Meet Organic Grocer PCC at GreenLife July 8-10th!

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If you are new to the area you may not know, but PCC Natural Markets is a great grocery store, we are very lucky to have them in the neighborhood. They have very conscientious buyers and by being a member and reading their rag, The Sound Consumer, I know their due diligence in regards to sustainable food practices. I trust them with my family’s health and am very happy to have them as a GreenLife area sponsor this year.

PCC will have a “Build Your Own Trailmix” booth which highlights how to combine nummies from the bulk section to create great tasting, energizing trail mixes.

Get Solar at GreenLife July 8-10th!

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Visit the GreenLife area of Summer Fest this year to witness solar power in action and find out how to get solar for your home. Local solar installer and GreenLife sponsor West Seattle Natural Energy will be powering the GreenLife Garden Stage with a solar trailer! (Solar powered music and dance, yeah) If that’s not enough, visit their interactive booth to see solar panels up close and in action. WSNE’s own, Keith Hughes will be presenting Solar Works! on stage as well.

Solar Works! The truth about costs and benefits of going solar in the NW:

About West Seattle Natural Energy:

West Seattle Natural Energy only employs the best installers and electricians. Our eight- person team is comprised of full-time and on-call employees who share the highest standards of excellence. This camaraderie is especially evident when the WSNE staff unites to donate time, skills and materials to great causes such as Master Builders Ramp-a-thon. We maintain a sterling reputation of 100% Customer Satisfaction by employing an honest sales force, setting manageable schedules and delivering premium quality installations. Every employee on our team delivers every single day. By anticipating common installation issues and fully educating our customers, we guarantee jobs that have no frustrations, no bait and switch — and no financial surprises.

Try an Electric Bike at GreenLife July 8-10th!

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Why do those old, out of shape, non racing bike riders keep passing me? Perhaps they have a secret weapon. Come hear more about electric assist bicycles from Stu Hennessey owner of Alki Bike and Board. He’ll guide you through the latest models and features to look for when considering an electric bike.

Alki Bike and Board is a featured sponsor of this year’s GreenLife area at Summer Fest. They will have a many electric bikes for you to demo all three days of the event (July 8th, 9th, and 10th) and will be giving a talk about what it’s like to Ride Clean:

Electric Bike Community Discussion: 

About Alki Bike and Board:

Located in the heart of the Admiral Junction in West Seattle, Alki Bike and Board is a staple community business. Not merely selling bikes and boards, they support sustainable business practices and advocates for carbon neutral policies and lifestyle. Along with other area non-profits, they host many community safety and awareness rides. Truly a shining example of local business in action!

Local Youth Activist, Aji Piper, Appears on DemocracyNow!

Aji Piper on DN!

Yes!

I watch DemocracyNow! every morning (and so should you 🙂 ) and was pleasantly surprised today when I heard a familiar name mentioned, Aji Piper (at the 32:22 mark). Aji is a West Seattle teenaged environmental activist involved with Our Childrens Trust, a non-profit org who had a recent win in court regarding their landmark Federal Climate Change Lawsuit. This unprecedented lawsuit brought by 21 youth basically states that by allowing fossil fuels to be exploited, the US government and the fossil fuel industry are threatening the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of future generations. This landmark suit drags the shadow cast by fossil fuels into the light as a constitutional issue (genius). Support this group if you can.

I met Aji last year when he performed his song “Danger” on the GreenLife stage. You have to take a few moments and listen to this young mans tune. It’s a very striking song.

SWS thanks you Aji for being a brave, outspoken, artistic activist.

Resilience During Times of Crisis

Believe it: Many of our WS neighbors are experiencing crisis- homelessness, hunger, gentrification, drug addiction, crime and more. How will we support our most vulnerable populations? What happens when we find ourselves in crisis? As more challenges come, what can West Seattle learn about resilience and strong communities from the economic crisis in Spain?

We’ll host a public discussion at the Admiral Bird on Saturday April 23rd 6-8PM to hear those living through real struggle and how they deal with crisis.

Join Sustainable West Seattle in listening to stories of coming together, and pooling resources to survive economic crisis.. Learn about the resource and time sharing projects West Seattle is using to build resilience in our community.

Guests: 

Please come by and join the discussion!

More info:

Since 2008, working people in Spain have been experiencing an impoverishment of the middle class. A slow elimination of safety nets and social services, lay-offs of public employees, wide-scale evictions, homelessness while homes stand empty, and a rising cost of living without a rise in wage. Despite media propaganda, armed forces at public protests and failed reforms, popular resistance movements in Spain have endured and adapted from the 15 Million people movement called Indignados to form a third party, Podemos, to challenge the Spanish two-party system.

Find Your Precinct Caucus Here

It’s very important that we all, as US citizens, participate in local democracy. After all, national democracy begins at the local level…believe it or not. We need the right people in all offices. If you follow climate change science, the urgency is obvious. We need top-down and simultaneously, bottom-up change to reverse our effects on the planet. We work locally, we vote nationally.

