Care About the Earth and Climate Crisis? Get Involved with ECAM

by Kristi Weir

ECAM (East Shore’s Earth and Climate Action Ministry) provides a focus for all those at East Shore who care about the Earth and our impact on it. Our main focus is to host events and speakers at East Shore to help us all understand what is happening to our planet, and to support activism in the public space around this issue.

We were delighted to be able to bring in Rev. Michael Dowd to provide the Sunday service on Sunday, December 1. Many members told us they found his ideas very inspiring. His “Post-Doom” sermon was thought-provoking and reinforced the need to be in tune with nature and live for the common good. The video and music that John Chmaj created and performed with Jenny Hall and Ethan Cox (first service) and the choir of Puget Soundworks (second service) beautifully augmented the message of the need to care for the Earth.

ECAM also hosts the monthly meeting of 350 Eastside on the third Wednesday of each month potluck at 6:30 pm, meeting starts at 7 pm. One of 350’s goals is to reduce fossil fuel consumption to keep our climate stable and safe. The November meeting highlighted a movement to establish a public utility district (PUD) in East King County to replace PSE, which is the dirtiest utility in the state—getting nearly 60% of its electricity from fossil-based fuels. There is a signature gathering effort for a petition to put King County PUD 1 on 2020 ballot. ECAM will have petitions available at our tabling event on Jan 26. Go to ekc-pud.org for more information. Consider coming to one of 350’s monthly meetings. (350eastside.org)

If you’d like to learn more about what ECAM is up to, contact Kristi, khweir(at)hotmail.com or come to one of our planning meetings on the first Monday of each month (7:00-9:00 pm in the Library).