Eddy Ury, a committee member on the county’s Climate Action Advisory Committee, ran for Whatcom County Council in District 1 against Kaylee Galloway, who won the election 55% to 42%. This interview was conducted prior to the Nov. 2 election.

What have you predominantly been working on within the committee?

I only joined the committee in the early part of this year, but for the previous, nearly three years since the committee was formed, I was a regular contributor informationally and I attended most of the meetings — more than…

Kaylee Galloway, a committee member on the county’s Climate Action Advisory Committee, ran for Whatcom County Council in District 1 against Eddy Ury. Galloway won the election 55% to 42%. This interview was conducted prior to the Nov. 2 election.

Kaylee Galloway, Climate Action Advisory Committee and Whatcom County Council member. Photo courtesy Kaylee Galloway.

What are you predominantly working on within the community [and] the committee?

I was the lead author of the land use chapter and then also consulted with some of the other work groups around transportation [and] some of the natural resource chapters. …

RE Sources developed a digital storytelling platform that combines maps, videos, photos, illustrations and narrative to raise awareness about what climate resilience means and what’s at stake for northwest Washington. The site highlights existing models for how our communities build resilience quickly when they focus on natural climate solutions such as conservation, restoration and climate-adaptive land management.

Courtesy RE Sources

On October 19, Bellingham-based environmental nonprofit RE Sources launched a new initiative blending art, science and on-the-ground stories to help catalyze regional investments in climate resilience, efforts that help communities withstand and bounce back from the climate change impacts that are increasingly being felt across northwest Washington…

Communities are turning to land trusts and real estate cooperatives as possible solutions.

By Jessica Kutz | High Country News

In March 2019, 30 Indigenous sovereignty, housing justice and food justice organizers, including the Sustainable Economies Law Center, gathered on the territory of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria to imagine a future Bay Area rooted in Indigenous governance. Photo courtesy Sustainable Economies Law Center

In hot housing markets across the West, people are purchasing homes with cash. It’s another sign of growing inequality in an economy where housing is an especially lucrative commodity. Private equity firms and multinational companies are buying up affordable single-family homes, mobile home…

Twenty five hectares of forest within the Lake Whatcom watershed have been secured and protected under a donation by Neal and Ann Koblitz, a Seattle couple that owns 178 hectares of land in Whatcom County. The conservation easement, which protects the land from development, will be managed by the Whatcom Land Trust.

Photo credit: Unsplash, Matthew Smith

In 2008 we purchased two forest lands in Whatcom County in the Mount Baker foothills, totaling 114 hectares. In 2011, we bought two more — the 25 hectares near Lake Whatcom and the 40 hectares in Jefferson County in the Dabob Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area. Our main criteria for…

WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment may be renamed after a bizarre report uncritically plagiarizing far-right creationist & conspiracist materials gets Thomas Henry Huxley exactly backwards on racism

By Nicholas Joseph Matzke

This letter is one of a series of Voices publications that support the flow and exchange of ideas regarding the Huxley college name change. Read the other publications here. This letter does not represent the thoughts or opinions of The Planet staff or reporters, but is…

Magdalena Angel-Cano speaks on the disproportionate effect industrial contamination has on members of her community in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle.

By Erik Anderson, Gavin Cole and Ariel Shiley

Erik Anderson is a junior visual journalism student looking to find new ways to tell meaningful stories through different mediums.

Gavin Cole is a freshman environmental studies student at Huxley College. He looks to use the tools around him to encourage sustainability and environmental consciousness.

Ariel Shiley is a senior environmental science student focused on conducting and communicating science surrounding environmental justice.

The small island in Chuckanut Bay is challenged with invasive plants and birds, but humans present the biggest threat.

Story and photos by Waverly Shreffler

Evening light filters through mature trees on Chuckanut Island in Chuckanut Bay, Washington. The island, which has never been logged, evolves in its natural state.

Voices filter through the forest understory as Aimee Frazier, Chuckanut Island steward, climbs with ease up the steep and rooted slope to the island’s perimeter…

Farmers of Color in Colorado are getting an economic boost.

By Riley Weeks

Andréa Wilkins y Martínez, the manager of Mountair Farm Park, stands next to a pear tree. The pear, apple, and cherry trees behind her produce fruit that the public are free to harvest at any time, free of charge. Photo by Riley Weeks.

Mountair Park Community Farm operates on half a hectare of land on the west side of Lakewood, Colorado. On the farm, intermingled with bird song and the rustling leaves of vegetables, is the clank of construction and…

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