Category Archives: Earth Day

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 I have several empty beehives standing by in my backyard. Honeybee swarming season is revving up, so I wanted to ask you to please give me a shout if you see a honeybee swarm in our neighborhood. I have homes for them. I can even set up a hive in your yard if it has the right conditions and you think it would be fun. I will tend it and we can share the honey. When a swarm clusters, time is of the essence. Please know that though a honeybee swarm is a dramatic, kind of scary looking event, the bees are in a very good mood and not likely to sting. Do not be scared, it is a festive occasion! Please magnetize my contact information above, to your fridge and put it in your phone.

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My second request is that everyone keep their eyes peeled for an invasive menace called the Asian Giant Hornet. Please familiarize yourself with what they look like so you can report them to WA Dept. Ag. and consider trapping them if you are interested. If you have a hummingbird feeder it is possible you might see one stop by for a drink. It will be nearly as large as a hummingbird! These hornets are dangerous to humans and can decimate honey bee colonies as well as other colonial insects. Just last year they were discovered in British Columbia and in Blaine, Washington. The Washington Department of Agriculture has instigated a volunteer trapping program to try to get a handle on them. Clallam County is one of the spots they want to watch closely. We have at most 2 years to get a grip on these things before they become a long-term problem. If they are here, the queens will be emerging right about now and looking for sugar. They like tree sap, especially oaks.

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New York Times article:  Murder Hornets’ in the U.S.: The Rush to Stop the Asian Giant Hornet

AGH Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hornets

WA Dept Agriculture AGH information, report sightings, etc: https://agr.wa.gov/departments/insects-pests-and-weeds/insects/hornets

I am going to set up some traps and am getting supplies. More traps improve our chances of detecting them, so consider setting out and tending (weekly) traps of your own: https://agr.wa.gov/departments/insects-pests-and-weeds/insects/hornets/trapping. If you decide to set out traps, two places you can get the rice cooking wine are McPhee’s on Race St and Saar’s on Lauridsen Blvd in PA.

If you decide to set traps, let me know, and I might be able to offer advice or help. 

Thanks a ton! My husband and I are very happy to land in this excellent place! We look forward to making friends around here.

Take care everyone -Noelle noellenordstrom.oly@gmail.com

‘We’re on the way to a sustainable, resilient planet’

Denis Hayes in 1970 (above), while planning the first Earth Day, and (left) today

50 years after he was picked by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson to hastily orgainze the first earth day at age 25, Denis Hayes thinks ‘green’ is winning.

You and your team inspired 20 million Americans to take part in the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. How did you pull it off? We persuaded reporters to write about it and put our mailing address into articles. A week later, a flood of mail would come in. When we wanted to communicate, we’d mimeograph 50,000 copies, stamp them and send them out. Slow, but it worked.

And the idea really struck a chord. The response was remarkable. There was dissatisfaction with the way the nation was de­veloping. You couldn’t see more than two blocks in some cities because of the air pollution. Places we used to swim and fish had “No swimming, no fishing” signs due to wa­ter pollution. Rivers were on fire. Breathing the air in places like Los Angeles was like smoking two or three packs of cigarettes a day. People began to think there’s something wrong.

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50 Annotated Music Videos

In Celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day 2020

Annotated Playlist since 1970 (with YouTube links) by Jim Couture, MA, MT-BC

These are Earth Day songs of a different kind, not the usual environmental destruction songs – what humans have done to spoil our planet – but rather lyrics representing the shift in thought & practice since the first Earth Day that considers natural wonders as diverse, interdependent subjects rather than isolated objects. Included are Pop, Show, Folk and Religious genres.

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The Destruction of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Photo: Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post via Getty Images

How Trump is destroying Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and what it means for environmental protection laws everywhere

Thursday, April 23, 7pm

On zoom.us,meeting ID: 972 0690 8213, Password: carolyn@riseup.net, or call in at
(253) 215-8782 (more connection information below).

Trump’s border wall is under construction through the most pristine Sonoran Desert ecosystem – Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Endangered species, Indigenous sacred sites, and wilderness lands are being destroyed now.

“Our normal litigious strategies have been rendered useless by the Trump administration’s waiver of almost every relevant environmental and cultural resources law.”
– Center for Biological Diversity

We have put together a public presentation on this issue and will be hosting a Zoom conference on Thursday, April 23, 7pm. Details are below. While this border wall is far away from the northwest, the legal issues are right in our backyard. Our solidarity with the people of southern Arizona and northern Sonora, and the people migrating through that area, is critical to change the policies that allow this destruction to happen in the first place.

In honor of Earth Day, we have put together a public presentation on this issue. While this border wall is far away from the northwest, the legal issues are right in our backyard. Our solidarity with the people of southern Arizona and northern Sonora, and the people migrating through that area, is critical to change the policies that allow this destruction to happen in the first place. This presentation will allow people to learn about this fragile desert ecosystem, the people on the southern border, how Trump has waived the law to allow this destruction, and how these precedents threaten wilderness ecosystems in the pacific northwest.

