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Our June Presentation:

Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 pm,
Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Join Transition Fidalgo & Friends for our Monthly Gathering. Hear and share community announcements and events; connect with fellow friends.

“Net-Zero” 

Come hear Kevin Maas describe what he has learned while developing a six-house net-zero community in Mount Vernon and also setting a course for net-zero-energy with an existing house.”Net-Zero” is not a perfect concept, but it seeks to balance dirty emissions with excess clean energy over the course of a year; the final impact to the planet should be neutral. Using solar electricity and efficiency measures, it is possible to make a new or existing house “net-zero-energy” at minimal additional cost today.

Kevin Maas is an experienced developer of sustainable energy projects, with a deep understanding of the financial aspects of bringing concepts to reality.  His portfolio includes five manure-to-electricity digesters and an even larger number of community solar arrays.  Kevin lives in Mount Vernon with his family, where he is now working on sustainable housing.

Our Monthly Gatherings include a sharing time and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency. Everyone is welcome!


Our May Presentation:

Thanks to the generous work of John Bowey of Transmedia Vision, this presentation was recorded in front of the live audience for you to view and review. Click on the image below to be taken to this presentation.

The Truffle, the Centipede and the Moth:
what hidden forest partnerships tell us about our global economy

 

Our local forests are full of hidden ecological partnerships that strongly impact the overall productivity, diversity, physical structure, and health of the forest. Since forests provide many critical benefits (or “ecosystem services”) to humans, those forest partnerships are important to us. Using examples of how trees partner with organisms in the soil and in their canopy, we will explore the concept of “ecosystem services” and why healthy ecosystems are the foundation of the global economy.

 

Our presenter:
Roger Fuller coordinates the habitat restoration and stewardship program for Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and is an adjunct faculty with Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment.

 


Our April Gathering:

Paris to Pittsburgh

April 30, 2019: 6:30 pm at the Anacortes Senior Center

From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act.

“The American government may have pulled out of the Paris Agreement, but the American people are committed to its goals and there is nothing Washington can do to stop us.”
— Michael R. Bloomberg, United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action

Watch the trailer here:


Our March Gathering presentation:

Marine Debris, presented by Hillary Burgess. Watch it here.


We apologize for the frustrations you may have experienced with our live broadcast of Dr. Brooke Love’s February presentation on Ocean Acidification. HOWEVER, you can now view it on YouTube with no buffering issues (at least not at our end). She presents some detailed science as well as many insights into what we can expect for the near future.

View it here, or click on the image below.


Our January presentation, entitled Earth’s Bi-Polar Disorder: Why Climate Breakdown Matters and how to talk about it”, is now available on YouTube. Click on the image below.

This 74-minute recording of the presentation was made possible by generous specific donations of several individuals, and the talented production work of John Bowey of Transmedia Vision.


Ocean Acidification and the Salish Sea Food Web: from phytoplankton to forage fish

February 26, 2019

6:30 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center

 

Ocean acidification, sometimes called the evil twin of climate change, has the potential to give some organisms an advantage, and cause difficulties for others.  What do we know about how local food webs might respond to these changes?  What role will plankton, eelgrass, shellfish, herring and other key organisms play as this story unfolds?   What are the next steps in exploring these questions?

Presented by Dr. Brooke Love of the Shannon Point Marine Labs.

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Transition Fidalgo and Friends’ mission: to raise awareness of and develop solutions to the challenges of climate change, energy uncertainty, and economic instability. Transition Fidalgo & Friends promotes a move away from fossil fuels through decreasing demand, increasing efficiency, supporting renewable energy, and fostering the local production of food, energy, and goods.