Dead and alive in Olympia

The status of many major initiatives in Olympia, both environmental or not. I met yesterday with Senator Van de Wege, and the bill to strengthen shoreline protection by empowering Washington State Fish and Wildlife with greater enforcement powers, (among other issues) is still alive. A hearing on it will be held next Tuesday,  according to Senator Van de Wege, who seems to be taking on many of the issues that ex-Senator Kevin Ranker was working on. Those are pretty big shoes to fill, so we will continue to watch the progress of the bills that he will be shepherding through the Senate.

https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/local/2019/03/14/whats-dead-alive-and-now-law-legislatures-halfway-point/3166258002/

B.C. Indigenous guardians sound alarm about impact of climate change – Canadian Press

Very good article about positive developments just to the north of us. In our area, the Marine Resources Committee are taking very similar steps as is the Marine Science Center. But there is no reason that a new group could not take hold here among the Tribes. Perhaps it already has, and it’s worth remembering that the Jamestown S’Klallam, who’s traditional lands we live on, have been leaders in environmental monitoring and restoration of the Dungeness and waters of Sequim Bay, along with restoration of the creeks of their lands and salmon recovery efforts.

Growing up in a small, remote First Nations community in northwestern British Columbia, Jarett Quock found he faced racism and stereotypes from non-Indigenous people whenever he left the reserve. The treatment took a toll on him, damaging his pride in his Tahltan Nation roots. It was only after he began work as an Indigenous guardian — monitoring the effects of climate change on his territory — that he recovered his confidence….More than 40 Indigenous communities in Canada have launched guardian programs, which employ local members to monitor ecosystems and protect sensitive areas and species. At a national gathering in Vancouver this week, guardians raised alarm about environmental degradation and climate change in their territories. Laura Kane reports. (Canadian Press)

Remembering Helen Engle

I met Helen Engle at Audubon Seattle in the late 70s early  80s as the work on protecting Protection Island proceeded. She was a major force in the NW Environmental movement. Between her,  Hazel Wolf, Kathy Fletcher and many other women leaders in this area, we have been extremely fortunate to have these women in our midst. The tributes have poured in to Mike Sato’s blog. Her son lives here in PT and was our school superintendent for a short few years until his retirement.

https://salishseacommunications.blogspot.com/2019/03/remembering-helen-engle.html

Local students to join global youth strike for climate -BBC

It appears that students in Seattle and other places around the state are going to take matters into their own hands, as so many of their parents appear to be ignoring the warning signs all around us. It’s past time to stop business as usual, and take this threat seriously, which our Governor and State legislature, among others are doing right this minute in Olympia.

Students in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham and Olympia plan to go on strike Friday to fight climate change, joining their peers in more than 100 countries. “It just seems like no one’s been taking this seriously when our futures are at stake,” Chelsea Li, a strike organizer and senior at Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School, said. Thousands of students in Europe and Australia have been striking weekly to demand an end to fossil fuel use. It all began with a Swedish schoolgirl named Greta Thunberg, who started sitting in front of the Swedish parliament building last summer. She has since accumulated hundreds of thousands of followers around the world, given speeches to world leaders and been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. John Ryan reports. (KUOW) See also: Global warming: Children’s climate strike spreads worldwide  (BBC)

Listen: Billy Frank Jr. speaking to the NW Straits on saving salmon – KPTZ.org

Tune in to KPTZ (91.9 locally in PT) or KPTZ.ORG at 7AM Saturday 3/8 to listen to a 30 minute talk that Billie Frank Jr. gave to the NW Straits annual meeting in 2012.  It is a very powerful discussion on saving salmon, after he had just returned from meeting with President Obama and Congress. His key takeaway, “It’s up to us. No one else will do this.”

 

Dungeness Refuge – Last day to submit comments to Army Corps of Engineers

You can also submit comments to Clallam County by the 28th. I’m reprinting the first two pages of The Brandt as it clearly states the concerns they have with the proposal. Winter2019_Brant_Page_1Winter2019_Brant_Page_2

Inslee’s climate agenda gets rare wins in Legislature as he launches presidential bid – Seattle Times

Update on Inslee’s wins on Friday.

As Gov. Jay Inslee declared his presidential bid Friday, the Washington Senate passed a clean-power bill strongly championed by the governor. The 28-19 Senate vote to approve Senate Bill 5116 — and Friday’s passage in the House of HB 1112, another proposal sought by Inslee — marked a pair of rare wins for the governor’s climate agenda in the Washington Legislature. Sponsored by Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, at the request of the governor, SB 5116 would require the state’s utilities to stop using coal-generated electricity by the end of 2025. It would also set a goal to make Washington utilities carbon-free by 2045…. Meanwhile, the House on Friday afternoon passed HB 1112. Sponsored by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-West Seattle, it would phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons in equipment such as industrial refrigeration units. Joseph O’Sullivan reports. (Seattle Times)

Inslee’s climate agenda gets rare wins in Legislature as he launches presidential bid

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