Climate work is very much a future-oriented endeavor. That’s part of what makes it so hard. We fight now so that future generations can live healthy, prosperous lives tomorrow. We use those very words. But we cannot claim that as part of our mission without acknowledging that a healthy, prosperous future for all is threatened not just by the climate crisis, but by the systemic injustice and racism that block access and opportunity for Black people and people of color. This inequality of access, opportunity, and even safety has frequently been perpetuated by environmental policies that have ensured certain communities are unhealthy, under-resourced, and underserved. This must change.
We are an organization with a laser-focused mission of reducing carbon emissions. But our climate work is for the sake of people – all people – and we cannot deliver on our commitments while so many around us are unable to access opportunity, have their voices heard, or even feel safe in their communities.
So, while we look to the future in our work to fight climate change, we must do it with an eye on the present by denouncing the racial injustice that continues to be inflicted on Black communities across the country and committing to advancing policies and programs that help put a stop to this dangerous cycle. Anything that weakens or divides Washington communities must be addressed as a part of our mission.
Carbon Washington is committed to better understanding these issues in our work and our communities, actively identifying where our work aids in perpetuating injustice – and immediately correcting course, and advancing policies that lead to a healthy and prosperous future for all.
You’d certainly be forgiven for forgetting that today is Earth Day. With an unprecedented public health crisis relentlessly occupying our thoughts, a new daily reality governing our routines and interactions, and a looming economic crisis igniting our fears and anxieties, there is simply too much weighing on our tired minds. So, I’ll keep this message brief.
While you might not have remembered that today is April 22nd (I didn’t), or know that the first-ever Earth Day took place 50 years ago today, I want you to know that Carbon Washington has not forgotten our commitment to you and what we are fighting for. Recovering from this crisis is going to require bold action, innovative solutions, and renewed thinking about our economy and our way of life. It will require reaching across the aisle — even if that aisle is now the Wi-Fi connection between two faces on a monitor — and reaching out to folks in communities across our state who need it most, from Forks to Pullman and everywhere in between. (more…)
This afternoon, Governor Inslee signed SB 5947 into law, officially creating the Sustainable Farms and Fields Program.
The product of months of bipartisan collaboration, this voluntary grant program will provide much-needed economic support to WA farmers and ensure that our state remains a leader in climate action as well as agricultural production and innovation.
Thank you to the many partners and stakeholders that have worked so hard to make this day possible. The collaborative effort that led to the passage of Sustainable Farms and Fields is a powerful example of the type of statewide engagement that is possible and needed to unite WA communities and move forward together toward net zero emissions.
Thank you to the 115 farms and organizations from across the state that signed onto the letter of support for the program. Click on the following links to find out more about a few of these farms: Spoon Full Farm, Living Heritage Farms, and Klickitat Canyon Winery. (more…)
It has been less than two weeks since the 2020 legislative session came to a close, and yet it suddenly seems like a distant past. In that short time, the rhythms and realities of daily life have been altered in ways most of us have never experienced, and we are all left wondering what tomorrow will bring and worrying about loved ones with whom we cannot be right now. In this time of unease and uncertainty, we hope that those of you who can are staying home and staying safe. To those of you on the front lines of this crisis, working hard to keep the rest of us safe, healthy, and fed, we extend our sincerest gratitude to you and best wishes for your health and safety.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has changed not only our present circumstances, but also the way we think about the future and our role in addressing the new challenges it presents. It is going to take bold, decisive action to ensure that all Washington communities recover from this crisis and emerge from it more resilient to future shocks and disruptions to our economy and way of life. Carbon WA is committed to being a part of that process, and as we prepare for that work, we are staying connected to our communities and partners and supporting their immediate needs. (more…)