Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Troubled Times
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Troubled Times

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Book Reading and Conversation with Kate Davies and Larry Daloz

Come and explore what hope can mean in these troubled times and how it can be sustained – no matter what happens. Senior Fellow Kate Davies will read selections from her new book on ‘intrinsic hope’, interspersed with conversation with the audience. Senior Fellow Larry Daloz will facilitate the evening and contribute his own thoughts on hope.

This event is free; however, donations to the Whidbey Institute are invited.

Books will be available for purchase. Cash and checks only please.

For more information about this event, contact Kate Davies at kate.davies@whidbeyinstitute.org or visit https://whidbeyinstitute.org/event/intrinsic-hope/

 

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Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

Climate Science with Dr. Richard Gammon and Dr. Richard Feeley

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Dr Ricard Gammon and Dr  Richard Feeley (2 reknowned climate and ocean scientists) will present on the science of climate change, where we're at and what we can do.  This event is sponsored by the Whidbey Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby in conjunction with UUCWI.

Drs. Gammon and Feeley will present an update us on the latest scientific data and predictions for this area.  Among their topics:

  • Status of international climate science consensus vs public  misunderstanding
  • Summary of the most recent international climate science from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) in 2013/2014
  • Update of climate science and global climate/weather events since IPCC 2013/2014
  • Predicted climate impacts in the Pacific Northwest (from reports by the UW Climate Impacts Group, and the  most recent National Climate Assessment)
  • Action:  What Can We Do? What Can You Do?

Dr. Richard H. Gammon is Professor(Emeritus) of Chemistry and Oceanography and Adjunct Professor(Emeritus) of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. He is a former Co-Director of the UW Program on the Environment (2004-2007). Richard received his BA in Chemistry from Princeton University (1965) and his MA and PhD in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University (1970).

Richard has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in chemistry, oceanography, atmospheric science, global biogeochemical cycles and climate change. His research has emphasized the measurement and interpretation of atmospheric trace gases critical to climate change. Dr. Gammon served as the Director of Science at the Pacific Science Center (1979-80) and remains actively involved in improving the understanding of the climate change challenge with frequent public talks.

Dr. Richard A. Feely is a NOAA Senior Fellow at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and a professor at the UW School of Oceanography. His major research areas are carbon cycling in the oceans and ocean acidification.

Dr. Feely has authored more than 290 referred scientific research publications and received numerous rewards for his work in ocean acidification including the NOAA Administrator's Award for his work on the IPCC Climate Change Report.

Contact Dean Enell at dino@whidbey.com for more information.

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Apr
22
10:00 PM22:00

"The World In Our Hands" with Kathleen Dean Moore, PhD.

We know now that the future of all creation is threatened by mass extinction and climate chaos.  Our calling is not only to disrupt destructive business-as-usual, but to imagine into existence new, life-enhancing, beauty-drenched ways of life.  Can we create powerful paths to the future, based on the gifts that imagination gives: empathy, moral courage, and a new vision of what we and the world can be if we change now? 

Kathleen Dean Moore is a writer, moral philosopher, and environmental thought-leader, devoted to an unrelenting defense of the future against those who would pillage and wreck the planet. 

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Apr
21
7:00 PM19:00

“Keep On, Strong Heart”: An Evening with Kathleen Dean Moore, PhD.

We may be tired, we may be discouraged, but the assaults on a just and sustainable planet keep coming, like birdshot to the face. In this evening conversation with Dr. Moore, we will collect our thoughts, confront our dismay, obliterate our obstacles, gather our courage, summon our communities, and reclaim our laughter and joy for the work ahead.

Kathleen Dean Moore is a writer, moral philosopher, and environmental thought-leader, devoted to an unrelenting defense of the future against those who would pillage and wreck the planet.  As a professor and writer, she is best known for her award-winning books of essays that celebrate and explore the meaning of the wet, wild world of rivers, islands, and tidal shores.  But her growing alarm at the devastation of the natural world led her to focus her writing, speaking and activism on the moral urgency of action against climate change and habitat destruction. Her new book is the funny and ferocious Piano Tide, a novel.

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Apr
21
2:15 PM14:15

Car*less Commuting, that’s how we roll into a carbon-less future.

Presented as part of Whidbey Earth Day Festival!

Transportation is responsible for roughly 28% of Greenhouse gas emissions. How do we plan for a carbon-less future on a city scale, town scale and a human scale? See local examples of people friendly habitats that encourage low carbon living. Examine transportation options and technologies that steer us away from single occupancy vehicles. Share your ideas, concerns and experiences. Save money, get exercise, make friends, pollute less, stress less and enjoy the ride. Let’s discover what happens when we bus, bike or walk our talk. 

