February 24, 2020
Promoting Sustainability and Resilience in East Jefferson County
|Dungeness River Center educational display (Katherine Baril)
|Happy Leap Day! - Sat Feb 29th
“A strange amazing day that comes only once every four years. ...A day of unlocked potential. … Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself. Take a chance and shape a different pattern in your personal cloud of probability!”— Vera Nazarian, science-fiction writer.
Please Pass the Plates, Forks and Spoons — for PT High School!
The Students for Sustainability club at Port Townsend High School is organizing a plate drive to enable the school to ditch paper plates and plastic utensils and reduce its environmental impact -- and they need your help! To support this effort, the club is seeking donations of reusable plates, forks, and spoons. If you have plates to donate but cannot get to the school, please call (360) 821-1578 and an organizer will make arrangements.
Donation hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: Outside the main office of the high school, 1500 Van Ness Street. Bins labeled “Plates” and “Utensils.”
Climate Prep Action Group - Local 20/20 - Mon Feb 24th
Interested in learning more about how climate change will impact Jefferson County, and what we can do as a community to prepare? Attend our meeting to learn about current projects and how to get involved. The new year brings a busy agenda.
Contact Cindy for more details, and learn more here. Please park in the back or side of the bank, or better yet, walk/bike/carpool/take transit!
Time: 2:00 - 4:00p.m. Location: First Federal Bank, 1321 Sims Way, Port Townsend.
Intro to Bike Mechanics 4 - Brakes: Maintenance and Troubleshooting - Wed Feb 26th
Farming Film Festival presents “One Man, One Cow, One Planet”- Mon Feb 24th
“One Man, One Cow, One Planet” exposes globalization and the mantra of infinite growth in a finite world for what it really is: an environmental and human disaster. But across India, marginal farmers are fighting back. By reviving biodynamics, an arcane form of agriculture, they are saving their poisoned lands and exposing the bio-colonialism of multinational corporations. This film tells their story through the teachings of elderly New Zealander Peter Proctor, whom many are calling the new Gandhi. It reveals the miracle of organics and the farmers who are reclaiming their agricultural heritage.
Noon to 2 p.m., Charles Pink House, Port Townsend library, 1220 Lawrence St.
OR: 6 to 8 p.m., Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave, Port Hadlock.
The Recyclery is offering the fourth in its popular “Foundations” series for new and returning cyclists. In Foundations 4, you will learn the various types of brakes (e.g., v-brakes, cantilever, disc and rim brakes) and how to adjust your brakes and replace worn brake pads. You will identify the type of brakes on your bike and how to adjust each type. Registration is required, and there is a fee. To register and to ask questions see The Recyclery website and/or contact them by email.
Essentials - “Unite Our Understanding” - Wed Feb 26th
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Location: The Recyclery, 1925 Blaine St., Port Townsend Library.
Protecting the Chehalis River - Thurs Feb 27 - *New*
A proposed flood control dam would damage Washington's most productive coastal salmon river likely impacting Southern Orcas. Twin Harbors Waterkeeper Lee First has paddled the 112-mile river and will share insights and action. The comment period on the draft environmental impact statement starts the same date. For details about the environmental threat go here. Thinking in new ways about peace and sustainability: why are they connected? How can we bridge divisive rhetoric? First, participatory conversations matter. Second, real local input requires social fieldwork. Planners and everyone are welcome! We can all do this work, no matter our profession or education. We each hold a piece of the puzzle. For more information email Myriem LeFerrand or call 36o-390-5253.
Time: 6 p.m. Location: Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave, Port Hadlock.
Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend.
Classes on Natural Building Materials - Fri and Sat, Feb 28th and 29th
On Friday, Penny Livingston of the Regenerative Design Institute will share many wonderful examples of bio-regionally appropriate, non-toxic building supplies and systems from all over the world. Included will be cob, light straw clay, bamboo, timber frame, strawjet, rammed earth, paja rekey and wood chip clay, and earthen and lime plaster. On Saturday, Livingston will offer a hands-on workshop on earthen building technologies. For cost and other details contact Friends of the Trees.
Time: Fri, 6:30 to 8:30 Sat, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: 10644 Rhody Drive, Port Hadlock.
Tsunamis in Washington State - Sat Feb 29 - *New*
Dr. Carrie Garrison-Laney of Washington Sea Grant will illustrate why coastlines in Washington are so vulnerable to tsunamis. This one-hour free lecture is sponsored by the Quimper Geological Society. Washington’s tsunami sources include not only the Cascadia subduction zone, but also local crustal faults, tsunami-genic slope failures and distant-source tsunamis (from Alaska, Japan, Chile). Recently published maps and video animations for a Magnitude 9 Cascadia subduction scenario will be shown for Port Townsend and Port Angeles.
