InspireSeattle

Invites YOU to join us at our Social Forum:  Saturday, February 23rd at 6:30PM.

Main discussion topic for this evening: Moving Beyond Coal

Robin Everett’s current focus is on eliminating coal as a primary energy source. “Coal is the largest contributor to greenhouse gasses,” Robin says, labeling the coal industry as “the main culprit” when it comes to global warming.  Washington State is currently under threat from multiple proposals for dirty and dangerous coal export facilities. Under current proposals, Arch Coal and Peabody Energy would ship as much as 130 million tons of coal per year through Washington State, which would result in 26 loaded coal trains coming into the state every day, each more than a mile long and many communities would also see the empty trains coming back, doubling the number of trains. Shipping up to a hundred million tons of coal a year through West Coast communities would spread toxic coal dust along the rail lines, clog our railroads, ports, and highways, risk our families’ health, pollute our air and water, and worsen the climate crisis. Sierra Club is organizing in communities across the state to help defeat this ill-conceived project.

Please join us for this important discussion!

Guest Speaker: 

Robin Everett was born amongst the wide-open spaces and stunning vistas of the Southern California desert, but saw firsthand the devastating effect humans can have on their environment when she moved to Los Angeles. As a result, Robin’s energies quickly became focused on conservation.  In California her efforts helped bring 3,000 concerned citizens to a California Coastal Commission hearing to save a beach that they cherished.  Since moving to Seattle, Robin has become Assistant Regional Representative in the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign.  Everett’s current project is attempting to derail efforts to bring coal shipping terminals to places like Longview and Bellingham, Washington.

 

Come join us for what should be a very important and interesting evening!!!

 

About InspireSeattle:

InspireSeattle is a progressive network of Seattle-area people sharing ideas and supporting action.  InspireSeattle’s vision is to create connection throughout our community and better community through activism.  InspireSeattle’s mission is to provide a fun, supportive gathering for people who care deeply about our community, our country and our planet. We embrace progressive policies that improve our society and protect our environment.  We discuss current issues, share ideas and activism efforts while striving to inspire additional action.  Subscribe (or unsubscribe) to InspireSeattle by visiting www.inspireseattle.org/contact.html.

WhenSaturday, February 23rd at 6:30PM.  Please try to be on time!!!

Where:  Dave and Shamah Gamrath’s place, 4310 SW Atlantic St., Seattle  WA  98116, 206-938-8460.  

Google map:  http://g.co/maps/2ycn4

Directions:  Go west over the West Seattle bridge – take the Admiral Way exit – go up hill to California Ave SW – go right (north) on California – go 8 blocks to Atlantic – go left (west) on Atlantic – first house on right.

Format 

It’s a potluck:  so please help out and bring something to eat and to drink!

6:30 to 7:45:  Social time!  Eat, drink, relax, and catch up with some other local progressives

Formal discussion and guest speakers, 7:45 to 9:30

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Rules of Engagement!

1.  So that everyone has a chance to participate, please keep your comments short

2.  Raise one’s hand to ask a question in lieu of shouting out

3.  Respect the points of views of others

4.  No arguing of politics during the formal discussion – save that for afterwards!