Transmutation of Mind and Heart

Meanderings from a Beach Walk By Jodi Riverstone | September 2020 There’s something about spending time present near the ocean that slows the body down to be closer in rhythm with the tide.  A welcome and overdue respite from what has been a trying season.  I relished long walks on the beach the two days …

How do you become an Intersectionalist?

It starts within each of our guts, hearts, minds and souls.  It is the "White Supremacy, Colonialist, Industrialist, Militaristic, Mysoginistic, Zenophobic, Capitalist, Consumerist, Patriarchal, Power-Over"  STORY.  Each of us has to take an unsparing look into our own "frameworks" of basic beliefs and HOW THESE FEED INTO SUPPORTING the systems we have all come to …

Washington’s Environmental Justice Task Force

Dear Friends:  Thank you for your ongoing interest and engagement in the mission of Washington's Environmental Justice Task Force. Its body of work will provide a policy blueprint for how Washington State can provide the highest standard of environmental health protection to every resident. Since September 2019, the Task Force has been collecting public input …

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, …

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, …

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 …

“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

Principles in Climate Justice

By Mike Mallory, Sierra Club Sno-Isle Group and Climate Reality Snohomish County Chapter From The Sierra Club, Washington State Chapter Journal - "The Crest" Volume 38, Issue 1 After Mike Mallory and his wife Marilyn retired, they knew they wanted to spend some of their time giving back to the world and they wanted to …

Thank you, Gerald Johnson

Gerald Johnson, recently retired from OCA's Executive Committee, just finished Climate Reality Leadership Training in Bellevue, WA, and has this to say: I wanted to express my gratitude for encouraging Ali and I to participate in the climate reality training. This was a truly inspirational and educational opportunity for us both. Here is a resource …

Walk 4 the Salish Sea

Walk 4 the Salish Sea

This is one of the most important international/local issues we face now.  We encourage you to join in (for as much or as little as you can via any human-powered means of transport).  Or, if you can't join physically, donate. When: May 25-28, 2017 Where: from Victoria to Kinder Morgan Westridge Terminal, Burnaby RSVP if …

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