Time: 4 p.m. Location: Port Townsend High School Auditorium.
Repair Cafe Coming to Port Townsend - Sat Feb 29th
A Repair Cafe is an innovative and fun community event where you can bring in up to two broken items and a community volunteer specialist will fix it for free. You can learn how to mend, fix, and stitch your belongings back together. Sponsored by: Beyond Waste, Local 20/20; the Food Co-op and Henery’s Hardware.
Want to volunteer? Need more information? Email Tracy or visit here.
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Jefferson County Recreational Center, 620 Tyler st. Port Townsend.
Northwest Native Plant Sale - Sat Feb 29th
Did you know that planting native plants is one of the ways the humble home gardener can combat climate change? Select from among the native conifers and deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees shown at the Jefferson Conservation District website here. If you have pre-ordered plants, they will be waiting for you at the sale. (Photo Jefferson Conservation District)
Climate on Tap - Mon March 2ndWild Sciety
Time: 9 am - 1 p.m. Location: Horticulture Building, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes Street, Port Townsend.
Climate on Tap meets the first Monday of the month to present information and actions you can take to combat global warming on the local level. The series, co-sponsored by Local 20/20 Climate Action and Jefferson County Public Health, is free and open to all. It is a discussion meeting, facilitated by community climate educators; it covers topics important to Jefferson County residents. Each session starts with information then opens up for discussion. For further information email Laura Tucker or call 360-379-4491.
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Location: Finnriver Farm and Cidery, 124 Center Rd, Chimacum.
Wild Society Film Fest 2020 - Starts Thurs March 6th - *New*
Join Wild Society for their 5th annual film fest to explore the little things that make the world run: plankton, bacteria, mycorrhizal fungi! Short films and talks from local naturalists will open your eyes to the vast array of unseen wonders present in our everyday. Wild Society is a nonprofit based in Kitsap County that provides wilderness summer camps, year-round naturalist programs, and community events. For more information email Julie.
Time: 7-9 pm Location: Firehouse Theater, 11171 NE State Hwy 104 Kingston, Washington
Plant Walks with Michael Pilarski - Fri March 6th & Sun March 15th - *New*
Learn about the modern and traditional uses of wild plants. Email here to register and get directions for either event. Or visit this website for more details.
Fri March 6th: 1 to 4 p.m. at Eutopos Farm and Gardens, Coyle.
Sun March 15th: 1 to 4 p.m. at Natembea Farm in Port Townsend.
Introduction to Biochar Production and Use - Sat Mar 7th - *New*
Francesco Tortorici will present an overview of biochar history, production and uses, including local examples in Jefferson and Clallam counties. Biochar is produced in simple micro-gasifier stoves, kilns and industrial processes. Examples of these different processes will be discussed. For details visit this website.
Time: 1 - 4 p.m. Location: Global Earth Repair Foundation office, 10644 Rhody Dr, Port Hadlock.
Meaningful Movies presents “Dawnland” - Mon March 9th - *New*
This feature-length documentary follows a truth-and-reconciliaton committee to contemporary Wabanaki communities in Maine to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.
Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: QUUF Sanctuary 2333 San Juan Avenue Port Townsend.
Webinar: “Participatory Conversations Matter” - Starts Mon March 9th
This national webinar is for people interested in social fieldwork who can’t make the hands-on workshop at the Chimacum Grange (see below). This is a national webinar and does not only target our region. Practicing participatory conversation is fundamental to ‘sustainability’ and democracy in these divisive times and this election year
. Proceeds benefit econ4peace.org Go here to sign up. For questions e-mail Myriem LeFerrand or call 303- 443-7043.
Time: Alternating Mondays, 4 - 5 p.m. PST Location: Web
Beyond Waste Action Group - Tues March 10th
“Garden Planning with Seed Saving in Mind” - Wed March 11th
Jadyne Reichner, from Oatsplanter Farm, will talk on the practice of seed saving in your home garden. The Beyond Waste Action Group meets the second Tuesday of each month at either 10:30 am to 12 noon or 7 to 8:30 pm, depending on the month. The group looks at many issues including food-waste composting, plastics reduction and recycling, reduction of garbage on an individual and community level, and various other waste-related topics that spontaneously come up during the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome. Email Lisa for info on monthly agenda and meeting time and venue. Location: Uptown PT. For address contact Lisa
March 11: 6 - 7:30 p.m. Location: Jefferson County Public library, Port Hadlock.
