Clean Energy & Sustainability Accelerator (Green Bank)

Fund the Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator (“Accelerator”) to rapidly scale up investment needed to meet US climate goals and create millions of jobs The Accelerator will serve as the national green bank. A green bank uses public funding to invest in decarbonization, jobs, and economic growth. It also reduces risk to help scale up …

OCA expresses Qualified Support for the Climate Commitment Act

OCA has expressed qualified support for E2SSB 5126, the Climate Commitment Act with a letter to our state legislators Rep. Steve Tharinger and Rep. Mike Chapman, and U.S. Senator Kevin Van de Wege Update late Friday night: Rep. Steve Tharinger and Rep. Mike Chapman voted yea to pass the measure. This historic bill would guarantee …

THE EARTH BILL

Climate Crisis Policy A 2030 MOONSHOT FOR EARTH 100% BY 2030 1. Renewable Electricity 2. Electric Vehicles 3. Regenerative Agriculture With Enforcement Tied To Corporate Tax Deductions.(This makes it fit in the budget!)Definitions matter!  HERE they are with draft language.Your support now can get these in the infrastructure bill!Take action with The Earth Bill Pledge below. JOIN OUR NETWORK …

A Letter to Representative Derek Kilmer about the LSRDs

Click to enlarge -- Back to Return March 10, 2021 To: Hon. Derek KilmerRe: Rep. Simpson’s “Columbia Basin Fund” Plan Dear Rep. Kilmer: Olympic Climate Action is a grassroots organization based on the Olympic Peninsula with more than 1000 followers dedicated to research, education, and action on climate. We engage in consensus decision-making and only …

Allan Brothers Workers Strike to Unionize

The Climate Alliance recognizes that the simultaneous crises we face today are deeply intertwined: a public health emergency, an economic catastrophe, and a climate crisis. And, that these crises have day lighted the inequities in our society, underscored our nation’s dependence on essential, frontline workers, and highlighted the importance of unions in the fight for …

To Sequester or Not to Sequester, That Is the Question!

Petitioners tell DNR:Words are good, but a real climate policy would be better! On Oct 7th, the Washington Environmental Council, Washington Conservation Voters and Washington Forest Law Center sent this further request to the July 7, 2020 response from the WA State Department of Natural Resources. The original twenty-six page petition sent a year ago, …

OCA Signs letter to DNC for a ban on fossil fuel executives, lobbyists in campaign and administration

You can Tell Joe Biden: Keep Fossil Fuel Influence Out Dear Vice President Biden, Congratulations on your nomination as the presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. As you have said, this is a historic time for our nation. Over 175,000 Americans have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to ravage the nation. …

OCA Signs Letter to Gov. Inslee for Whales

41 Organizations Ask Governor Inslee to Oppose Roberts Bank Terminal 2 near Vancouver, BC Read the letter to Governor Inslee | August 20, 2020 RBT2_41_orgs_ask_Gov_Inslee_to_oppose_8-20-2020Download E-MAIL language and links to include in your own letter rbt2-action-email-language-8-20-1Download Ask Governor Inslee to say YES to Southern Resident orcas & NO to a new terminal less than a …

Washington’s Environmental Justice Task Force

Dear Friends:  Thank you for your ongoing interest and engagement in the mission of Washington's Environmental Justice Task Force. Its body of work will provide a policy blueprint for how Washington State can provide the highest standard of environmental health protection to every resident. Since September 2019, the Task Force has been collecting public input …

A Demand sent to Trans Mountain Insurers from OCA

To the CEOs of AIG, Chubb, Energy Insurance Limited, Liberty Mutual, Lloyd’s, Munich Re, Starr, Stewart Specialty Risk Underwriting, W.R. Berkley, Zurich, Amlin, ANV, Arch, Argo, Ironstarr, Lancashire, and QBE: The 2019-2020 certificate of insurance for the Trans Mountain pipeline names your company as a provider of insurance coverage from August 2019 through August 2020.1   …

