Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all. – Ban Ki-moon
For those of use who have been following the Governor’s Carbon Tax bill as it moved through our state legislature, it didn’t feel like much of a surprise to learn that the bill died in the Senate. I know that many of us had high hopes at the beginning of the session that, with the Democrats in control of the House and Senate, we would be able to move a carbon tax forward. We have Democratic majorities but they are slim. We don’t have progressive or climate majorities and we need them, so we need to go out and build them. But we also can’t wait for that so must act now via initiative.
So, thank goodness that we have environmental groups, labor groups, health professionals, POC led organizations, business and faith groups and other concerned citizens taking the lead where our legislators won’t. The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy just filed an initiative that will put a fee on pollution and invest in clean energy!!!
I hope that you, like me, will be out there gathering signatures for this initiative – because when it comes to protecting our water, land and air, we all need to get involved. It’s up to all of us to work for the common good, to try and love each other better, and to help save our planet!
Let’s do this!
BUILD COMMUNITY AND TAKE ACTION!
Do now! Stop PSE’s LNG ( Liquid Natural Gas) Facility
- Call PSE (Puget Sound Energy) 888-225-5773 to urge they stop investing in fossil fuels or send email to Kimberly.Harris@pse.com
- Call our AG (Attorney General) (253) 593-5243 asking them to investigate conflicts of interest violations and of Puyallup Tribe Treaty rights.
- Call Governor Inslee (360) 902-4111 asking him to honor the treaties and use his power to stop construction until permit issues are resolved.
Phone Bank for Clean Energy: HB 2995
Date Monday, Tues. and/or Wed., March 5, 6, & 7
Time: 5:30-8pm (whenever folks can swing by)
Place: Audubon Office at Seward Park
There will be tablets, scripts, food, drinks and company!
RSVP to Ben: firstname.lastname@example.org | 425.830.5753
Mount Baker Meaningful Movie: The Trans List
Date Thursday, March 29th
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Mt Baker Community Club 2811 Mt. Rainier Dr. S
Join us to watch and discuss TheTrans List – true stories of people living and standing up for gender non-conformity.
As always, free admission, free snacks and information tables for climate action, too
PROTECT WASHINGTON ACT, Initiative Filed March 2, 2018
“Today, diverse constituencies across the state representing working families, communities of color, environmental and clean energy advocates, health professionals, businesses, and faith organizations have jointly filed an initiative to protect Washington’s land, air, and water and move us towards a strong, healthy clean energy economy. This initiative is Washington’s chance for all of us to have a share in a cleaner healthier future and build a better economy that works for everyone. It would invest in clean energy infrastructure like wind and solar, healthy forests, and clean water, creating thousands of good paying jobs across the state while cutting pollution. Today’s action is a first step towards putting an initiative on the ballot in November.”
“Washington communities thrive when they have clean air to breathe, safe water to drink, and an economy rooted in sustainable local jobs. This is a state where diverse communities and businesses, large and small, take responsibility to care for our health and environment. From the air we breathe to worsening fires and floods, we know pollution and climate change affect us every day. Dirty energy has hurt our health and our climate for years and it’s time to start cleaning up the mess”.
“Washington voters, communities, and businesses are demanding strong and effective action on climate pollution and today’s filing starts the process for the people of Washington to act.” Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy Website, www.jobscleanenergy.com