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Inside Olympia: Sustainable Farms & Fields bill needs your help to pass the House

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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…)

Celebrate St. Pat’s Day with a jazz concert and support for climate action

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Preview - The Alaska Suite: http://alaskasuite.neldaswiggett.com/

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.”
—Louise Stonington

“… wonderfully inspiring…. The content was informative without being preachy; the music was magical….” — Gail M.

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Sustainable farms passes committee but needs your help! + meet Katsi

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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…)

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"Climate conditions over the past 20yrs have accelerated changes that would have otherwise taken decades or even centuries to play out...leading to the abrupt decline of trees and making these lands increasingly unsuitable for tree regeneration." #Forests

Climate change will make a walk in the woods a much rarer pleasure

Enjoy strolling in the woods in the United States? That could become increasingly more difficult due to climate change.

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Powerful photos from the youth #ClimateStrike

This collection of photos features youth from across the globe, representing 123 countries. “This movement had to happen, we didn’t have a choice.”

#YouthClimate #MakeChangeHappen

Photos: kids in 123 countries went on strike to protect the climate

"This movement had to happen, we didn’t have a choice."

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Shoutout to yesterday's amazing musical event, thanks to all who came and a special thanks to the Alaska Suite musicians.
#AlaskaSuite #ClimateChange #JazzMusic

It's not too late to get your ticket for our event this Sunday. Celebrate St. Patrick's day with a jazz concert, climate action enthusiasts and fun!

Tickets will also be sold at the door.

#ClimateAction #JazzConcert #StPatricksDay

Celebrate St. Pat‘s Day with a jazz concert and support for climate action | Carbon Washington

Carbon Washington cordially invites you to an evening of climate action like you‘ve never experienced. This St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, ...

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Some of the best books of 2018 on the topic of #ClimateChange

Do you have any favorite Climate Change books to recommend? Leave the name and author in the comments section below ⬇️

#ClimateBooks #BookRecommendation

The Best Books About Climate Change of 2018

This year brought bleak news on climate change, but as if heeding a call to action, writers of all kinds published several books on the subject.

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"American ingenuity has solved many of the great challenges of our time and is key to addressing climate change...On the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, we agree it is time to act."

-Sen. Murkowski, R-AK & Sen. Manchin, D-WV

#ClimateAction #ClimatePolicy #ClimateChange

Tonight the #WALeg House voted to adopt a #cleanfuels standard #HB1110

Also, #HB1512 the Public Utility Electric Infrastructure bill passed off the House floor

Today is a good day for Washington State!

Great news for our economy, good jobs, public health, and the climate!

Tonight the #WALeg House voted to adopt a #cleanfuels standard--to give Washington residents access to cleaner transportation fuel. Great news for our economy, good jobs, public health, and the climate! #HB1110

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What People Are Saying About Reducing Carbon Pollution

“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

A carbon tax is a good starting point for working toward eventual state and federal agreements that put a price on carbon emissions. If national elder statesmen in the Republican Party can take this idea seriously, so should other Republicans in our statehouse and in Congress. The same goes for Democrats.

The Olympian

"Climate change is the biggest market failure of our time. If the United States is to continue to lead and innovate, we must move away from fossil fuels and focus on developing clean, inexpensive, renewable energy sources. A price on carbon is the best policy to promote this change."

Jim McDermott, Former U.S. Representative (D-WA 7th District)

Scientists and economists agree that the most effective way to free ourselves from fossil fuels is to stop the free lunch for polluters.

Sightline Institute

"Only when 'the economic and social costs of using up shared environmental resources are recognized with transparency and fully borne by those who incur them, not by other peoples or future generations,’ [Pope Benedict XVI] can those actions be considered ethical."

Pope Francis, Encyclical Letter “Laudato si”

The optimal solution is a carbon tax (offset by equivalent tax cuts elsewhere) — the most efficient and market-friendly way to address the negative externalities of energy use. But that approach is highly transparent and less susceptible to manipulation by special-interest lobbying than complicated regulatory schemes. No wonder it never gets any traction.

Richmond Times-Dispatch

“I think that climate change is real. I think that one of the great tragedies of our lives is the Great Barrier Reef dying [and] the environmental consequences of that."

John McCain, The late United States Senator (R-Arizona)

It is time for more of our elected leaders to join [Governor] Inslee, [and Senators] Carlyle and Palumbo in giving this major issue the attention and care it deserves.

Seattle Times Editorial, Feb. 5, 2018

"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

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. 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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