Stewarding Activism

20-27 Sep 2019 Global Climate Strike (a protest will be held in Bremerton on 20 Sep.)

            The largest climate-activism event yet will occur on 20-27 Sep. 2019. It will be a global protest calling for us to take big actions now to address the climate crisis. This event was initiated by kids who are telling adults not to toss their future away. The website https://globalclimatestrike.net/ describes the event as follows:

Led by a diverse coalition of youth-led and adult-led organizations, September 20 is an intergenerational day of striking that will launch an entire week of climate action across the world. Find out more about week of action here.

       September 20 is only the beginning. We must carry this energy to the 2020 elections, and beyond to ensure real, bold action is taken to address the climate crises. This is history in the making, and it’s time we take back the narrative to save our futures.
To find details of a global climate protest near you, and to RSVP to local organizers to be part of a local protest, go to https://globalclimatestrike.net/

            In our area, a climate-protest demonstration will occur in Bremerton on 20 Sep. 2019. It’s being organized by 350 West Sound Climate Action.

             When: 20 September (Friday), 2:30 PM
Where: The roundabout on the east side of Manette Bridge, 1100 Wheaton Way, Bremerton WA 98301
— source: You can get more information and rsvp by going to https://actionnetwork.org/events/bremerton-climate-strike (accessed 8 Sep. 2019)

28 June 2019 Educational Forum: Shellfish Aquaculture [Port Townsend]
When: 1-5 pm
Location: Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St, Port Townsend

The program is free, but pre-registration is required. For more info about the program and how to register, go to https://www.jeffersonmrc.org.
— source: 6 June 2019 press release from Jefferson County Marine Resources Committe. The press release is posted to the Kitsap Conservation Calendar (28 June 2019) section of this website.

Thank legislators for making the environment a priority

“This legislative session has been one of the most significant for the environment in decades! From climate action to orca recovery, we accomplished so much together. Take a moment to thank your legislator for all of their hard work this session on 100% Clean Electricity, Clean Buildings, Orca Recovery Bills, Oil Spill Prevention, and so much more!”
— source: Washington Environmental Council email 31 May 2019, info@wecprotects.org

Thank Gov. Inslee for standing up to fracked gas!

“This month, Governor Inslee announced his opposition to Tacoma LNG and Kalama Methanol. These fracked gas projects have lacked a comprehensive analysis of their impacts and should be held to the highest standards for review of environmental, health, and community and worker safety risks, including the best available science and full consultation with Tribal nations. By working with state agencies to require strong environmental review, Governor Inslee can help protect our communities from these dangerous and dirty projects. Fracked gas has no place in Washington’s clean energy future. Take a moment to thank Governor Inslee for standing up to fracked gas!
— source: Washington Environmental Council email 31 May 2019, info@wecprotects.org

7 May 2019, 2:45 p.m., “Clean Energy Bill Signing and Rally” in Seattle

Multiple groups are celebrating the clean energy wins that occurred recently in the Washington legislature. The following notice is from the Earth Ministry e-newsletter, 2 May 2019.

“Celebrating Climate Wins!
Earth Ministry/WAIPL is grateful for the ways that you joined religious leaders across the state to raise the moral voice for meaningful climate legislation this Session. Thanks to your faithful advocacy, 2019 has been a big year for climate progress!

Your senators and representatives voted for aggressive action, plotting the course for reductions in fossil fuels and carbon emissions in every major sector of Washington’s economy. And we’re accomplishing this while paying attention to the rights of working people and to the impacts of global warming pollution on our most vulnerable communities. Check out our wins in the Environmental Priorities Coalition press release. https://earthministry.org/2019-washington-legislative-session-sees-historic-environmental-wins/

Before we continue to put faith in action, it’s important to pause to thank each other and celebrate our success! Join Earth Ministry/WAIPL and our partners for celebrations across the state and a bill signing ceremony with the Governor next week.

Clean Energy Bill Signing and Rally
Tuesday, May 7, 3 p.m. [please be there at 2:45], Rainier Vista Community House, 4410 29th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98108 Please RSVP [https://www.tfaforms.com/4735013] and spread the work on Facebook. Look for the Earth Ministry/WAIPL banner to stand with us!