Maribeth Crandell has walked, biked and bused to work for a decade. She’s taken some low carbon vacations in the Northwest and beyond. Now she works as Mobility Specialist for Island Transit, to spread the joy, share the love of public transit.

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Apr
21
2:15 PM14:15

Introduction to Low Impact Development (LID)

Presented as part of Whidbey Earth Day Festival!

Low impact development emphasizes reducing stormwater runoff and accompanying pollutant transport by techniques that allow stormwater to absorb into the ground. This class introduces various techniques to reduce stormwater run-off including reduction of impervious surfaces, creation of rain gardens, dispersion methods green roofs, and pin foundations.

Brad Gluth is a Civil Engineering graduate of WSU, who works for the City of Oak Harbor as their Stormwater Engineer, and as a Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM).  He holds certifications from WSU and from the Department of Ecology in Low Impact Development (LID) design and is a certified pervious concrete technician.  He has 21 years of post graduation experience in civil engineering and stormwater design. He has spent time on Whidbey island since 1986 and became an island resident in 2003.   

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Apr
21
1:15 PM13:15

Salish Seas’ Charismatic Microflora & Fauna -- Life’s Struggles in a Changing Climate

Presented as part of Whidbey Earth Day Festival!

Whidbey Watershed Stewards’ Executive Director Rick Baker discusses changing conditions in the Salish Sea, growth limiting stresses on our planktonic community and possible future affects up the food chain.

Whidbey Watershed Stewards, an organization focused on K – 12, environmental watershed education, public outreach, research and habitat restoration.

Before retiring to Whidbey Island, Rick Baker was the Vice President and Director of Education at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, CA. The Ocean Institute is an informal science education center. Rick also taught Oceanography at Palomar College in San Marcus, CA.

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Apr
21
1:15 PM13:15

Why all the excitement about Electric Vehicles?

Presented as part of the Whidbey Earth Day Festival!

Tony Billera, Citizens Climate Lobby chapter leader and advanced transportation consultant, will provide information and considerations about current Electric Vehicles now available,  ownership cost/benefit, residential EVSE equipment and charging networks, evolving transportation electrification, upcoming vehicles, and Q&A 

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Apr
21
12:00 PM12:00

Climate Science: The Interrelationship of it All by Dr. Randall Berthold

Keynote presentation of Whidbey Earth Day Festival!

The interrelationship of all earth systems must be studied as a whole to understand the impacts and mechanisms of climate change. Scientists no longer conduct research within only one discipline. For the geologist to understand coastal inundation, for oceanographers to understand ocean acidification and oxygen depletion zones, for biologists to understand ecosystem collapse and biological adaption they need to collaborate with each other and with those studying “ice”.  The role and impact of retreating polar ice caps and glaciers is a fundamental element. With out understanding the impact of less ice on solar reflectivity and the release of sequestered carbon it is impossible to understand changing sea surface temperatures and their affects on ocean circulation and weather patterns.

For over 25 years Dr. Berthold managed climate research projects for NASA. He was responsible for all field operations and data collection conducted for funded scientists from a broad range of disciplines, in diverse extreme environments all over the world. To enable the research parallel efforts were required for the development of new and emerging technologies and instrumentation. 

Studies ranged from the mapping of gases and aerosols emitted by volcanos, identifying the impacts of climate change in coastal ecosystems across the Pacific and Caribbean, profiling and baselining Arctic sea ice, to the exploration of the ecosystems of high-altitude summit lakes in the Andes to understand microbial life’s adaptation to challenging environments.

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Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

Shoreline Stewardship: Solutions for Aging Bulkheads, Tide Gates and Other Shoreline Structures

Island County Marine Resources Committee is hosting a practical forum which will review steps to assess, design, permit and apply new solutions to shoreline infrastructure, such as bulkheads and tide gates, including removing old structures and utilizing improved techniques to better address shoreline living and stewardship. RSVP required to a.toledo@co.island.wa.us.

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Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Hear with Your Feet, Drink with Your Nose: The Marvelous Lives of Elephants

Discover our planet through the unusual skills of elephants. Photographer Donald J Miller shares information and images from    four decades of photographing elephants; most recently while assisting conservation projects for the desert elephants of Namibia, Africa. Did you know elephants can hear with their feet? Discover the complex communication and society of elephants and learn about the conservation work and volunteer opportunities of EHRA (Elephant Human Relations Aid).

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Septic 101 & 201
Apr
24
5:00 PM17:00

Septic 101 & 201

Septic Systems need TLC!

