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December 2, 2019
Promoting Sustainability and Resilience in East Jefferson County
Shaggymane mushrooms (A. McFarland)

Students for Sustainability: Plastic Drinking Straw Ban for Port Townsend - Mon.  Dec 2nd  *New*
The Students for Sustainability club at Port Townsend High School will make a special presentation to the city council this Monday night. They are asking the city to implement a ban on single-use plastic drinking straws throughout Port Townsend. Theirs is the second special presentation — thus fairly early on the agenda —  and will be followed by a period of public comment. They would love a show of support from the community, so come and cheer on our students in action!
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Location: City Hall, Council Chambers 2nd floor, 540 Water Street

The Carbon Footprint of Food - Monday December 2nd
Are you wondering how food choices add up in your personal footprint? We will look at the greenhouse gas emissions produced by growing, rearing, farming, processing, transporting, storing, cooking and disposing of the food we eat. Leave the session feeling full of tasty ways to make a difference! Co-sponsored by Local 20/20 Climate Action and Jefferson County Public Health, this is not a lecture series, but a book club & discussion format. Each session includes  information to get the conversation started, followed by group discussions that include what locals think and what locals plan to do. 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 Road, Chimacum, WA 98325

Jefferson County Move To Amend Meeting - Tues December 3 *New*
Join JEFFERSON COUNTY MOVE TO AMEND in taking concrete steps to reverse Citizens United and end corporate personhood.  Come to our next meeting to discuss the steps we can take toward passing HJR48, which proposes a Constitutional Amendment that addresses campaign financing, corporate personhood, and clarifies that money is not speech.
If you are new to the group, contact Judy D'Amore for background information ahead of the meeting, at 360-379-0370, or via email.
Time: 12:30 - 2:30 pm. Contact Judy for location.

Climate Prep Action Group - Local 20/20 - Tues December 3rd
Are you 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. Note that the schedule and location for November and December 2019 has changed due to the holidays. The regular November and December 2019 meeting will be combined into one meeting on 12/3/19 at the Uptown Pub. Contact Cindy for more details, and learn more here.
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.; Location: Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St, Port Townsend.

Intro to Bike Mechanics: Foundations 1- Wed December 4th *New*
The Recyclery is offering the winter session of its popular "Foundations" series again for new and returning cyclists who want to stay on top of bike maintenance. Foundations 1 is the first step to diagnosing issues with your bike. In this course you will identify bike components, learn basic tool handling, and disassemble a kid’s bike. We will review flat tire repair and tube replacement, how to best clean and lubricate your bike, and the necessities of a ride kit. Proper tools will be provided. Registration is required, and there is a fee. To register and to ask questions see The Recyclery website and/or contact them by email.
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Location: The Recyclery, 1925 Blaine St., Port Townsend

Saturday Farmers Market - Saturday December 7th
Come to the Saturday Farmer's Market in Port Townsend for winter produce and one-of-a-kind gift ideas for the holidays. You will find everything from beaded baubles to
wooly clouds and wooden spoons and  from  elfin clay cups to holiday wreaths. Our market has as many as  70 vendors a week, including: 40 farms, 4 artisan cheese makers, 3 cideries, artisan bakers, espresso and coffee, herbal salves, soaps, and arts and crafts. Just note that there are just three more markets  this year and the final market on Dec 21 will be held inside the Community Center. (photo courtesy JCFM)
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Location: Uptown PT, Lawrence & Tyler St

The Coming Great Simplification? - Sat December 7th

Quimper Geological Society invites all to a lecture by UW Professor Peter Ward. Dr. Ward offers this abstract: "We are living in a time of unprecedented and rapid technological, economic, social, and environmental change.  I will argue that, in spite of what seems to be ever greater technological complexity, the largest scale natural “operations” of Earth are actually undergoing an unnoticed simplification, one that is already affecting geological landscapes, biodiversity, global economy, and human population.  I will make predictions about specific “simplifications” that will accrue from sea-level rise, climate instability, diminishing petroleum output, increasing population, and dwindling global food supply.   Whether these simplifications happen fast enough to allay an actual mass extinction (of our species) rather than “just” the current and expanding “mass depletion” over the next century, remains to be observed."  More info available at
Time: 4:00 p.m. Location: First Baptist Church, 1202 Lawrence St., Port Townsend