There are also smaller celebratory events around the state that you are invited to:
– Mukilteo, Monday, May 6 from 4:30-6:30 at Sabor A Mexico, 8410 Mukilteo Speedway #A, Mukilteo. Facebook event.
– Olympia, Thursday, May 9 from 5-7 at Sofie’s Scoops Gelato, 222 Capitol Way N. Suite116. Facebook event.- Tacoma, Thursday, May 9 from 6-7:30 at The Swiss Restaurant & Pub. 1904 Jefferson Ave. Facebook event.
– Bellingham, Friday, May 10 from 5-6:30 at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave, Bellingham. Facebook event.
– Bellevue, May 16 from 6-8pm at FogRose Ice Cream, 278 106th Ave NE. Facebook event.”

Thank you again for putting your faith in action, we look forward to celebrating with you!”
— source: Earth Ministry e-newsletter, 2 May 2019.

And phrased a bit differently is this 1 May notice from the Climate Solutions newsletter:
“If you’re in the Seattle area next Tuesday, I hope you’ll join me, Governor Inslee and other climate advocates for a clean energy bill signing and rally. We’ve got wins to celebrate! It’s happening at 3pm May 7, at the Rainier Vista Community House, 4410 29th Ave S. in Seattle. And spread the word on Facebook. It’s free, but please RSVP here. https://www.tfaforms.com/4735013

Climate Bills Signing & Rally
Join us for a signing ceremony for 100% clean electricity, clean buildings, and more! Washington now has the strongest clean energy bill in the nation and has made progress on every front against climate change.

Where: Rainier Vista Neighborhood House, 4410 29th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
When: Tuesday, May 7, 3:00 pm (Please arrive at 2:45pm)
Bring: Your kids, a water bottle and sunscreen!”
— source: 1 May 2019 message from Joelle Robinson, Field Director of Climate Solutions.

11 Apr 2019 Youth [older folks are also invited] Climate Rally and Day of Action [Olympia]     

From David Cortes, Community Outreach and Legislative Intern with the Washington Conservation Voters:
            “On March 15, young people from around the world walked out of school to bring attention to the climate crisis, but the work does not stop there. Join me at Youth Climate Rally and Day of Action in Olympia on April 11!
            “Not a young person? That’s okay! We need everyone’s support in this movement.

What: Youth Climate Rally and Day of Action
When: April 11, 2019 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Where: United Churches of Olympia, Olympia, WA

RSVP and learn more here!
https://waenvironment.cmail20.com/t/i-l-nuukrx-yhlkhknhu-t/

            “We are the generation most impacted by climate change, and we will soon make up the largest voting demographic in the United States’ electorate. Let’s show our lawmakers our power by coming together and asking that they fight for an equitable transition to a clean energy economy.”
            “The time for action is now. Join us to ensure a safe, healthy planet for future generations that cannot yet speak up for themselves.

Thank you,
David Cortes
Community Outreach and Legislative Intern

P.S. Not a young person? That’s okay! Bring your kids, friends, and family to the Climate Rally and Day of Action.”
– source: Washington Conservation Voters e-announcement, 4 Apr 2019

ORCAS, SALMON, AND PROPOSED BILLS (HB 1037, HB 1611, and SB 5626) TO AUTHORIZE USE OF PESTICIDES IN WASHINGTON STATE’S NEARSHORE WATERS (entry made 11 Feb 2019)  

