WA Citizen Climate Assembly Moves Forward

In January 2021, Washington state will form its first Citizen Climate Assembly and be the first in the nation to do so. The process to select the members for the Assembly gathered steam with a workshop last week to identify important criteria for the Assembly members. The Initiating Team for the Washington Climate Assembly is …

How can we make our economy work for everyone?

What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? Like a doughnut says Oxford economist Kate Raworth https://www.ted.com/talks/kate_raworth_a_healthy_economy_should_be_designed_to_thrive_not_grow?language=en This talk was presented at an official TED conference,and was featured by our editors on the home page. In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of the hole -- where people …

Climate Change, COVID-19 and Bat Week

Are Bats our friends or are they a menace? While visiting family in Monroe, WA, we discovered a small bat had blundered into the house. I believe I saw a representative range of reactions, from extreme fear and hat-wearing through calm attempts to help the bat escape. Bat Week -- October 24-31 Bats eat insects, …

Port Angeles School District debuts COVID-19 tracker

Debut of the Daily COVID-19 Cases Dashboard for mobile Up-to-date information on school reopening status. Peninsula Daily News story in full > by Michael CarmanTuesday, October 27, 2020 1:30am PORT ANGELES — Parents will be notified when a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in the schools, Port Angeles School District Superintendent Marty Brewer said as …

DEADLY BACTERIA LURK IN SE US COASTAL WATERS. CLIMATE CHANGE INCREASES THE RISKS.

Scientists call Vibrio a bellwether for climate change because it flourishes in warm water. As the overheating planet alters the oceans — swelling sea levels and fueling harsher storms — the bacteria are multiplying in places where they already thrived and creeping into places where they never did. That’s sickening more Americans who swim, fish and work …

Candidate Biden said he would phase out the U.S. oil industry

57% of Americans voters, including 41% of Republicans, support transitioning off oil! By Lisa Martine Jenkins | October 23, 2020 at 7:30 pm ETMorning Consult Click to Enlarge -- Back to Return After former Vice President Joe Biden said he would phase out the U.S. oil industry over time in order to make space for …

What is Carbon Offsetting?

Visual Capitalist examines the carbon offsetting principle.

“Carbon offsetting programs such as the one implemented by California have the potential to generate revenues and encourage innovation. Critics, however, have suggested it has a number of design issues.”

Sequim Beacon Adds Resources

The Sequim Beacon has added a multimedia Resources section to their website with recommendations for books to read in the Left-leaning category. There's also a link to a timely talk by Noam Chomsky and a PowerPoint presentation on The Two Moralities. "This presentation is an introduction to the concept of 2 moralities: the "Strict Father" …

A picture worth a million votes?

Like our lives depend on it A color-coded map shows the biggest wildfires raging up and down the West Coast -- Insider.com Fires on Monday 14 September The map below shows some of the biggest blazes in the three states, color coded by acreage. The resultant smoke from the fires AirNow Interactive Map of Air …

25 Washington Newspaper Editors Contact List

Places to submit Letters to the Editor Follow the links for further instructions Clallam County: Peninsula Daily News: 250 words or less Clark County: The Columbian (Vancouver, WA): 200 words or less King County: Crosscut: No word limit specifiedBellevue Reporter: 300 words or lessKent Reporter: 250 words or lessRedmond Reporter: 300 words or lessRenton Reporter: 250 …

LSRD Methane Paper update – 30 July 2020

https://olyclimate.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/methane-paper-update-30-july-20201.pdf The original report from 2016: https://olyclimate.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/snake-river-greenhouse-gases.docx-.pdf

En-ROADS — Climate Change Solutions Simulator

En-ROADS is a transparent, freely-available policy simulation model that provides policymakers, educators, businesses, the media, and the public with the ability to explore, for themselves, the likely consequences of energy, economic growth, land use, and other policies and uncertainties, with the goal of improving their understanding. https://vimeo.com/359091159

Seattle Cruise Control Update

Greetings, Seattle Cruise Control Supporters! The COVID-19 pandemic has had at least two positive consequences: The entire 2020 Seattle-to-Alaska cruise season — all 233 ships — has been cancelled.Work has stopped on the new cruise terminal at T46! However, a pause is not the same as a cancellation: the Port of Seattle Director has stated that "when it's safe to …

Forest Carbon Management Report

Forest Carbon and Climate ChangeProposed SolutionsCitations Lawetal2020Download https://olyclimate.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/lawetal2020.pdf

Climate Emergency Movement

The global tally for Climate Emergency declarations is up to 1,755, within 30 countries. In California, the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD) Board of Directors adopted a Climate Emergency resolution and committed to achieving net zero emissions electricity by 2030, becoming the first utility company to commit to a timeline that is in line with …

The DNC platform is being improved!