OCA Signs Letter to Big Oil: Protect the Arctic Refuge

OCA joins other groups to encourage the big oil companies of Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Hilcorp, and BP to not pursue fossil fuel development in one of our most majestic public lands in the nation - the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Read the letter here . . . Drilling in the Arctic Refuge is risky and unnecessary - it violates …

OCA Stands Opposed to the Keystone XL Pipeline

In solidarity with Indigenous communities, farmers and ranchers along the route, OCA is sending our protest banner to the Governors of Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska demanding they stop all pre-construction activity. Background: The movement against the Keystone XL Pipeline has successfully stopped the Trump Administration and TC Energy, aka TransCanada, from building this climate-destroying …

OCA Endorses the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

THE FOSSIL FUELNON-PROLIFERATION TREATY An initiative to phase-out fossil fuels and fast-track solutions Climate change, like nuclear weapons, is a major global threat. Bold and immediate action is needed to address the climate emergency.The main cause of the climate emergency is fossil fuels. Coal, oil and gas are responsible for almost 80% of all carbon …

$170K grant will facilitate climate planning on the NOP

Once again, partnerships pay off: The Puget Sound Partnership, along with its local stakeholders’ group known as the Strait Ecosystem Recovery Network, have awarded $170,000 to the North Olympic Development Council (a local coalition of governments, businesses, NGOs, and citizens) to develop multi-benefit local climate action plans that integrate with local governmental comprehensive and shoreline …

Comment on Lower Snake River Dams

Stakeholder process throughGovernor Inslee's questionnaire Thanks to NOOP (North Olympic Orca Pod) for this info! LSRD Online Engagement Questionnaire Please respond to Governor Inslee’s “LSRD Stakeholder Survey” this week if possible. Lower Snake River Dams Stakeholder Process Background info, including the link to the survey are here Because Inslee’s consultants have made this process complicated, …

Leviathans in the Harbor

More and bigger cruise ships are crowding coastal destinations. When is enough, enough? Who gets to decide? by Brian Payton , August 27, 2019, Hakai Magazine 'Knoll Lowney, the lawyer representing the three plaintiffs who claimed they were victims of Carnival’s environmental violations, said, “Time and time again, Carnival has shown its contempt of environmental laws and the …

U.S. Oil Refinery, Tacoma Water Quality Permit Renewal

Tell Ecology: No oil terminal expansion in Tacoma! Fact Sheet for this Permit Renewal Frequently Asked Questions about Effective public commenting Comment Online Use the online comment form Comment by mail Greg Gould Industrial Section P.O. Box 47600 Tacoma, WA 98504 Attend a related event Aug. 7, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - U.S. Oil Refinery, Tacoma …

Climate Strikes in September 2019

On May 24 the message from young people on #climatestrike in 133 countries got both louder and clearer: “The planet's still burning. We're not going anywhere. Who's actually with us?” Join in this September 20 - 27 Pledge to join the climate strikes this September

Students strike for climate on the Olympic Peninsula

Joining a round-the-world movement started by Greta Thunberg, students on the Olympic Peninsula walked out of classes to call attention to the greatest challenge to their future. http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-angeles-students-take-part-in-climate-protest/ http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-townsend-students-strike-for-change/ https://wqtcq1f34a8kduuv3sc0e76o-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/15987799_web1_190317-pdn-climate-protest-pa-dlogan-tsr-1200x800.jpg Students at Port Angeles High School https://wqtcq1f34a8kduuv3sc0e76o-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/15987724_web1_190317-pdn-climate-protest-pt-tsr-1200x800.jpg Students from Port Townsend High School

Sunrise OP update

From Mike Ferguson, Sunrise Olympic Peninsula Hub coordinator: Whew!  February was a very busy month for Sunrise and the Green New Deal!  Please take a moment to read our updates and commit to the simple actions we are asking of the community.  Here is a summary of what has happened locally and across the country …

