Zero Waste Washington Quarterly Newsletter
Zero Waste Washington protects people and our natural world by advocating for products designed and produced to be healthy, safe, and continually recycled and reused. We are the public’s voice for zero waste. You can read our quarterly newsletter here: https://us6.campaign-archive.com/?u=b7cc2b0b3711e707df8e8f4cd&id=f5826ae970
RadioTacoma interview with Sunrise Washington
Paula and Sarah talk to us about the December 6th, 2019 Global Climate Strike and the Sunrise Movement.
Study outlines six major steps that ‘must’ be taken to address the situation.
A new report by 11,258 scientists in 153 countries from a broad range of disciplines warns that the planet “clearly and unequivocally faces a climate emergency,” and provides six broad policy goals that must be met to address it. Read more at the Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/11/05/more-than-scientists-around-world-declare-climate-emergency/
Hilltop homeless camp sweep draws protest from neighbors
Today, Fri., Oct. 19, in the cold and rain, the Tacoma Police Department swept an encampment of approximately 30 people at 11thStreet and J Street in the Hilltop neighborhood. The police verbally claimed they posted 72 hour’s notice, but the residents of the encampment said they received no notice.The only notice they received, in fact, was their homes coming down upon them as the police dismantled their tents, taking their valuable belongings into white vans to be picked up at the Stability Site and leaving everything else to be picked up later as trash.
Read more at The Tacoma Weekly https://tacomaweekly.com/front-page/hilltop-homeless-camp-sweep-draws-protest-from-neighbors/
Luminary Bugs made for the Wake to Extinction event held by 350 Tacoma on Friday September 27th at the University of Washington Tacoma campus in downtown Tacoma.
The event included a nighttime outdoor parade and projections of artwork envisioning the Port of Tacoma as an estuary onto downtown buildings. Watch for further events for creating artwork to raise awareness about helping nature and its creatures on 350 Tacoma‘s facebook page.
The Fight to Stop the World’s Largest Methanol Refinery
Special for Climate Week: Barbara Bernstein’s story of several communities in the Pacific Northwest of the United States who are fighting mammoth fracked gas projects that would turn this green region into a fracked-gas export hub. For years, Bernstein has reported for Making Contact on David versus Goliath battles against oil and gas corporations, and the fight for a clean environment. Today you’ll hear part one of Bernstein’s project, Holding The Thin Green Line as we bring you, The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery. Listen to the interview at https://www.radioproject.org/2019/09/worlds-largest-methanol-refinery-fight-stop/
Seattle’s Jamie Margolin is 17 and a climate activist. On Wednesday she testifies before Congress
“Like many 17-year-olds, Jamie Margolin looks ahead with some impatience to her final year of high school, preparing to apply to colleges and confessing to a case of “senioritis.”
On Wednesday, Margolin is scheduled to testify before a U.S. House of Representatives committee on a panel titled “Voices Leading the Next Generation on the Global Climate Crisis,”
She’s also got another nontrivial project: saving the world from a climate catastrophe.”
Sounds like we have our own home-grown Greta Thunberg – Read more at the Seattle Times: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/seattles-jamie-margolin-is-17-and-a-climate-activist-on-wednesday-she-testifies-before-congress/
Powerful hurricanes. Record-breaking heatwaves. Droughts that bring ruin to farmers. Raging forest fires. The mass die-off of the world’s coral reefs. Food scarcity.
Instead, utilities and energy companies are continuing to invest heavily in carbon-polluting natural gas. An exclusive analysis by USA TODAY finds that across the United States there are as many as 177 natural gas power plants currently planned, under construction or announced. There are close to 2,000 now in service.
All that natural gas is “a ticking time bomb for our planet,” says Michael Brune, president of the Sierra Club. “If we are to prevent runaway climate change, these new plants can’t be built.”
It also doesn’t make financial sense, according to an analysis by the Rocky Mountain Institute, a Colorado-based think tank that focuses on energy and resource efficiency. By the time most of these power plants are slated to open their doors, the electricity they’ll provide will cost more to produce than clean energy alternatives.
By 2023, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates the average cost of producing a megawatt hour of electricity will be $40.20 for a large-scale natural gas plants. Solar installations will be $2.60 cheaper and wind turbines will be $3.60 cheaper.
Read the entire article at usatoday.com https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/09/09/climate-change-threatens-earth-us-open-nearly-200-power-plants/2155631001/
Radio Tacoma’s discussion with Dan Villa of 350 Tacoma about the dangers of the Liquid Natural Gas plant on the Tacoma Tideflats and a debrief of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency hearing
Despite opposition from the Puyallup Tribe, over 80 community organizations, and Governor Inslee, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is still working to complete their fracked gas project in Tacoma.
This project is an affront to our climate, health, and safety.Send in your comment to urge the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) to reject the permit for the Tacoma LNG project!
You will be prompted to answer a few questions that will help personalize your public comment. You will be able to review your comment before submitting.
LNG foes protest ‘affront to human rights,’ backers see ‘right direction’ at latest hearing
Louisa Beal said she was surprised by those she saw talking up the project.
“There were people saying, ‘Oh, it’s going to be good for Tacoma’s air’ without really knowing, or saying or understanding that really, it’s the Earth’s air. And it’s the fracking that’s going on that is really being destructive,” she said.
Pam Beal said the project offered a clear example that residents need to get involved.
“PSE has embedded itself in our local government in our decision making they’ve joined local boards,” Pam Beal said, “and a lot of people don’t care about those meetings. So we as citizens need to get more involved with what they might think are boring meetings.”
Unknown to many islanders, we are living within a possible blast zone emanating from the Port of Tacoma. There, on the tide flats of the estuary, positioned over a seismic fault and on land that The Medicine Creek Treaty promised in perpetuity to the Puyallup Tribe, Puget Sound Energy is constructing an 8-million gallon tank with the goal of filling it with liquid natural gas (LNG).
PSE did not have permits when they began construction but nonetheless moved forward with building this behemoth while pursuing permits. They still are not fully permitted yet have not slowed in their push to build.
— Suzanne Greenberg is on the leadership team of the Vashon Climate Action Group and heads the NO LNG team.
Read the entire article at the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber http://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/opinion/take-action-against-natural-gas-plant/
New courses on the cannabis industry presented by Tacoma Community College
Cannabis Health Benefits – This course gives a comprehensive overview of the therapeutic properties of cannabis. Create a Personal Care Plan and learn how medical cannabis patients can legally grow cannabis. 6 sessions. – June 26-July 31
Cannabis Industry and Trends – Learn valuable skills on how to jump start your cannabis career. Learn about everything cannabis, while developing a plan to get your dream job in the cannabis industry. 6 sessions. – June 25-July 30