EVENT: June 6 & 7 – Port Angeles – Our Oceans in a Changing Climate

Join Olympic Climate Action June 6 and 7, 2014 for Our Oceans in a Changing Climate—an evening of engaging music and a day of enlightening speakers and activities for the whole family related to the impacts of climate change on our marine waters.

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The health of marine waters that embrace the Olympic Peninsula affect us all. As Representative Kevin Van de Wege recently wrote, “Washingtonians are defined in no small part by their relationship to the sea…our economy and way of life are inextricably linked to (the) health and sustainability of our maritime heritage.”


Celebrate our local marine waters Friday evening with popular singer/songwriter Dana Lyons performing works from his new CD The Great Salish Sea. Lyons, best known for his song “Cows with Guns,” is touring to raise awareness about the proposed export of fossil fuels through our region, and its effect on orcas and us all. He will play at7:30 p.m. at the Elwha Heritage Center, First and Peabody Streets, Port Angeles; admission $10.00.

Saturday’s speakers will highlight the serious challenges facing the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Pacific Ocean. Presentations will be based in the Landing Mall on the Port Angeles waterfront, second floor conference room.

  • At 11:00 a.m. Matt Krogh will address How Fossil Fuel Exports Threaten our Marine Waters. Krogh, works with Bellingham-based ForestEthics and conducts regulatory and scientific research directed toward preventing the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. He will talk about the impacts of proposed coal and oil export shipping through our waters.
  • The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe will display a technical poster on how the increasing frequency of algal blooms that cause shellfish toxicity may be related to warming water. Hansi Hals, Environmental Planning Manager for the tribe, will take questions on the poster at 12:30.
  • From Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, researcher Liam Antrim will present Ocean Acidification and Impacts on Marine Life in the Pacific Northwest, at1:00 p.m. At 2:00 p.m. sanctuary staff will share a new hands-on display on the same topic (great for all ages). The world’s oceans have helped moderate the effects of human-produced greenhouse gases by absorbing about 30 percent of our carbon dioxide emissions, the most abundant greenhouse gas. But the ocean performs that service at the cost of ocean acidification—the rising pH of seawater caused as that dissolved carbon dioxide forms carbonic acid—threatening ocean food chains.
  • At 3 p.m. Olympic National Park physical scientist Bill Baccus, who has been tracking changes on the park’s wild coast for nearly a decade, will share a new video on coastal monitoring, Tides of Change, and discuss climate change impacts across the park, from mountain snowpack to tidepool communities.


Other events during the day include a craft activity for kids and additional information on Olympic Climate Action at the Port Angeles Farmers Market; a sand castle building contest at Hollywood Beach with judging at 12:15 p.m., free admission to the Feiro Marine Center, and open access to the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Discovery Room.


Olympic Climate Action is a group of local, concerned citizens working for a safe, prosperous, sustainable future for residents of the Olympic Peninsula by addressing the threat of climate change. By sharing the best available science, OCA hopes to raise awareness of the challenges “climate chaos” poses for our community, as well as options for mitigation and action.  Join us to learn how to be part of the solution, olyclimate.org.

Schedule for Saturday, June 7

10:00 -2:00 Farmers Market Booth, including activities for kids from 10am -noon.
10:00 – 4:00 NOAA Discovery Room Open, Landing Mall, 2nd Floor
10:00 – 5:00 Feiro Marine Life Center open , free admission, City  Pier
11:00 How Fossil Fuel Exports Threaten our Marine Waters – presentation by Matt Krogh, ForestEthics (Bellingham), Landing Mall, 2nd Fl.
12:15 Sand Castle Judging -Hollywood Beach
12:30 Shellfish, Algae Blooms and Warming Waters, technical poster and Q & A by Hansi Hals, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Landing Mall, 2nd Fl.
1:00 – 2:00 Ocean Acidification and Impacts on Marine Life in the Pacific Northwest, Liam Antrim, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary researcher,

Landing Mall, 2nd Fl.

2:00 Hands-on display on ocean acidification,  Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary staff, Landing Mall, 2nd Fl.
3:00 Tides of Change (film), and climate change in Olympic National Park, Bill Baccus, Olympic National Park physical scientist, Landing Mall, 2nd Fl.


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