This Changes Everything—Capitalism vs. the Climate
By featuring seven communities on the front lines, this movie connects the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. It shows how we can seize the climate crisis to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.
Have you ever wanted to take a painting, mosaic, or paper making class? Now you can! Unleash your creative side in classes that explore the intersection of art and nature. Nature Consortium’s affordable new EcoARTs classes for beginning-level students begin on September 14th. Classes are taught by professional artists and no prior arts experience is necessary. Register today! Take one class, a whole series, or mix and match. Art supplies included. Open to students of all ages.
Learn more and Register at: www.naturec.org/ecoarts-program/
Dates: September 14 – November 30
Class Sessions: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 4pm – 5:30pm or 6pm – 7:30pm
Cost: $25 per class. Supplies included.
Did you know that over 600,000 pink salmon will make the journey up the Green/Duwamish River to spawn this year? This year, Mark Powell is swimming with them. From the crystal clear headwaters of the Green River to the polluted output of the Duwamish River at Puget Sound, Mark Powell of Washington Environmental Council is swimming the river to tell the story of the threats and opportunities facing the watershed and the Sound. Come face-to-face with salmon and frogs…Mark carries a GoPro and makes underwater videos of his swim! View more at SwimDuwamish.org and see cool underwater pictures at Instagram.com/SwimDuwamish. Here is a preview to get you started:
What an excellent way to take action and bring awareness to the issues that face our area. Thank you Mark and the folks at W.E.C. for doing such great work.
The secret of change….
This past week various board members of Sustainable West Seattle had the opportunity to meet with a couple from England who were in the process of filming a documentary, The Secret of Change.
Zoe Moyden and Chris Bettles are the young couple who are spending their own savings to tour the west coast from Canada to Mexico and visit groups like Sustainable West Seattle to document what they are doing. You see Chris and Zoe are from Bristol UK which is a transition town. The transition movement is a burgeoning act of community change that assumes we will not always be energized by fossil fuels. Chris and Zoe have come here to the West Coast to see what is going on from the bottom up, grassroots efforts to transition to a healthier and happier community of the future, post cheap oil.
The word transition has been kicked around within the sustainable communities as we look to other parts of the world for leadership and ideas. There is a great deal of thought already put into this effort and the methods on which we could transition. We have also been aware that by definition sustainable means a static, less dynamic condition of stabilization (even though we interpret it to mean much more). So it was very enlightening for all of us to have this interaction with two lovely and brilliant (their favorite word) young people from Bristol England.
I think anyone who spent time with them could see their enthusiasm and appreciation for the things we are doing at Sustainable West Seattle but I in particular was struck by the base departure from the way we describe ourselves. Recognizing a well branded word like sustainable has fueled our use of the word until it has also become the word of choice for large industrial businesses that have no intention at all to transition. The transition movement also appears to be more upwardly mobile as the transition town concept is a declaration that this town (city) is making a change to a cleaner form of energy as well as a happier community at municipal levels. There have also been declarations at county levels in transition strongholds. Why can’t we go big and declare a transition country or entire planet.
The secret of Change… I think perhaps the secret of change is the ability to change at all. The secret of change is you and me and all who are brave enough or energetic enough to propose a change and make it stick. Sustainable West Seattle is now in its 8th year of existence. They have been a good 8 years with much to celebrate and realize as the fruit of the seed that was planted. I think it might be time for a change as I was inspired so much by our visitors from the UK. Perhaps it is time for us to become America’s largest transition city or transition West Seattle. Your thoughts:
The Secret of Change will be crowd sourcing their p[production this fall. Keep them in your thoughts. Good Luck Chris and Zoe!
Seattle City Light in partnership with NWSeed is putting on a free solarize workshop at the High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave SW on Tuesday July 29th at 6:30PM. Come on down and learn how to put solar on your home. Maybe we’ll see you there.
Looking for a cool walk this weekend? Consider meeting SWS President Bryan and our friends at islandwood.org as they explore one of our local greenspaces…The Longfellow Creek Trail. This event takes place on Saturday June 13th from 11am-2pm at Greg Davis Park.
This will be a great event to bring your children to. Fun times are to be had, like a water bug investigations, a scavenger hunt, and just playing in the woods!. Hope to see you there!
Here is the flyer if you’d like to download it:
Third Annual West Seattle Bee Festival
- The Honey Run starts at 9am at High Point Pond, SW Juneau & 30th Ave. S (no registration necessary, just show up)
- Come to Neighborhood House (6400 Sylvan Way SW) at 10am and make your own bee or flower costume (materials and help provided) so you can march in the
- Kids and Pet Parade in High Point Commons Park at 11 am
- Learn about Bee Friendly gardening, food, books and activities at the Information Fair from 11:30 am-2pm
- Taste healthy, delicious, easy to prepare food at the Lunchbox Cook Off from 11:30-1:30
- Take a tour of the West Seattle Bee Enclosure (SW Graham and Lanham Pl. SW) and Garden from 11:30-2PMwhere you can buy honey from the Puget Sound Bee Keepers Association
- Kids can participate in the Bee-Ball Tournament or Field Games in Commons Park
- Music by DA Productions will fill the park. Text your request to 57682 on the day
- Crafts, henna, face painting and more…..
- To learn more, visit the awesome WestSeattleBeeGarden website (I had so much fun browsing this site!, I’m totally going to visit the garden this weekend to check it out!)
What is the difference between a sea otter and a river otter? Where do they live, what do they eat, and what role do humans play in their environment? Join us to learn about these fascinating and playful creatures who share our shores.
Leo Shaw will discuss the natural history of river and sea otters in North America, with a special focus on the river otters of West Seattle! His talk will cover human interactions, population swings, social structure, anatomy and physiology food preferences, legal status, and current threats.
Buy tickets early to reserve your seat. And hurry! This will sell out.
This is the next in a series Orca Talks hosted by The Whale Trail in West Seattle. The event also features updates from Seal Sitters, and Diver Laura James (tox-ick.org). You otter be there!
About the Speaker
Leo Shaw is a zoologist who served as a Marine Education Specialist with the Seattle Aquarium from 1977 to 2005. Now retired, he continues to work part-time on Beach Naturalist and Citizen Science programs for the Aquarium.
Leo was a board member of the American Cetacean Society Seattle Chapter in the 1980s. He currently volunteers as Science and Education Advisor for Seal Sitters, and as a marine-mammal expert for The Whale Trail.
Through our current sites and signs, including two on every Washington State ferry, we reach more than 30 million people each year. The Whale Trail is currently adding new sites along the west coast, from BC to California, throughout the southern resident orcas’ range.
The Whale Trail is led by a core team of partners including NOAA Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Seattle Aquarium, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and the Whale Museum. Donna Sandstrom is the Founder and Executive Director. The Whale Trail is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, registered in Washington State. Join us!