Category Archives: Inspiration

Like all social movements, this one must confront despair. Here’s some inner fuel for the soul.

Climate action now must focus on the global rich and their corporations

Native Skywatchers

Bringing Together Cultural and Scientific Knowledge of
the Stars

This workshop builds on combined decades of experience in what we come to call “duallearning” – the weaving together of cultural and scientific knowledge, stories, and hands-on activities in an environment where neither is dominant over the other and resonance between the two is easily found. PI A. Lee’s Native Skywatchers initiative and Collaborator D. Scalice’s NASA and the Navajo Nation partnership form the basis of the pedagogical approach of dual-learning.

We will focus on three constellations—Wakinyan-Thunderbird, To Win/Tun Win-Blue Spirit Woman (Lee, 2014), and Maang-Loon (Lee, 2014)—grounding participants in their location in the night sky and the knowledge contained in their stories. Then, we will introduce astronomy and astrobiology concepts that correspond, relate, and resonate: Wakinyan-Thunderbird with precession; To Win/Tun Win-Blue Spirit Woman with stellar nucleosynthesis; and Maang-Loon with Solar System formation. In each case, we will introduce scientific hands-on activities/labs, and participants will work in groups to expand them to reflect and teach the cultural knowledge they learned.

  • WHEN: Wednesday, January 9 at 1PM
  • WHERE: ʔaʔkʷustəŋáw̕txʷ House of Learning,
    Peninsula College Longhouse
  • Contact: Sadie Crowe at Longhouse@pencol.edu (360) 417-7992

We respectfully acknowledge that we are guests at Klallam territories

“The 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life”

By Karen Armstrong

The Compassion Campaign of Clallam County is co-sponsoring this 2019 Compassion Winter Read

12 Steps book cover

As a scholar of world religions, Armstrong extends an invitation to explore the particular place of compassion in religious and ethical teachings. She specifically focuses on the Golden Rule as expressed in each one, which served as common ground for the Charter of Compassion. As she acquaints the reader with various perspectives, she also describes compassion as “Love in Action.”

Invite people from work, organizations, neighbors, friends and family!


SIGN UP NOW: To facilitate or join a group at CompassionCampaignCC@gmail.com or call Marilyn at 360-477-0681

You will receive specific info for that group when you sign up.
More groups are forming. Maybe start an online ZOOM group (We can help with that!)


Groups begin the week of January 6th and run twelve (12) weeks.

SEQUIM
Sundays, 2-3:30pm, OUUF, 1033 N. Barr Rd.
Mondays, 10am-Noon (1st meeting only) 2-4pm all other weeks, Sequim Library
Wednesdays, 10am-Noon, Trinity United Methodist Church

AGNEW
Wednesdays, 10-11:30am, Monterra in Agnew

PORT ANGELES
Sundays, 11am-Noon, Holy Trinity Lutheran
Wednesdays, 10-11:30pm, Eash Home
Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm, CSLPA, 254 N. Bagley Creek Rd.
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:00pm, Unity in the Olympics, 2917 E. Myrtle Street
Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm, CSLPA, 254 N. Bagley Creek Rd.
Thursdays, 10:30am-Noon, Port Angeles Library, 2210 W. Peabody St.


“Celebration of the Journey”,
April 6, 2019, 1-3pm at the Shipley Center in Sequim,
where all groups can share what we’ve learned and “what’s next.”

Conservation International Presents

Nature is Speaking

Featuring short films personifying Nature, narrated by folks we know well.

Moving the Country Towards Emergency Climate Mobilization, Together

Dear Olympic Climate Action,  thank you so much for supporting The Climate Mobilization!

We are a small but fierce organization that advocates the strongest, fastest, sanest approach to the climate crisis. Because of your support, we are moving the country toward mobilization. A few highlights:

  • April 16, 2016 Bernie Sanders calls for WWII scale climate mobilization in Brooklyn Debate with Hillary Clinton
  • July 22, 2016: Need for WWII climate mobilization officially adopted into the official Democratic party platform 
  • November 1, 2017: Hoboken, NJ city council unanimously passes a resolution declaring climate emergency and committing to a decade transition to zero emissions brought by local TCM Hoboken chapter. 
  • December 5, 2017: The county council of Montgomery County, MD unanimously supports a resolution declaring a climate emergency and committing to an end to all emissions by 2035. The move and TCM’s participation is covered in the Washington Post and picked up by the Associated Press, reaching over 50 outlets.  
  • January, 2018: Inspired by our success in Montgomery County, Seattle 350 and a coalition of Washington state climate groups launch the “Climate Countdown,” demanding an immediate halt to all fossil fuel infrastructure, and 100% renewable energy in ten years or less.
  • May 4th, 2018, LA City Council Unanimously votes to explore Climate Emergency Mobilization Department (CityWatch LA).


Your support has made this possible. Sincere thanks,

Margaret,

Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD
Founder and Director, The Climate Mobilization
Climate change is an emergency. Let’s treat it like one. Let’s mobilize.

