No Mow May lawns have higher pollinator richness and abundances
No Mow May is a community science initiative popularized in recent years that encourages property owners to limit their lawn mowing practices during the month of May. The goal of No Mow May is to provide early season foraging resources for pollinators that emerge in the spring, especially in urban landscapes when few floral resources are available. We worked with the city council of Appleton, Wisconsin, USA. to allow No Mow May to take place in May 2020. Four hundred and thirty-five property owners registered for No Mow May in Appleton. We measured floral and bee richness and abundance in the yards of a subset of homes (N = 20) located near regularly mowed urban parks (N = 15) at the end of the month. We found that homes that participated in No Mow May had… (visit link below for more)
2020. No Mow May lawns have higher pollinator richness and abundances: An engaged community provides floral resources for pollinators. PeerJ 8:e10021 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.10021
Free drive-thru flu vaccine for the whole family!
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department sent this bulletin at 09/11/2020 04:40 PM PDT
Tacoma’s Health Department is partnering with MultiCare and Mary Bridge Children’s to host free drive-thru flu vaccine events this fall. Everyone 6 months or older can get vaccinated without leaving the car. Event dates, locations and more at tpchd.org/flu.
Tacoma Refugee Choir – Cityline – June 25, 2020
Erin Guinup, Executive & Artistic Director of the Tacoma Refugee Choir explains how they have adjusted during these difficult times. She also shares their recently released music video called “Love Letters.”
For more information visit: refugeechoir.org.
Tacoma Refugee Choir Sings About the 2020 Census
“Be Counted” was written and created to promote participation in the 2020 Census by all communities.
“Be Counted” by Tacoma Refugee Choir
Featuring vocals by Princess Guinto, Rocky Sandoval, Rani Weatherby, Mariia Pozhar, Tina Van, Sophia Palacios, Sarah Tweet, and Wanz
Music & Lyrics by: Erin Guinup, Tina Van, Trésor Rubaduka John, & Sarah Tweet
Director: Laila Kazmi
Executive Producer: Erin Guinup
Produced by: Kazbar Media
Audio Production and Mix: Tor Caspersen
Choreography: Vorece Miller-Batchman
Terry O’Hara, keys
Princess Guinto, bass
Antonio Gomez, percussion
Kareem Kandi, saxophone
Andy Omdahl, trumpet
Gary Shutes, trombone
Takuya Masutani, taiko drum
Please visit 2020Census.gov to learn more about completing the Census and BE COUNTED!
Sometimes I think
My voice is just too small
The problems too
Big for us to solve
But simple things
Can change the narrative
One filled with hope
The chance to thrive and live
Ten minutes, ten questions, ten years that are shaped
By taking a moment to participate.
Be counted, a better future for my family,
Be counted, money comes to my community
Be counted, I’m represented and can get what we need
Be counted, be counted, there’s power in being counted
Be counted, be counted, there’s power in being counted
It’s just a form
No need to be afraid
It can’t be used
To hurt you in anyway
You have the power
For you and neighbors too
To be heard and
Claim what we are due.
Who wants Health care…BE COUNTED
Roads & Bridges…BE COUNTED
Jobs & Training…BE COUNTED
Schools for our kids…BE COUNTED
Good nutrition…BE COUNTED
Parks & Housing…BE COUNTED
You count so you should be counted!
Cinematographer: Ryan Purcell
SteadiCam Operator: Daniel Mimura
Gaffer: Mike Walker
Camera Assistant: Ryan Enkema
Drone Footage: Corvus Eye Media
Storyboard Artist: Pat Moriarity
Production Assistant: Zara K Barsotti
Additional Footage: Vinny Dom
Editor & Colorist: Tess Stuart
Post Production: Clatter&Din
Tacoma Art Museum
City of Tacoma
Tacoma Public Library Digital Media Lab
Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center (T.U.P.A.C.)
Tacoma Fire Department and Fire Chief Toryono Green
Mayor Victoria Woodards
Nayeli Soto Mondragon and Mycah Hopkins (and their parents)
SeaMar Community Health Centers
Tacoma Pierce County Health Department
Latinos Unidos of South Sound
ASPIRE- Pierce College, Taiko club
Hearts 4 Kids
Asia Pacific Cultural Center
Kwabi Amoah-Forson and The Peace Bus
Tacoma Peace Queen Melannie Denise Cunningham
Tacoma Urban League
Thyme Well Spent Catering
Lutheran Community Services Northwest- Refugee Resettlement
Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Tacoma Community House
Tacoma School District
Museum of Glass
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
US Census Bureau
Tacoma Refugee Choir members, board and staff
Made possible through funding from:
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Washington Census Equity Fund- Philanthropy Northwest
Tacoma Refugee Choir donors
To learn more about the Census, visit 2020Census.gov
Lawmakers want to protect water rights in Washington from Wall Street speculation
Worries that moneyed interests could control Washington’s water have sparked a push in Olympia to cut Wall Street bankers and international investors out of the state’s convoluted water rights system.
