Have you heard about the campaign for a Green New Deal for Seattle?
The South Seattle Climate Action Network has joined the campaign led by 350 Seattle and Got Green to win a Green New Deal for Seattle. So far, the Seattle City Council has expressed support:
SEATTLE (AP) — All nine Seattle City Council members have vowed to pursue a “Green New Deal” that a community and environmental groups are pushing for.
The Seattle Times reports the council members signed a support letter Monday but haven’t worked out particular policies.
The local Green New Deal campaign is calling on City Hall to eliminate Seattle’s climate pollution by 2030, “address historical and current injustices” and create thousands of green, unionized jobs.
Activists gathered outside Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office last week to launch the campaign and again Monday, describing the pledge championed by Councilmember Mike O’Brien and affirmed by his colleagues as a first step.
To pay for sweeping changes, the campaign says City Hall should consider adopting a climate-emergency tax on large businesses, tolling downtown streets, putting a climate-emergency levy on the ballot and redirecting money now spent on other initiatives.
Next the campaign is collecting signatures on a petition to our mayor.
To access this petition, click this link: https://www.seattlegnd.org/#petition
Some of us have signed this petition in support of Seattle’s Green New Deal – joining hundreds of Seattlites calling for a transformative Green New Deal that eliminates our city’s climate pollution by 2030, addresses historic injustices and creates thousands of good, green union jobs.
Despite its commitments to climate action, Seattle’s climate pollution has been rising in recent years. We can no longer respond to the climate emergency with incremental measures, or empty words. The climate crisis urgently necessitates an all-hands-on-deck mobilization.
The climate crisis represents one of the greatest challenges of our time, but it’s also an opportunity. The things we need to do to reduce our climate pollution – like investing in public transit, affordable and energy efficient housing, walkable neighborhoods and a thriving local green economy – are also the things that make our city a more beautiful, healthy and just place to live.