• A Message from the Board of Kitsap Environmental Coalition

    Kitsap Environmental Coalition recently received a communication from a community member who believes environmental issues are separate from social ones and took issue with our support of memorial activities for Stonechild Chiefstick. We want to make our position 100% clear. KEC stands firmly in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives, Black Lives Matter, and […]

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  • Public Comments at May 5, 2020 Board of Natural Resources Meeting

    Beverly Parsons made the following the statement (with minor editorial changes) at the May 5, 2020 meeting of the Board of Natural Resources (BNR) which oversees the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). I’m Beverly Parsons from Hansville, WA and president of the Kitsap Environmental Coalition.  I’m here today to call on BNR to […]

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  • EARTH DAY 2020 – A CALL FOR VIRTUAL CELEBRATION – Guest Article from Pedro Valverde

    Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1970, environmentalists marched worldwide as the first Earth Day shook the nations of the world out of what had become a long, pollution-riddled slumber that took place during the 19th and 20th centuries, and is also known as the ugly by-product of the Industrial Age. Earth Day was supposed to be […]

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  • NOW HEAR THIS Newsletter MIDWINTER 2019 – CLIMATE REALITIES and CLIMATE GRIEF– HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM

    CLIMATE REALITIES and CLIMATE GRIEF– HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM This midwinter issue of NHT explores the anxiety that the issue of climate change can have on our mental health as the reality increasingly comes into focus.  Aside from going full Chicken Little on one hand or living in denial on the other, how do […]

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  • NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER – Guest article from Nancy Sefton

    Nature Deficit Disorder I was strolling through North Kitsap Heritage Park, trailing behind a family of four.  Each youngster held a smart phone, and seemed thoroughly engrossed in what was on the screen.  (How they avoided tripping over the exposed roots, I can’t imagine.) Now, had a black bear stood in the way, I’m guessing […]

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  • NOW HEAR THIS Newsletter NOV 2019 – Rights of Nature

    RIGHTS OF NATURE Rights of Nature is a legal philosophy that is starting to influence the fight to preserve the environment. Rights of Nature is the recognition, quite simply, that nature has rights—that our ecosystems, including trees, oceans, animals, and mountains, have rights just as human beings do.[1] Since nature has no voice, it falls […]

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  • NOW HEAR THIS Newsletter OCT 2019 – GOVERNMENT AND THE CLIMATE CATASTROPHE

    GOVERNMENT AND THE CLIMATE CATASTROPHE This month’s issue of NHT continues to consider the deforestation that’s taking humanity down the road of self-destruction. We’ve reported on the eradication of trees both for profit and through wildfires, occurring at an unsustainable rate. How can we reverse this alarming trend? How about replanting? A recent article in […]

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  • A LIVABLE WORLD FOR OUR CHILDREN

    A LIVABLE WORLD FOR OUR CHILDREN A “carbon footprint” refers to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the greenhouse gas (GHG) most responsible for the present climate crisis. It’s created by our consumption of fossil fuels, which include petroleum, natural gas and coal. CO2 becomes a pollutant when used with motor vehicles and power plants. Everyone I […]

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  • NOW HEAR THIS Newsletter SEPT 2019 – FORESTS IN CRISIS

    FORESTS IN CRISIS The Earth’s forests—magnificent, ancient oxygen factories and homes to wildlife—are being destroyed at alarming rates. We know the arguments to cut trees: forests will grow back; we need wood; we need more farmland; indigenous wildlife matters less than human habitation. Such reasoning is dangerously shortsighted. Until the 20th century, mankind considered nature […]

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  • Memorializing Forests of the Pacific Northwest

    MEMORIALIZING FORESTS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST If you come to Oregon or Washington today, you might question why I’m commemorating something that seems so alive and present. Ahh, you’re seeing the trees but not the forest. Look closer. The original forests, while dominated visually by trees, were alive with diverse vegetation and animal life. The […]

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