Thursday, September 29, 2011

September 29, 2011: Moving Planet: Local Climate Action to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels

This week thousands of King County residents came together to demonstrate local alternatives in the worldwide effort to wean the planet off fossil fuels. "Undriving licenses," stand-up paddle boats, bikes with heavy duty trailers and organizing to stop coal from being shipped through the Northwest to China were all part of the action. Organized by under the banner MovingPlanet, the county joined 177 countries in the global day of action. Martha Baskin has the story.

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The MovingPlanet event was sponsored by 350Washington State, Climate Solutions, Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light, Fuse, Pacific Northwest Conference, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment, Seattle Parks & Recreation, Sierra Club, Transportation for WA, United Church of Christ, and WA Environmental Council.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September 22, 2011: The Power of Urban Forests To Curb Pollution and the Important Role of Volunteers

Some call them soldiers on the environmental frontline, fighting for us, despite us. Who are they? Here's a few clues. A mature one produces as much oxygen in a season as ten people inhale in a year. Together they clean the soil of chemicals by absorbing harmful pollutants or changing the pollutants into less harmful forms. They bind the soil, break the wind, and reduce water run off. Give up? They're trees, of course, and even better when they come together and form a forest. Martha Baskin has our story.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

September 15, 2011: Restoring Dabob Bay and Tarboo Creek

Can an out-of-the-way section of Dabob Bay with only one mega-home in sight serve as a model for restoring Puget Sound? Those engaged in the effort to restore the largest intact salt-marsh in all of Hood Canal and Strait of Juan de Fuca and surrounding land think it can. Martha Baskin has our story.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

September 8, 2011: Environmental Civil Disobedience: Can It Move Obama to Reject The Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline?

Environmentalists arrested in front of the White House over the last few weeks over a controversial proposal say they’ll dog Obama for another two months and urge him to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would extend from Alberta’s tar sands to Texas. Tar sands oil is one of the dirtiest and most environmentally destructive projects. organizers say it’s bad for the country, bad for the environment and ultimately, a bad idea for Obama politically. Martha Baskin has the story.

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