Tacoma Salish Sea Day of Action

Start: Saturday, September 15, 2018 2:00 PM

End: Saturday, September 15, 2018 4:00 PM

Our Salish Sea is under assault. Fossil fuels and human activity are accelerating pollution, climate change, ocean acidification, and biodiversity loss. The critically endangered Southern Resident Orcas, other living creatures, and the environment need our help. On September 15th, join us for a powerful, coordinated Salish Sea Day of Action.

350 Tacoma have been working monthly since January 2018 to protect and restore a tiny neglected tidal marsh in the industrial Port of Tacoma (occupied Puyallup Tribal treaty territory), located on the Blair waterway nestled between an oil marine terminal and a container shipping yard. Our goal is to radically love this little one acre open public space back to health. It’s a daunting challenge, but it serves as a regular reminder and meditation on the larger challenges we face to protect and restore our shared Salish Sea and, ultimately, our shared planet.

The tidal marsh was initially named for a French chemical company—Rhône-Poulenc—but we are collaborating with the Puyallup Tribal Language Program to restore a native Twulshootseed place name: qʷiqʷəlut (little marsh).

Parking is limited at the salt marsh and so carpools are recommended. Offer a ride or sign up for a ride here: http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/y5npk0

Note: The salt marsh is part of the city’s open public spaces program, and so it is a purposefully undeveloped and natural space. Wheelchair access is limited, although there is a paved path leading to a lookout. Long pants and closed shoes are recommended, and we ask that people tread lightly on the site which we have worked so hard to protect.

Tacoma is joining with other communities around the bioregion to build broader awareness and advocacy around protection for our Sacred Sea and all living creatures. While the sea itself may separate us physically, we are uniting to face these growing threats together.

#ProtectTheWater #DefendTheLand #WeAretheWater