Events and Meetings

From beach cleanups to free workshops, RE Sources has events for anyone who cares about their community and the natural world.

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Make a difference and connect with your community! Whether it’s a tour of Bellingham’s waterfront restoration projects or Green Drinks at a local brewery, we have a better time when you’re with us. To see more events we are a part of, sign up for our newsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Cherry Point: Webinar and public hearing on moratorium

Webinar to learn more and prepare for hearing: June 1st, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
County Council public hearing via Zoom: June 2nd, 6:00 p.m. Registration required for both!

Some Whatcom County Councilmembers are pushing to remove local protections meant to prevent increased unrefined fossil fuels shipments through terminals at Cherry Point — at a time when we’re already seeing surplus crude oil shipped through Whatcom and the Salish Sea, with no local benefit, and lots of local risk.

This COVID crisis has shown us all that ignoring major risks can come at a tremendous, painful cost. A major oil spill from Cherry Point tankers could easily devastate Whatcom’s fisheries and shorelines.

For nearly four years, Whatcom County has maintained a moratorium barring certain permits for oil and gas transshipment facilities. The moratorium is revisited for renewal every six months until the county completes policies to protect local residents and our environment from unnecessary hazards. The long process of reforming county laws was nearing conclusion, but suspended in March due to the pandemic. Now, the moratorium is set to expire in June.
On June 2nd at 6:00 pm, the Council will take comments at a “virtual public hearing” conducted through Zoom video and telephone options prior to voting on the moratorium extension.

Learn more about the protections, what’s at stake, and get some background

Webinar: register here

Citizen science speaker series: Victoria Souze, Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Join via Zoom: June 2nd, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Password: 793923

Join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81430457348?pwd=eTBvT0p0YnBERG1reFIvMzZ6ZW1xUT09
Password: 793923
Learn about the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network’s work from their Principal Investigator, Victoria Souze. The Network responds to all calls about marine mammals in distress or deceased. Victoria is passionate about marine mammals and has been a marine naturalist and a resident of Lummi Island for 24 years. Her background is in marine biology, and her work has taken her from the San Juan Islands to Alaska.
More about the Marine Mammal Stranding Network
More about becoming a citizen scientist

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Take a self-guided tour of Bellingham’s waterfront!

Any time! Grab your smartphone with Google Maps

There are 12 toxic cleanup sites along Bellingham Bay from over 100 years of industrial activity. Use this interactive map to explore their history and how they’re being cleaned up for future use.

See the map!

Explore the waterfront

Beach Cleanup for International World Water Day

Sunday, March 22nd POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Meet at the Squalicum Beach parking lot, Mt. Baker Products peninsula, Bellingham (map)
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In celebration of World Water Day, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and Northwest Straits Surfrider chapter, along with the Port of Bellingham and Sea Witch Botanicals, are hosting a trash and marine debris cleanup south of Squalicum Beach in Bellingham! See our monthly cleanup schedule and mark your calendars for the next one.

We supply cleanup materials (gloves, buckets, and grabbers). **Bellingham Yoga Collective is giving passes for FREE YOGA CLASSES to participants**

Coffee provided by Makeworth Market. RE Sources will provide tea and hot chocolate.

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Netse Mot for Xw’ullemy (Salish Sea) — Indigenous-led rally in Olympia

Saturday, March 21st POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Washington State Capitol building, north steps
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EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED — Please see the event’s Facebook page for updates

Netse Mot for Xw’ullemy means “One heart, one mind for the Salish Sea.” At Netse Mot 2020, people from all walks of life will gather together to support Indigenous-led efforts to save the Salish Sea.

The Salish Sea is in a state of emergency. The salmon runs are disappearing, qwe’lhol’mechen (the killer whales) are dying, and people are suffering. We wish to impress upon the government and upon the public that we must act now and that we must act together to heal the Salish Sea. We are all connected, we all share one heart and one mind in this regard.

The people who have lived in a reciprocal relationship with this place since time immemorial have the ancestral knowledge of how to best take care of this place. Netse Mot is an inclusive event that underscores the need for Indigenous leadership and ancestral Native teachings.

Netse Mot will be celebrated annually on March 21 from now on. This year’s inaugural event will take place at the Washington State Capitol, bringing Indigenous leadership to the heart of Washington State power.

The event will include a ceremonial invocation, the reading of a Netse Mot Proclamation, words from Salish Sea area Tribal leaders, action tables, and a Netse Mot unity circle with drumming and song. Wear blue; bring blue.

More information.

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Recurring events

Meet members of Whatcom County’s environmentally minded community, hear about upcoming sustainability-oriented events and opportunities, network, and try out delicious local brews. Hosted monthly at various local businesses and organizations, usually the first Wednesday of each month. Learn more.

Make the clean energy future happen today! Protect the Salish Sea and waters that flow into it! At our meetings, climate-conscious community members get the latest updates and plan actions for accelerating a just transition to a clean energy economy and stopping pollution in our Pacific Northwest home. Learn more. 

Our Environmental Heroes Awards Banquet is held each September. Each year, we honor outstanding individuals who have been instrumental in protecting this natural world that surrounds us. Heroes are selected in May of each year. Learn more.

Each year, our community shows up at Boundary Bay to support Community Jobs Training, a vocational training program that supports underserved workers. We’re strengthening our community by investing in those who need help the most. Join us each May for our annual benefit show, raffle and silent auction as we raise money to support our efforts to train displaced workers. Learn more.

Regular meetings and public participation opportunities

RE Sources scientists and policy experts engage in a number of public advisory groups, and we invite you to join us in advocating for good policies that protect communities and natural resources.

Join an engaged group of local environmental advocates and organizations that are working to protect and restore the Nooksack River watershed (also known as Water Resource Inventory Area 1 or WRIA 1). We meet monthly on the third Monday at 3:00 p.m. in RE Sources’ Community Library (map). All are welcome to join and participate so long as our group vision resonates with you: We envision a future Whatcom County where our community is unified in restoring and protecting a resilient ecosystem as our highest priority.

Questions? Want to join? Contact Karlee Deatherage at KarleeD@re-sources.org.

Forums are held twice yearly (Spring and Fall) to increase communication and collaboration across the food system, and to connect our richly diverse community organizations together to discuss important topics and strengthen our local food system. Learn more and contact Karlee at KarleeD@re-sources.org for ways to engage beyond attending the forum.