Master Gardener Educational Opportunity - Thurs March 12th - *New*
The public is invited to attend and learn about the Advanced Education Gardening Conference to be held at Fort Worden October 1-3. Don Enstrom, Foundation President, and C-J Nielsen, Conference Chair, will talk about the gardening classes and multiple educational opportunities planned for the upcoming annual conference. More than 20 classes are scheduled, covering topics that are sure to attract all skill levels.
Time: 3 p.m. Location: WSU Extension Classroom in Port Hadlock, 127 Oak Bay Road.
Training in Social Fieldwork - Starts Sunday March 15th
Learn to guide interactive place-based research about community and ecological well-being. This workshop is people who live in Jefferson, Clallam and Kitsap counties. The first round of workshops is limited to 20 researcher/participants. The training is delivered by a lead researcher at the Guild for Social Fieldwork, a program of the Economics for Peace Institute. Please sign up here.
Time: 4 to 6 p.m. (alternating Sundays) Location: Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Dr, Chimacum.
Solstice Family Farm Internships Available Now
Solstice Family Farm is a 33-acre homestead farm on Beaver Valley road in Chimacum. They grow produce, eggs and animals for market, and much of what they need for their table. They are looking for two enthusiastic interns to work now through November, to learn growing techniques for vegetables, fruit, meat and eggs, orcharding, pasture management, animal husbandry and the many skills involved in sustainable agriculture. In exchange for 21 hours of labor and 4-8 hours of feeding and chores per week, interns will have comfortable lodging, a row in the vegetable garden and the opportunity to enjoy surplus produce and eggs. For details, visit the farm website or call Jennifer White 360-215-0786.
Permaculture Homesteading Internship - June 18th-August 31st
Join The Dirt Rich School for a three- month Permaculture Homesteading Internship! Whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner, this internship offers hands-on experience that will empower you to create your own sustainable future. If you are exploring the idea of farming or gardening as a vocation or lifestyle, or just looking for a skills-based education, this is the program for you! Check out the website for more information. Email Kateen with questions about the application and sign-up process.
Time: June 18 - August 31 Location: The Dirt Rich School at Compass Rose Farms, 1463 W Uncas Rd, Port Townsend
New Cohousing Community kickoff meeting - March 22nd
A new community called Newt Crossing is forming just three miles from Port Townsend city limits. These beautiful wooded 17 acres have been set aside for a community since Jonathan Boughton and Eva Holm bought the property. Last summer, Charles Durrett of McCamant & Durrett Architects conducted a feasibility study at the site. Durrett, who coined the term “cohousing” after studying in Denmark, has helped create over 50 cohousing communities in North America, including our own Quimper Village. At this kickoff meeting, Durrett will give a free presentation on cohousing. To learn more, go here.
Time: 3 p.m. Location: Quimper Grange.
Jefferson County Land trust Conservation Breakfast - Thurs March 26th - *New*
Start your day with good food, great company, and a dash of inspiration! Enjoy the presentation titled “Pointing the Way to a Brighter Future,” by Nan Evans, host of the Nature Now Program on KPTZ radio. Her presentation features a conversation with young local leaders who are making a difference for conservation and our community. Please note, this free event has limited capacity and will fill up. Please RSVP here by March 19 to secure your seat! Or call Rebekah at 360.379.9501 or send an email.
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m, Location: Old Alcohol Plant, 310 Hadlock Bay Road, Port Hadlock-Irondale
Seeking Publicity Coordinator for Kul Kah Han Garden
The Native Plant Demonstration Garden at HJ Carroll Park is searching for a Publicity Coordinator, an enthusiastic person experienced in computer skills, to introduce our mission and activities to the broader community. Plans are in the works for creating new display areas, planting new species, adding new signage, enjoying the support of our Foundation Board and taking part in special local events. Some tasks of the Publicity Coordinator will be to use Group Mail, make posters and update our website.This person wil beable to earn up to $800 depending on projects completed. The job requires 3 hours er week from March to October. Interviews begin soon. Interested parties please contact Linda Landkammer, Designer/Director, at the Native Plant Demonstration Garden website
Looking for Local Photos for Announcements
The Local 20/20 Announcements editor is calling all area photographers to submit images that capture the charm and character of our community and its natural setting. We want to have a selection for the opening photo of each weekly e-mail. Local color, horizontal (“landscape”) orientation, jpeg format and please no children, pets or recognizable faces. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Photos" in the subject line. We are an all-volunteer non-profit, so the only compensation for your talent and generosity will be a photo credit and our warmest thanks!
