This week on the Compass we pay a return visit to the Ecumenical Christian Helping Hands Organization (ECHHO) to learn about both the services they offer and their current volunteer needs. And then we are treated to the ponderings of some of the town’s youngest philosophers at the Swan School.
Each year in early February hundreds of school kids and their adult mentors descend upon a former farm in the Tarboo Valley armed with digging implements and rubber boots to take part in one of the most ambitious stream restoration and reforestation projects in the state. KPTZ Compass covered the Tarboo Plant-a-thon back in 2015, and because this year’s plant-a-thon is scheduled for this Saturday, the 3rd of February, we thought this would be a good time to reprise that show.
This week the Compass takes to the streets, along with a sizable portion of the local population, as we cover a rally of support for immigrants that took place on Martin Luther King Day, and then attend the PT Womxn’s March, which may well have been the largest demonstration in the town’s history.
This week on the Compass we talk with a Mennonite minister and her husband about the dangers to humanity they believe to be posed by the development of artificial intelligence and the rapidly accelerating technological revolution that presents the very real possibility of replacing people in pretty much every field, from child care to making life and death decisions on the battlefield.
While for most people the holidays are a season of love, joy, and celebration of friends and family, for others it can be a time of crippling depression and even thoughts of suicide. It is for this reason that this week on the Compass we are bringing you the story of a woman who actually committed suicide, but miraculously survived not only to tell the tale, but to bring hope and help to others considering doing the same.
This week on the Compass we take a tour of KPTZ’s future home in the basement of what is thought to be Fort Worden’s first building. This program features Fort Worden PDA Executive Director Dave Robison, KPTZ General Manager Robert Ambrose, and Fort Worden Facilities Manager Larry Sammons.
‘Tis the season for overeating and not getting enough exercise…but lest we fall prey to the illusion that we can pop a pill to make up for our bad behavior, this week on the Compass we reprise a story we did several years ago on the pills that more and more Americans hope will fend off the ill effects of an unhealthy lifestyle. Then correspondent Martha Baskin looks at the question of what place natural gas has in plans for a clean energy future.
This week on the Compass we bring you two more presentations from the Economics of Happiness Conference held at Fort Worden Oct. 27-29, a weekend-long event that brought together some of the world’s most prominent thinkers, writers, and activists in the sustainability and localization movements to “discuss, discover, and devise better systems for now and the future,” as the event’s website puts it. We will hear from Community Sourced Capital co-founder Rachel Maxwell, and organic farming and urban agriculture pioneer Michael Ableman, who were both on hand to lead workshops at the conference.
You can view other talks from the conference HERE.
(October 27-29, 2017) Some of the most prominent thinkers, writers, and activists in the sustainability and localization movements came together at Fort Worden’s Lifelong Learning Center on the weekend of October 27-29, 2017 to “discuss, discover, and devise better systems for now and the future”, as the conference’s website puts it.
When Yes! Magazine co-founder Sarah Van Gelder polled the 250 attendees at the Economics of Happiness Conference held recently at Fort Worden on the question of whether they thought the transition to a sustainable economy would be rough or smooth, only one hand went up for “smooth”. Everyone else expected a pretty rough road ahead. Which is probably the reason they were all there for the weekend-long event that brought together some of the world’s most prominent thinkers, writers, and activists in the sustainability and localization movements to “discuss, discover, and devise better systems for now and the future”, as the event’s website put it.
The conference was organized by local activists including Karen Wyeth and Local 20/20 co-founder Judith Alexander, with major support from Swedish visionary Helena Norberg Hodge’s organization Local Futures, which has hosted a number of other Economics of Happiness conferences around the world, including in the U.S., India, Australia, Italy, and South Korea.
Along with Van Gelder, Yes! Magazine co-founder David Korten, and Post-Carbon Institute Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg, Norberg Hodge anchored the keynote panel on the first evening of the conference. This week on the Compass we bring you highlights of that keynote panel.
This Thursday, October 19, at precisely 10/19 in the morning it’s going to happen: The Great Shake-out Drill. Yes, it will be 10:19 on 10/19 when KPTZ will ask listeners to duck, cover, and hold, and in general to participate in a practice session to prepare for a major earthquake disaster. In this week’s Compass, we talk with KPTZ Emergency Preparedness Advisor Rita Kepner about what is entailed in preparing for the worst.
This week on the Compass we talk with the executive director of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics about a lawsuit they have lodged against the U.S. Forest Service for improperly permitting the Olympic National Forest to be used by the Navy as a training ground for electronic warfare. And then we talk with a direct descendant of the legendary S’Klallam chief Chetzemoka about his legacy.
We attend a fundraiser to support four Canadian First Nation Tribes in their legal defense against a planned oil pipeline they say infringes on their aboriginal title and rights, and then we hear about recent medical studies showing that our health may not depend so much on what we eat as when we eat it.
Over more than 45 years of cruising with her husband Larry, Lin Pardey has possibly logged more hours at sea than anyone else alive, and also probably done more to document those experiences in books, articles, and videotapes than any other. Pardey came all the way from her home in New Zealand to be at the 41st Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, where we interviewed her live during the four-hour remote broadcast from the Festival of Phil Andrus’s Tossed Salad on Friday afternoon. This week on the Compass, we bring you a lightly edited version of that live interview.
This week on the Compass, we talk with KPTZ Board President and General Manager Robert Ambrose about his past and the future of the station under his direction, and then we talk with the saviors of what is almost undoubtedly the world’s oldest surviving luxury yacht, which was recently in Port Townsend for repairs.
In the wake of a catastrophic collapse of a commercial in-water net pen that released hundreds of thousands of non-native Atlantic Salmon into the Salish Sea even as Cooke Aquaculture, the owner of the facility, is looking to expand a similar facility on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, KPTZ Compass this week takes a look back to a 2013 story we did about the devastating effect such fish farms have had on British Columbian wild salmon stocks, even without massive accidental releases.
This week on the Compass, Jefferson County environmental health specialist Anna Bachman tells us step by step how her anti-war activism led her to become the principal editor of the most comprehensive work ever published on Iraq’s biodiversity, and to help found Waterkeepers Iraq.
This week on the Compass, local activists rise to meet the threat of a seven-fold increase in oil tanker traffic on the Salish Sea; KPTZ reporter Jack Pokorny covers a Port Townsend protest of President Trump’s threats to the Dreamers Act; and then we revisit a program from late last year about the Ecumenical Helping Hands Organization, or ECHHO, which provides everything from wheelchairs to free chauffer services for the handicapped in Jefferson County.