How quickly and how close can Lopez come to being fossil fuel free?

On Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Transition will host “Rising to the Challenge”

Submitted by Lopez Community Trails Network.

Transition Lopez Island’s Steering Committee posed that question, launching Fossil Free by ‘33 back in November 2019. On Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Transition will host “Rising to the Challenge,” its virtual report-out to the community on the previous year’s progress and current issues of its campaign, now expanded to include the entire county.

Climate and indigenous rights activist Paul “Chiyokten” Wagner of the Saanich Tribe will kick off with a keynote address, sharing the empowerment of ancient wisdom and knowledge through indigenous perspectives and his talents as a storyteller and musician.

Participants will then have a chance to choose between three concurrent 40 minute breakout sessions, each hosted by one of our teams.

Agriculture & Food: “Affordable Local Food: Making it Happen:”

How do we achieve true social equity in access to food, making local food affordable to low income as well as bringing prices into a range that will encourage middle income people to support a local food system?

  • Caitlin Leck, San Juan County Food System Team
  • Sarah Pope, San Juan Islands Food Hub
  • Emma Rastatter, San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild
  • Amanda Sparks, Orcas Island Food Bank
  • Learner Limbach, Orcas Food Co-op

Energy & Transportation: “Electrifying Our Future Now: Part 2:”

What steps would be necessary to move us more aggressively towards achieving the goal of powering our islands with 100% clean energy?

  • Alex Ramel, State Representative & Transportation Committee Member
  • Jay Kimball, OPALCO
  • Chris Wolfe, Rainshadow Solar
  • Curt VanHyning, Island Rides
  • Kurt Fuller, Lopez School Transportation Committee.

Moderated by Sarah Severn, Transition San Juan Island & Outreach Coordinator for Clean and Prosperous WA

The Plastic Action Team: “Toward Zero Plastic:”

How do we limit the amount of plastics coming to our island, uphold extended producer responsibility, and eliminate plastic pollution?

  • Heather Trim, Zero Waste Washington
  • Rick Eggerth, Mt. Baker Sierra Club
  • The final 40 minutes of the day’s program will be devoted to a Policy Roundtable in which local and state policymakers will report on progress in 2021 and their expectations and challenges in the coming year:
  • Alex Ramel, State legislator
  • Cindy Wolf, SJI County Councilperson
  • Brian Silverstein, OPALCO Board Member
  • Faith Van De Putte, SJI Agriculture Resources Committee Coordinator
  • Heather Trim, Zero Waste Washington Director

Register in advance using this link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Hope to see you there!