Looking back on the ways Salish Sea residents have guarded this marine estuary since the first Earth Day in 1970, a few individuals and organizations stand out: Warren G. Magnuson, John Spellman, Washington Environmental Council, League of Women Voters, and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.
As U.S. Senator, Magnuson made it federal law that oil tankers entering the Salish Sea had to have double hulls and tug escorts. As Washington Governor, Spellman stood his ground against the oil companies that wanted to build a pipeline across the sea from the Olympic Peninsula to the mainland.
Washington Environmental Council has intervened many times using pro bono attorneys to stop ludicrous proposals, such as dredging the most prolific Dungeness crab nursery in the state at Cherry Point to build oil drilling platforms. League of Women Voters challenged corrupt government practices that threatened the environment and the democratic process on numerous occasions, and the first nations that comprise the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians have successfully guarded their treaty rights to a healthy environment so many times that it is difficult to count.
Less newsworthy but noteworthy efforts by ordinary citizens on a daily basis have helped to provide healthier choices for the public to live a lifestyle that respects the environment, securing public transit systems, bicycle lanes, car pools, as well as subsidies for home insulation and LED lighting.
All the above are constructive uses of time and energy to protect the environment of the Salish Sea. Young people–inundated by 350 propaganda, calling on them to put their energy into designer protests and vanity arrests that achieve nothing other than exhausting law enforcement budgets–should take note.