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Help us meet our match!

We’re in the middle of a match campaign and need your support!

In 2015, Transition Fidalgo & Friends continues to raise awareness about the realities of climate change and fossil-fuel dependency, and to encourage meaningful personal and community actions in response.

We’ve done much as an all-volunteer organization (community gardens, skillshare workshops, Time Bank, Vision 2030, Fix-It Days, to name just a few) but there are expenses involved in making things happen.

TF&F has a commitment from a generous donor for $5,000 to be used in a matching gift program.  If we can collect $5,000 in contributions by October 1, they’ll be matched for a total of $10,000 to support our programs.  Any size contribution is very much appreciated, so please help us take advantage of this opportunity.

Checks should be made out to Transition Fidalgo and Friends with the word “match” in the memo field. Mail donations to PO Box 62, Anacortes; use PayPal; or give your donation to Ron Larson, Treasurer, at a monthly dinner meeting.

Thanks for your consideration.

MoNA Surge Festival slated for September

Surge Festival Call for Artists
Deadline for proposals through online application – July 1
Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA

In partnership with the Skagit Climate Science Consortium and the Skagit Watershed Council, MoNA will launch an event to draw attention to climate change and its impact on the Northwest’s coastal communities. The Surge Festival will engage artists to work with environmental researchers and educators to present the public with new perspectives on issues such as flooding and storm surge through participatory art activities. The festival is scheduled for the weekend of September 26-27, 2015 at MoNA.

Call for Artists
MoNA announces a call to artists to participate through the creation of a project to be exhibited at MoNA. Artists may propose projects with scientists on the website or with others. Projects should focus on the geographic area of the Pacific Northwest. There is no fee to apply.

July 1 Artists submit brief project proposal
July 15 Project proposals accepted
August 15 Updated project description and photos due for marketing
September 11 Projects completed
September 25 Projects installed at MoNA
September 26-27 Festival
September 28 De-installation

Get more information at the Festival’s webpage.

Inslee declares drought

On April 17, 2015 Governor Jay Inslee declared a drought in 13 additional river basins in Washington state.  The drought declarations bring the total number of Washington’s watersheds in drought emergencies to 24, 44 percent of the total area of the state. See updates here.

Here are resources to conserve water by the use of rain barrels at home:

  • Sightline Institute, “Legalizing It (Your Rain Barrel)
  • Skagit County PUD Rain Barrel Program
  • Northwest Rain Solutions is a company that helps people to set up rain water conservation systems, they are located in Bellingham
  • Skagit Farmer’s Supply sells 50 gallon food grade rain barrels, those with spigots and those without.  Those with one spigot sell for $39, those with two sell for $42. Those with no spigots are also $39. Skagit Farmer’s Supply, now blended with Ace Hardware, also sells all the parts to place a spigot onto any food grade barrel. Contact a store nearest to you. Locations in Sedro Woolley, Mount Vernon, Burlington, and Stanwood
  • Rain gardens. Resources for creating one in your yard. Great website.

Other websites of interest regarding drought:

–from Callie Martin, Skagit County Waste Reduction/Recycling Education Specialist

June 3 Talk on Oil Trains

Mark your calendar:

Next month, Eric de Place will be in Anacortes to discuss the alarming growth in oil train traffic through Skagit County and the costs and consequences of the oil-by-rail industry for local residents.

We hope you can make it that evening, and if you can, spread the word to friends and family as well.

  • What: The Thin Green Line: Anacortes Faces the Costs and Consequences of Oil Trains, a presentation and Q&A with Sightline Institute policy director Eric de Place
  • When: Wednesday, June 3rd, 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30)
  • Where: Depot Arts Center, 611 R Avenue, Anacortes, WA
This event is free and open to the public, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so please arrive early. There will be coffee, tea, and dessert to help warm things up.

P.S. In case you missed it, Sightline rounded up ten recent oil train explosions, in photos. It got a lot of attention on social media, and it was even mentioned in this news article.

Playing now through April 30th at Bellingham’s Pickford Theater is Merchants of Doubt, a must-see film that shows how a few contrarian scientists joined forces with conservative think tanks and private corporations to confuse the public on climate change. Based on a book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, the movie identifies parallels between the climate change debate and earlier controversies such as smoking. In 2004, Oreskes wrote a now-famous essay about her analysis of 928 abstracts in which not one scientist challenged the consensus view on climate change.

You can help stop the spread of dis-information. Visit for easy-to-grasp scientific responses to all the main denier talking points.

Skagit’s tulip fields may be clipped of their color, but Fidalgo is all a-bloom now. This is wildflower season, and if you haven’t yet given yourself the gift of a meadow walk, head out to Sugarloaf, or the south bluffs of Washington Park and Bowman Bay, to name just a few choice spots. Look for Indian paintbrush, blue and death camas lilies, monkeyflower, sea blush, shooting stars and so much more. Take a field guide and get to know the stories behind the names.  The more we learn to love the wonders at our elbow (or in this case, our feet), the more we’ll walk in joy, and the more we’ll walk with care.