Thanks to you, the DNC platform is being improved! At the end of a long day of amendments, hearings, and markups, we’re pleased to report that most of the amendments supported by Climate Hawks Vote folk like you have been approved! Here’s a sampling of the amendments where your public support made a difference: -- …

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Timothy Snyder | March 2017 An idiot’s guide to tyranny: Some thoughts about Timothy’s Snyder’s ‘On Tyranny’ — The Berkshire Edge “Americans today are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism in the twentieth century. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is …

Accurate Weather and Climate Reporting on KNKX Jazz Blues & NPR News

Thanks for signing our petition, "Accurate Weather and Climate Reporting on KNKX Jazz Blues & NPR News". We were successful in modestly moving KNKX with respect to Cliff Mass's minimization of the climate crisis. Station managers arranged for a scientific review (conducted pro bono by Dr. Tad Anderson, a former colleague of Mass and a …

The Washington State Climate Assembly needs your help!

Position announcement: 17 July 2020 Washington State Climate Assembly Program Assistant The Climate Assembly Washington Initiating Team is looking for excellent candidates to serve as Program Assistant for the first-ever “Citizens’ Climate Assembly” in the United States!   So-called “Citizens’ Assemblies” are a form of deliberative democracy that has been used with promising results around the …

Bill McKibben Steps-down from 350.org Board

First of all, enormous thanks for being part of 350.org's family over the years. We've all depended on you, and I think together we've done useful work. As 2020 ends I will transition from active to emeritus status in my work at 350.org, both in my role as ‘senior advisor’ and as a member of …

Greta Thunberg: Humanity has not yet failed

Sommar & Vinter i P1 | Jun 20 - 75 min. https://open.spotify.com/episode/7E2Wz3C5XwtEw3Pi96tLQA?si=gOHyk4gOSMGxKcgdaoc4lg Spotify URL - https://open.spotify.com/episode/7E2Wz3C5XwtEw3Pi96tLQA?si=gOHyk4gOSMGxKcgdaoc4lg Episode Description Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges world leaders to do more. Doing our best is no longer good enough. We must now do the seemingly impossible, Thunberg says in the Swedish Radio show Summer on P1 where she …

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 …

How can we achieve climate justice today?

From urban cities to rural towns, people are coming together in outrage to demonstrate that #BlackLivesMatter and call for the end of white supremacy culture and systematic racism. This is not a new struggle or fight. This is a response to centuries of oppression that has torn apart Black communities through slavery, police brutality, incarceration, …

Stop the Money Pipeline supports the demand to defund the police

For years, the Movement for Black Lives has demanded investments in the education, health and safety of Black communities, instead of in institutions that criminalize, cage and harm Black people.Stop the Money Pipeline supports the demand to defund the police, and invest instead in Black communities.Cities across the United States spend a mind-boggling portion of …

What are our next steps toward BLM?

How about that amazing special edition 350 PNW Conversations call on Monday?! We had 22 folks from 12 local groups across our region gather together to reflect, listen, and engage in conversation around the powerful recent message “In Defense of Black Lives” from Black leadership at 350.org to all of us organizing for climate justice …

Updates on Climate and Racial Justice

Crowds of protestors have taken to the streets in major cities and towns of all sizes in the United States and around the world, decrying the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and many others, and to demand an end to police violence against black people. Last week the Movement for …

Stop the Money Pipeline supports minority protests

June 5, 2020 medical worker Breonna Taylor should have been celebrating her twenty-seventh birthday. But on March 13th, police used a battering ram to enter her apartment and murdered her in her bed, shooting her eight times. Anyone who has read about the cold-blooded murder of Breonna Taylor or watched the footage of a white …