Learn how to avoid expensive repairs or replacement. If you have a gravity or conventional pressure system you may be able to get certified to inspect it yourself. These classes are especially for new residents but will also serve established residents of Whidbey Island.

To register call 360-678-7914 or visit: Islandcountyseptictraining.com

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Fur Chase: A Year's Pursuit of Vagrant Shrews, Creeping Voles, and Long-tailed Weasels
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Fur Chase: A Year's Pursuit of Vagrant Shrews, Creeping Voles, and Long-tailed Weasels

Everyone has heard of Birding Big Years, but how about one for mammals?

Come hear Steve & Martha Ellis describe their year-long journey in 2016 to see as many mammal species as possible in the wild.  They’ll highlight some of their experiences and describe the roles these mammals play in their various habitats.

Mammals are vital to healthy ecosystems and can be found throughout our regions, living on mountain peaks and probing the depths of the Salish Sea.  You’ll come away with a better understanding of our fellow mammals and a  new appreciation for these dynamic creatures.

Whidbey Audubon members Steve & Martha Ellis have been leading walks and giving talks on a wide range of natural history topics for more than 25 years.  Steve is the current chapter vice-president; Martha is also a member of the Washington Native Plant Society.

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Apr
30
8:00 AM08:00

Whidbey Audubon Field Trip

Birding Around the South End

Meet at Bayview Park and Ride for a morning of birding some of South Whidbey’s local spots.

We’ll check out Lone Lake, Ewing Marsh and finish at Langley Harbor. We hope to catch some early spring migrants and local breeding species. 

Trip leader is Frances Wood, 360-630-4208

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Apr
23
12:00 PM12:00

Keynote Talk: Earth Day Festival

Pandora's Gift: Uncovering Hope in an Era of Ecological Crisis

with Kate Davies

How can we have hope in an era of ecological crisis and uncertainty? How can we nurture and sustain it in the face of climate disruption and global ecological destruction? Is it even possible to be hopeful about the future? These questions become increasingly important and urgent as feelings of fear, sadness, grief, despair and anger become more common in our society.

In this talk, Kate Davies will discuss the meaning of hope in these times and explore why we can be hopeful. By looking at hope as an intrinsic quality of the human heart, rather than the expectation of achievement or success, she will suggest how we can make a creative response to the challenging world in which we live.

Kate Davies DPhil MA is core faculty in the Graduate Programs in Leadership and Change at Antioch University Seattle and clinical associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. Her first book, The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement, was released in 2013 and was selected as one of the top ten books on sustainability published that year. Since then, she has been teaching and writing about how to be hopeful in these times. Her second book, Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in an Era of Ecological Crisis will (hopefully) be published later this year. She has lived on Whidbey since 2010.

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Apr
23
9:00 AM09:00

Septic 101 & 102 Combo Class

Protect Whidbey’s waters, shores and public health by attending this free septic class. 

Septic systems need a little TLC to avoid costly repairs or replacement. Learn how your system works and what you can do to protect it from what goes down the drain inside to protecting your drain field outside. If you have a conventional gravity or pressure system and pay $28 you could also get certified to inspect it yourself.

Register (at least 3 days in advance) online at www.islandcountyseptictraining.com or call 360-678-7914.

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Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

UUCWI Film Series: "...Reports from the UN Climate Talk in Paris"

The Earth Lives and We Must Protect Her: Personal Reports from the UN Climate Talks in Paris

Join us on Earth Day for the video message from regional indigenous leaders which was taken to Paris by a 8 Lummi youth ambassadors who will talk about their experience. UU Voices for Justice president William McPherson and 350 Seattle’s Carlo Voli who were also there will share their perspectives and plans for 350.org's Break Free national mass mobilization for May. 

Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI). http://uucwi.org/

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Apr
22
2:00 PM14:00

Herbal First Aid

We never know when an emergency situation will occur. Be prepared by learning in advance the best ways to use the right plants – whether at home, on the road, or in the wilderness.

Instructor Suzanne Jordan of Cedar Mountain Herb School has been teaching herbal medicine for 30 years and is an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University.

Supported by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.

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Apr
22
12:30 PM12:30

Vegan Earth Day Potluck

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Join us for our third annual free Vegan Earth Day Potluck, hosted by Marnie Jones at the Whidbey Institute. Please bring something vegan to share (no dairy, eggs, honey, or meat). If you have questions, please contact marnie@whidbeyinstitute.org.

We’ll gather in the Storyhouse Meadow (or, in the case of rain, in the Storyhouse itself). Carpooling is encouraged . . . and those who can park in the outer lot (near Campbell Road) and walk in are invited to do so. For directions to Storyhouse, call or email the organizer.

All are welcome, and RSVPs via email are appreciated.

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