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$2K left on to match + new endorsements from farmers!

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Over $5,000 raised toward our $7,500 match!

Give now to double your gift!

Thanks to over 25 donors who have helped us raise over $5,300 towards our $7,500 match to support our Sustainable Farms Campaign! You can help by donating now to help us hit our match. Funds raised go towards supporting our Sustainable Farms staff (meet Noa!), growing our coalition, lobbying in Olympia for the passage of SB 5947, and building broader awareness through events, like an upcoming presentation in Spokane at Forza Coffee at 5 pm on 10/24 and media (like The Washington Wire). Your gift goes directly to a lean, mean campaign for bipartisan legislation that will. cut. carbon. emissions.

More farms join our coalition!

Since our last newsletter, we have launched a sign-on letter for farms, environmental organizations, and other partners to sign in order to demonstrate the growing support for SB 5947 and climate-friendly farming practices broadly. Almost immediately, 7 farm or farming organizations joined us. We expect many more to join us in the coming months ahead of the next legislative session. You can help by sharing the attached letter with farms, farming and food organizations, environmental groups, and businesses so they can sign on. To officially sign on, please send an email to Noa@carbonwa.org demonstrating an appropriate officer of the organization approves of signing the letter and include a logo. (more…)

CarbonWA hiring next executive director

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Kyle Murphy has been CarbonWA’s executive director since 2016 (and campaign co-chair before that). Kyle is now in his second year of law school and needs to focus on the demanding curriculum. Thank you, Kyle, for all you’ve done to help CarbonWA become a force for cleaning up Washington’s carbon emissions.

CarbonWA is now looking for a talented administrator, team leader, communicator, fundraiser, political strategist and more to take on the executive director role. This is your opportunity to help take CarbonWA to the next level of fundraising capability, volunteer mobilization, and legislative success.

Sound like you? We’d love to hear from you. Please read the job description, then send your cover letter and resume to jobs@carbonwa.org.

We’ll start reviewing applications on October 14.

Thanks for your interest!

Match increased + making progress on sustainable farming!

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Will You Invest in Climate-Friendly Farming Today?

CarbonWA’s campaign for climate-friendly farms and ranches needs your help!

Last legislative session SB 5947, a bill to support climate-friendly farming, moved through the Senate with bipartisan support led by Senators McCoy (D) and Schoesler (R). Senate Bill 5947 is the first step towards Carbon Washington’s goal of supporting our farming economy while maximizing the potential to use farm and prairie lands to fight climate change. You can learn more about the bill here and here. A CarbonWA supporter just offered to increase our matching amount from $5,000 to $7,500 to support this campaign. Please give today to help us take full advantage of the match!

A donor stepped up to increase the match from $5,000 to $7,500!

Can you give now?

(21 Acres Farm hosted CarbonWA at their fall harvest celebration)

We are already making progress! (more…)

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We have launched a sign-on letter for farms, environmental orgs, & other partners to sign in order to demonstrate the growing support for SB 5947 and climate-friendly farming practices broadly

Help us grow support by retweeting!

#farmingcoalition #climatefarmer #waleg

We're SO close!
We've currently raised $7,250 towards our $7,500 match. Please help us raise the last $250 to unlock the full $7,500 matching donation

You're supporting:
✔️our Sustainable Farms staff & coalition
✔️lobbying for the passage of SB 5947

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"I’ve spent my entire life in California, and fires have always felt like a pretty regular event. These past few years are something entirely new."

The #ClimateCrisis is a terrifying reality as described in this The New York Times op-ed.

#wildfires

Smoke from the eastern edge of the Kincade fire on Oct. 30.

Opinion | We‘re Living Act 1 of the Disaster Films We Grew Up With

There is a tension in the air as we practically lunge for the last bag of ice or can of food.

www.nytimes.com

Time is running out!

Farmers can give input on the #SustainableFarms and Fields bill via a WA State Conservation Commission survey.

If you are a #farmer or work for an organization that supports farmers you can participate by following the link below.

Sustainable Farm and Fields Survey

Take this survey powered by surveymonkey.com. Create your own surveys for free.

www.surveymonkey.com

WE NEED YOU ✅

@CarbonWA is looking for volunteers to join an "endorsement committee" to run the 2020 endorsements. Members of this committee will design questionnaires, & interview candidates to provide endorsement recommendations to the board.

#volunteer #climatevoter

Today is the big day! Make sure to drop your ballots in ballot boxes by 8pm tonight. ‘Like’ if you’ve already mailed in your ballot 🇺🇸

#climatevoter #GOTV #ivoted

Some of the main findings from the IPCC Climate Change & Land report that came out in August.

#climatechangenow #environment #climatepolicy

https://www.ipcc.ch/report/srccl/

"The IMF reiterates what economists have long understood: Enacting a carbon tax is “the single most powerful and efficient tool”

#carbontax #climatesolutions #climatechange

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/theres-an-effective-and-progressive-solution-for-climate-change-why-wont-democrats-embrace-it/2019/10/20/d11ca77e-ec55-11e9-9c6d-436a0df4f31d_story.html

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What People Are Saying About Reducing Carbon Pollution

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

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. 

Contact Us

Have a question? Give us a shout!

Please email info@carbonwa.org or call Carbon Washington
Executive Director Kyle Murphy at 206-480-1176.

Media inquiries only
Please email communications@carbonwa.org or call Samara Villasenor at 206-478-5643.

Mailing address
PO Box 85565
Seattle, WA 98145-1565

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