League of Women Voters of Skagit County






NEXT
MEETING

June 9, 2018

1:00 PM

Skagit Valley CoOp
3rd Floor
1st & Division
Mount Vernon
Priority Events

Primary Election Candidate Night In Anacortes


When: Monday June 18 -- 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
Where: Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St, Anacortes

Meet the candidates running for:




Register to Vote

This link takes you to the Secretary of State's Website.

Here you can check your name and address to be sure they  are current.

If you are not registered, you will then be guided through the process.
Visits since September 1, 2017
Lets get the Skagit BAG BANd WAGON rolling!

(PB or PBS = single use plastic bag(s)

(PB or PBS = single use plastic bag(s)

PLASTIC BAG FACTS:

* Americans use 100 billion each year: 12 million barrels of oil used to produce them..
* Made from  non-renewable source: oil and natural gas.
* Used for minutes, they take 500 - 1,000 years or more to "degrade".
* Only 1% are returned for recycling.
* 8 mill. pieces of plastic enter the world's oceans daily - much of it is single use bags.
* 100,000 marine animals - 267 species - are affected or killed each year by them.
* 54% of the world's people live in bag ban/fee zones - including 19.4 mill. Americans!
* Countries with bans: Ireland, Italy, China, Mexico, Germany, England, France + 20 more
* Edmonds, Seattle, B'ham, Bainbridge Isl., Shoreline, Mukilteo, Tacoma, Port Townsend,
   Issaquah all have single use bans.

IF you use PBS in trash cans . . . do this instead:
    Line trash cans with newspapers that can go out with the trash, reuse paper bags or
    repurpose plastic wrappers and packaging for messy garbage - or compost!
AND if you use them to collect dog poop . . . do this instead:
    Look in your grocery cart!  Produce, bread, toilet paper, paper towels - many items are
    packaged in plastic - free - and can be repurposed. Compostable doggy bags can be
    purchased, as are compostable bags from grocery, hardware and Costco stores.
BUT I use biodegradable PBS. Isn't that good enough?
    Not really. Biodegrading -somewhat a misnomer - happens in industrial
    composting facilities using heat and specific bacteria - very special conditions! They DO
    NOT breakdown in waterways or landfills. When PBS break down, they remain as
    micro plastics, continue to pollute, and enter the food chain as animals ingest them.

No IFS, ANDS, or BUTS about it: PLASTIC IS FOREVER! Nothing used for minutes should end up in the belly of a whale . . . . We’d do Earth a favor by not using single use bags!

We can change how we view and use plastics in Skagit County.

The first step?  In January, COLLECT support signatures from county residents.
Next step? In February ask city officials county-wide to consider a bag ban.

You can help!  Ask 10 friends, neighbors or relatives to sign the support petition,  and then ask them to collect signatures too! Signers must be Skagit residents. Even young ones - after all, it’s their future.
 
Get the petition HERE. If you need a printed copy, please let me know. When you have 10 (or more!) signatures, scan and email or mail to Carol Sullivan 1400 Lindsay Lp. #5, Mount Vernon, 98274 or carolosully@yahoo.com.  Please save your original signatures!

Together, we can get the BAG BANd WAGON rolling!

NEED MORE INFORMATION?
www.bagitmovie.com, www.environmentwashington.org,  Plastic Ocean, documentary available on Netflix, Heal The Bay (https://healthebay.org/bag-ban-faq-what-about-all-that-dog-poop/   www.bagmonster.com, City of Bellingham PBS ban ordinance https://www.cob.org/services/environment/pages/plastic-bag-ban.aspx

PS: As one of your newest members, I am looking forward to working with you and the League of Women Voters in the near future.  Please let me know if you are "on board" the BAG BANd Wagon, and if you encounter objections, let me know so I can research a plastic free option.  We are not inventing the wheel - lots of cities have experience and know what the answer is to be bag free.

Thanks in advance for your help~ Carol Sullivan,  carolosully@yahoo.com
Breakout Discussions During May 5 Civil Discourse Event in Mt Vernon
Civil Discourse In the Public Arena
Upcoming Skill Building Sessions
Putting our Skills into Practice
A facilitated Civil Discourse around a “Sticky Topic” facing Skagit County

Date
Time
Location
Topic
Register
Thurs. 14-Jun


6:30 – 8:30PM

Skagit Valley College Lewis Hall, 227  2405 E. College Way, Mt Vernon WA 98273
Overview of Conflict Resolution and Complex Problem Solving
Thurs. 19-Jul

6:30 – 8:30PM
Anacortes Public Library
1220 10th St
Anacortes WA 98221
Preparing for and responding
to stress and conflict
Thurs, 9-Aug
6:30 – 8:30PM

S-W City Council Chambers, 325 Metcalf St
Sedro-Wooley WA 98284
Listening fully and
exploring biases
Wed, 12-Sep
  6:30 – 8:30PM
Burlington Public Library
820 E Washington Ave
Burlington WA  98233
Practice speaking up
when it matters most
Thurs. 14-Jun


6:30 – 8:30PM

Skagit Valley College Northwest Career and Technical Center, 2405 E. College Way
Mt Vernon WA 98273
Topic to be
determined