SEA Action June-July 2013 – What We’ve Been Up To… Lots!

Following are some activities participated in by SEA members in the last month or so toward the cause of reducing climate disruption (if you have done something that isn’t listed, please add it in comments, or a separate post!):

Backbone Campaign/350-Seattle/Sierra Club at Fremont Solstice Parade:  On June 22nd, Mark, Mary M, Carol, Bill, and others (any other SEA there?), all supported an extremely successful entry in the Fremont Solstice parade of the Procession for our Future and Ecotopia Train that had been built with the help of many children and adults that effectively communicated that coal trains needed to be stopped and replaced by trains that supported sustainable energy and lifestyles for a healthy future.  This train is available through Backbone for future events and is booked to be at the Sept 29th Sustainable Ballard Festival, among others.

Sierra Club – Beyond Coal Third Thursday’s workgroup:  Isa and Mary M attended and participated in the planning for the next series of EIS scoping hearings, this time for the proposed coal export terminal at Longview, WA, heard about tabling opportunities and connected on the 350 Seattle Coal Workgroup’s plan to do outreach at the Sustainable Ballard Festival on September 29th.  If you want to come to participate in action with this group meetings are the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30 -8:00 pm.  Contact Robin Everett if you have any questions or want to get involved at 206 378-0114 or see  Beyond Coal Washington.

Climate Solutions outreach event at Sundance Theatres:  Susan, Isa, Mary M and David W(d) attended this event on July 17th in support of Climate Solutions and heard speakers, enjoyed food from Portage Bay Cafe and wine and beer courtesy of the sponsors, as well as the remodeled theaters, and made acquaintances with others engaged in climate action.  To learn more about Climate Solutions and their great work go to their website where you will see Practical Solutions to Global Warming.

350-Seattle – Coal Workgroup:  Mary M facilitated the July meeting on behalf of Lisa M and worked with Carol and the other members on developing the short term and medium term goals of the group, including setting up liaisons with other peer climate NGOs for better coordination and collaboration on coal export activities.   The group is also working with Sustainable Ballard to participate in their Sept 29th Festival to have outreach on climate topics to a community that would be intensely impacted by coal train traffic to a proposed terminal Cherry Point is approved.  To get involved with the 350 Seattle local group come to a meeting and check out their website for events.

Trans Pacific Partnership Teach In:  Mary M, Connie and Isa attended a Sierra Club-Washington Fair Trade Coalition sponsored presentation on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement that is being negotiated in secret by the US and other countries around the Pacific and beyond to limit the ability of countries to impose labor and environmental regulations on imports that could impact their profits.  It is important to thank Rep McDermott for opposing fast tracking this agreement and to urge other representatives to do the same.  We will learn later this month whether there will be a negotiation next month in Vancouver BC.  If so there will be opportunities for action and you should get your passports ready!  Use these links to find out more: and  Mother Jones has an article on the TPP that provides the background on The Biggest Trade Deal You’ve Never Heard About, Explained.

Add to this in the comments, below, or posting a new one with any activities that you know of by Seattle Environmental Activists!  Inspire your friends!


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