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  April 2020

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

This article first appeared in the winter 2020 issue of The Planet magazine, a publication of Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment. For Denis Hayes, there had been no environmental movement. It was the ‘60s and civil rights, … Continue reading

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  April 2020

Inspiration Farm and Permaculture

Inspiration Farm has opened my eyes to the world of permaculture. You may have heard the terms “food forest” and “food jungle,” but a food forest is not just a scattering of seeds left to chance. It is thoughtfully planned, … Continue reading

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  March 2020

Whatcom Forests Provide Resilience Amidst Changing Climate

At a recent meeting of the Whatcom County Climate Impact Advisory Committee (CIAC), County Executive Satpal Sidhu stated that he would like to see our community plant a million additional trees over the next five years in response to climate … Continue reading

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  March 2020

Local Community Energy Challenge

If you’re aware of our current climate crisis, chances are you’ve contemplated ways to reduce your personal contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. For some it might mean purchasing a highly efficient electric vehicle, or using different modes of transportation, … Continue reading

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  February 2020

Bellingham’s Homeless Update

The recent full moon and eclipse seemed auspicious, especially with the world happenings right now and it being the beginning of a new decade and an election year. Also rain, snow and threateningly cold temperatures this week and next, in … Continue reading

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  February 2020

Plastic Recycling — The Long Con

Plastic recycling is largely a myth, a huge, decades-long public relations fairy tale, told by plastic producers to foist responsibility for plastic pollution onto individuals and society at large. It has been enormously successful. We dutifully put our plastic containers … Continue reading

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  January 2020

Heavy Impacts at Cherry Point

The County Council’s bold moves to protect Whatcom, ban coal and restrict fossil fuel expansions Part 2 For more background and context, read Part 1: February 2019, Whatcom Watch. For over 60 years, oil companies operating in Whatcom County have … Continue reading

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  January 2020

Climate Change Will Impact Local Farms

Two national newspapers sounded alarms in early November. The Washington Post ran a story about a South Dakota farmer who committed suicide because he was going broke, and The New York Times published an op-ed on how scientists got climate … Continue reading

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  December 2019

Páatstel Creek

On October 29, the Washington State Committee on Geographic Names finalized its recommendation to change the name of Squaw Creek northeast of Lynden to Páatstel Creek. Páatstel is the original name for this creek in the Nooksack language, and the … Continue reading

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  December 2019

Lake Whatcom Needs More Rigorous Action

A restored and permanently protected Lake Whatcom Reservoir to serve as the primary source of clean drinking water for current and future Bellingham and Whatcom County residents that requires minimal chemical treatment to exceed all standards of the Safe Drinking … Continue reading

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