Local voters will have an opportunity to secure 40 acres with trails to add to the South Whidbey Parks & Rec. trail network on the November ballot. With the success of a grant from the State, half the funds required have already been secured! It all started as a grassroots effort (click HERE to learn more) more than two years ago.
From Earth Ministry: Ancestral Waters documents the Puyallup Tribes fight for their treaty rights, their water and their way of life. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is constructing a liquefied natural gas facility on a protected Medicine Cree Treaty territory without the proper permits. http://www.nativedailynetwork.com/anc... Like our FB page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/NativeDailyN... If you are interested in hosting a screening of Ancestral Waters, please reach out at email@example.com
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has disregarded public process and proceeded to build a liquified natural gas (LNG) facility in Tacoma without fully consulting with the Puyallup Tribe or obtaining proper permits. This is a moral failing and totally unacceptable.
The social justice consequences and ecological risks of this project are egregious – both the Puyallup Tribal Council and Native Water Warriors have raised significant concerns about tribal sovereignty and consultation, safety dangers, Puget Sound water quality, and global climate impacts. We don’t need to be locked in to another dirty and dangerous fossil fuel.
A public comment period on Tacoma LNG was open through September 9. This round is the follow up to the hearings we had last fall on the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency released a preliminary decision to approve their permit. Earth Ministry/WAIPL represented at a public hearing on the final permit for Puget Sound Energy’s fracked gas facility on the Tacoma Tideflats.
It was a powerful day. We followed the Puyallup Tribe in a march to the theatre, which was quickly was filled with people wearing red to show the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency that we want better than another fossil fuel. Person after person shared why the project is not good for their community or the environment.
People of faith were present and vocal about why this project does not align with religious values. Earth Ministry has made a short video with clips of faith leaders testifying.
Copied from WSF Weekly Update, from Amy Scarton, Assistant Secretary, WSDOT/Ferries Division
Greening our fleet is a major priority, and I’m proud to say we took a big step forward this week with the launch our Hybrid-Electric Ferry Build Program! Representatives from our many partners in the maritime industry gathered at Vigor's Seattle Shipyard on Monday to dedicate a sign marking the future construction site of the program.
WSDOT Secretary Roger Millar, Gov. Jay Inslee, Vigor CEO Frank Foti and I kicked off a new era of ferries with a symbolic sign attendees signed in show of support.
Earlier this year, state legislators and the governor authorized a contract extension for Vigor to build up to five 144-car Olympic class hybrid-electric ferries. They also approved funds for the construction of one of those vessels. Design and engineering work is currently underway. Construction is scheduled to start in late 2020, with service scheduled to begin in 2023.
Talking about climate can be hard, but it’s important. The more folks talk about it, the more they support solutions. Here are some tips on how to make those conversations flow.
Take the temp with the weather. Weather is not climate—but it’s an easy topic to see where folks are at.
Acknowledge anxiety. We avoid the topic because it’s scary and we feel powerless. Name that fear and the problem we face, and the other person will likely feel less anxious.
Connect personally. People are motivated to solve a problem if they feel personally affected by it. Connect with someone about local impacts we’re seeing, but don’t get stuck there! Solutions are the most important part of your story.
Solutions, solutions, solutions. Wind and solar energy are highly popular, but people don’t necessarily see solutions happening. So talk up what you’re excited about, especially great things happening in our communities.
Try and try again. Big oil is invested in our cynicism—let’s invest in hope and deter- mination instead. Some won’t want to talk about climate... but you’ll find that many others do. There’s nothing inevitable about the climate crisis—we can turn this around. Make your hope infectious!
Everyone, including you, can make a difference in the fight for climate progress!
With living on an island it is often easier to have things shipped to us than it is to shop for it and bring it back across the ferry, especially for bigger items like furniture. But the packaging, while necessary for protecting the item, can be frustrating to toss into the garbage. NOW YOU DONT HAVE TO! Visit this Kent based company that will take clean packing material - even that plastic that is often wrapped around things! TIP: Save it up (but keep it clean) and along with your neighbors or friends, one person can drop it all off for the group the next time they are down south. Check out what they take and what they don't: STYRO RECYCLE LLC
Your faith in action made a difference for our air, water, and communities. Here’s what we accomplished, and what we’ll pick back up next year.
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These are just the bills that Earth Ministry actively worked on. Check out the Environmental Priorities Coalition press release to see even more good environmental legislation that passed!
An excerpt from retiring Campaign strategist Jessie Dye's letter tells of recent successes Earth Ministry contributed to in our State...
... Together we have phased out Washington's only coal plant, to see it transition into the largest solar farm in the state. We have stopped six coal export terminals though the odds were overwhelmingly against us. We have prevented oil trains from risking our towns, halted one wasteful methanol plant (so far), and any number of other fossil fuel infrastructure projects. We have stood as reliable allies with Native nations on behalf of their treaty rights and sacred sites in our region. Environmental partners now see the strength that people of faith bring to our joint campaigns. We have moved the transition to clean energy forward as quickly as any state in the nation. Survival of salmon and orcas is a key priority because we stand with tribes and conservationists for our neighbors under the waters. I am so proud and grateful for these and many more shared accomplishments over the last dozen years.
Thank you to Jessie and to all the Earth Ministry Team as well as those that spend time to care for our common home. Let's keep up the good work! earthministry.org
GCC members asked 5-10 families in their congregations to separate out the locally non-recyclable plastics from their garbage for one month. People were excited to participate. The volume was sobering. This photo shows just 40 of the participating households collection for one month. We will be displaying a portion at The Goose Grocer on April 6th & 27th. Come by to see our display, learn more and get suggestions on how to reduce your plastic consumption. The time is now to make a difference choice.
Welcome to our new website! This site was created to be able to share info. about our group and to share upcoming events, links to things we find worth your while, and other things of value.