Climate Countdown in Olympia Jan. 8

Let’s send a strong message to our state legislators that it’s time for real climate action, now!

Join with statewide 350.org groups mobilizing in Olympia for Climate Countdown: Day 1 on the first day of the 2018 Legislative Session, to let our representatives know we expect them to pass bold and meaningful climate legislation that has a chance of saving our future before it’s too late. (Of course, we can also thank them for past efforts to make Washington and the world a better place!)

OCA is arranging carpools and a van from Port Angeles, Sequim, and Port Townsend. Please go to the carpool link below to sign up. Let’s show that we’re serious!

Car/vanpool signup:  https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/y5drtc.

For more information, see the following:

Web Site: http://350seattle.org/climatecountdown/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1969448093273005/

Click on “See More” at bottom of “Details” section for additional information. Also, check out the “Discussion” tab for comments.

Twitter: #ClimateCountdown

With the Federal government in paralysis and denial, states have an even greater responsibility to act on their own. Leading climate experts, including Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, have indicated that we have only three years to begin to significantly reduce our emissions if we want to forestall devastating changes to the climate system. This Climate Countdown has two primary demands:

  1. A halt to all new fossil fuel infrastructure projects in Washington State;
  2. A bill requiring the State to implement changes that result in it being 100% powered by renewable energy within 10 years (by 2028).

We’re traveling to Olympia to put our representatives on notice:  nothing is more important than this, and we will judge them by it. While many of our politicians talk a good game, they have failed to pass legislation that moves us in the right direction anywhere near quickly enough. Our current emissions reductions targets — aiming for 50% below 1990 levels by 2050 — are woefully short of what is expected as part of the Paris Agreement. Washington state should be leading on climate…but we aren’t, and we’re flat out of time.

We plan to be here throughout the session—bearing witness, holding our legislators’ feet to the fire, and making sure they don’t forget that they’re accountable to the children of Washington State and the world. Nothing they ever do will be as important.