Rep. Kilmer: listen to science, our young people, and your heart

It was back-to-back activism yesterday at Rep. Derek Kilmer's office in Port Angeles. First, the North Olympic Orca Pod hosted a die-in and delivered a letter outlining 23 scientific articles supporting the immediate breaching of the lower Snake River dams. OCA members delivered our own letter to Kilmer and described the promise offered by the …

GND local update

From: Mike Ferguson <petitions4bernie@gmail.com> Sent: Friday, February 8, 2019 8:15 PM Below are local actions to take and UPDATED INFO for events on the Olympic Peninsula to ensure the Green New Deal gets the support it needs. The plan to pass the Green New Deal starts now! From today until Sunday, February 10, we need …

Green New Deal petition

Tell Congress: Support Sen Markey & Rep Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution for a Green New Deal This week, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Senator Ed Markey have introduced twin resolutions to bring the Green New Deal to Congress. These resolutions are the first that tackle climate change in line with what science and justice demand, and if …

Green New Deal

Join livestream kickoff watch parties for a Green New Deal, Tuesday, February 5, from 7-8:30 pm at the Clallam County Courthouse (use the after-hours entrance west of the flagpoles) or in Port Townsend at Rosewind Commons. The most recent scientific consensus, including the federal government’s own National Climate Assessment, indicates a very short window for …

Investigate Ryan Zinke

Thanks for taking action on our petition: Tell House Democrats: Investigate Ryan Zinke. Here are some ways you can spread the word: Email your friends or forward the message below. If you are on Facebook, click here to post the petition to your Timeline. If you have a Twitter account, click here to automatically tweet: …

First American PAC promotes I-1631

First ad features Quinault Tribe executive director The first commercial produced by the First American Project PAC, a coalition of Washington's Tribes and allies, stands in support of I-1631. This unedited, long-form commercial features President Fawn Sharp of the Quinault Tribe. Multiple other leaders will be featured in the next two weeks in ads. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMqqAyli6A8&feature=youtu.be

Poll: 1631 has Big Oil on the ropes!

This Elway poll has some good news for making carbon polluters accountable: https://crosscut.com/2018/10/poll-nations-first-carbon-fee-leading-among-voters This poll shows that:   1) I-1631 is leading among voters, and it's clear that Washingtonians don’t trust big oil despite their $21 million in fancy advertising.   2) This election is going to be close, but we CAN win and defeat …

Save our orcas, climate, and dollars: free the Snake!

At our August 5 general meeting, OCA members by consensus adopted a resolution calling for the immediate removal of the four lower Snake River Dams and their replacement by clean power. Removing the lower 4 Snake River Dams will benefit the Pacific Northwest in several ways: Freeing the Snake River ensures restoration of fish populations and …

Save our orcas, climate, and dollars – Free the Snake!

At our August 5 general meeting, OCA members by consensus adopted a resolution calling for the immediate removal of the four lower Snake River Dams and their replacement by clean power. Removing the lower 4 Snake River Dams will benefit the Pacific Northwest in several ways: Freeing the Snake River ensures restoration of fish populations and …

Save our Salish Sea featuring singer/guitarist Dana Lyons, Sept. 15 in PT

On September 15th, from 2-4 pm at Pope Marine Park in Port Townsend, there will be a free concert featuring singer/songwriter and guitarist, Dana Lyons.  He will be sharing his “Songs of the Salish Sea” focusing on the health and restoration of our important waterway. Our local community is joining other communities around the bioregion to build broader …

Rise for Orca and Climate Justice – Saturday, Sept. 8 – Port Angeles

Our action is part of a national day of observance sponsored by 350.org. and a prelude to the Global Climate Summit being held in San Francisco September 12-14. Activities include: * Hollywood Beach Party, meet and greet, potluck/picnic * Kids' activities all day long (see press release below for details) * Storytelling and music * …

Tribes uniting to support I-1631

http://knkx.org/post/pacific-northwest-tribes-pushing-climate-action-launch-new-political-action-committee A new coalition of tribal leaders, The First American Project, has come together to promote policies that protect the environment and human rights, and their first order of business is to pass I-1631, which would put a price on carbon in the effort to slow global warming. Theresa Sheldon, a member of the coalition and …

