Weekly links and other updates from Sierra Club Seattle Group
We, alongside our neighbors in Canada, are heartbroken over the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves of Indigenous children at a Kamloops residential school.
If you’d like to donate to help survivors, one option is the Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society.
If you need emotional support, Canada’s National Indian Residential School Crisis Line can be reached at 1-866-925-4419.
Indigenous communities have long believed that residential school students were buried in unmarked graves, and proving it has been a decades-long process. The TRC has calculated at least 3,201 residential school deaths, although the true total may never be known due to unaccounted deaths and destroyed files.
Even the most fairweather of cyclists are feeling the call to two wheels this time of year. Here are some great tips for both new and more experienced bike riders:
”It’s freedom,” she says. “When you were a kid and you got a bike and you could go riding around and it was just freedom. And that’s what it can be for adults, too.”
I will never forget the sight of orcas cutting the waves off San Juan Island, seen from my hiker-biker campsite in San Juan County Park above the island’s western shore. The ferry-served islands in the San Juans regularly deliver indelible memories.
Drains sampled showed elevated levels of barium, copper, lead, and zinc compared with a control storm drain far away from the protests. Since the components that make up tear gas are chlorinated, when they are released it’s possible that they form stable, dioxin-like compounds that could remain in the environment for decades or longer.
Just in time for wildfire season, Ecology has a new tool in its toolbelt. The new five-day automated smoke forecast is accessible as part of Ecology’s online smoke map.
News in Brief
Summer Farmers Markets are reopening!
Link Light Rail service increases start June 12.
Events and Opportunities
Register now for our June Learn-in, featuring former Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien discussing how to give effective public comment.
May 31-June 5 is Black Birders Week!
Northwest African American Museum has released its Juneteenth events schedule.
Are you a teenager living in Seattle? Consider joining the Seattle Youth Commission.
Washington State Parks are free on four different days in June.