We had great turn out at our first in-person Climate Science On Tap event at Peddler Brewing Company last Thursday, November 18, 2021. Despite the chilly and wet weather, attendees sat under a heated canopy to hear our panelists talk about the intersection of urban forests and climate change. We’re THANKFUL for the participation of our moderator Sean P. McDonald, our volunteers, our panelists, and the groups that tabled at the event. We’d also like to thank YOU for your contributions that enable us to continue hosting community events that help inform and educate the public about important climate change topics. If you missed this event, check out the KBCS podcast featuring an interview about Red Cedar dieback with our panelist Joey Hulbert: https://www.kbcs.fm/2021/11/18/the-redlined-western-red-cedar-study-project/
Every day across the nation, high school students like myself wake up at the crack of dawn, then rush off to class where we find ourselves for the next 7 hours. Analyzing the texts of Shakespeare and Orwell, calculating complex equations, and reading off passages in a foreign language make up a mere fraction of the activities we do for the 9 months of classes we take each year. Yet, for many of us, there is one essential lesson that we have yet to receive from the current education system – climate & environmental education.
“According to the National Academy, only 15% of elementary school teachers teach about climate change in school. Students grow up unaware of the importance of sustainable living and the science behind/repercussions of their choices. Once elementary schoolers develop unsustainable habits, it becomes very difficult to break and relearn them when they grow older. That’s why we need to make systemic change and foster green mindsets from a young age.” – Surbhi, an Executive Director of the Tomorrow Project
The Tomorrow Project was built around a shared vision to instill sustainable habits in the next generation – the leaders of tomorrow – through unique classroom experiences rarely offered in traditional curricula. These experiences aim to teach young students the effects of climate change and utilize interactive workshops and peer-to-peer interaction to provide these students with the tools to combat such looming effects.
It all began in 2019 when the four founding members attended a highschool seminar about citizenship and social action. After identifying the climate crisis as a shared passion and topic of interest, the four worked nonstop for months to see their vision come to life. Turning Seattle’s popular Whole Foods Market into their designated office space, they pieced together what would soon become the Tomorrow Project.
As of May 2020, the organization has successfully launched on a national level and is now comprised of more than 75+ highschool volunteers and 7 new chapters spanning from coast-to-coast. Despite having to postpone all in-person workshops due to Covid-19, these volunteers remain hard at work, designing new online curricula, launching marketing campaigns, and holding virtual conferences with influential leaders from various educational and environmental groups.
“Climate Change is an issue that impacts everyone, and if we do not collectively take action now, the devastation will be irreversible. However, the problem often feels unapproachable because of its scale, and in turn, passionate people opt instead to do little to nothing. Our project emphasizes small, simple actions that are easy to implement in people’s everyday lives – which can be extremely powerful when done collectively.” – Max Feldman, Executive Director of the Tomorrow Project
You can learn more information about The Tomorrow Project on our websiteor on Instagram.
The final EIS for the proposed Westway crude oil shipping terminal at Grays Harbor has been issued and now the City of Hoquiam has a decision to make: to grant or deny the permit for the project. There is one last opportunity for written public comments that will end on November 19, 2016.
Westway has applied to the City of Hoquiam for a shoreline development permit. To act on this permit application, the City must take into account the findings of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) that evaluates the broad range of impacts of oil trains going to Hoquiam of 100+ year old tracks and more oil tankers navigating the Harbor. The FEIS clearly found that impacts to tribal treaty rights, access to fishing, and the risk of a devastating derailment or marine oil spill cannot be mitigated.
Shell cancelled their permit request after the draft EIS was released in October. The history and current status can be found on Washington Department of Ecology website. They may reapply, if plans change which would result in the EIS process being started over.
Climate science is way out in front of climate policy. Commitments at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris pale in comparison to those from the Kyoto Protocol with its beginnings in the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. The cheap and unambiguous solution of removing CO2 directly from the sky has been discredited by the perceived debate. Previously assumed stable ice sheets are disintegrating. It is warmer than any time in the last 120,000 years. The Gulf Stream appears to be shutting down. Nearly 100 submarine glacial valleys beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet tunnel warm subtropical Atlantic water 90 miles beneath the ice. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says we need to remove more carbon dioxide from our atmosphere than we emit every year (negative emissions). Most importantly, new knowledge about global cooling smog shows that killing coal will create more warming than doing nothing in the most critical decades-long time frames.
The great delay in climate action has dramatically increased climate change impacts and the amount of carbon dioxide that we must now deal with to prevent even greater impacts. Delay has been caused by the debate casting doubt on climate science in ways that have proven to be effective in similar debates about smoking, acid rain and ozone-depleting chemicals. Because of doubt, fundamentally important new climate science has failed to escape the confines of academia and proceed into the public realm where it can move policy – literally – into the 21st century.
In a protest coordinated by Rising Tide Seattle five climate activists, one perched atop a tripod of poles and the others locked to its legs situated over BNSF Railway train tracks in Everett were arrested on Sept 2nd. According to the Seattle Times the incident resulted in three trains being delayed and others diverted around the blocked tracks – without damage to any railroad property.