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“All Earth Life Matters”

Reaching out and fostering awareness in Earth care and concerns within the community has been what the supporting visual art projects have been about all along.  Then along came covid-19 and everything was upended on its ear….so to speak…and we continue to move through the effects of so much change in our lives. 

As the saying goes, “necessity is the Mother of invention” it can also be said now that it is also the “Mother of do-it-yourself” (I personally installed track lighting in my studio last week.  Those three little wires coming out of the ceiling where I’d removed the old light fixture didn’t have to be so intimidating after all….given that I had already switched off the breaker.)  The hardest thing was maneuvering the snake-y track and affixing it where it needed to be.  Voila!  New lighting to work by for this artist soul!

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#ClallamTogether: Earth Day comes home & goes virtual

Dear Community Members/Organizations/Businesses/Groups and Allies:

As Wednesday, April 22, the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, approaches, we find ourselves in unprecedented circumstances, as the urgent, evolving challenges of the coronavirus pandemic call on people everywhere to respond to one another and to our shifting circumstances with courage, compassion, ingenuity and open hearts. 

And though our ways of connecting with one another have shifted, Earth itself remains our constant home. 

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Earth Day Live — The Three Days

April 22nd is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Normally that would mean gathering together in cities across the country to demand climate justice with a series of marches, rallies, art builds, actions, and trainings. This year, however, we will mobilize for climate justice online! 
This Earth Day we are supporting our partners WA Youth Climate Strike who are organizing Earth Day Live, a three-day live stream from April 22 to 24 focused on demanding action on climate change, jobs, and justice. 
The live stream will include training sessions, performances, and appearances to keep people engaged, informed, and inspired, with speakers including celebrities, politicians, scientists, and youth activists.

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Family Tips and Tricks for Celebrating Earth Day All Year Round

Teach your children to lessen their impact on the earth,
and make it FUN!

Brought to you by Olympic Climate Action | Olyclimate.org


With the current Stay-At-Home order due to the Coronavirus, parents house-bound with kids may be looking even harder for projects that are educational, fun, and safe. Here are some activities to start with…and links to sites for more ideas:

Make a game of turning off all unnecessary lights and powering down unused devices

Plant seeds in recycled egg cartons and plastic tubs and watch them grow, or make a terrarium out of a plastic bottle, old goldfish bowl, or big jar

Earth Day bracelets created from TP rolls
All these bracelets start the same. Cut a loop about an inch wide from a TP roll. Cut a slit in the loop so it will fit around a wrist.

  • For the star superhero cuff I painted the TP tube. When it was dry I added a star cut from an old art project. 
  • The orange wrist communicator was made with a bottle cap held on with a brad/paper fastener. The bottle cap turns like a dial. The rest of the decorations are brads and stickers.
  • The striped bracelet was made with washi tape.
  • The pink flower bracelet was covered with duck tape. The flower is recycled from old art and held on with a sparkly brad/paper fastener.

Make a game of turning off all unnecessary lights

Set aside a small piece of back yard or a big pot on the deck for kids to grow something for the family to eat

Plant a tree…even a small one will help the environment

Make a family compost pile, but look up how to make it rodent-proof: https://www.thespruce.com

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Make the 50th Earth Day the Biggest Yet

Premonitions of an environmental earthquake from original Earth Day national coordinator Denis Hayes

By Denis Hayes | Mar 2 2020 | The national magazine of the Sierra Club

On Wednesday, April 22, 1970, I rolled off my mattress in my shared basement hovel at 4 A.M. and walked a couple of miles down Connecticut Avenue in Washington, DC, to a dim circle of light on the National Mall. There, I joined a group of Indigenous leaders, who welcomed the rising sun with chants and dances.

I had high hopes for the day—the first Earth Day. Organizers had sweeping demands for breathable air and clean rivers as well as banning DDT, halting offshore drilling, saving the whales, and removing lead from paint and gasoline. I thought we would score some victories, but I never dreamed how fundamentally Earth Day would alter the political, cultural, and economic landscape.

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Earth Day 2020 Theme: Climate Action

The enormous challenges — but also the vast opportunities — of acting on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

At the end of 2020, nations will be expected to increase their national commitments to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. The time is now for citizens to call for greater global ambition to tackle our climate crisis. Unless every country in the world steps up – and steps up with urgency and ambition — we are consigning current and future generations to a dangerous future.

Earth Day 2020 will be far more than a day. It must be a historic moment when citizens of the world rise up in a united call for the creativity, innovation, ambition, and bravery that we need to meet our climate crisis and seize the enormous opportunities of a zero-carbon future.

EarthDay.org


Earth Day 2020 FAQ

When is Earth Day 2020?

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