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No more excuses for lack of cooperation in Olympia on climate change

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by Adam Maxwell and Douglas Ray, PhD

This article appeared in the Seattle Times on Jan. 13, 2020

During a short legislative session, conventional wisdom dictates that only a few small bills will pass into law, most likely on a partisan basis. Our organizations, however, choose not to accept conventional wisdom. As we have in previous legislative sessions, we will continue to work to pass several important climate bills this session while encouraging legislators — both Democrat and Republican — to support policies that protect people and birds from the worst effects of climate change.

Significant progress is possible. We know this because of our state’s tradition of transcending partisanship in the name of conservation. In 2020, elected officials can pass smart policies that reduce emissions in our state, while supporting rural economies.

So, back to that “conventional wisdom.”

Conventional wisdom No. 1: Don’t expect too much in a short legislative session.

While this might make sense in the normal course of things, we aren’t living in “normal times.” The impacts of the climate crisis are clear, here in our backyard and around the world. Audubon’s research shows that if we don’t cut emissions 45% by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by midcentury, two-thirds of North American birds will be vulnerable to extinction. It’s not just the birds that are impacted. Drought, sea-level rise and climatic shifts threaten our whole economy and way of life.

Against this backdrop, we expect legislators to advance effective climate policy, every single year. (more…)

Kicking off the 2020 Legislative Session

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The 2020 legislative session began on January 13th. It is a short 60-day session so Carbon Washington staff, board members, volunteers, and supporters have been working hard to lay the groundwork to advance important climate legislation.

Sustainable Farms and Fields Progress

Over 75 farms, food systems stakeholders, and environmental organizations from across the state have endorsed the Sustainable Farms and Fields campaign. This strong support underscores that effective climate policy can also benefit farm businesses and rural communities. Read this article to find out why Spoon Full Farm, a farm in Thorp, Washington, has endorsed Sustainable Farms and Fields and how they sequester carbon, improve fertility, and build healthy soil.

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Spoon Full Farm has endorsed Sustainable Farms and Fields

We expect that the Sustainable Farms and Fields bill (SB 5947) will be reintroduced in the Senate early in the legislative session. Now is a great time to call your state Senator to express your support for the bill and ask them to pass effective climate solutions, including SB 5947, that benefit communities across Washington State. (more…)

Giving Tuesday + CSON event on 12/16 + CarbonWA takes on talk radio

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We are thankful for all you gave this Giving Tuesday,

Thanks to the roughly 45 donors who have helped us raise over $18,000 in our matching drive! We exceeded our original $10,000 target almost two-fold! Your financial contributions enable us to keep our Sustainable Farms work going through the legislative session while also giving us bandwidth to work on carbon pricing and other climate action policies. If you missed out on the match please still consider donating to CarbonWA — you can give online or mail a check to PO Box 85565, Seattle, WA 98145.

CarbonWA featured at next Climate Science on Tap 12/16

Please join CarbonWA at the next Climate Science on Tap Happy Hour Monday 12/16 at Optimism Brewing. Cascadia Climate Action will be hosting an informative discussion featuring CarbonWA’s Greg Rock and other experts on the role of farms in solving the climate crisis. Family and dog-friendly!

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Check out this awesome #YouthLed rally on the capitol steps at #waleg.

Young people understand that there are no more excuses for lack of action on #ClimateChange.

#YouthClimateLobbyDay #FindYourFlock

Help us make an impact this session on climate policy in Olympia by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper supporting SB 5947.

Want some great talking points? Check out our guest blog post on @21Acres on #SB5947

#waleg

https://21acres.org/21-acres-blog/2020/01/sustainable-farms-fields-bill-helps-farmers-transition-to-regenerative-practices/

We're so happy that #SB5947 (Sustainable Farms & Fields Bill) passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote

Next:
It's going to have a hearing in front of the Rural Dev, Ag, & Natural Resources Committee in the house.

#waleg #sustainablefarms #SB5947

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5947&Year=2019&Initiative=false

Check out the op-ed by our very own Doug Ray, & @AudubonWA's Adam Maxwell.

"[W]e will continue to work to pass several important climate bills... to support policies that protect people and birds from the worst effects of climate change."

#WaLeg

No more excuses for lack of cooperation in Olympia on climate change

Drought, sea-level rise and climatic shifts threaten our whole economy and way of life.

www.seattletimes.com

Today marks the start of the legislative session

Here are our priorities this session:
1️⃣ SB 5947 Sustainable Farms & Fields Grants bill
2️⃣ HB 1110 Low Carbon Fuel Standard bill

Sign up via our email list (via link below) for updates!
#waleg

https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-7409546187419680768

We completely agree, @govinslee. We’re continuing our effort to move Washington State toward net-zero carbon emissions

#climatepolicy #netzeroemissions #climateaction

Kiva Dobson of Klickitat Canyon & Columbia Gorge Winery continues, "The system cares for itself and sequesters carbon as everything grows and decays in the natural processes of life."

