Now is the time to learn how to write a letter to the editor (LTE)! You can begin with this guide to writing letters, or contact Megan@carbonwa.org for help. Once a month, Citizen’s Climate Lobby hosts letter writing workshops in Seattle, which can be tailored into LTEs.
To start, list 3 – 5 things that will be impacted in your community. Even though there are global impacts, it is easier to convince others to act when they can understand how things will affect them. Also, it is easier to convince policymakers to act when you present clear solutions. Listen to the recent NPR interview on how to have productive conversations about climate change. “Viable solutions are what people can often agree on first,” according to Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist and communications expert.
For some talking points on the consequences of inaction, visit the King County impacts assessment, the UW Climate Impact Group, or the state Department of Ecology. The impacts include decreasing snowpacks, declining salmon, increased risk of forest fires, flooding, acidification, pest infestations, and heat waves.
For insights on solutions, the Washington State Wire recently interviewed our executive director, Kyle Murphy. He was asked what policy would appeal to all political players. Kyle responded, “I would urge everyone to worry less about the other players, and worry more about the world we are leaving for our kids in 20 years.”
The Stranger also featured an op-ed from representatives of the Quinault Indian Nation, who say “if the Legislature cannot agree on a robust carbon tax that provides billions of dollars in new environmental funding, then the Legislature should leave the creation of a climate change policy to the people of Washington via an initiative.”
The goal is to get published in one paper this week, so try to submit to three newspapers. If you get a letter published, let us know and we’ll give you a shout out!
Most of all, write about what matters to you. We need to convince others to act, so make it clear why you are writing and how they can help.
A clear action item is to call on your legislators to pass a carbon tax this session. You can join CarbonWA and other members of ACT Now (Advocates for a Carbon Tax Now!) for a phone-banking lobby day in June (more details to follow). To invite others, share this RSVP form or ask them to email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Our long-term game plan is to build a grassroots climate organization where citizens are in charge and where moderates and conservatives can come to the table with liberals as partners. We believe if you get citizens and leaders from all political backgrounds working together, we’ll get good outcomes and that a low carbon future can actually be a really prosperous one, too.”
That’s just part of what Carbon Washington Executive Director Kyle Murphy told Washington State Wire’s Keith Schipper. In a wide-ranging interview, Murphy also discusses the lack of progressive support for Initiative 732, the prospects for the carbon-tax bills now before the legislature, and why a carbon tax (that doesn’t hurt low-income families) is such a good idea. (more…)
“Climate change is real and happening before our eyes,” write Philip Jones and Howard Behar in the Seattle Times. “We are already being forced to adapt to the tangible consequences of a warming climate. These actions are caused by more extreme variability in weather resulting in flooding, coastal erosion, dramatically reduced glaciation in the Olympic and Glacier National Parks, as well as observed acidification in our shorelines and the Puget Sound estuary.
“As a moderate Republican and an independent, we don’t always see eye to eye on how to solve some of society’s biggest challenges. But on climate change we agree: Taxing the sources of carbon pollution is a pragmatic, bipartisan, common-sense solution.”
Philip Jones was a Utilities and Transportation commissioner from 2005-2017, and served as past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Howard Behar is former president of Starbucks Coffee Company and author of “It’s Not About The Coffee” and “The Magic Cup.”
Demonstrating Support for Legislative Action – Lobby Day April 20, 2017
ACT NOW will host a carbon tax lobby day in Olympia on April 20th to urge lawmakers to recognize urgency of climate change and the growing bipartisan desire for climate action. “There are three carbon pricing bills in front of the legislature that have the potential to resolve key funding challenges — while putting the state on a path toward cleaner energy and a better future for our children and grandchildren,” says Carbon Washington’s Kyle Murphy. “To let another legislative session go by without addressing the threat of climate change would be a lost opportunity.”
Please join us in Olympia to lend your voice to this important effort. Click here to learn more and register for the event.
Kyle Murphy, Carbon Washington’s executive director, and Dave Kozin, CFO of A&R Solar, have teamed up on an op-ed piece for Seattle Business.
In their essay, Kyle and Dave say “There’s a growing bipartisan consensus that a carbon tax just makes sense. A group of national Republican leaders with the Climate Leadership Council, including James Baker and Hank Paulson, recently released a climate plan advocating for a carbon tax. Initiative 732, a carbon tax plan that went to Washington voters on last years ballot, was endorsed many leaders from both political parties. Recently, the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, a broad coalition of Washington State social justice, environmental, and labor organizations, put forward a climate plan that includes a carbon tax. The legislature should borrow the best ideas from all of these policies.”
Please join us on Thursday, April 20, for a carbon tax lobby day in Olympia (in honor of the upcoming Earth Day). This is organized in conjunction with ACT NOW (Advocates for a Carbon Tax NOW). ACT NOW is a growing coalition of volunteers and organizations that want to see a carbon tax pass this legislative session. If you are a part of an organization that would like to join the ACT NOW coalition, email Kyle@carbonwa.org and let’s chat! More than 12 organizations have signed on already (read the statement and signers here).
The latest research from Yale’s Climate Change Communication Center tells us that most Americans believe that climate change is happening, but fewer think that it will harm them personally. Remember the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”? We think some well-chosen images will help hammer the message home, so we’re holding a photo contest. (more…)
Haven’t voted yet? All ballots must be postmarked today or put in a drop box by 8 p.m. this evening. (Find your nearest drop box.)
Haven’t made up your mind about Initiative 732? Here are a few articles to read:
Whatever your political persuasion, today’s your day to celebrate democracy and exercise your franchise. Your vote is valuable. Please use it!
P.S. If you want to join us to watch the election returns you’ll find us — starting at 6:30 p.m. — at Peddler Brewing Company (1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle). If you’re on Facebook, you can find the event here and invite other supporters.