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January 13, 2020
Promoting Sustainability and Resilience in East Jefferson County
View of the Cascades from Admiralty Bay  (Jaisri Lingappa)
“Point in Time homeless count training - Mon Jan 13th
If you are concerned about homelessness in Jefferson County, you can help by taking part in the Point In Time homeless count. The state uses  this count to determine how much funding to allocate for needed services in our area.  The annual count will be held on Thursday, January 23.
Time: 4 p.m. Location: OlyCAP conference room, 823 Commerce Loop, Port Townsend

North Olympic Farming Film Festival,  After Winter, Spring - Mon Jan 13th
Seen through the eyes of family farmers in southwest France, “After Winter, Spring” is an intimate portrait of an ancestral way of life under threat in a world increasingly dominated by large-scale industrial agriculture. See here for more information on the film, including trailer. To get a peek at the other films in the series, click here. Discussion follows each film -- and admission is  free! Note the two locations for each film.
Time and location: Noon to 2 p.m., Charles Pink House, Port Townsend library, 1220 Lawrence  St.
Time and location: 6 to 8 p.m., Jefferson County Library,
620 Cedar Ave, Port Hadlock.

Beyond Waste Action Group - Tues Jan 14th
The Beyond Waste Action Group meets on the second Tuesday of each  month to  look at waste-related topics like food-waste composting, reducing and recycling plastics, reducing garbage on an individual and community level and other issues and ideas that come up.  Newcomers are always welcome.  Email Lisa for info on this month’s agenda and the address of the meeting.
Time: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 pm  Location: Uptown Port Townsen

Foundations 2 - Intro to Bike Mechanics - Assembling & Basic Bearing Adjustments - Wed Jan 15th

“Bike assembly and adjustment of bearings” is the second in this series of nuts-and-bolts classes designed to give you solid bike know-how.  Foundations 2 will take a deeper dive into overhauling bearings. Each student will assemble a bike using classroom tools, focusing on adjusting and overhauling the headset, hub, and bottom bracket. You will learn to identify components of a bike, where bearings are located, and what it means to ‘overhaul’ a bearing component. You will also learn to perform a safety check and what to look for before giving a bike the ‘green light.’
For details and to register, click here.
Time: 3 pm  Location: Recyclery, 1925 Blaine St, Port Townsend

Local 20/20 Steering Council Meeting - Wed Jan 15th

The monthly Local 20/20 Steering Council meeting is open to all and welcomes those interested in active involvement in Local 20/20 leadership. Newcomers are always welcome. If you'd like an orientation, please email Marlow at
Time: 4:00 - 6 :00 p.m. Location: Charles Pink House, Port Townsend Library

Plant-Powered Kitchen Workshop - Sat Jan 18th
Let a kitchen expert, chef and veggie freak, inspire and hold your hand through the nuts and bolts of setting up systems for cooking everyday plant based meals. Plant-Powered Kitchen on Sat Jan 18th at the Co-op Annex. For details and to register for the workshop, click here.
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.  Location: The Co-op Annex, 3110 Lawrence St, Port Townsend

“Successful Residential Gardening- Even in Deer Country” - Sat Jan 18th - *New*
In the second presentation of the  2020 Master Gardener Yard and Garden series, Christine McCall will present a survey of behaviorally-based peaceful ways to deter garden damage by deer. "We want to reach for magnificence and productivity in the garden while recognizing the needs and rights of our wildlife.” The lecture will include cost and benefit details of many techniques. You may buy a pass for the six-part series for $55 or purchase individual tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets, JeffCo Master Gardeners Foundation:, Port Townsend Garden Center, Shold’s Nursery, or by calling 360-301-2018. Tickets purchased at the door will depend on space available. Time: 10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Location: Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler Street.

FEMA Summer Camp for Teens - Applications Open Until Sun Jan 19th - *New*
Region 10 of the Federal Emergency Management Agency will host its second summer preparedness class July 26 through 31, 2020. The six-day, five-night annual camp will be conducted near Anchorage, Alaska. The agency will select 40 teens from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska to attend the all-expenses-paid camp. Attendees will learn skills that could save lives in their homes and communities during a disaster.  What a great opportunity for a local youth to learn and share important skills back home! Applications can be downloaded from  For more information, call Ilyssa Plumer or Sam Robinson, 425-487-4943 or  email FEMA here.

MLK Day Mulching Party at Blue Heron Middle School Orchard - Mon Jan 20th - *New*
Come join this fun and fast annual event!  We will spread 70 yards of compost, mulch and wood chips around the 70 fruit trees at the middle school orchard. Bring wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes and buckets (and extra wheelbarrows to share) if you have them. Gloves, water bottle, snacks and warm clothing for the weather, too. Please come promptly at 1 so everyone hears the rules at the same time.  If you are not up for toting mulch, we also need folks to keep an eye on trees, people and process; there will be people of all ages and a few important rules to follow. Bring friends!  Questions?  contact Seth at 379-0414 or  RSVP if you know you can make it, or just show up!
Time:  1 to 3:30 p.m.  Location:   Blue Heron Middle School, 3939 San Juan Ave

“Turning up the Heat on ICE: A report From the Front Lines” Tues Jan 21st - *New*
Washington state has the strongest “sanctuary” law in the US.  But what’s happening on the ground?  Learn how government, organizations and individuals are partnering to protect the state’s immigrant communities.  Speakers are Monserrat Padilla, Co-Director, Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network and Annie Benson, Senior Directing Attorney, Washington Defender Association. Come to get inspired and take action!
Time: 4:30 - 6 p.m.  Location: Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sanctuary, San Juan Ave, corner 22nd Street, Port Townsend