Science is Not Immune to to Racism

The protests that are sweeping the country are a direct response to the fact that racism is an inescapable reality in the United States. That these protests are happening right now, in the midst of a pandemic that places the protesters at risk from congregating, speaks to how deep the injustice is, and how urgent …

4 area Tribes are “still in” for climate action

The Jamestown, Hoh, Quinault, and Suquamish Tribes are among 12 Tribes nationwide that have signed on to the We Are Still In declaration, a coalition of cities, states, tribes, businesses, universities, healthcare organizations, and faith groups who strongly oppose the US withdrawal from Paris and are not going to take a retreat from the global …

$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 …

OMG! look at that honeybee swarm!

Quick, call Noelle! 360-280-4594 | noellenordstrom.oly@gmail.com | #beeallaboutit Hello neighbors, my name is Noelle and I am a hobbyist beekeeper who moved here last fall. I live on 9th street in Port Angeles. Alas, my bee colonies did not survive the winter. Since I am renting, I decided not to purchase bees this year and …

About CoronaVirus

Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) Letter from Dr. Robb at UC San Diego. For those concerned about the coronavirus: Subject: What I am doing for the upcoming COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic by James Robb, MD UC San Diego Dear Colleagues, as some of you may recall, when I was a professor of pathology at …

Climate-related Bills in the WA State Legislature

Climate- and energy-related bills in the WA State Legislature that the League of Women Voters supports: SHB 1110 /  SB 5412   Reduces greenhouse gas emissions with transportation fuels.  HB 1113 Aligns Washington State's greenhouse gas reduction goals with the 2015 Paris Agreement and current climate change science assessments.  HB 1597 Integrates the natural gas upstream emissions rate and global warming …

2019 State of the Sound Report

issues a Call to Action for Puget Sound Recovery NEWS RELEASE -- December 2, 2019MEDIA CONTACT: Jon Bridgman, 206.276.5309, jon.bridgman@psp.wa.gov  The latest biennial State of the Sound Report, released this week, stresses that “…we can still recover Puget Sound, but only if we act boldly now.” This is the scientifically informed assessment of the Puget …

OCA Supports the Sustainable Farms and Field Initiative

OCA has joined organizations around the state who are adding their names to the Sustainable Farm and Fields Support Sign-on Letter From: Noa KayI'm excited to add Olympic Climate Action to the letter of support. Thank you! We'll keep folks updated as the legislative session begins so you can track the bill's progress and take action …

Open Letter Delivered at Meeting of Equator Banks

Press Release -- 13 November 2019By: BankTrack & Partners As banks head for Singapore to decide on new Equator Principles, 300+ civil society groups call for ambition and courage Campaigners urge banks to stop financing climate disasters and respect Indigenous’ Peoples Rights 312 Civil society organizations from 58 countries have today called upon the financial …

World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency

Humanity is on a collision course with Nature. A damaged Nature will survive. We may not. We must change course to avert an ecological disaster. We must take action if we are to survive. This is the warning that our scientists have been trying to deliver since 1992. It's short and to the point:World Scientists’ …

Scientists endorse mass civil disobedience to force climate action

Reuters -- Environment October 12, 2019 -- Matthew Green LONDON (Reuters) - Almost 400 scientists have endorsed a civil disobedience campaign aimed at forcing governments to take rapid action to tackle climate change, warning that failure could inflict “incalculable human suffering.” . . . “We believe that the continued governmental inaction over the climate and …

Climate Resolution for the City of Port Angeles is up for a vote

NOVEMBER 6, 2019 -- City of Port Angeles Council Meeting Agenda In the meeting packet .PDF linked above:Resiliency Plan: Recommendations Addressing Climate Change -- p. 78-103Appendix A: Climate Resolution for the City of Port Angeles -- p. 104Appendix B: Actions for Reducing PT City Government Emissions -- p. 106-107 Appendix A: Climate Resolution for the …

Changing climate matters in Montana

“The speed of change calls us to action for the sake of our kids and grandkids. Believe the science and support changes to address our changing Montana climate.” THE EDITORIAL BOARD of the Billings Gazette — Sep 22, 2019 For the first time in three years, Glacier National Park's Going to the Sun Road wasn't …

“How dare you?”

