Do We Care Enough to Save the Last 76 Southern Resident Orca Whales?

Orca Whales, Salmon, Water Quality
I have spent a lot of time on Puget Sound but have never seen an orca whale, and yet I feel a close connection to these animals. My kids and I have enjoyed watching high definition BBC/PBS nature videos of transient orca whales hunting seals and even narwhals as the Arctic has melted. Orcas ability to communicate and hunt in packs like wolves make them "the most terrifying predator since the Tyrannosauruses Rex" according to one scientist. There are a lot of competing priorities for local governments including homelessness, the opioid epidemic, mental and behavioral health the list is long and solutions are expensive and very hard to achieve. Somewhere in the distant background of local news coverage is the fact that 8 Southern Resident Orca whales have died in…
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Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions

Pierce County, Sustainable New Year's Resolution
So what will your Sustainable New Year's Resolution be in 2018? A few ideas to consider... Whatever you choose to do, commit to it actively for the first month. Studies show people who make changes intensively for a month are more likely to hold onto the habit long-term. Save Money Buy less stuff¬†(video for inspiration). Recent studies suggest that the stuff you buy has a major impact on your greenhouse gas footprint. By buying less stuff you can save money for things like retirement. Limit Waste Get rid of old stuff that¬†brings you no joy. But don't throw it away. You should take it to Goodwill or other local organizations that can find a good home for your items. Almost everything can be reused even those old shoes or that…
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