Regarding the proposed gas car ban (House Bill 1024 and Senate Bill 5256)

Hal Bernton, “Washington state’s proposed ban on registration of new gas passenger cars prompts pushback from attorney general,” Seattle Times, 9 Feb. 2021, Web, Washington State’s proposed ban on gas cars–pusback from the state’s attorney general

[22 Feb. 2021 addendum: Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson (whom I respect very much) says that Clean Cars 2030 would not withstand a court challenge. As a counterargument, please see the blog posted 22 Feb. 2021 titled: electric cars—the time is now.]

Federal greenlight of industrial shellfish aquaculture unlawful

Industrial aquaculture has been inexorably replacing shoreline habitat in Washington State, aided and abetted by an Army Corps of Engineers blanket approval (Nationwide Permit 48) of most shellfish aquaculture facilities, thereby adding to the death of the Salish Sea by a thousand cuts.

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Youth Misinformed

Abirami Subramanian, a 14-year-old sophomore at West Sound Academy in Poulsbo, teamed up with students Serena Griffin, Cambria Bartlett, and Mercy Gilniy to create an award-winning documentary about how our education system fails to adequately teach youth about the environment and the health of our planet. In the documentary, Abi and her colleagues (with guidance by teacher Nisa Frank) suggest that a solution to the lack of education about our planet’s health—and an antidote to misinformation—is project-based learning. Watch the documentary and feel inspired about the upcoming generation.
     To see the nine-minute documentary, Youth Misinformed, please go to https://myhero.com/youth-misinformed

[Note: I learned about the documentary from the article: Steven Powell, “Poulsbo student wins 3 awards for environmental film,” North Kitsap Herald, 5 Feb. 2021, Print, 5.]

E-testimony to the House Transportation Committee about Clean Cars 2030 (HB 1204)

E-testimony that I sent 8 Feb. 2021 to the House Transportation Committee (Reps. Jake Fey, Sharon Wylie, Dan Bronoske, and Rill Ramos urging a yes vote on HB 1204 (Clean Cars 2030).

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Kitsap County: Buildable Lands Report, Shoreline Master Program updates, and northern access to the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park

The following are from Commissioner Rob Gelder’s 5 Feb. 2021 North Kitsap Commissioner Newsletter:

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Volunteers at Kitsap County’s Parks

We in Kitsap County are fortunate to have many wonderful parks to visit. Many volunteers learn about and care for those parks. If you’d like to learn about the volunteer program, please go to https://www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Pages/Volunteer.aspx

“Find the people that love the place.”
— Tom Coleman, volunteer for Newberry Hill Heritage Park

Kitsap County Stewardship Program:
15 stewardship groups, 72 County parks, over 11,000 acres

Stewardship Involvements:
– trail maintenance
– native plants and invasive species
– citizen science|
– outdoor education
– community outreach

Local Free Press: recent articles

— David Nelson (Editor of the Kitsap Sun), “What the Sun should be known for,” Kitsap Sun, 3 Jan. 2021, Print, 1C and 3C.
As Nelson notes, “We are always encouraged by the evidence that when significant news happens this community turns to us.”

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Climate 2020: Hot around the world

     —  Henry Fountain, Blacki Migliozzi and Nadja Popovich, “Where 2020’s Record Heat Was Felt the Most,” The New York Times, 14 Feb. 2021, Web, Where 2020’s Record Heat Was Felt the Most
Spin the Earth around in this graphical-representation article and see, via the whites, pinks, and reds, where the planet did not warm, where it warmed, and where it warmed a lot.

     — Story by Chris Mooney, Andrew Freedman and John Muyskens, design by Jake Crump, “2020 rivals hottest year on record,pushing Earth closer to a critical climate threshold,” The Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2021, Web, 2020 rivals hottest year