In order to vote for the presidential candidate you want to see lead the nation, you first need to get them on the ballot! Thats where the caucus comes in.

We, as thinking/mover/shakers/creators, have to spend time building a future. We are the participatory bunch, the able and willing. At 30+ years on earth, I’ve just come to realize this…I’m on the creative side. I strive to produce more than I consume. Part of this production is the act of voting..of producing results, literally, tallied results. I will produce a vote for the candidate I want to see nominated for president. I WILL CAUCUS ON SATURDAY MARCH 26th FROM 10am-2pm…and longer if necessary!

I hope you too stay positive, get out and caucus and most importantly…don’t get discouraged! We can do this! We are doing this! See below for how to find your precinct and caucus.

I’ll be honest, it’s not easy to find your precinct caucus. You first have to this website and enter your address to find your precinct number, then click and open the local precinct location list below to see where your Precinct Caucus will be held:

Caucus Locations by Precinct.pdf

More info on the caucus process

 

You better caucus!!

 

See you there… 🙂

COP21 Editorial

An important and amazing thing happened at the end of a year of tragically bad

news—and it was not even treated as a top news story. On December 13 it was

announced that 195 countries (out of 196 countries world-wide—near

unanimity!) agreed to limit the rise in the earth’s temperature to 1.5 degrees

Celsius.

Most of the environment groups that SWS uses for sounding boards have been

positive about the agreement. However, some groups think the agreement

lacked enough bite—there are no consequences if a nation fails to keep its

commitment. We have to trust that the 195 countries will honor their

commitment.

A number of countries are already imposing a carbon tax to help fund the

transition to a fossil fuel free economy. Where there is an absence of federal

action, a number of regional entities are imposing carbon taxes—for example,

British Columbia. Also, Seattle’s Initiative I-732 will be voted on in the next

election cycle.

The business sector increasingly recognizes the business potential in lower cost

energy and in ending subsidies for fossil fuel extraction, distribution, and

mitigation. This was a clear breakthrough at the Paris conference. There are now

more jobs in renewable energy, which is another reason for optimism among

this normally resistant group. An area of concern is how to achieve carbon

reduction in air transportation and the shipping and distribution of consumer

goods.

A bright spot is Boeing’s and Seattle airport’s announcement that they will

pursue the use of biofuel for their jet propellant. Meanwhile, protecting our farm

land from an onslaught of biofuel agriculture remains a concern. However, more

food is being grown locally and more people are eating seasonally, and this

could eventually help offset loss of food production due to the growing of

biofuels. It is becoming increasingly clear that relying on big agriculture as a

source of food is not in our best interest anyway. Algae-based biofuels may one

day meet some of our need for fuel.

Even though oil prices are low, electric powered vehicles (EVs) have never

been more popular. Electric transportation technology is growing fast. On

average, most cars are owned five-six years or less, so your next car may be an

electric vehicle! The Tesla Company has been improving battery storage

capacity and increasing recharge ability at a fast pace. Tesla claims it will be

able to produce a $35K car with a 1000 mile range by 2020. They are also

working on long-lasting home energy storage for Solar PV rooftop homes. I

think movement toward freedom from fossil fuels is gaining the momentum we

have been waiting for.

We all heard that hover boards and other electronic gadgets were a top holiday

gift. Happily, another top gift was LED light bulbs, which last twenty years and

are at least ten times more efficient than incandescent bulbs.

You can tell that I feel optimistic that we are moving in the right direction. I am

hopeful that the top down proposals that came out of the Paris meetings will

increase momentum toward a fossil-fuel-free world. At the same time we can all

become fossil-free consumers.

The transition to a fossil-fuel-free world is already happening. Sustainable West

Seattle can speed that along by setting annual goals and challenging the public

to participate. We have generally taken a bottom-up approach. We encourage

consumers to make decisions that will reduce both the cost of energy and the

cost to our planet. In 2016, with the ongoing subsidy from Seattle City Light,

we can work to bring affordable LED lighting to local homes and

businesses. We can challenge local industry to get on board and join in the

transition—we can consider a petition to local industries asking them to make a

commitment to the transition.

There is much to look forward to in 2016 following the Paris COP21. There is

also much to do. Please join us.

Annual SWS Membership Meeting

Entering our 9th year, Sustainable West Seattle is starting out the new year with hope and optimism. We intend to keep our focus on the projects and events that have been a part of the West Seattle close knit community for all these years.

We also would like to hear from our SWS members a well as our community members, ” What is important for you? “.
We would be glad if you could come to our annual membership meeting with that in mind.

On Martin Luther King Day, January 18th 2016 we will be meeting in West Seattle’s Admiral District at the Admiral Bird Cafe. Meet and greet starts at 6:30pm with our general membership meeting beginning at 7pm.

Included on our agenda is an open forum opportunity for you to tell us where you think we should direct our activities in particular in light of the Paris COP 21 agreement.

We will also be taking nominations and introducing our new board members for 2016. If you would like to have a greater voice in your community we would welcome your application to the Sustainable West Seattle board of directors.