Oceans in changing climate topic of Port Angeles talk Friday
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Dana Lyons will perform Friday night at the Elwha Heritage Center at First and Peabody streets in Port Angeles as part of Olympic Climate Action’s “Our Oceans in a Changing Climate.”

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — An evening concert of songs by Dana Lyons on Friday will kick off a full slate of weekend speakers and activities dealing with potential impacts of climate change on regional marine waters.

Lyons will perform cuts from his new CD, “The Great Salish Sea,” on Friday before a raft of speakers talk on a variety of topics Saturday during “Our Oceans in a Changing Climate,” sponsored by Olympic Climate Action.

Also Saturday will be a sand castle building contest on Hollywood Beach, children's crafts at the Port Angeles Farmers Market and free access to the Feiro Marine Life Center and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Discovery Room.

Admission will be $10 to Lyons' concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Elwha Heritage Center at First and Peabody streets.

Lyons, a Bellingham musician best known for his song “Cows with Guns,” is touring to raise awareness about the proposed export of fossil fuels through the region that includes the Strait of Juan de Fuca and inland seas off the coasts of Washington and British Columbia, and the potential effect on wildlife.

In the title track of his new CD, Lyons sings about the 101-year-old matriarch of the Southern Resident orcas, who is known as Granny, as she reflects on the changes in sounds of boat traffic over the past century.

All Saturday lectures and activities will be free.

Speakers will be in the second-floor conference room at The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave.

Saturday schedule

■ 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., farmers market booth — Port Angeles Farmers Market, The Gateway pavilion, corner of Lincoln and Front streets. Activities for children are planned from 10 a.m. to noon.

■ 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Discovery Room — Free access to the room on the second floor at The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave.

■ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feiro Marine Life Center — Free access to the facility at City Pier

■ 11 p.m., Matt Krogh of ForestEthics — “How Fossil Fuel Exports Threaten our Marine Waters”; The Landing mall, second floor.

Krogh works with the Bellingham office of the nonprofit environmental group. He conducts regulatory and scientific research that is directed toward preventing the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.

Clallam County Commissioner Mike Doherty has agreed to tag onto Krogh's talk with his perspective on the threat to Port Angeles of becoming a bunkering site if proposed coal and oil ports are approved, the Feiro center says on its website.

Doherty represented counties on the Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment committee for the Puget Sound Partnership.

More events

■ 12:15 p.m., sand castle judging — Hollywood Beach

■ 12:30 p.m., Hansi Hals, Jamestown S'Klallam tribe — Hals, environmental planning manager for the tribe, will answer questions on a poster displayed by the Jamestown S'Klallam tribe in The Landing mall conference room.

The poster illustrates how the increasing frequency of algal blooms that cause shellfish toxicity may be related to warming water.

■ 1 p.m., Liam Antrim, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary researcher — “Ocean Acidification and Impacts on Marine Life in the Pacific Northwest”; The Landing mall second-floor conference room.

The world's oceans have absorbed about 30 percent of the planet's carbon dioxide emissions, the most abundant greenhouse gas. That has caused a rise in the pH of seawater, making them more acidic and threatening ocean food chains.

■ 2 p.m., ocean acidification display — Following Antrim's lecture, national marine sanctuary staff will present a new hands-on display on ocean acidification.

■ 3 p.m., Bill Baccus, Olympic National Park physical scientist — Baccus, who has been tracking changes on the park's wild coast for nearly a decade, will share a new video on coastal monitoring, “Tides of Change,” and discuss climate change impacts across the park, from mountain snowpack to tide-pool communities.

The film and talk will be in the second-floor conference room at The Landing mall.

Olympic Climate Action formed to study climate change impacts, educate others and press for action to adapt to changes.

“Climate change is the most pressing issue facing the planet,” said Anne Murray of Olympic Climate Action.

“We need to raise awareness of the local impacts of climate change.”

For more information, visit www.olyclimate.org.

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