“The Art and Science of the Marine Micro World” - Sun Dec 8 *New*
Fiber artist Carla Stehr, a retired fisheries biologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is the featured speaker at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center “The Future of Oceans” lecture series. Stehr’s talk, “Art and Science of the Marine Micro World,” will showcase electron microscope images and fiber art to illustrate features of the marine world that most of us don’t see.
Time 3 p.m. Location: The Chapel near the entrance to Fort Worden State Park, W Street.

Meaningful Movies - “Accidental Courtesy” - Monday December 9th *New*
Blues musician Daryl Davis may be a familiar name to many in Port Townsend who remember him as artistic director of the Acoustic Blues workshop at Centrum (2012 to 2014). In addition to performing around the country with R&B greats and winning a Grammy, Daryl has an unusual hobby: he likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan— a stretch in cultural resiliency and bridge-building that even many white liberals would find hard to make. In his travels, he’s collected as many as 200 robes and other artifacts from friends who have left the klan.  In “Accidental Courtesy,” Daryl’s journey takes him across the country, from DC to California, from old friends who have left the klan to friends who are still active, including a current "Imperial Wizard."  In an age of digital disconnection and divisiveness, Daryl’s method is rooted in personal connection — and we as viewers reap the rewards.
Time: 6:30 p.m. Location:  Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend.

Beyond Waste Action Group - Local 20/20 - Tues,  December 10th
The Beyond Waste Action Group meets the second Tuesday of each month at either 10:30 a.m.-12:00 or 7-8:30 p.m., depending on the month.  The group looks at a number of 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 venue.
Time: 7 pm to 8:30p.m. Location: For address  contact Lisa.

Climate Outreach Action Group - Local 20/20 - Thursday Dec 12th
Want to help educate the community on what we all can do related to reducing our carbon footprint? Attend the monthly meeting of the Local 20/20 Climate Outreach Action Group  to learn more about what is currently planned, and add your ideas to the mix! Meetings are generally on the second Thursday of the month. For this month's location, contact Cindy. Learn about this Action Group here or email us.
Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

WSU Jefferson County Extension is now hiring a Water Program Coordinator
This position is responsible for performing lead administrative staff duties for the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee (MRC), including: writing grant content; managing Northwest Straits Initiative grant funds; managing program budgets; grant reporting and submission; coordinating and attending Executive Meetings and monthly MRC meetings; tracking volunteer hours; managing the recruitment and training of new MRC members and project volunteers; maintaining the MRC website and managing contracts and contractors/consultants for MRC projects as needed. For application, qualifications and further information, see here.

Salish Sea Art Exhibition - Nov 24th - Jan 26th
An art exhibit crafted from materials salvaged along the Salish Sea is on exhibit at the Old Alcohol Plant through January. Twelve artists from various trades -- all lovers of  wood and water-- have incorporated sea-washed materials into unique pieces of art. The exhibit as a whole acknowledges the effect of human activity on the marine biome.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. daily. Location: Old Alcohol Plant, 310 Hadlock Bay Road, Hadlock.

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 assisting with assembling an independent steering committee for this event.)

November King Tide Info & Photos
There was a higher than average predicted tide on November 1, 2019 (9.0′ 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.  Local 20/20's 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 Nov 1 tide at the first 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 WADOT 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 9,829 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.

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!

The Big Picture
At the end of 2018, and with uncertainty for the year ahead, it is the perfect time to reflect on the status of the world around us. From and Richard Heinberg, this new essay discusses our Industrial Global Civilization from the perspective of the Adaptive Cycle. Heinberg offers a clear-eyed argument that we face significant risk of civilization collapse sometime in the not-too-distant future.  Nevertheless he offers hopeful suggestions on how courageous action (community resilience efforts, for example) can help moderate the transition and salvage those things that will be of most use to future generations. This essay is rated "Must Read" and is highly recommended. Use this link to take a close look at The Big Picture.
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