Read more The following is a 28 Jan 2019 e-mail from Laura Hendricks, Director, Coalition to Protect Puget Sound and the Washington Coast: “Dear parties concerned about the survival of orcas and salmon, especially chinook: “Yes, the scientific documentation proves the new 2019 Grays Harbor/Willapa Bay Shellfish Industry Pesticide Spray Bills, HB 1037, HB 1611 and SB 5626 do threaten the survival of orcas and chinook salmon [the links to those bills are posted below]. We have provided the attached documentation of the harm of imidacloprid [that file is posted below] to coastal Grays Harbor chinook salmon prey, the presence of coastal chinook salmon in Grays Harbor/Willapa, and the significant prey value of coastal Grays Harbor chinook to orcas searching for survival food on our Washington coast. This is especially important with declining chinook salmon in Puget Sound. “We feel it is also important to point out that Rep. Brian Blake, who is on the Orca Task Force, is also a sponsor of the proposed HB1611. The latter two bills provide $1,500,00 of taxpayer funds for the private shellfish industry, which has been receiving taxpayer funds for decades, to spray pesticides in Willapa Bay/Grays Harbor that have killed millions of aquatic animals. See the book Toxic Pearl for the history and documentation on the following website: http://www.toxicpearl.com/ Toxic Pearl: Pacific Shellfish Companies’ Addiction To Pesticides? [This recently published book is available at Eagle Harbor Book Co, Bainbridge Island; Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo; BookTree Kirkland, Edmonds Bookshop; Orca Books, Olympia; Kings Books; Tacoma; Audubon Society of Portland, Portland, OR; Powell’s City of Books, Portland, OR, Amazon ebooks, and others.] “Additional harm will be done as the shellfish companies have already notified Ecology they are requesting to extend their 5-year spray permit in 2019 for the pesticide imazamox for another 5 years to kill more native and Japonica eelgrass. Since it is a self-monitoring, it is difficult to determine the total harm, but it is clearly another threat to the survival of aquatic species on the Washington Coast. It is alarming that this poisoning continues as the species counts in Willapa Bay/Grays Harbor continue to dramatically decline for salmon, forage fish, ESA-listed green sturgeon and migratory birds. “This is not just a Willapa Bay/Grays Harbor problem, but a significant threat to the migratory birds, forage fish, chinook salmon, salmon, gray whales and orcas that depend on the Washington coast and Puget Sound to survive. “Please notify your legislators and Rep. Fitzgibbon, Chair of the House Environment & Energy Committee and Senator VanDeWege, Chair of the Senate Natural Resource Committee that this poisoning of our shorelines must stop. Joe.Fitzgibbon@leg.wa.gov Kevin.VanDeWege@leg.wa.gov “We are allowing one small, private industry to steal the future of our children as they go on destroying iconic Washington State aquatic life. We can choose to stop the harm that is being inflicted! Sincerely, Laura Hendricks, Director, Coalition to Protect Puget Sound and the Washington Coast Attached: Science Documentation that Shellfish Aquaculture Pesticide Poisoning in Grays Harbor/Willapa Bay is a Significant Threat to Chinook Salmon, Orcas and Other Aquatic Life” [file pasted at the end of this website entry] ———————————————————————– Links to the proposed bills that would authorize or expand the use of pesticides in some of Washington State’s nearshore waters: HB1611 http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1611.pdf SB5626 http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5626.pdf HB1037 http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1037.pdf

PLASTIC BAG ORDINANCE (KITSAP COUNTY) (updated 12 Sep 2018)

Read more Kitsap County Commissioners have asked the cities to host discussions with their communities about the feasibility of and interest in an ordinance which seeks to reduce the use of thin-film plastic bags in Kitsap County. Besides the well-documented hazards—strangling and starving of wildlife, the entry of plastic into our food web via microparticles and nanoparticles, and the increasing concentration of plastic in our land and water—plastic bags clog up our recycling machines several times a day, and so they increase our bills for recycling and waste management. Despite the admirable actions of some of our retailers in making available boxes for recycling thin-film plastic bags, most plastic bags in Kitsap are thrown away, go into landfills, or mistakenly are placed in recycling bins (which leads to them clogging our recycling machines). As stated in the well-done community discussion (it was an interactive discussion of citizens, experts, and council members) that was hosted 29 May 2018 by the Port Orchard City Council, “Only 0.5% of the 85 million bags disposed of in Kitsap County are recycled.” Source: You Tube video [time period from 00:00 – 54:43] of the Port Orchard City Council’s 29 May 2018 discussion about single-use plastic bags. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75wC62g8bCI We all know that plastic bags are useful, and yet—because of the harm they’re wreaking on our environment, and because of the increased costs they impose on recycling and waste management systems—many countries, cities, and communities are successfully instituting restrictions or bans on them. Many of us encourage the public discussion that’s occurring in Kitsap County’s cities regarding plastic bags, and we hope that a plan comes out of this discussion that lessens the use of thin-film plastic bags. We appreciate the measures already taken by retailers to encourage use of reusable bags or paper bags, and we’ve found that the reflex dispensing of a plastic bag for a single item (for example, a candy bar or a magazine) no longer occurs in many stores. Tellers now ask customers if they want a bag or not, which is an encouraging change in our daily habits and in our culture that is occurring consequent to more information and awareness.

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“faith by itself, if is not accompanied by action, is dead.”            
— James 2:17 (NIV)

“Faith communities have immense potential to provide the value structures to change consciousness and behavior as we face existential threats to the very survival of the biosphere and human life.”
— Martin Kaplan, “Will Religions Guide Us on Our Dangerous Journey?” Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, 266.