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Stakeholders Unite To Support Sustainable Farms and Fields

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On Feb. 7, an exciting coalition of climate organizations, small farmers, and large farm organizations came together to testify in support of a revised version of the Sustainable Farms and Fields bill (SB 5947) in front of the House Rural Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources committee. (Photo: A diverse panel advocating for SB 5947: the Farm Bureau, the Dairy Commission, CarbonWA, and the Nature Conservancy)

A partial list of the SB 5947 supporters: 

The Nature Conservancy Tilth Alliance Washington State Dairy Federation
Carbon Washington Washington Young Farmer Coalition Washington State Farm Bureau
Washington Farmer Veterans Coalition Washington Association of Wheat Growers Washington Cattleman’s Association
Taylor Shellfish Wilcox Farms And 115 farms and organizations who joined the letter of support

In 2019, SB 5947 did not advance out of the House Rural Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources committee in part due to concerns from several agricultural stakeholders. Throughout the summer and fall of 2019 Carbon Washington worked with partners to reach out to the farming community to improve the bill and build support for its passage in 2020.

Today, those outreach efforts paid off. At the Feb. 7 public hearing, 81 stakeholders supported the bill, while 0 opposed the bill.

CarbonWA board policy chair Greg Rock talks about prospects for the bill in the latest edition of CarbonCast(more…)

Carbon Washington Welcomes New Executive Director

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Jessie Martin

Since 2015, when Carbon Washington became the first organization in the U.S. to put a carbon tax on a statewide ballot (I-732), it has been an active participant in state government, working closely with concerned citizens and elected officials to pass meaningful and pragmatic climate policies that work for as many people as possible.

Under the leadership of Kyle Murphy, Carbon Washington has been at the forefront of climate action in the state. With a dedicated team of volunteers and a highly engaged base across the state, Carbon Washington has organized legislative action and ballot measures that led the nation, developed insightful policy analysis, and supported climate candidates who won close races. All of this has been done with a commitment to making a meaningful difference while generating broad support across Washington.

After nearly five years of leadership with Carbon Washington, Kyle is stepping back to focus on his studies as a second-year student at the University of Washington School of Law. Continuing the organization’s mission of increasing demand for climate action and fighting for smart carbon policies, Carbon Washington is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessie Martin as the new executive director.

Jessie brings more than a decade of diverse, cross-functional, leadership experience in the corporate, public, and non-profit sectors. Most recently, she served as executive director of Earth Economics, where she developed strategies to harness the power of markets to redirect capital toward nature-based solutions to urban and rural challenges. (more…)

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…)

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Carbon Washington has endorsed: HB2427/SB6453 – Tackling climate change as a goal of the growth management act.

Read more about the bills that we've endorsed here: https://carbonwa.org/2020-bills-endorsed-by-carbon-washington/

#waleg #climatepolicy #endorsement

Carbon Washington has endorsed: HB2405/SB6222 – authorizes counties to establish commercial property assessed clean energy financing.

Read more about the bills that we've endorsed here: https://carbonwa.org/2020-bills-endorsed-by-carbon-washington/

#waleg #climatepolicy #endorsement

"The $60 million fleet electrification program would be used to buy 120 buses, build needed charging infrastructure... The county’s goal is to have more than half of the Metro bus fleet running off electricity by 2030."

#goelectric #kingcounty

King County Metro bus fleet will be electrified by 2035 | Seattle Weekly

Future base in South King County would house hundreds of the zero-emission vehicles.

www.seattleweekly.com

Carbon Washington has endorsed: SB6306 - Washington Healthy Soil Initiative

Read more about the bills that we've endorsed here: https://carbonwa.org/2020-bills-endorsed-by-carbon-washington/

#waleg #climatepolicy #endorsement

Take Action: we need your help to progress #SB5947, Sustainable Farms & Fields

Please call your reps that you want to see them vote for the SB 5947 and ensure that it is funded in the budget.

Thank you! #waleg #climatepolicy

Find your district here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

Carbon Washington has endorsed: HB5412/SB1110 - Clean Fuel Standard

Read more about the bills that we've endorsed here: https://carbonwa.org/2020-bills-endorsed-by-carbon-washington/

#waleg #climatepolicy #endorsement

Carbon Washington has endorsed: HB2311/SB6272 - Increasing state's emission reduction

Read more about the bills that we've endorsed here: https://carbonwa.org/2020-bills-endorsed-by-carbon-washington/

#waleg #climatepolicy #endorsement

Fourth-generation farmer Jason Bishop created this video describing the importance of the Sustainable Farms and Fields grant program to support healthy soils in eastern Washington.

#SB5947 #sustainableagriculture #waleg

Have you checked out our endorsed bills matrix yet? You can find a comprehensive list, along with the history, analysis, testimony, and more.

Stay tuned for a breakdown of some of our highlighted bills.

#waleg #climatepolicy #carbonwashington

https://carbonwa.org/2020-bills-endorsed-by-carbon-washington/

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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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Have a question? Give us a shout!

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

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

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Seattle, WA 98145-1565

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