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, …

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 …

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 …

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

Breanna Draxler interviews author Eric Holtaus

Breanna Draxler is the climate editor at YES! How do we get where we need to go, from where we are today? Excerpts from the interview: “The old world has fallen away, and there’s not yet a clear vision of what the new world is going to be,” “There needs to be a picture of …

OCA Endorses the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

THE FOSSIL FUELNON-PROLIFERATION TREATY An initiative to phase-out fossil fuels and fast-track solutions Climate change, like nuclear weapons, is a major global threat. Bold and immediate action is needed to address the climate emergency.The main cause of the climate emergency is fossil fuels. Coal, oil and gas are responsible for almost 80% of all carbon …

Noam Chomsky, Democracy Now 4/10/20

Amy Goodman interviews Noam Chomsky “[Climate change] is a far more serious threat than the coronavirus, [which] is bad and serious, but we’ll recover somehow. We’re not going to recover from the melting of the polar ice sheets. . . .  Just recently, there was a very interesting leak, a memo from JPMorgan Chase, America’s …

COVID-19, Capitalism, and Climate Disruption

How will the coronavirus change perceptions of climate change By Krestine Reed I’ve become interested in how COVID-19 sequestration (a.k.a. social distancing and shelter-in-place) may effect GHG and other factors contributing to climate change. There is much being written that acknowledges just how little time is required to make a significant visible and measurable change. …

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 …

The terrible truth, in one graph

2050 is a generation too late. That would be unforgivable, and very likely utterly catastrophic. Extinction Rebellion: "The Emergency" If you let this graph sink in, you'll understand why so many are turning out in the streets to demand a halt to business as usual and the most massive turnaround of the world's economy we've …

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 …

Two worthy events this weekend

Orca forum Friday 1-4 pm in Port Angeles Celebrate science & technology Saturday at PA City Pier

Climate and America’s endangered rivers

https://endangeredrivers.americanrivers.org/

Hot Off the Wire -2/26/2019

Take Action Regional Action Students are walking out of school and going on#ClimateStrike Webinar to discuss initial reflections on the 1631 campaign via Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy Climate Solutions 11th Annual Breakfast Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:00am Please support Beaver Lake Cree’s historic tar sands trial. via Raven Trust Support …

Just an environmental issue? Not!

Where will we find the political will to do what we know needs to be done in the time we have? Here's an essay in the Sequim Gazette by OCA board member Ann Soule, who also serves as Resource Manager for the City of Sequim: In our small corner of the globe, the biggest threats …

Their future is in our hands

Please pay attention...please get involved in this most important decision-time for this nation...please get everyone you know to do the same. A plea from our kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89Jhj3MX1WU And a plea from our brothers and sisters under the sea: http://forthewild.world/listen/kurt-russo-on-the-people-under-the-sea91 https://omtimes.com/2018/08/tahlequah-grief-animal-kingdom/

Who is the “we” in “We are causing climate change”?

(Hint: If you're reading this, probably not you!) By Genevieve Guenther in Grist Oct 13, 2018  

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 …

Climate hope lectures

The Climate Reality Project: Hope for the Future Thursday, March 1, 6-7 p.m., Peninsula College - Port Townsend Thursday, March 15, 6-7 p.m., Sequim Public Library, south meeting room Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 -7:30 p.m., Peninsula College -  Forks Cost: Free, registration not required. Open to the public “We’re going to win this thing, but first we …

Opinion: Monetized foreign policy leads to climate change

From OCA member Bob Vreeland: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/letters/letter-monetized-foreign-policy-leads-to-climate-change/

Clallam shoreline plan needs to consider climate change more seriously

At today's hearing on Clallam County's Draft Shoreline Master Program (September 2017, Ed Chadd submitted the following comments on behalf of OCA, urging greater consideration of climate change in shoreline planning in order to protect both the public and County government (news article here): I am here representing Olympic Climate Action, a group of local citizens …

Climate-related podcasts

Here's a list of some good ones, which you should be able to access through collector services such as iTunes, Pocket Casts, or Stitcher: Warm Regards Stepping Up Generation Anthropocene Climate Conversations Trump on Earth Terrestrial

Harvey is a Particularly Urgent Warning

Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, deadly monsoon rains in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, mudslides in Sierra Leone . . . these tragedies deserve our kindest thoughts and our aid for the victims. At the same time, these are grim reminders of the inevitable trajectory of our society's current energy choices.  If we continue to …

Think about it: heating up?

Column in the Sequim Gazette by local columnist Bertha Cooper: http://www.sequimgazette.com/opinion/think-about-it-heating-up/

Forget Shorter Showers

“The problem is that individual action, while admirable, is not adequate given the magnitude and trends of climate change or pollution. Please see the short video Forget Shorter Showers.” poet and climate activist, Scott Starbuck

Most Effective Individual Steps to Tackle Climate Change

In an article quoted on sciencedaily.com  Seth Wynes and Kimberly Nicholas write that Schools and Governments are not discussing the most effective individual tactics for tackling climate change. Four steps their research recommends are: Eat a plant-based diet Avoid air travel Live car free Have smaller families You can get more details about the study …

On Climate Change, Interconnectedness, and Tolerating Risk

by Emily Johnston. Cross-posted from the Climate Defense Project.  The Climate Defense Project is part of the legal team providing support to Emily and the other valve turners. ______ A certain kind of anxious question comes almost every time we give a talk as “the Valve Turners”: Why would you take such a risk? What brought you …

Climate change is a justice issue

Heat waves that have office workers reaching for the air conditioning will have farm workers facing heat stroke. Rising food prices that hit the rich in the wallet will hit the poor in the stomach. And storms that rattle windows in affluent homes will sweep away poor homes entirely.   --environmental economist Jonah Busch

Rally vs Trump Nominees

That pin in the upper left is us, not Victoria...in the entire Pacific Northwest, we and Seattle were the only places to hold "First 100 Hours" rallies to begin the resistance against the Cabinet nominees of Donald Trump. Twenty-eight hardy souls were out in the middle of the street early this morning to spread the …