(Photos by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB)
Sunny Saturday at Alki wasn’t just about kite-flying and wave-watching (more photos of that later, by the way). It was also about mural-painting and awareness-raising. West Seattle-founded environmental/family-focused activism group CoolMom organized “Paint Past Coal” outside the Alki Bathhouse, with the Sierra Club and others, as part of a campaign to stop coal-burning as a means of energy generation, because of pollution concerns. At right, below, is CoolMom director Terri Glaberson with, from left, Sierra Club’s Charley Danner and Robin Everett, who noted, “In the end, this is really about having a healthy planet for our kids to grow up on.”
There were speakers (including City Council President Richard Conlin talking about alternative fuel sources including wind – appropriately enough today! – and solar) and musicians:
Our state has one coal-burning plant, in Centralia, owned by Canada-headquartered TransAlta, whose website notes this pro-plant rally in Olympia last week – the State House is considering HB 1825, seeking to decommission the plant. CoolMom and Sierra Club say they are hoping that coal can be completely phased out by 2015. CoolMom says the mural will be presented to 34th District State Sen. Sharon Nelson, who has been working on the issue (also of local note, West Seattle’s 34th District State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon is a co-sponsor of HB 1825).
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