“Cultivating Housing Solutions” video available to local groups
If you missed the latest screening of this important video (see listing above), click on this link to see the trailer. Please consider showing the video to your neighbors or your community group. Housing Solutions Network volunteers will facilitate discussion at each screening. For more details please e-mail Justine Gonzalez-Berg here.
Global Earth Repair Foundation Reference Library
The Global Earth Repair Foundation was started to advance the work of the international conference that was held in Port Townsend several months ago. The Foundation shares an office with Friends of the Trees. It houses a reference library of over 3,000 books, with sizable sections on earth repair, ecosystem restoration, bio-engineering, native plants, soil building, regenerative agriculture, arid lands, ethnobotany, and more. This is a great place for people to research and study earth repair, ecosystem restoration and the like. The office and library are open on Wednesdays from noon to 8:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The location is 10644 Rhody Drive in Port Hadlock.
January King Tide Info & Photos
Emergency Text Alerts from Jefferson County DEM
There was a higher-than-average predicted tide on January 18, 2020 (9.4′ predicted, 10.0' observed), and a few Local 20/20 Climate Action Group volunteers were out there early in the morning to capture it! The king tide gives us a chance to visualize the higher sea levels that will become more frequent in the future due to global sea-level rise. You can learn more about the project in this post. The photos from the project are shared on the MyCoast website (you can zoom in on the map to find the Port Townsend photos, and others are posted all over the state coastline.)
Local 20/20 has an emergency preparedness action group, and we recognize that communication is key to successfully coping with disasters and emergencies. The Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management participates in the "NIXLE" system which can send text alerts to your cell phone. Visit their web page here for further information and to get signed up. There you will also find information about other alert and warning systems including the tsunami warning system and the WASDOT alert system.
Download the Port Townsend Walking Times Map
A Tool for Neighborhood Organization
Nextdoor is a private social network for neighborhoods. Use this link to join one of 51 Nextdoor Neighborhoods (NDN) in Jefferson County. Currently there are 10,277 subscribers, with many new members joining each day. Email Pete Hubbard with questions or comments.
Local 20/20 Transportation Lab's popular walking times map is downloadable here. Walking is healthy, social, fun, costs nothing and keeps your carbon footprint small.
If you have interesting articles, essays or videos to share that fit our mission, please submit them here for consideration.
A new resource for Washington State Climate Watchers: "Snowlines and Shorelines"
Amy Snover, Director of the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, has done us the great favor of preparing and sharing a brief about the effects of a warming climate on the snowlines and shorelines our state. In this brief—and it is truly brief— they compressed the dense 1,170-page original into “nine short pages of succinct text and clear figures to bring the global science down to the local level.”
The report “Shifting Snowlines and Shorelines: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere and Implications for Washington State,” covers topics of direct interest to coast dwellers, illustrated with great graphics.
Snover hopes that it will be useful for regional planners, land managers, scientists and members of the public – i.e., people like us – who are concerned and working for a climate-resilient Northwest. You may download the brief from this page on the Climate Impacts Group website (Scroll down to "Download the Brief.") Or read the pdf here.
Use it all! Ideas for reducing the shocking amount of food we waste!
According to research by the non-profit ReFED, the U.S .spends roughly $218 billion on food that never gets eaten. Individually, we throw away about 25 percent of the food we buy, costing the average household of four an estimated $1,350 to $2,275 per year. Most of this food waste is sent to landfills, where it releases methane, contributing to climate change.
One way to reduce your “foodprint”: strive for zero waste cooking by creatively using every part of the food you buy. The people at foodprint.org put together a list of 17 ways to make use of skins, stems, fronds, stalk and peels.
(Editor's note: As a frequent browser of the “blue tape specials” at the Food Co-op, I am all for using food scraps and the unglamorous fruits and vegetables they put on sale. I recommend the Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook , a fascinating almanac of facts, recipes and food tips for the kitchen. And the august James Beard Foundation is getting in on the act with “Waste Not,” a book designed “to encourage chefs to set an example and become leaders of a sustainable future.")
"Oskar’s Quest" — a film about how kids talk about the future
This film tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who sensed the depth of the ecological and climate crisis. By expressing his sadness, Oskar started a chain reaction so that his fellow students began to grapple with the potential collapse of societies due to climate change. By challenging the school curriculum, to learn what really matters to his future, Oskar offers a message for all of us. The implications for adult solidarity with young people become clear - to support them and society in adapting emotionally and practically to the disruptions ahead, as a complement to bold carbon cuts and drawdown. You can see Oskar's own short film "Sandcastle."