#KlickitatCanyonWinery #SustainableAgriculture #sequestercarbon

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The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.

Alliance of World Scientists, 11,258 scientist signatories from 153 countries

“I’m a Republican. I believe that the greenhouse effect is real, that CO2 emissions generated by man is creating our greenhouse gas effect that traps heat, and the planet is warming. A price on carbon — that’s the way to go in my view.”

Lindsey Graham, United States Senator, R-SC

Either we limit the warming to 1,5 degrees C over pre-industrial levels, or we don’t. Either we reach a tipping point where we start a chain reaction with events way beyond human control, or we don’t. Either we go on as a civilization, or we don’t. There are no gray areas when it comes to survival. (Watch Greta's TED talk from Stockholm.)

Greta Thunberg, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist

We really didn't ask for this. We didn't cause it; we're trying to solve it. One of my motivating factors is, if I ever have children, I want them to see nature and beauty. I don't want them to have to do what we're doing right now [striking to encourage action on climate change].

Elena, 15-year-old student

Global warming is not a future threat — it’s the present reality, a menace not to our grandchildren but to our present civilizations. In a rational world, this is what every presidential debate would focus on.

Bill McKibben, founder, 350.org

"If national governments won't take action, your community can . . . We can move our economy town-by-town, state-by-state to renewable energy and a sustainable future." (Watch this dramatic video narrated by DiCaprio.)

Leonardo DiCaprio, Actor and environmentalist

There is no task that is more urgent, more compelling or more sacred than that of protecting the climate of our planet for our children and grandchildren.

Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary, UNFCCC

We are running out of time, and we must have a planetary solution to a planetary crisis.

Al Gore, Former US Vice President

"The window of opportunity is still open. Despite everything. Let us not let it close. Let us open it with our determination to cultivate integral human development, to ensure a better life for future generations . . . [T]here is reason to hope that humanity at the dawn of the twenty-first century will be remembered for having generously shouldered its grave responsibilities."

Pope Francis, to United Nations

What I want is to have the whole society putting pressure on governments to understand they need to run faster. Because we are losing the race.

António Guterres, UN Secretary General

We want people to know, just because [climate change] is not going to affect you in the future doesn't mean it's not going to affect ours. It's such an easy fix, and people just need to prioritize people and our planet over money.

Jackson, 16-year-old student

The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.

Ernest Hemingway, Author

We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it.

Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington

We’re running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere . . . can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.

Elon Musk, Inventor

“The summary findings are bleak. Countries collectively failed to stop the growth in global GHG emissions, meaning that deeper and faster cuts are now required.”

The annual United Nations Environment Program report, Web Client

Who We Are

Carbon Washington consists of students, businesspeople, scientists, retirees, activists and concerned citizens across the state. All of us believe that we have a moral obligation to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean, renewable energy.

In 2016, we mounted a statewide campaign to pass Initiative 732 — the revenue-neutral carbon tax we proposed. Economists say carbon taxes are the single-most effective way to get polluters to stop polluting.

Although the measure didn’t pass, more than 1.25 million Washingtonians voted in favor of I-732 and it was endorsed by people and organizations across the political spectrum. In 2018, we supported Initiative 1631, another attempt to put a price on carbon that also fell short of the 50-percent mark.

Now we’re broadening our focus with a redefined vision and mission. We’re exploring legislative bills, ballot measures and other bipartisan approaches that make a meaningful difference while appealing to a broad array of citizens.

Our vision: Net zero carbon emissions and a prosperous, healthy future

Our mission: Increase demand for climate action and fight for smart carbon policies

Our goals:

Create the political will to pass smart statewide climate policy

Propose and advocate for effective carbon-reducing measures

(Download our complete vision, mission and goals in PDF form here.)

Are we effective? Former State Sen. Paul Graves says, “Reducing carbon pollution without harming jobs and families is a tough challenge. It requires thoughtfulness, a clear view of the evidence and the tradeoffs, and a willingness to work with people on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the state. I’m grateful to Carbon Washington for embodying those values.”

You can help us by signing up for our weekly email blast, connecting with us on Facebook and Twitter, and donating so we can do the hard work that needs to be done. You can also join one of our chapters across the state. 

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