Right here, right now is where we draw the line, The world is waking, and change is coming whether you like it or not.Greta Thunberg, speaking before the United Nations, 9/23/2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9KxE4Kv9A8

PDN article on Global Climate Strike OP

https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/olympic-climate-action-sets-events-for-climate-strike-week/

Kudos to Port Angeles High School

They've made Climate Change their theme for the year. Here's their memo to students and parents: School-wide theme: Educating for Climate Change: Teachers are reporting creative ways that they are incorporating the theme of Educating for Climate Change into their classrooms this year. For example: Ms. Christianson’s French III/IV students found French words/phrases associated with climate change, then …

Plastic Industry’s Planned Expansion Threatens Our Ability to Avoid Catastrophic Climate Change

“We cannot solve the climate crisis without also addressing the rapidly-growing plastic pollution crisis,” said Judith Enck, Former EPA Regional Administrator and founder of Beyond Plastics CONTACT 518.605.1770, Judith Enck, BeyondPlastics@Bennington.edu FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2019 BENNINGTON, VERMONT — As students around the world prepare for a series of climate strikes, the petrochemical industry is …

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 …

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 …

“Most sadly three more Blackfish just starved to death.”

Says Paul Chiyokten Wagner: “I believe the sacred words of our ancestors. Duwamish prophecy: "If the Blackfish were ever to be absent from the Salish Sea, so would the humans be absent from the land". Most sadly three more Blackfish just starved to death.We can do this together my family, rise up, make yourself strong …

Climate crisis reducing land’s ability to sustain humanity, says IPCC

UN report finds ecosystems never before under such threat and restoration is urgent The Guardian, Aug 8, 2019 by Damian Carrington, Environmental Editor 'However, action now to allow soils and forests to regenerate and store carbon, and to cut meat consumption by people and food waste, could play a big role in tackling the 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 …

Bonneville, the Northwest’s biggest clean-power supplier, faces promise and perils in changing energy markets

 July 21, 2019 at 6:00 am By Hal Bernton  Seattle Times staff reporter GRAND COULEE DAM — When workers started pulling apart the three largest hydroelectric units in North America — capable of supplying more than enough power for all of Seattle — they found the damage far worse than expected. They encountered large cracks, worn-out bearings …

Democratic primary voters overwhelmingly prefer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal to Joe Biden’s climate plan

Democratic primary voters overwhelmingly prefer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal to Joe Biden's climate plan Eliza Relman & Walt Hickey 'Democratic primary voters much prefer the more ambitious plans to fight climate change proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee over former Vice President Joe Biden's relatively less aggressive proposal, according to …

‘And a Child Shall Lead Them,’ or: How This Boomer Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Green New Deal

‘And a Child Shall Lead Them,’ or: How This Boomer Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Green New Deal Ross Macfarlane 'I am talking to my peeps: those of us who get the science, care deeply about the environment and the need for climate action, and are filled with both disgust and determination at …

Leah Stokes on Biden’s Climate plan

Leah Stokes is a professor of PoliSci Prof at UCSB wrote this assessment of Biden's Climate plan. 

Where is your 2020 candidate on Climate?

Where is your 2020 candidate on climate? Greenpeace has analyzed public record, actions, and responses to their climate survey and used the results to grade the candidates.

Exclusive: United States sets sights on China in new electric vehicle push

Exclusive: United States sets sights on China in new electric vehicle push Ernest Scheyder, April 5, 2019 Reuters “Creating a domestic electric vehicle supply chain is the perfect blueprint to make America great again,” said Jesse Edmondson, chief executive officer of U.S. Critical Minerals, a start-up firm buying lithium mineral rights in the U.S. Southeast.

