the worst oil spill in U.S. history—the BP Deepwater Horizon—its causes, consequences, and cover-ups.

This event is part of a continent-wide week of protest of oil transport commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil-train disaster which killed 47 people in Quebec.

As our region works to cut our fossil-fuel consumption, oil companies are proposing huge shipments of toxic oil-shale and tar-sands fuel from Alberta and the American Rockies, for export through west coast ports.  These proposed cargoes wouldemit far more carbon thanall the mitigation to be achieved in the entire country by improved automobile mileage standards and power plant regulations.  And their transport by rail, pipeline, and ship poses risks to all communities en route, which are being asked to shoulder the risk while the profit goes to the oil companies, whose history and modus operandi are explored in detail in The Big Fix.

If all the proposed new oil port facilities in the Salish Sea region are constructed, the increase in tankers passing the Olympic Peninsula would inevitably increase the risk of spills due to rough seas, equipment failure, and human error.  A large spill would cause major harm to local communities, particularly in the case of Tar Sands oil, a heavy oil that sinks in marine waters and therefore cannot be cleaned up in any practical way.  Much of the increased tanker traffic will bunker (i.e., take on fuel) in Port Angeles Harbor, risking spills that could be particularly devastating to the heart of the Peninsula’s largest community—a community that is about to spend millions of dollars to cleanup this harbor from past damage and is spending even more restoring salmon habitat.

By passing its risks and costs on to the American people while pocketing the profits, the oil industry keeps oil prices artificially low and thus suppresses the development of clean energy in order to extract as much profit as it can from the ground.  A recent report by Exxon explains that although oil is connected with substantial climate risks, the company nevertheless expects to extract all the oil in its reserves.  But if the planet is to stay below 2°C of warming, which scientists believe is necessary to avoid catastrophicrisks for life on earth, 4/5 of the known reserves of fossil fuel will have to stay in the ground.

Olympic Climate Action advocates ending direct and hidden subsidies to fossil-fuel companies and kick-starting the inevitable transition to clean energy.  A recent Stanford University-based study shows how the country could go fossil-fuel-free by 2050 and help the economy at the same time.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby workshop Sunday, June 29

Sunday, 6/29/2014, 3-5 pm, Elwha Heritage Center (socializing at 2:30)

OCA has joined the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), a nationwide, non-partisan organization working to create the political will for a livable world.

Personal changes to reduce carbon footprints are very important, but if we are going to halt global warming, we need systemic change. CCL is asking Congress to pass a gradually increasing national tax on carbon with dividends returned to households. With all the revenue from the carbon fees returned to consumers, the power of the free market would help us transition to a safer, more stable, clean energy economy.

CCL is now six years old and has expanded to over 170 chapters in the US and Canada, including seven in Washington State. CCL chapters meet monthly to listen to an international conference call with a speaker discussing legislation, science, economics, communication, leadership, and more, to practice talking points, to write letters and to plan steps to develop a successful working relationship with our local editors and producers of news and our members of Congress (MOC). The approach is positive, respectful and inclusive.

OCA has joined CCL, and to kick off the relationship, a new chapter starts with a workshop that includes inspiring and provocative presentations, group and paired discussions, and communication practice using scientifically proven techniques. We will help each other develop into expert presenters and lobbyists to persuade our elected officials to become champions for a livable world.

Every year, CCL members meet in Washington DC to update their training and to meet with members of Congress and their aides. There are congressional aides in DC who are expert in different fields. Meeting them and helping them get the information they need to accurately advise the elected officials is a critical step in getting legislation passed.

Last year Congressman Kilmer met with a few members of CCL and was very positive about carbon pricing but made it clear that he would not co-sponsor legislation for a carbon fee and dividend, unless he heard from many of his constituents that it was a priority for them.

Please join the thousands of CCL members who are expanding the social mandate for a strong economy, healthy climate and better future.  The workshop will be led by CCL’s leader in Washington state, Louise Stonington.  We will gather to socialize at 2:30 and the workshop will start at 3.

OCA’s “Our Oceans in a Changing Climate” event June 6-7, 2014

On June 6-7, 2014, OCA led a series of activities focused on the health of the marine waters that embrace the Olympic Peninsula:  an evening of engaging folk music and a day of enlightening speakers and activities for the whole family.  Here are some photos of that event.

