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Tag Archives: Conservation

Documentary Review: “The Breach” sounds the alarm about threats to our wild salmon

Excerpt: Read NPI's impressions of Mark Titus' 2015 film, which explains why wild salmon are disappearing from the waters of the Pacific Northwest.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Our Environment, Views & Reviews
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Documentary Review: “We the People 2.0” examines the decay of American democracy

Excerpt: In order to protect our environment from messy oil and gas projects, hazardous waste, toxic pollution, and industrial agriculture threatening local farming, a new iteration of democracy is necessary. At least, that is the argument put forth in “We the People 2.0,” a 2016 documentary produced by Tree Media. This compelling film starts off by […]
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Media & Culture, Our Environment, Views & Reviews
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Washington State must protect its waters and native salmon by banishing fish farms

Excerpt: NPI believes that we must act as a state to protect our salmon and our heritage from further destruction. We need more than a moratorium on fish farms in our waters: we need to follow Alaska's example and institute a total ban.
Written by:Diane Jones
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This is what greed sounds like: Meet Utah’s own wannabe Once-ler, Republican Mike Noel

Excerpt: “When you turn the management over to the tree-huggers, the bird and bunny lovers and the rock lickers, you turn your heritage over.” — Republican State Representative Mike Noel Ever since President Barack Obama used his powers under the Antiquities Act to create Bears Ears National Monument, the pro-greed, anti-conservation faction of the Utah Republican […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Five ways Seattle Pride can become more environmentally responsible in 2018

Excerpt: Pride currently generates a lot of trash and air pollution, and we'd like to see organizers pursue strategies that would reduce emissions and the volume of material being sent to landfills.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Progressive Ideas We Need: Funding a clean energy future through pollution penalties

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: Today and throughout this weekend, NPI is running a special series here on the Cascadia Advocate called Progressive Ideas We Need, highlighting proposals that would raise quality of life in our region and in the United States as a whole. Each post is contributed by an NPI staff, board, or advisory council member. […]
Written by:Greg Evans
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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Like a scene from The Chronicles of Narnia: Frozen Franklin Falls is a winter wonderland

Excerpt: One of the great advantages of living in the Pacific Northwest is the nearness of nature, including unspoiled mountains and ocean beaches. Thanks to the work of many sustainability-oriented Washingtonians, Oregonians, and Idahoans, we have protected many of our beautiful and wild places from being scarred or destroyed. One such place is the Mountains to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NN15 Panel: People Power: Energy, Electricity, & Climate Justice

Excerpt: Dirty fossil fuel utilities are opposing progressive change, raising rates and killing the planet, but people across the country, led by youth and First Nations activism, are taking back power. Climate hawks and economic justice activists are working together to make our power grid and politics cleaner, and fighting for more affordable and equitable energy […]
Written by:Rennie Sawade
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U.S. House passes ill-conceived bill to gut the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to designate national monuments

Excerpt: Acting as if they don’t have anything better to do (and they certainly do!) the Republican “leadership” in the U.S. House of Representatives today engineered a vote on a bill that would gut the Antiquities Act, legislation dating back the early 1900s that allows presidents to designate national monuments. As Ken Burns and his team […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Obama picks REI CEO Sally Jewell to serve as the next Secretary of the Interior

Excerpt: Great news from our nation’s capital this morning: At an event in the White House’s State Dining Room, President Barack Obama announced that he has chosen Washington’s Sally Jewell to serve as the Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Jewell, fifty-seven, is currently the chief executive officer of Recreational Equipment Incorporated, better known as […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment, Public Service
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Colorado gets new national monument thanks to President Obama; will Washington be next?

Excerpt: Earlier today, with the stroke of a pen, President Barack Obama transformed one of Colorado’s most beloved and best known sights – previously protected as Chimney Rock Archaeological Area – into Chimney Rock National Monument, exercising his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The move brings the site one step closer to the coveted […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Wolves’ comeback breeds tensions

Excerpt: A controversial and divisive figure is rearing its scruffy head in Washington. Absent from our state for at least seventy years, the wolf is making a vigorous comeback. And while Native Americans honor it in story, animal lovers appreciate its ecological role (not to mention its family loyalty and intelligence), many ranchers distrust it because […]
Written by:Kathleen Reynolds
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ExxonMobil pipeline bursts in Montana, spilling crude oil into Yellowstone River

Excerpt: As if we needed another reminder that the oil industry is a dirty industry… An ExxonMobil pipeline running under the Yellowstone River in south central Montana ruptured late Friday, spilling crude oil into the river and forcing evacuations. The pipeline burst about 10 miles west of Billings, coating parts of the Yellowstone River that run […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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