The Climate Mobilization
275 9th Street, Suite 150387
Brooklyn, NY 11215
United States

The Madhouse Effect

Publisher’s Book Description

The award winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Tom Toles have fought at the frontlines of climate denialism for most of their careers. They have witnessed the manipulation of the media by business and political interests and the unconscionable play to partisanship on issues that affect the well-being of millions. The lessons they have learned have been invaluable, inspiring this brilliant, colorful escape hatch from the madhouse of the climate wars.

Through satire, “The Madhouse Effect” portrays the intellectual pretzels into which denialists must twist logic to explain away the clear evidence that man-made activity has changed our climate. Toles’s cartoons collapse counter-scientific strategies into their biased components, helping readers see how to best strike at these fallacies. Mann’s expert skills at science communication aim to restore sanity to a debate that continues to rage against widely acknowledged scientific consensus. The synergy of these two commonsense crusaders enlivens the gloom and doom of so many climate-themed books–and may even convert a few of the faithful to the right side of science.

Sneak Peak of Chapter 1: Science How it Works (Select EXCERPT and zoom)

Chapter 7: Geoengineering, or “What Could Possibly Go Wrong” ( PDF)

Here’s a way to fight climate change: Empower women

This story was originally published by WIRED and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

“Gender and climate are inextricably linked,” said environmentalist and author Katharine Wilkinson on stage at TEDWomen last week, a gathering of women thought leaders and activists in Palm Desert, California.

Women, she says, are disproportionately affected by climate change. When communities are decimated by floods or droughts, tsunamis or fire, the most vulnerable among them suffer the most. Because women across the world have fewer rights, less money, and fewer freedoms, in those moments of extreme loss, women are often hit the hardest. “There’s greater risk of displacement, higher odds of being injured or killed during a natural disaster. Prolonged drought can precipitate early marriage, as families contend with scarcity. Floods can force last-resort prostitution as women struggle to make ends meet. These dynamics are most acute under conditions of poverty,” she says.

With several new reports painting an increasingly bleak picture of the state of the world’s climate, Wilkinson is delivering her message at a time when leaders on the global stage are looking for solutions. As thousands of people gather this week at a major climate summit known as COP24, Wilkinson is making a plea to open people’s eyes to one fact: Women’s rights are Earth’s rights. “In my experience, to have eyes wide open is to hold a broken heart every day,” she says.

But she has hope. Though women feel the effects of climate the most, they also represent an opportunity. “To address climate change, we must make gender equity a reality. And in the face of a seemingly impossible challenge, women and girls are a fierce source of possibility,” Wilkinson says. She and her team at the nonprofit Project Drawdown have been studying the real-world steps people can take to fix climate change, resulting in a best-selling 2017 book highlighting the top 100 solutions to reverse warming.

Her argument is that if women are empowered in three distinct ways, the downstream effects on the environment will make a huge difference in the fight for climate change. She argues that if women were treated more equally professionally, they’d have fewer kids and the land they farm would be more efficient, all of which would help save the planet.

“Women are the primary farmers of the world,” Wilkinson says. They produce 60 to 80 percent of the food in lower-income countries, she says, on small plots. These farmers are known as “smallholders.”

Yet due to local laws and entrenched biases, women farmers are given fewer resources and support from their governments, and they have fewer rights to their own land. For example, in some countries women are not allowed to own their own land, which makes it impossible for them to use the land as collateral for a loan to buy farming equipment. In other places, women are are not able to borrow money without a man’s signature. These restrictions hamper their ability to run their farms efficiently, leading to lower yields.

This is a problem not just for their earning potential, but for the Earth. Every year, humans clear-cut forests to create more agriculture land to grow crops to feed the world’s growing population. In turn, this deforestation increases the rate of climate change.

Instead of clear-cutting new land, why not work to make the existing farms run by women more efficient? “Close that gap and farm yields rise by 20 to 30 percent,” says Wilkinson. “Support women smallholders, realize higher yields, avoid deforestation, and sustain the life-giving power of forests.” If women’s farms yielded as much on average as farms run by men across the world, it would stop approximately 2 billion tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere between now and 2050. “That’s on par with the impact household recycling can have globally,” she says.

Besides addressing inequality in agriculture, Wilkinson says giving women access to high-quality voluntary reproductive health care would have tremendous benefit for the climate.

“Curbing growth of our human population is a side effect,” she says — one that would reduce global emissions. Do that by making birth control and medical care more available to women across the world.

And do it by educating women. Wilkinson notes that more than 130 million women worldwide are denied access to school. Yet the more education a woman attains, the fewer children she has. From a conservation perspective, empowering women to have smaller families is an objectively positive outcome. “The right to go to school effects how many human beings live on this planet,” says Wilkinson.

With these three changes — empowerment of women farmers, increased global access to family planning, and the right to an education — Wilkinson and her team at Project Drawdown predict that by midcentury, improving gender equality could equal 1 billion fewer people on Earth.

“Gender equity is on par with wind turbines and solar panels and forests,” Wilkinson says, adding, “This does not mean women and girls are responsible for fixing everything. But we probably will.”