Housing Solutions Network Video & Discussion - Thurs Jan 23rd - *New*
The Housing Solutions Network is hosting a public screening of their short video about the local housing emergency. In addition to hard facts, the video features some creative local solutions. The local housing emergency keeps good workers from good jobs and weakens the fabric of our community. Housing Solutions Network is empowering people and organizations to create more housing opportunity for our local workforce. Jefferson County has a 0-1% rental vacancy rate (the national average is 7%), which means that even people with stable incomes struggle to find places to live. This prevents new talent from moving here and causes many renters to spend more than 30% of their income on housing. Businesses across Jefferson County struggle to hire and retain staff due to the affordable housing crisis.The screening will be followed by a small group facilitated conversations to unlock the ideas, resources, and expertise in our community.
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.    Location: Cotton Building, 607 Water Street, Port Townsend

Climate Prep Action Group - Local 20/20 - Mon Jan 27th
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. Meetings are typically on the fourth Mondays of each month. 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

Northwest Native Plant Sale: order online now until Jan 30th
After a year's hiatus due to funding issues, the popular Northwest Native Plant Sale is back on--and they've gone electronic! You may order plants this month, from a selection of native conifers and deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees shown at the Jefferson Conservation District website here. Hurry, their selection is going fast and you may only order on line until Jan 30! Your pre-ordered plants will be waiting for you at the Walk-Up sale on  Sat Feb 29th. (Photo courtesy of Jefferson Conservation District)
Time: 9 am - 1 pm  Location: Horticulture Building, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes Street, Port Townsend .

Volunteer to plant native trees in Discovery Bay - Sat Feb 8th
The North Olympic Salmon Coalition has an ambitious goal -- to plant 10,000 trees this winter -- and they invite you to be part of the story! Help restore salmon habitat by volunteering for the Discovery Bay work party. Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs to improve water quality and create healthy habitat for the fish and wildlife who share our watersheds. Events are family-friendly, snacks and a limited supply of tools will be provided. (To register for this and  future work parties, look here.)
Time: Sat Jan 11th and Feb 8th, 10 am to 1 pm
Cedar Root Adult Classes - Root Cellar Design, Bow Making, Leather Working, and more - Various January Dates
Cedar Root Folk School is offering a variety of adult classes in January. See their website for schedule, location and fees.
Seeking Publicity Coordinator for Kul Kah Han Garden
The Native Plant Demonstration Garden at HJ Carroll Park is buzzing with excitement! Plans are in the works for developing new display areas, planting new species, adding new signage, enjoying the support of our Foundation Board and taking part in special local events. We are looking for an enthusiastic person experienced in computer skills to introduce our mission and activities to the broader community. Some of the tasks will be to use Group Mail, make posters and update our website. The Publicity Coordinator is a volunteer position that comes with a generous stipend. The job requires 3 hrs a week from March through October. Interviews begin soon. Interested parties please contact Linda Landkammer, Designer/Director, at the Native Plant Demonstration Garden  website or by  email.

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 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 a 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.

Communiversity Lecture series  2020
Curated to appeal to learners of all ages, Centrum’s exciting new 2020 arts and lecture series is designed to inspire thought-provoking conversation throughout our community. Each 90-minute event will feature nationally or locally recognized experts speaking with journalists and reporters from Crosscut and KCTS public media. Topics include: the causes and consequences of poverty, the American juvenile justice system, East Indian musical tradition (with live performance), ornithology, mushrooms and gender diversity in nature.  For details and to purchase tickets, visit the Centrum website 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.

Earth Day 50-Year Anniversary Planning

There are global plans for making the 50-Year Earth Day Anniversary in 2020 a huge event, with a goal of having a billion people worldwide involved! Discussions are just starting in Jefferson County regarding a local event involving lots of organizations. Organizations or individuals interested in helping plan an event, or that are already working on something related to Earth Day, can contact us at
(Local 20/20 Climate Outreach is helping to form an independent steering committee for this event.)

December King Tide Info & Photos 
There was a higher-than-average predicted tide on December 1, 2019 (9.4′ predicted), that gave us another chance to visualize the higher sea levels that will become more frequent in the future due to global sea level rise, and a few of Local 20/20’s Climate Action Group volunteers were out there early in the morning to capture it. The Local 20/20 Climate Action group regularly monitors king tides in Port Townsend, and posts them to our website. You can see photos and the analysis of the Dec 1 tide at the king tide  link above.

Emergency Text Alerts from Jefferson County DEM

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.

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 10,045 subscribers, with many new members joining each day. Email Pete Hubbard with questions or comment

Download the Port Townsend Walking Times Map
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.

Resilience Readings
If you have interesting articles, essays or videos to share that fit our mission, please submit them here for consideration.

"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 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
One week ago MIT published fresh 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. 

Save Our Food, Free the Seed
This is a wonderful article from the New York Times in which the work of organizations like Port Townsend based Organic Seed Alliance is highlighted.  I especially liked the vivid pictures and descriptions of plants like the "Vibrant Ultraviolet" Asian  mustard. It tells how we have lost much of our plant diversity due to corporate agricultural practices, and why it is so important that we reclaim the very basis of our food system and maintain a local connection to how we grow food. Locally, we are fortunate to have the Organic Seed Alliance and other such program like the Seed Library at WSU Extension Jefferson County, as well as a large community of seed growers, vendors and enthusiasts. Buy Local! Grow Local!

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