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While there are often opportunities to go deep in our respective fields, breakthroughs can come from unexpected connections and interdisciplinary discussions. The Salish Sea Science Roundtable is a virtual monthly seminar inspired by just that. Each month we’ll connect to share emerging science that’s shaping Salish Sea recovery and sustainable development, reconnect with colleagues in different fields, and enjoy thought-provoking discussions. We hope you’ll join us virtually the first Tuesday of each month from 12:30-1:30 pm PT and once a quarter in person for a happy hour.

Do you have a topic you want to learn more about or are you interested in sharing some of your organization’s new science? Email Marielle (

Looking for solutions: “Hope Matters,” Greystone Books, 2020

3/5 The Science Behind Evidence-Based Hope and Strategies for Countering Climate Doomism

Facilitated by the Salish Sea Institute at Western Washington University.

Elin Kelsey, PhD, is a leading spokesperson, scholar and educator in the area of evidence-based hope. In 2014, she co-created #OceanOptimism, a twitter campaign to crowd-source marine conservation solutions which has reached more than 95 million shares to date. Elin’s work focuses on the reciprocal relationship between humans and the rest of nature. The new science of Climate Emotions reveals that our emotions shape our reactions to the climate justice crisis in profound and complex ways. They impact the actions we take, our capacity for resilience and our psychological well-being. The sense of empowerment we feel when we engage with hope from an evidence-based stance increases our capacity for meaningful climate action. Elin’s talk will outline strategies to adopt a hopeful stance in the midst of the climate crisis and the pervasive culture of doomism.

While the event is free, registration is required to help prevent Zoom bombing. Once you register Zoom will email you your unique link to join. If you have trouble accessing your unique link, you can always re-register to join directly at or use the meeting ID: 928 0459 1258.

Stop by the Happy Hour After

Drop by for an informal reception with Elin Kelsey afterwards.

5:30 – 7:00 PM on March 5
Stones Throw Brewery at 1009 Larrabee Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225
This is a no-host happy hour 

For the most up to date information on the roundtable topic and speakers, follow the shared calendar in:

  • Outlook
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    3. Name the calendar Salish Sea Science Roundtable, then click OK.
  • Gmail by opening this link and selecting the + Google Calendar button in the bottom right corner

Check out the Previous Roundtables