Resilient Reading — What we can learn about fire from Australia
Like the wildfires and landslides of the western U.S., Australia's bush fires are a fact of life. Just because they've been around forever doesn't mean they aren't getting more severe, however. The Guardian reports that, while "[c]limate change does not create bushfires... it can and does make them worse [sic]." …. Australia's situation is dire, to put it mildly, and it isn't clearing up anytime soon. Here are seven books you should read to fully comprehend the bush fires and what they mean for both Australia and the world:
How to Save the World: Turning a big negative into a big positive
Author Courtenay White describes the huge potential for soil to capture and hold carbon from the atmosphere. He goes over the numbers describing the deterioration of soil that comes from our current land use practices and argues convincingly that the answer is no till agriculture. Regenerative agriculture means using cover crops to control weeds, crop diversification, and applying animal manures to soil to boost soil health. "Nature doesn't till, why should we"? This is the basic question we must ask. The challenge is changing generations of accepted ag practice but the benefit could mean that we can slow down the trajectory of harmful climate change. The article includes lots of references, links to short videos and a lot more. Highly recommended, find the article here.
Gathering in Groups as Society Falls Apart
Vicki Robin crafted an essay for the Jem Bendell blog that provides insight that our Western emphasis on individualism presents obstacles to living and working in groups. "Everyone wants community. Unfortunately it involves other people," she observes. As fossil fueled civilization seems headed for devolution, it may be that people will migrate to smaller and more tightly knitted community. Working together in such settings to meet the challenges of the future will require skills that many of us will need to learn. Working from the experiences of intentional communities, Robin provides some practical suggestions for things we can work on. Find Robins essay republished at Resilience.org here.
Petroleum Junkies of the World, Unite!
This is a great meditation on the joys and miracles that our precious fossil fuels bring into our lives. All that righteous environmentalist talk about reducing our carbon footprint, they don’t know what they’re asking. They want us to cut back? Or even go without? Bah humbug! How dare they? Don’t they realize how very... precious it is? Imagine going without, it would be like the taste of cold turkey on Thanksgiving. Or to consider "mutiny"? Which the author defines as "an act of courageous desperation that reasonable people consider reluctantly." The link to the essay is here.
"Healing the rift between Political Reality and Ecological Reality:
Q & A with Shaun Chamberlain"
Ecological reality says we need to urgently and dramatically bring down carbon emissions to avoid catastrophe. Political reality offer incrementalism, market based carbon trading schemes and top-down approaches. In this article Chamberlain reviews the work of David Fleming who helped develop a concept called "Tradeable Energy Quotas" or TEQs. TEQs start with a hard emissions cap based on climate science then divide up the carbon budget between households, institutions and societal sectors. TEQs are a system of rationing that would be a bottom-up approach and could earn buy in from a critical mass of people because its fairer than more regressive options. It could also leverage societal creativity and innovation. Find the article at Green Social Thought here.
Food After Oil: how urban farmers are preparing us for a self-sufficient future.
From The Guardian and author Richard Benson, this is an article that describes efforts in Bristol that show how small parcels can feed people in a City while it helps them connect to each other. The obvious benefit of minimizing energy lost on transportation of food is but one benefit. This is a great article with wonderful photography that delves into the history of modern agriculture and asks the question, how would we grow food if we wanted or needed to minimize the use of fossil fuels? Find the article here.
Seeds of Life: The Plants suited to Climate Change
If we consider the many challenges of climate change we must ask ourselves what we can do to make the inevitable crash a soft landing? What should we try to save and what can we let go to prepare for the Great Simplification? One of the things I hope we can save is agriculture and the key to this is seeds. This fascinating article from BBC News by Matthew Tucker, reports on efforts underway at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. It takes a very close look at seeds in amazing detail, the pictures are stunningly beautiful. Please enjoy and find the article here. (Also, see the post below on seeds that also mention our local Organic Seed Alliance.)
Oceanic Carbon Cycle Tipping Point Approaching Fast
Last year, MIT published new work by Professor Daniel Rothman. Fresh attention is now focused on the issue of ocean acidification, that co-equal threat to our world's ecosystem that gets far less attention than global warming. Dr. Rothman shows that while the oceans buffer excess CO2, there is a dramatic tipping point after which rapid change promises likely mass extinction. Click here for the MIT News report on this brilliant analysis of the Carbon Cycle.
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