Friday evening June 6: Dana Lyons Concert – Elwha Heritage Center

Celebrate our local marine waters Friday evening with popular singer/songwriter Dana Lyons performing works from his new CD The Great Salish Sea. In the title track Dana sings the perspective of the 101 year-old matriarch of our resident orcas (known as Granny) as she reflects on the changes in sounds of boat traffic over the last century. Lyons, best known for his song “Cows with Guns,” is touring to raise awareness of the proposed export of fossil fuels through our region, its effect on orcas and on us all. He will play at 7:30 p.m. at the Elwha Heritage Center, First and Peabody Streets, Port Angeles. Admission $10.00.
Doors open at 6:45.

crowd back     Dana on guitar

Saturday, June 7: Farmers’ Market, Landing Mall, Feiro Marine Life Center, Hollywood Beach

Landing Mall, 2nd Floor

Speakers will highlight the serious challenges facing the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Pacific Ocean.

  • 11:00 a.m. Matt Krogh will address How Fossil Fuel Exports Threaten our Marine Waters.  Matt does regulatory/scientific research and analysis focused on preventing the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure and pushing toward the transition to a fossil-fuel-free economy. He spent three years fighting proposed coal terminals in Bellingham and elsewhere and currently evaluates proposed oil shipping for ForestEthics in Bellingham. Matt holds degrees from Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. t-krogh

Mike Doherty has agreed to tag onto Matt’s talk with his perspective on the threat to Port Angeles of becoming a bunkering site if the proposed coal and oil ports are approved. Mike represented the counties on the Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment committee for the Puget Sound Partnership.

  • 12:30 p.m. Hansi Hals, Environmental Planning Manager for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, will take questions on how the frequency of algal blooms that cause shellfish toxicity may be related to warming water. The Tribe has prepared a technical poster for viewing on the issue.
  • 1:00 p.m. Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, researcher Liam Antrim will presentOcean Acidification and Impacts on Marine Life in the Pacific Northwest.
  •  2:00 p.m. Marine Sanctuary staff will follow up with a new hands-on display on Ocean Acidification (great for all ages). T he world’s oceans have helped moderate the effects of human-produced greenhouse gases by absorbing about 30 percent of our carbon dioxide emissions, the most abundant greenhouse gas. But the ocean performs that service at the cost of ocean acidification—the rising pH of seawater caused as that dissolved carbon dioxide forms carbonic acid—threatening ocean food chains.
  • 3:00 p.m. Olympic National Park physical scientist Bill Baccus, who has been tracking changes on the park’s wild coast for nearly a decade, will share a new video on coastal monitoring, Tides of Change. Bill will also discuss climate change impacts across the park, from mountain snowpack to tidepool communities.

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Discovery Room

Doherty&Krogh     Karlyn Langjahr lab

10:00 – 4:00 Open access.

Farmers’ Market, Corner of Front and Lincoln Streets in downtown

10:00 – 2:00 Craft activity for kids and additional information on Olympic Climate Action

Tabling globe Jim Waddell     Tracy Biehls terrarium activity

Hollywood Beach, City Pier

12:15 p.m. Judging and prizes for a Sand Castle building contest

Sand Castle contest

Feiro Marine Life Center, City Pier

10:00 – 5:00 Free admission all day.

Feiro free admission - traffic was doubled

“Momenta” explores the coal-train boom

Momenta will be shown at Peninsula College’s “Magic of Cinema”

Friday, April 25, 2014 – 7:00pm – Maier Performance Hall

$5 general admission; free to students with student IDs

A Pacific Northwest coal project is threatening the global environment on a scale greater than the Keystone Pipeline, but most people have never heard of it. Momenta is a documentary film project that shares the story of the people living along the coal export trail and the project’s global environmental implications.  Co-sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation’s Olympic Peninsula Chapter. 40 minutes. Directed by Andy Miller and Robin Moore (2014).

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OCA to screen “Years of Living Dangerously”

First episode in blockbuster new series on climate change

Olympic Climate Action and the Elwha Klallam Heritage Training Center are co-sponsoring a local showing of the first episode of Years of Living Dangerously, followed by a live video chat with some of the series’ stars and producers, and a special message from Oscar winner James Cameron.  The event will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, at the Lower Elwha Klallam Heritage Training Center, First and Peabody Streets in Port Angeles.  Doors will open at 3:30.  Climate-change reading material will be available.  Donations gratefully accepted.

