Hello, CarbonWA friends: A biochar memorial spearheaded by CarbonWA just passed + we’ve been busy! Read on.
Bipartisan Engagement Pays Off – Biochar Bill Passes!
A major project of Carbon Washington the last two years, HMJ 4005, the Biochar Memorial, has now passed both chambers of the state legislature! The Biochar Memorial was introduced in 2018, and came roaring back this year, passing both chambers with unanimous support. You can learn more about the biochar memorial here. CarbonWA’s Greg Rock (pictured above) spearheaded the biochar bill, and said, “It was tremendous to see so much bipartisan support for a climate solution. This memorial led to 5 public hearings and 100 legislator meetings, which also helped lay the groundwork for the Sustainable Farm Bill.” Carbon Washington particularly wants to thank the memorial’s sponsors Senators Van De Wege (D) and Short (R), and Representatives Shea (R) and Fitzgibbon (D).
Youth Inspire State Legislature To Act!
CarbonWA Advocacy Coordinator Katsi Peña joined organizations like Our Climate and Audubon Washington in organizing a youth climate rally on Friday, April 12th. Well over 100 young people attended along with dozens of all-ages supporters. CarbonWA was featured on KAOS radio promoting youth action and important bills during the rally. In a testament to the event’s success, legislators moved a bill for 100% clean electricity to the floor and passed it out of the House of Representatives amidst a backdrop of chants from young people to ‘act on climate now.’ You can learn more about the electricity bill here. It must now go back to the Senate for concurrence before heading to the Governor’s desk for signature. (more…)
We have been helping plan a Lobby and Rally Day of Action in Olympia happening Thursday, April 11th. This event is part of a coalition of young people demanding for climate action. We will spend the day advocating for climate action while getting to know passionate young people over great food, conversation, and speakers.
Although this event is centered around empowering youth, all ages are needed in Olympia to support young people and inspire our lawmakers! So far Carbon WA members from retirees to infants are planning to come!
If you can attend, please RSVP by Tuesday, April 9th.
10 a.m. – 12 noon: BREAKFAST AND WORKSHOPS at United Churches of Olympia, in the Social Hall at 110 11TH AVE SE, 98501
12 – 12:30 p.m.: LUNCH (free lunch provided)
12:45 – 1:30 p.m.: RALLY — A 10-minute walk to the steps of the Legislative Building at 416 SID SNYDER AVE SW, 98504
1:30 – 3 p.m.: FLOOR VOTE — Where we’ll gather in the rotunda
Send 1 quick email to help!
Transportation fuels are responsible for nearly half of our global warming pollution in Washington. Diesel and gasoline are the largest sources of air pollution, which health professionals link directly to asthma, lung cancer, and other respiratory diseases. We also know that lower income communities and communities of color disproportionately suffer from pollution, since they are often closer to major transportation corridors.
We can clean up our act right now. HB 1110, which could create a clean fuel standard, has passed the House and is making its way through the Senate. We support it mainly because it’s an economically efficient, effective, well-written policy. And because it is technology agnostic — we’re not saying you need to go buy this or that. Instead, we want an outcome. We want less pollution from our fuels. A marketplace is created because there’s a trading mechanism built into the policy — so it mimics the efficiency of a carbon tax.
As you know CarbonWA Policy, Advocacy and Communications teams have been busy this legislative session mobilizing support for key legislation that support our vision: Net zero carbon emissions and a prosperous, healthy future. Join us (and our kids!) in Olympia on April 11, when young people from around Washington state will be gathering to demand climate action from our elected officials. We need you to join us there to show our lawmakers that climate change is an urgent issue that must be acted on now. Although this is a youth-led event, it is not just for youth — we want everyone to join us!
The day will start with trainings and workshops, followed by a rally, and ending at the legislative building where we will demand that our legislators vote for climate action. Come and enjoy great food, conversation, and advocacy as we come together to fight for climate action. When you RSVP, please make sure to list that you are part of the Carbon Washington Group and email our Advocacy Coordinator, Katsi@carbonwa.org to confirm.
Can’t make it to the event but still want to take action? Support us by sharing the Facebook event and submitting a letter to your elected official telling them who you are and why you support bold, equitable action on climate.
Thank you for your help so far! The legislative session is coming to a close soon but there’s much we can do this week!! House Committees are voting on 2 separate bills this Tuesday – these are both bills Carbon WA has supported this session, and have already passed the Senate. Tuesday’s votes could bring them to the House floor, and finally the Governor’s desk. Combined, they address both rural and urban issues in our state.
We have made these 2 ACTION ITEMS as easy as possible for you — to reach key committee inboxes in time.
SB 5947 – Sustainable Farms and Fields helps WA farmers. If you support the bill and want to see it get a floor vote in the House, send an email to the Rural Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. The link will auto-populate the following:
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The momentum for the Sustainable Farms and Fields Grants bill (SB 5947) continues to grow!