Late Night Cram: Green New Deal (ft. Rhiana Gunn-Wright)

Late Night Cram: Green New Deal (ft. Rhiana Gunn-Wright) 39 minute podcast about the Green New Deal talking to Rhiana Gunn-Wright who was a policy lead in developing the deal. "I think it's also about being able to bring these issues to the places where people are actually encountering them in the ways they actually …

Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment

Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment From now, house style guide recommends terms such as ‘climate crisis’ and ‘global heating’ Damian Carrington Environment editor @dpcarrington Fri 17 May 2019 05.39 EDT

Jay Inslee is writing the climate plan the next president should adopt

Jay Inslee is writing the climate plan the next president should adopt More than a campaign document, it’s an instruction manual. By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com May 18, 2019, 10:00am EDT

Deep decarbonization: How? Who?

LEGAL PATHWAYS TO DEEP DECARBONIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES: SUMMARY & KEY RECOMMENDATIONS Deep decarbonization pathways summary This is a summary of a larger report by the Environmental Law Institute, posing the question of what laws & policies could lead to an 80% reduction (or more) of net greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050. There are short …

Resources on the Green New Deal

Green New Deal resources from by David Barnhill, a local 350.org leader from Wisconsin: What's the Deal with the Green New Deal? - slide presentation  Facebook page: "Green New Deal in the News," key daily articles Annotated list of articles featuring quotes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1665bf5GXeueoj1OovVPiSP6Ty5iJJ47rKiUGHmly90w/edit

Climate and America’s endangered rivers

https://endangeredrivers.americanrivers.org/

“Falter”: In New Book, Bill McKibben Asks If the Human Game Has Begun to Play Itself Out

All three parts of the interview can be accessed from this page link. Thousands are taking to the streets in London today to demand radical action to combat the climate crisis. Protesters with the group Extinction Rebellion have set up encampments and roadblocks across Central London and say they’ll stay in the streets for at …

Port Townsend GND Town Hall Meeting

Learn about the Sunrise Movement, Green New Deal, and ways to get involved around local environmental & climate issues. 

How to make the world affordably carbon-free

April 12, 2019 Author Gero Rueter DW News - DW.COM This article onlineNew Study: Global Energy System based on 100% Renewable EnergyAbout Energy Watch Group (EWG) If the world is to quit coal and gas for renewable energy sources, they have to be reliable and affordable. Is that realistic? Researchers have crunched the numbers and …

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

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 …

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

How Google, Microsoft, and Bit Tech are Automating the Climate Crisis

Author: Brian Merchant Source: Gizmodo 'These deals, many of which were made just last year, at what may be the height of public awareness of the threats posed by climate change, are explicitly aimed at streamlining, improving, and rendering oil and gas extraction operations more profitable.' Full Article: How Google, Microsoft, and Bit Tech are Automating …

Fantastic Thread On a Green New Deal

Rhiana Gunn-Wright addresses the question of whether the GND is simply a "Progressive laundry list". https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048679667924993 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048685841879040 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048689088282624 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048692204724225 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048695300046848 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048698596818944 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048701549551616 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048704963710976 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094049076885315585

Trump energy policies save billions for industry at a cost of human lives

...not to mention the other critters out there...this per the Trump administration's own figures: https://www.nola.com/environment/2019/01/trump-rollbacks-on-fossil-fuels-will-save-industry-money-but-cost-lives.html

Voice from time immemorial

This "letter from an orca" was published in today's Seattle Times, with a thought-provoking twist at the end: https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/orcas-and-a-way-of-life/    

Dr. Guenther Twitter Thread

On talking about climate change https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089899109509672965 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089900347433328647 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089901090898878464 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089902486159278080 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089903691795218432 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089904734339846144 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089906253793501186 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089907595652067328 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089908959631343618

Greta Thunberg in Davos

https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1088440150630285312 and this https://twitter.com/guardian/status/1088876447035523073

Climate crisis is “existential threat” house democrats say – But Protecting Turf Comes First

Climate crisis is "existential threat" house democrats say - But Protecting Turf Comes First by Kate Aronoff December 30, 2018   'THE NEW HOUSE committee being created to confront the climate crisis is being stripped of authority in order to accommodate the parochial concerns of senior Democrats in the caucus, protecting their pieces of turf.'

