Please write to Senator Saldana and Representatives Santos and Street to tell us their climate priorities and discuss ours at our next meeting.
Dear Senator Saldana, Rep. Santos and Rep. Street, November 14, 2022
On behalf of the South Seattle Climate Action Network, we would like to invite you to Zoom into our next meeting, Thursday, Dec. 8th to share your environmental and other priorities for the upcoming legislative session, for up to 15 min. speaking briefly, then answering questions.
We are deeply appreciative that you have met with us in the past and look forward to learning your 2023 plans. We also hope this will be an opportunity for us to share our priorities.
As you know, we are facing many simultaneous challenges including affordable housing, healthy air and water, food costs, and food security. As weather patterns become even more unpredictable, these issues will likely be exacerbated. For instance, over a third of the country’s vegetables and three-quarters of the country’s fruits and nuts are grown in California and we are seeing how the droughts and fires in both California and Washington are severely affecting food production.
At SSCAN, we understand that we both have to find ways to mitigate the effects of environmental degradation that have already occurred. We also understand that creating a more resilient Washington state is directly linked to our ability to protect, restore and preserve what is left of our natural environment. Our state’s growth management act, for instance, has a direct impact on our forests and wetlands which in turn have a direct impact on our air and water quality. We believe all people deserve clean air, clean water, food that is safe to eat and wilderness left to explore.
One way that we can ensure a safe environment for all is to pass a Green Amendment to the Washington State Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Representative Debra Lekanoff of the 40th Legislative District will be introducing HJR4205 in January to the State Legislature (pending Gov. Inslee’s support) to secure recognition and protection of inalienable rights to pure water, clean air, a stable climate and healthy environment for all people. A Green Amendment exists in New York, Montana and Pennsylvania. We hope that you will support this amendment. We believe that the amendment is an opportunity to shift how we think about and pursue environmental protection and environmental justice from both a policy and legal perspective.
We hope that we can explore all of these topics in a conversation with you. We invite you to join us on Dec. 8th. Please reply
With grateful appreciation,
Beth Brunton, Anne Miller
Co-chairs, South Seattle Climate Action Network