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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.

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.