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Take action on legislation in Washington state

There’s still time to support environmentally friendly legislation in Washington state. Here are some actions to take:

Trash image and a note to support the WRAP act.

By Wed. Feb. 15, 3pm- Support the #WRAP Act! It will improve WA’s recycling systems and hold producers responsible for the waste they create. Click here to sign in as “pro.”

State pension funds and climate change: HB 1283 ― a bill that would ensure the $192 billion state pension fund is addressing the climate crisis is being held up by Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Ormsby. Sign here to tell Rep. Ormsby to bring HB 1283 for a vote.

Weekly actions on state climate bills – Join the 350 WA Civic Action Team, a coalition of 11 groups urging legislators to act for the climate and justice. Sign up here.

Blue Glacier photo by John Gussman for the Olympic Peninsual Audubon Society
Blue Glacier – Photo by John Gussman

Feb. 15, 7pm: Snowpack, glaciers and the future of Olympic rivers— Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society presentation. Learn more here.

Feb. 16, 4:30pm: The fight to save legacy forests in Washington state featuring the Center for Responsible Forestry. More info here.

By Feb. 17: Tell WA to Stop expanding fracked gas pipeline


Take action by Feb. 17 to oppose TC Energy’s proposed expansion of the GTN fracked gas pipeline. Do so by sending a public comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or join the People’s Hearing event on Feb. 13. 

Feb. 16: 350 PNW Regional Gathering with special guest Alec Connon, co-director, Stop the Money Pipeline. Thurs. Feb. 16, 6:30-7:30pm. Online, register here.

Port Townsend’s new sea level rise assessment

A North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council grant helped Port Townsend develop this sea level rise and coastal flooding risk assessment, an important first step in climate preparedness.

Volunteer for the environment: Plant trees Feb. 18 and 19 with the North Olympic Salmon Coalition here. Help with Clallam Conservation District’s Native Plant Sale and many local planting events here.


Feb. 14, 10am: Lummi House of Tears totem journey

Presentation about the Lummi House of Tears 11,000-mile totem journey. Also, a totem pole journey stop in Port Townsend is tentatively set for Sat. Mar. 4 to highlight threats to sacred lands of the Apache. Zoom Meeting ID: 847 7749 7181. Passcode: NCAG

Responding to the climate emergency with indigenous knowledge

At recent White House meetings, James Rattling Leaf, Sr., a member of the South Dakota Rosebud Sioux Tribe discussed how traditional ecological knowledge can be used with science to address the impacts of our changing climate. Read more here.

Why Zimbabwe farmers are shifting to bees

Young Zimbabwe bee farmer

Without the need for dedicated land or water, honeybees offer a more stable climate future. Read more from Yes magazine here.

National / International News and Actions

Take action: Alaska wants to drill more oil

The proposed Willow oil project is an example of the reason we’re still losing the fight to slow the earth’s heating. Read more from Bill McKibben here. Take action before March 6 here.

From climate emergency to climate survival

What does collective survival look like in this moment? Explore this question on Tues. Feb. 28, 4-6pm. Sign up here.

Tell U.S. to stop opposing climate change lawsuit

Sign the petition here to end the Department of Justice opposition to the children’s climate case, Juliana v. United States. Learn more about youth actions here.

Climate funding could increase water pollution

Will the Inflation Reduction Act worsen farm-related pollution washing into waterways and groundwater? Read more here.

Support Atlanta forest defenders

The struggle to protect the Atlanta forests and resist police violence is relevant to forest defenders everywhere. Learn more here and in this Guardian article here.

EPA standards action

Tell the EPA to set strong pollution standards for heavy-duty trucks and ensure freight sectors incorporate zero-emission solutions. Sign here.


A look inside Seattle’s Green New Deal

Grist chronicles the efforts of the community oversight board guiding Seattle’s Green New Deal. This article reflects on the role residents play in igniting climate action. Read more here.

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Funds to restore Sequim Bay oyster beds

Federal funding will help rejuvenate Olympia oyster populations depleted by the September 2022 “heat dome” in Sequim and Discovery Bays. Read more here.

The great American manure rush

As farmers sell off “manure rights” some wonder if “brown gold” is a viable climate solution. Read more from the Guardian here.

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