SWS Hosts Sustainable Documentary Filmmakers from UK

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!

 

Come Down and Explore the Longfellow Creek Trail

Come on down and join Bryan!

Come on down and join Bryan!

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!

SWS Team

Here is the flyer if you’d like to download it:

Flyer1- Longfellow

 

West Seattle Bee Festival May 16th

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Please join us in High Point for the
Third Annual West Seattle Bee Festival
Saturday, May 16

This event celebrates the founding of the West Seattle Bee Enclosure and provides information about bee friendly living, green urban horticulture, art & culture related to a sustainable life style.  There are lots of activities for the whole family.
  • 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!)
Love to see you there!
BeeFest

A Tale of Two Otters Presentation at C&P Coffee This Thursday

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.

About The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail (www.thewhaletrail.org) is a series of sites around the region where the public may view orcas and other marine mammals from shore. Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment. Our overarching goal is to ensure the southern resident orcas don’t go extinct.

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!

Photos of River Otter, and Sea Otter with Pups, by Leo Shaw

Photos of River Otter, and Sea Otter with Pups, by Leo Shaw

The Whale Trail Presents
A Tale of Two Otters: Natural History of River Otters and Sea Otters
Presentation by Leo Shaw
When: Thursday, April 30th, 7PM
–Doors open 6:15
Where: C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW
Cost: $5 suggested donation. (Kids get in free!)
Advance tickets: brown paper tickets.com
Photos of River Otter, and Sea Otter with Pups, by Leo Shaw

Photos of River Otter, and Sea Otter with Pups, by Leo Shaw

April Meaningful Movies

Saturday, April 4, West Seattle Meaningful Movie

Dear friends,

Saturday, April 4

West Seattle Meaningful Movies presents
 

 
 
1 hour, 8 minutes
 
A film that examines the subtle and gross dynamics of racial discrimination and what white privilege really means.
We will also talk about how racial inequality relates to climate change.
 
6:30 doors open for snacks and social time
7:00 movie, followed by optional discussion
 

Bus numbers 21 and 128

 
NO CHARGE, but donations gratefully received.
 
Help us minimize waste—bring your own mug.
 
 
Get connected and informed for yourself, your family, your community, and your planet.

2015 Killer Whale Research Presentation

Come see a great presentation at CP Coffee:
2015 Killer Whale Research Survey
Presentation by Brad Hanson, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
When: Thursday March 26, 7 – 8:30 pm.
–Doors open at 6:15
Where: C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW
Cost: $5 suggested donation; kids free
Advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com
Presented by The Whale Trail
Researchers recently spent 21 days aboard the NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada, tracking endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKWs) off the coasts of Washington and Oregon. Good weather and ocean conditions allowed researchers exceptional access to the whales, including the first sighting of new calf L121, during their winter foraging period.

The winter survey addressed a high research priority to fill a major gap in our understanding of SRKWs life history—where these whales go during the winter, what they do, and what they eat.

Join us for this special presentation by Dr. Brad Hanson, NWFSC lead killer whale researcher. Be the first to hear what researchers observed, and how data collected on this cruise will help recover J, K and L pods.


This is the first in the 2015 series Orca Talks hosted by The Whale Trail in West Seattle. The event also features updates from Robin Lindsay (Seal Sitters), and Diver Laura James (tox-ick.org).

Buy tickets early to reserve your seat. And hurry! This will likely sell out.

About the Speaker

Brad Hanson joined the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in April of 2003. Previously, Brad worked as a Wildlife Biologist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, WA. Brad received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington where he worked on the development of improved tag attachment systems for small cetaceans. He also holds an M.S. in Fisheries from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Zoology also from the University of Washington.  Brad is an ecologist and is currently studying foraging and habitat use of Southern Resident killer whales and health assessment of harbor and Dall’s porpoises.

About The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail (www.thewhaletrail.org) is a series of sites around the region where the public may view orcas and other marine mammals from shore. Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment. Our overarching goal is to ensure the southern resident orcas don’t go extinct.

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!

Seattle Land Use Committee

Are you terrified, concerned, or at least interested in the development happening around West Seattle and Seattle in general? If so, check out Ethan Phelps-Goodmans new “Seattle In Progress” website and app. Its a cool way to see a birds eye view of development in the area. If you are interested beyond passively observing the buildings go up around you, the West Seattle Land Use Committee is having their monthly meeting on February 25th.

Agenda Items Include:

Here’s the announcement:

WSLUC February Meeting:
 
West Seattle Public Library (Admiral) Lower Meeting Room
Wednesday February 25th, 2015
6PM –  8PM
contact:Tod Rodman 
 Here’s some links to interesting drive-by video footage of the latest knockdowns in West Seattle:

City Technology Matching Fund Grants Open Now, Two Workshops Feb. 10, 12

TechMatchFundAwardeeThe City of Seattle is inviting community organizations and nonprofits to apply for nearly $500,000 in funding to increase digital equity. The Technology Matching Fund awards are matched by the community’s contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services or funding.

“As a city, Seattle is known for technology and innovation, yet too many residents do not have sufficient internet access or the skills necessary to participate fully in today’s economy,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This funding leverages the resources of the community by matching time and funding.”

The Technology Matching Fund has been in existence since 1997 and this year Seattle has $470,000 available for matching awards of up to $30,000 each to community groups and nonprofits. The deadline to apply is March 19, 2015.

The funding will be awarded in July to organizations who will improve digital equity by connecting traditionally-underserved populations, empower residents with digital literacy skills, and encourage diverse communities to use technology for civic participation.

Application materials and more information are available at www.seattle.gov/tech/tmf/.

Two workshops will be held for those interested in applying for the matching funds. The free workshops will provide an overview of the grant program, explain how to apply and detail characteristics of a successful application. First time applicants are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, Feb. 10: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave South, 98144

Thursday, Feb. 12: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Solid Ground, 1501 N. 45th St, 98103

Interpretation and accommodations are available upon request by calling 206-233-7877 or emailing communitytechnology@seattle.gov by February 6.

Meaningful Movies Saturday Feb.7th

Meaningful Movies follow up.

A very informative series of shorts about urban food in 3 cities across America. The connection between food and social justice became very clear. There were also informative displays about Seattle Tilth, Community Orchard of West Seattle (COWS), and Puget Ridge Edible Park (PREP)
Next month the movie is a very in depth documentary about money in politics.
mmprep mmcowsmmfoodmmpeople

 

 

 

 

Saturday, February 7
West Seattle Meaningful Movies presents
Urban Gardeners & Social Justice Heroes

We will screen a number of short videos that highlight the work of innovative urban farming leaders who grow food in cities AND help make their communities greener, healthier, more socially just, and happier.

6:30 Doors open for snacks and social time.
7:00 Movies start. Followed by community announcements and a facilitated conversation.

Meet local urban gardeners and hear about their efforts in West Seattle and other neighborhoods.
Learn how you can participate or get support to grow your own garden.

At High Point Neighborhood House
6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle 98126
Bus numbers 21 and 128

NO CHARGE, but donations gratefully received.
Help us minimize waste—bring your own mug.

The videos will feature the work of these heroes and others:
Will Allen with Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Majora Carter, urban revitalization strategist

Stephen Ritz with Green Bronx Machine, which works with high school students

Ron Finley in Los Angeles