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SeaTac’s Kent Palosaari, building relationships with the airport and surrounding communities | Westside Seattle Skip to main content August 13, 2018|69 °F Mostly Sunny Search Search Secondary links Subscribe Advertise Contact Us Westside Seattle if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } NewsBallardHighlineWest SeattlePolice BlotterBallardHighlineWest SeattleCalendarBallardHighlineWest SeattleFeaturesBallardHighlineWest SeattleArts & EntertainmentBallardHighlineWest SeattleObitsBallardHighlineWest SeattleSportsBallardHighlineWest SeattleEatBallardHighlineWest SeattleTrafficBallardWest SeattleDwellHealthMoneyOpinion Recent Articles SeaTac’s Kent Palosaari, building relationships with the airport and surrounding communities Cut to the heart Ballard home to office of global nonprofit dedicated to preserving forests Des Moines students join maker camp, push the limits of the typical classroom Ballard artist Dara Solliday captures city’s ever-changing landscape Highline Crimes week of 8-13-18 if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } Trending SeaTac’s Kent Palosaari, building relationships with the airport and surrounding communities Cut to the heart Ballard home to office of global nonprofit dedicated to preserving forests Des Moines students join maker camp, push the limits of the typical classroom Ballard artist Dara Solliday captures city’s ever-changing landscape Highline Crimes week of 8-13-18 SeaTac’s Kent Palosaari, building relationships with the airport and surrounding communities SeaTac’s Kent Palosaari, building relationships with the airport and surrounding communities if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } Kent Palosaari Mon, 08/13/2018 By Lindsay Peyton SeaTac resident Kent Palosaari has worked as a licensed counselor, specializing in helping couples and marriages stay together, for the past 20 years. Recently, he has focused on a whole different kind of consulting practice -- one that seeks to find common ground between the airport and people who live nearby. Palosaari is convinced that his unique skill set could come in handy. “I don’t take sides, when couples come to my practice,” he said. “I coach them to understand, to listen to each other, and make them realize they’re not enemies. And that’s the approach I want to take with this.” For the past two years, Palosaari has advocated for greater awareness of pollution and health concerns associated with Seattle’s growing airport. He even started working on a documentary on the subject. The film is inspired by his 7-year old daughter Mira. Whenever she plays outside, he worries that she will be exposed to dangerous toxins released from planes flying overhead. The documentary is entitled “Mira’s Garden.” Already, Palosaari has spoken to government officials and local residents about the issue. His film team is primarily composed for youth and young adults, ages 7-25 from educational institutions including Highline College, Western Washington University, University of Washington, Seattle Film Institute, Puget Sound Skills Center, the Waskowitz Environmental Leadership and Service program and Big Picture High School.   Filmmaker Khemarintr Suwanchote, with Lightform Film, has also joined the project. Suwanchote lives in SeaTac and noticed how airport growth resulted in trees being cut down in his neighborhood. “If no one says something, they’ll tear them all down,” he said. “I’d like to say something.” He’s been working with Palosaari for almost a year now and his interest has continued to grow while working on the film. “I’m passionate about doing good for our area,” Suwanchote said. “I’m just trying to make sure that we make a difference fast enough.” To draw more attention to the issue, Palosaari is organizing a 12-mile walk-and-talk from SeaTac to downtown Seattle on International Good Neighbor Day, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28.  The goal is to get citizens walking alongside various experts and legislators and for all to discuss possible solutions during the trek. “People can choose to walk a specific mile, a four-mile segment or all 12 miles,” Palosaari said. His own awareness of airport pollution has increased since he has started working on this project. “To a certain degree, I didn’t want to know,” he admitted. “We want to know just as much as we can so we can sleep at night.” But the issue was too big to ignore. “That’s why I’m doing the documentary,” he said. “I wanted to give this the time it deserves.” And he wonders every day if he is safe living so close to the airport. “Rather than move to another place, I want to make this place better,” he said. Highline Times Add new comment Your name Comment About text formats CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. 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