Conservation International Presents

Nature is Speaking Featuring short films personifying Nature, narrated by folks we know well. JOAN CHEN is SkyPENELOPE CRUZ is WaterHARRISON FORD is OceanLIAM NEESON is IceEDWARD NORTON is SoilLUPITA NYONG´O is FlowerLEE PACE is MountainROBERT REDFORD is RedwoodJULIA ROBERTS is Mother NatureIAN SOMERHALDER is Coral ReefREESE WITHERSPOON is HomeSHAILENE WOODLEY is Forest

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 …

Jan. 10 webinar to provide update on Governor’s proposed budget and policy for Orca Task Force recommendations

From the co-chairs of the Governor's Southern Resident Orca Task Force: Please join us on Thursday, January 10, from 10 to 11 a.m., for a Governor’s Office budget and policy update webinar to address questions from members of the Governor's Southern Resident Orca Task Force. The following panelists will participate in the discussion: Jim Cahill, …

Gov. Inslee calls for Climate Plan

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Story in CrosscutState Democrats are confident they'll pass the $268 million clean energy plan.He suggested more efficient hydroelectric dams and grids, a lot more electric cars, and four electric-hybrid ferries. A decade or more from now, he said, there should be a high-speed rail line from Vancouver, B.C., to Seattle to Portland. There was more, …

Greta Thunberg’s speech

You should watch Greta Thunberg's speech to the UN plenary session at COP24 if you haven't seen it yet. Or if you have, watch it again. It is that powerful.  

Shell Oil Executive Boasts that His Company Influenced the Paris Agreement.

Kate Aronoff with one of the most important pieces you will read this year. https://theintercept.com/2018/12/08/shell-oil-executive-boasts-that-his-company-influenced-the-paris-agreement/

National Climate Assessment

This past Friday government released the 4th National Climate Assessment, clearly they were hoping people would be too busy with post Thanksgiving madness to notice. It is a stark report of how climate change is already impacting life in the US and how it will continue to get worse, and much much more expensive, if we don't …

OCA members have their say

Now that most of the dust has cleared on the 2018 election, OCA members should be acknowledged for having their say about climate in the public sphere. In these fractured times, there's a need for citizens to state plain truths out loud, and OCA members are to be congratulated for stepping up to the democratic …

Majority favors action on climate, both here and nationally

The people of the Olympic Peninsula, like the people of Washington State and the United States, want to address climate change. $32 million of Big Oil money does not deny that fact! From Yale Climate Opinion Maps 2018: Sample survey question: "Congress should do more to address global warming." 6th Congressional District (Olympic & Kitsap Peninsulas): …

I-1631 could save billions in health costs

Washingtonians could save billions in health costs just by cleaning the air Kristin Eberhard, Laura Skelton and Sarah Cornett of the Sightline Institute

Negative emissions technologies overview from NAS

From the National Academies of Science: Negative emissions technologies, which remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequester it, will be an important part of the portfolio of climate responses. To achieve goals for climate and economic growth, “negative emissions technologies” (NETs) that remove and sequester carbon dioxide from the air will need to play …

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

White House response to IPCC climate report: “Lalalalala”

"This disaster is going to be as bad—as very, very bad—as we make it." From Elizabeth Kolbert at the New Yorker: What Is Donald Trump’s Response to the U.N.’s Dire Climate Report? The U.N.’s scientific advisory board sounds a piercing alarm on climate change, but the President doesn’t seem to hear it. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/22/what-is-donald-trumps-response-to-the-uns-dire-climate-report More New …

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 …

The laws of thermodynamics…beyond the power of the veto

One might say the melting is like weeping, glacial tears upon the cheek of the sea. Our lament is an embarrassment; no excuse can set us free. Memories of ancient times slipping through our grasp; what once we thought forever has now become the past. --OCA member Brian Grad

The story of a Tar-Sands tanker

Follow this story of a Tar-Sands supertanker as it takes on its cargo in Burnaby and heads out through the Salish Sea to the Pacific. The City of Vancouver estimates a very real chance of a major spill during the expected lifetime of the project...if the project comes to fruition. The results could be devastating …

J-50 presumed dead

When do we finally say, "Enough"? https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/orca-j50-declared-dead-after-search-southern-residents-down-to-74-whales/

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 climate game of chance–literally

Developed by the Thurston County Regional Planning Council: http://www.trpc.org/844/Resilience-Road---Board-Game