Competing bills introduced during this legislative session take aim at the state’s water banks, which collect untapped water rights and sell water to users in need. Although the proposed legislation has received only tepid support, a consensus is emerging that action is needed to keep speculators from using water banking, as one state senator puts it, to “strangle” Washingtonians. Read more at Crosscut https://crosscut.com/2020/02/lawmakers-want-protect-water-rights-washington-wall-street-speculation
Act Now – Bellevue, Olympia residents petition to break away from Puget Sound Energy
A group of residents wants the east side of King County to stop using Puget Sound Energy. They call it the dirtiest utility in Washington state.
There’s a petition to form a new public utility district for Bellevue, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Woodinville, and surrounding cities.
It would remove that area — approximately 500,000 — from Puget Sound Energy’s service. The East King County Public Utility District would be operated by an executive board consisting of three locals.
If at least 35,000 people sign the petition by early July, a measure will be on the 2020 ballot. Learn more here: https://www.kuow.org/stories/bellevue-olympia-residents-petition-to-break-away-from-puget-sound-energy
High Schoolers and Allies March on LNG Facility
Tacoma, WA: On Saturday morning dozens of people gathered in a parking lot in Fife and marched four miles down Marine View Drive and across the Hylebos Bridge. Their signs read “Students Against LNG”, “Shut it Down”, and “No LNG in a Climate Emergency”, among others. The 40 people assembled were there to support Adriel Brewster and Gemma Duggins, two sophomores from the Tacoma Science and Math Institute who had organized the march to fight for their future and advocate for the
rights of the Puyallup Tribe. They were there to raise awareness about Puget Sound Energy’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project and the existential threat that it, and fossil fuel projects everywhere, poses
to their future.
“I’m here today because fossil fuels are destroying my future and the future of my peers,” said march organizer Gemma Duggins. “Stopping this is really important to me because I’m part of the generation that will have to deal with this. We’re in a climate crisis and it’s really important we stop it before it gets even worse than it is already”, said fellow organizer Adriel Brewster.
The two SAMI students had planned this march as part of an environmental justice class but carrying out the march was not required – the two felt compelled to enact their plan once they had learned just how flawed the LNG project was, both from an environmental and Indigenous rights perspective.
“The Puyallup Tribe, and all native tribes, have historically been ignored and talked over in every situation and I think that’s also not okay,” said Duggins. “It is being built on their home and they did not consent to it.”
The marchers were honored to start their journey with opening words and a song from Water Warrior Dakota Case of the Puyallup Tribe. Their event ended with another song from Greg Urquhart, a member of Indigenous group Protectors of the Salish Sea who continue their presence in Olympia to demand that Governor Inslee declare a Climate Emergency.
The Long and Twisted Tale of Jordan Cove
“The Long and Twisted Tale of Jordan Cove,” tells the story of what could be the largest Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) export terminal on the West Coast. This mammoth facility, proposed for Coos Bay, Oregon, would be fed by a 240 mile long, 36″ wide pipeline transporting fracked gas across four counties in Southern Oregon. It would cross much of Southern Oregon, disturbing 480 rivers, streams and wetlands in its wake. For fifteen years community members, landowners and indigenous people have organized and raised their voices to stop this assault on their homes, communities and land. This documentary depicts this struggle and the amazing resistance it has spawned. Read more at: https://kboo.fm/media/78431-long-and-twisted-tale-jordan-cove
There will be a press conference concerning the Oregon Department of State Lands Jordan Cove LNG decision on February 4 at 9:30 at the Department of State Lands Office, 775 Summer St NE, Salem, Oregon 97301
Check out the Washington Native Plant Society
The South Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society serves Pierce, Thurston and adjacent counties with chapter meeting with educational presentations in Tacoma and Olympia from October through May. Hikes and special programs may be held throughout the year. Presentations, field trips and plant sales are open to the public. We provide small grants to the community for projects involving native plants and special presentations to other groups. Join us and help preserve our special South Sound flora heritage. https://www.wnps.org/blog
To Help Birds This Winter, Go Easy on Fall Yard Work
A manicured lawn might look nice, but messy is better for birds and bugs.
“… if you want to make your backyard a welcoming winter haven for birds, some fall tasks call for a laissez-faire approach. “Messy is definitely good to provide food and shelter for birds during the cold winter months,” says Tod Winston, Audubon’s Plants for Birds program manager.” Read more at Audobon https://www.audubon.org/news/to-help-birds-winter-go-easy-fall-yard-work
Donald Trump fears only one Democrat: Warren Sanders
That’s because the real political divide in America today is establishment versus anti-establishment – the comparatively few at the top who have siphoned off much of the wealth of the nation versus everyone else whose wages and prospects have gone nowhere.
Warren and Sanders know the system is rigged and that economic and political power must be reallocated from a corporate-Wall Street elite to the vast majority.
This is why both Warren and Sanders are hated by the Democratic establishment.
It’s also why much of the corporate press is ignoring the enthusiasm they’re generating. And why it’s picking apart their proposals, like a wealth tax and Medicare for All, as if they were specific pieces of legislation.
And why corporate and Wall Street Democrats are mounting a campaign to make Americans believe Warren and Sanders are “too far to the left” to beat Trump, and therefore “unelectable”.
Read more at The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/15/donald-trump-democrats-elizabeth-warren-bernie-sanders
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