Years of Living Dangerously takes viewers directly to the heart of the climate change story in an awe-inspiring and cinematic new documentary series produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger, combining the blockbuster storytelling styles of Hollywood’s top movie makers with the reporting expertise of 60 Minutes’ Joel Bach and David Gelber, to reveal critical stories of heartbreak, hope and heroism as the race to save the planet heats up.  Correspondents include Lesley Stahl, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Jessica Alba, America Ferrera, Thomas L. Friedman, and Chris Hayes.

This first episode is available here:

You can follow the series on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


Climate Change Presentations for Local Groups

OCA has developed a slide presentation describing:

  • What residents can expect as climate change takes hold on the North Olympic Peninsula.
  • What our state and local decision makers are doing to address climate change.
  • What more can be done to reduce the impacts and prepare for the effects.

This presentation is available to all groups on the North Peninsula; contact us for details.

Panel discusses future of clean energy in WA

“Climate Action Goes to Washington (State): Energy Solutions in the Pacific Northwest” – APRIL 1, 3-5 pm PDT 

The recent agreement between Washington State, British Columbia, Oregon and California to harmonize their climate and energy policies has the potential to not just accelerate greenhouse gas reductions but also catalyze a strong, clean, and resilient economy. Join Governor of Washington Jay Inslee, along with distinguished industry and climate science leaders to discuss the future of clean energy. The discussion will cover a range of key climate policy issues from coal terminals, to fuel efficiency standards, to carbon pricing, with an eye toward innovation and new energy solutions.

  •   Gov. Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington
  •   Lisa Graumlich, Dean, University of Washington’s College of the Environment
  •   David Roberts, Senior staff writer, Grist
  •   Paul Shukovsky, Correspondent, Bloomberg BNA

Watch the livestream of the Seattle event on April 1st from 3-5pm PDT

Brought to you by Climate Access and Climate Desk Live in partnership with the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, sponsored by Bloomberg BNA.

Middle school video contest

For middle school parents and teachers on the North Olympic Peninsula:

To supplement the national contest described below, Olympic Climate Action is offering a $50 cash prize for the best short (30-120 seconds) video on climate change submitted by a middle-school student on the North Olympic Peninsula.  Rules:

·         Entries must have been submitted to the national contest described below.

·         After entry in the national contest, entries should be submitted by the students’ teachers, to, by March 21, 2014, along with parental consent forms.  The same parental consent form used by the EPA will work, substituting OCA for EPA.

·         OCA will generally follow the same procedures as the national contest, including the right to publish, use, duplicate, disclose, exhibit, or display any video entry submitted.

·         If multiple students worked on the prize-winning video, the amount awarded may exceed $50, at the discretion of Olympic Climate Action.

·         Decisions by Olympic Climate Action will be final, and if none of the videos submitted is deemed to be of sufficient quality, no prize may be awarded.

National Climate Change Video Contest

The EPA and National Environmental Education Foundation have launched a new video contest that asks middle school students to produce a short video about why they care about climate change and what they are doing about it.  Deadline March 18.


Photos from Plant-for-the-Planet

Here are some images from Presidents Day week 2014, when Mike, Zoe, and Stella Foster came to the Olympic Peninsula as climate ambassadors, visiting schools and planting trees and shrubs.

Link to video:  “Here’s a worm”

Academic counselor Jamie Briggs and OCA volunteer Jim Waddell help with the planting

Academic counselor Jamie Briggs and OCA volunteer Jim Waddell help with the planting

OCA volunteer Daniel Walker shows the structure of the seedling's roots

OCA volunteer Daniel Walker shows the structure of the seedling’s roots

Planting seedlings at Crescent

Planting seedlings at Crescent

Five Acre School students help restore a disturbed area at Dungeness County Park

Five Acre School students help restore a disturbed area at Dungeness County Park

OCA Sponsors Climate Ambassadors to Local Schools

Climate Reality Leader Michael Foster and his two daughters, Plant-for-the-Planet Ambassadors Zoe and Stella, visited schools across Clallam County the week of Presidents Day 2014.

Peninsula Daily News story

The Fosters’ itinerary

100 Demonstrate vs Keystone in Port Angeles & Port Townsend

Calling on President Obama to Reject Keystone XL; State Department Study Is Flawed35 demonstrators at First and Valley Streets in PA

As part of a national day of protests, Olympic Climate Action in Port Angeles and Fossil Fuel Action in Port Townsend conducted rallies on February 3, calling on President Obama to reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline following the release of the State Department’s flawed Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.  Thanks to all who braved the chill night air!  We were even featured in The Nation magazine’s online article about the nationwide rally. Continue reading