SB 5947 sailed through the state Senate on March 6th with bipartisan support and CarbonWA’s strong grassroots mobilization.
SB 5947, which provides “…financial assistance to farmers and ranchers that adopt changes in management practices that reduce fossil fuel inputs and increase the quantity of carbon stored on their land,” passed by a two-to-one margin (32-15), indicating the widespread support it generated and the effectiveness of the Carbon Washington supporters who urged their senators to vote yes.
“We were surprised at how fast the vote came up, but the outpouring of grassroots support for the bill was probably one of the reasons it moved so quickly,” said Greg Rock, Carbon Washington’s policy chair. Particularly encouraging was the bipartisan vote, with four Republicans joining every Democrat in voting yes.
With the success in the senate, Carbon Washington will focus its efforts on passing the bill in the House. First up is pushing for a hearing from the Rural Development, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Committee. To secure a hearing and an eventual vote, pressure from constituents will be as vital as it was in the Senate. To learn more about the status of other CarbonWA-backed bills, check out our latest Carboncast podcast. (more…)
Carbon Washington cordially invites you to an evening of climate action like you’ve never experienced. This St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17, at 6 p.m., please join us for CarbonWA in Concert: “The Alaska Suite — a story of beauty, loss and hope,” offering music and inspiration for action against carbon pollution. It takes place at Madrona Commons, 832 – 32nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.
The Alaska Suite is composed by Nelda Swiggett and features a five-piece chamber jazz ensemble, with the mission of using “the power of artistic expression — live music, spoken words, images, and poetry — to connect audiences deeply and emotionally to the scientific realities of climate change, and to inform and inspire them to act now to address it.”
Audience response speaks to Swiggett’s success at achieving her goal:
“… spliced with a dialogue about climate science and solutions. It touches the emotional edges of our understanding and invites action from a deeper place.”
“… wonderfully inspiring…. The content was informative without being preachy; the music was magical….” — Gail M.
Hello, CarbonWA friends: Let a thousand, or at least a few, bipartisan climate bills bloom! Read on for how you can help us address carbon emissions on our farms, plus meet Katsi, our new advocacy coordinator!
CarbonWA Welcomes Katsi Peña to Staff
Please welcome Katsi Peña, who will serve as the new Advocacy Coordinator for Carbon Washington. She is a graduate student at the University of Washington, studying Environmental Policy. She has recently come from Colorado but is originally from Puerto Rico. Katsi is passionate about bridging science, policy, and environmental justice and is excited to work with you to help achieve our mission of increasing demand for climate action and fighting for smart carbon policies! If you’d like to learn more about Katsi or to get involved in our advocacy efforts, contact Katsi at Katsi@carbonwa.org.
Bipartisan Sustainable Farm Bill Needs YOUR HELP!
One of our top priorities this legislative session has been the creation and introduction of a bipartisan bill that would incentivize carbon reduction on farmland. Our policy team has been hard at work with legislative sponsors on research and drafting of SB 5947. You can read about it more in the newsletter we sent out last week and in the op-ed we authored in the Washington Wire.
The Sustainable Farm and Field bill we’ve been pushing in the legislature just passed out of its first committee with a bipartisan, near unanimous vote! (more…)
Hello, CarbonWA friends: The legislative session has begun! See below for the first round of bills we are supporting and ways you can help! Plus, we are hiring an advocacy coordinator.
Here’s our first round of endorsements of climate legislation!
HB1110 – Low carbon fuel standard
What it would do: Require petroleum refiners to reduce the carbon intensity of gasoline (through biofuels, electrification, or other credits) by 10%, and later 20%.
Our take: Stay tuned for a more thorough discussion about this bill.
HB 1113 – Increases State targets for emissions reductions to match Paris Accords
Our take: We endorsed this bill last year as well.
SB5116 – 100% clean energy
What it would do: Require utilities to eliminate coal by 2025, achieve 80% carbon-free energy by 2030, and 100% carbon-free by 2045.
Hello, CarbonWA friends: We hope the holiday season has brought joy to you and your families. For us, it also brought introspection about how we can best advance our shared goals of a low-carbon, healthy, prosperous future.
To that end, read on for our reflections, a policy update, and what YOU CAN DO to advance climate action.
Together Is the Way Forward
We still face the challenge of constructing a climate policy that appeals to people who want action but who have different ideas about how to implement it. Those differences in perspectives have contributed to several setbacks in recent years. The defeat of Initiative 1631 in November followed a loss for Initiative 732 in 2016 and the absence of legislation from lawmakers the last two legislative sessions. Tellingly, some who liked one of the initiatives did not support the other. In fact, I-1631 received more support than I-732 in certain counties, while losing support compared to I-732 in other counties (more on 1631 v 732 here), underscoring the divergence in views. Pragmatism, bipartisanship, and compromise are desperately needed to get further next time.
Let them know you want action on clean energy and climate change.