Thank you, Sandra Staples-Bortner

A true force for habitat-conservation is graduating to a different phase of life: Sandra Staples-Bortner, executive director of Great Peninsula Conservancy, is retiring from GPC at the end of May. During her eleven years at GPC’s helm, she has calmly but persistently steered people and organizations toward accomplishing stewardship and acquisition of natural habitat on our peninsula. A well-written, detailed overview of GPC’s many successes can be read on this link:  https://pugetsoundblogs.com/waterways/2019/05/12/sandra-staples-bortner-to-retire-from-great-peninsula-conservancy/

Sandra’s great strengths are her care for the environment, her vision and optimism and organization, and her wonderful ability to enlist people of diverse persuasions to the cause of habitat conservation: environmentalists, birders, hikers, bikers, kayakers, shore stewards, earth ministry folks, tribal members, business people, legislators, tourism representatives, loggers, county- and city-administration workers, scientists, Navy sailors, and lots and lots of young and old citizen-volunteers.

Anyone attending a GPC spring dinner sees gathered there a cross section of West Sound society comprising many individuals that have, in their own way, been working with and supporting conservation through GPC. Many are at the dinner (and have been part of GPC for a year, or years) because they know that no matter what busyness and responsibility life their confronted with elsewhere, what they do with GPC—the time, effort, and money they give to it—is for something good.

We thank Sandra for the great good she has done for us—the plants, animals, and people of this great peninsula—for now and for generations. She truly is a force for nature. We wish her fair winds and following seas.

West Sound Conservation Council

Climate Change Hope

On 7 May, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the 100% clean energy bill, which was crafted by the Washington State legislature. It is the strongest clean energy bill in the nation. That bold and wise action gives us hope.
     David Wallace-Wells, in his newly published book, The Uninhabitable Earth, paints a grim picture of our future . . . saying that “if we allow global warming to proceed, and to punish us with all the ferocity we have fed it, it will be because we have chosen that punishment—collectively walking down a path of suicide” (220).
     The hope exists in that the coming cataclysm—which was engineered by us (unlike an earthquake or a collision-course asteroid)—can still be ameliorated by us, but only if we take action soon (ideas paraphrased from pp. 30-31).
    
On 7 May, the people of Washington State took action. May our wise, caring, and bold stewardship action spread to other states and countries. May it benefit the future of our children, grandchildren, and the many other species with us on this gift of a life filled, blue-green earth.