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Tag Archives: Conservation

Documentary Review: “A Plastic Ocean” is a sobering film that everyone should see

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of "A Plastic Ocean". Stream the film on Netflix, or rent or buy it on YouTube, Google Play, or iTunes. You can also request to host a screening, check out the schedule of screenings, or rent or buy the film directly from Plastic Oceans Foundation.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Our Environment, Views & Reviews
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Washington State squares off at the Supreme Court with tribes, feds over culvert removal

Excerpt: Tomorrow morning, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case that concerns treaty-granted tribal fishing rights and barriers to the exercise of those treaty rights... specifically, culverts that impede salmon from spawning in Northwest streams and rivers.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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Victory! State Senate passes bill to ban invasive fish net pens in Washington waters

Excerpt: The Washington State Senate has passed a bill that will safeguard our waters and aquatic lands for future generations. Sponsored by Kevin Ranker, 2SSB 6086 would prohibit the Department of Natural Resources from signing or renewing any leases that would allow the farming of invasive, nonnative Atlantic salmon.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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Even Republicans like Mark Schoesler oppose drilling for oil off of Washington’s coast

Excerpt: While it may appear that the Republican Party's love of the oil industry and its desire to extract, refine, and burn every last drop of black gold has no limit, it turns out there are a fair number of Republicans who aren't comfortable giving the oil industry unchecked permission to plunder America's natural resources. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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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
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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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
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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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
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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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
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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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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