SSCAN’s legislative working group advocates for public policy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions in Washington State and prepares our communities, especially the most vulnerable, for anticipated climate change effects.  We urge our legislators to be leaders for climate justice.

During the Washington State legislative session we identify and monitor the priority bills that concern climate change. Working with the Environmental Priorities Coalition and other climate action groups, we meet with senators and representatives of south Seattle, and ask them to support our legislative priorities.

As the session progresses, we keep our members informed of when important town halls, hearings and votes are being held so they may ask their legislators to support climate justice action. We draft letters to the editor and Op-Ed pieces for local newspapers and do outreach with south Seattle community organizations on climate change policy.

To learn more about our efforts or to volunteer, please contact admin@southseattleclimate.org.

Here are actions  you can take now:

  1. HEAL: Healthy Environment for All: Call or write: Rep. Eric Pettigrew, 360-786-7838, eric.pettigrew@leg.wa.gov & Rep. Santos (see below) South Seattle Climate Action Network joins Front and Centered and other HEAL Act supporters to endorse the Healthy Environment for All legislation (SB 5489) and ask our South Seattle State Representatives to sponsor a companion bill to SB 5489, in the State House of Representatives. HEAL Act endorsers representing doctors, faith leaders, environmental justice advocates, labor unions, farmworkers, scientists, family, immigrant and civil rights leaders and anti-poverty groups believe that everyone deserves clean air and healthy water. Where you live, your income, race or language ability should not determine how healthy and safe you are. But we know that in our communities, health and well-being varies significantly according to who you are and where you live. People across Washington suffering worst from pollution — often low-income people, communities of color and linguistically isolated people — pay with their well-being and shortened lives. State data in the Washington Environmental Health Disparity Map shows areas in South Seattle where our frontline communities rank a “9” or “10” in environmental health disparity — 10 representing areas experiencing the worst environmental health impacts in our state on a scale of one to 10. Frontline communities in these areas are bearing an unfair share of the health impact. And nearly every legislative district has neighborhoods highly impacted by environmental health hazards2. Get the lead out of our schools! Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, 360-786-7944 or sharontomiko.santos@leg.wa.go

Here is the quick background:
A story in a recent Seattle Times found that lead contamination of school’s drinking water is widespread in the Seattle school district. Based on district data, the story revealed that “water sources at more than half the city’s South End schools, which
serve many students of color and children living in poverty, exceeded the Seattle Public Schools’ limit for lead,” and that even in North Seattle’s more affluent neighborhoods “elevated lead levels appeared in tests at 36 percent of schools
Here is a call or email script:
Hi, my name is _____, and I am live at _______ in your district.
I urge you to hold a hearing on HB 1860, to protect kids from lead in school drinking water.
Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin and especially damaging to our kids. A recent Seattle Times story found unsafe levels of lead in South Seattle schools.
Please support HB 1860 and to take the first step in addressing this critical public health by holding a hearing in your committee on HB 1860.
Can we count on you to hold a hearing on HB 1860? Thanks,

3. Green New Deal: Senators, Please Endorse SB5489 Now!
Sample Script: Sign on with Sen. Markey and many others sign to SB 5489 Resolution for a Green New Deal. Help transition the United States to 100 percent clean energy by 2030, invest in communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution, and guarantee a good job to anyone ready to make this happen.”
Call Senator Patty Murray, 206-553-5545 and/or 866-481-9186, for email, contact at website: www.murray. senate.gov
Call Senator Maria Cantwell 206-220-6400 and/or 202-224-8273, for email: www.cantwell.senate.gov

4. Reach out and call an environmental member to speak up!

As you may know, this is very important legislative cycle; we have the opportunity to pass several important environmental bills. Environmental Priorities Coalition members are working hard to pass four major priorities: Orca Emergency Response Package, Oil spill prevention bill, 100% clean legislation, and plastic reductions bill.
In order to support these legislations they are hosting weekly phone banks in WEC (Washington Environmental Council)office to call members in priority districts to ask them to contact their representative in support of the bill.

Again, you will be calling people who are committed to climate advocacy, and giving them a chance for meaningful action, not cold calling all voters, etc.

The phone banks are on Wednesdays from 5:30PM until 8PM at the WEC downtown office , 1402 3rd Ave #1400, Seattle, WA 98101, . From 5:30 until 6 we provide dinner, training, and answer any questions you have. After that, start calling in support of whichever bill that most needs help that night.

If you are able to join us next Wednesday, please call or email Nathan know and provide any dietary restrictions you have, so he can order enough food.

Now it is time to pass the best legislation possible for our state. Please go and help make that possible.

Nathan McCurtain • Field Organizer
206.631.2607 • cell 253.691.4240 • nathan@wecprotects.org
Pronouns: he/him