Port Angeles commits to a climate plan

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-angeles-aims-for-climate-plan-in-2019/ In a 6-0 vote, the Port Angeles City Council at its meeting on 6/19/18 committed to devising a climate action plan in 2019 with help from a citizens' committee. Council member Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin noted that Port Angeles has heard from citizens [including OCA members] for many years on this issue, with little response, and …

Clallam County Commissioners unanimously pass climate resolution

At their June 19th meeting, the Clallam County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted Resolution 2018-62, reinvigorating planning and action on climate, shepherded by Commissioner Mark Ozias. In this resolution, the Commissioners note local impacts of climate change including "increased likelihood of storm surge and coastal flooding...low snowpack resulting in drought and water shortages...major fires...advance of …

Clallam County Commissioners to consider climate resolution

At their regular meeting of June 19, 2018, starting at 10 a.m., the Clallam County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution long in the making, shepherded by Commissioner Mark Ozias, to reinvigorate a Climate Action Plan passed in 2009. The draft of the resolution is here. Passage of this important resolution is not guaranteed; …

OCA endorses I-1631; time to gather signatures!

State initiative would put a fee on carbon and devote the proceeds to clean energy and climate protection At its April 2018 monthly meeting, Olympic Climate Action (OCA) agreed by consensus to endorse I-1631, the Protect Washington Act initiative. OCA joins Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, Washington Audubon, a coalition of Native American tribes and …

Warrior Up! Rally on land & sea vs. Kinder Morgan May 20 in Seattle

The Kinder Morgan pipeline project can and must be stopped! Tar sands are one of the biggest climate threats we face, and Houston-based Kinder Morgan is trying to build a massive new pipeline through British Columbia to export this oil. They've encountered much more resistance than they expected so they've temporarily stopped investment and will …

Support these climate-related bills now!

Consider sending a message SOON to our state legislators about these pending bills. Sen. Kevin Van de Wege: kevin.vandewege@leg.wa.gov Rep. Steve Tharinger: steve.tharinger@leg.wa.gov Rep. Mike Chapman: mike.chapman@leg.wa.gov Dear 24th District state legislators: At today's monthly general meeting, the members of Olympic Climate Action took a consensus position to support these bills, which will help to pave the way …

Stop Kinder Morgan: Kickoff March 10

Indigenous-led resistance to the Kinder Morgan tar-sands pipeline will begin March 10 in Vancouver. From: Victoria Leistman-Sierra Club [mailto:victoria.leistman@sierraclub.org] (NOTE: Victoria helped organize our local Pull Together events last August in Chimacum and Port Angeles, to raise funds for the fight vs Kinder Morgan.) ON MARCH 10th, KWEKWECNEWTXW BEGINS An Indigenous-led Mass Mobilization to Stop Kinder …

Climate/Energy bills in the State Leg

OCA's Executive Committee just sent these messages to our 24th District state legislators; we suggest you contact them as well, on this and other issues still pending in the Legislature: Rep. Mike Chapman: mike.chapman@leg.wa.gov 360-786-7916 Rep. Steve Tharinger: steve.tharinger@leg.wa.gov 360-786-7904 Sen. Kevin Van de Wege: kevin.vandewege@leg.wa.gov 360-786-7646 3SHB 1144: OCA commends the State House for passing this bill which would revise the current state-mandated …

We will endure: the Climate Resistance

Now that the Climate Resistance event has happened, you can watch highlights here: ...or the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1EMCxtpyok&feature=youtu.be With our federal government seemingly bent on cooking the planet for the sake of corporate profits, we have no choice but to take up the mantle ourselves:  as individuals, organizations, businesses, and local and state governments. …

Climate Resistance kickstarts across the Olympic Peninsula Jan. 31

With our federal government seemingly bent on cooking the planet for the sake of corporate profits, we have no choice but to take up the mantle ourselves:  as individuals, organizations, businesses, and local and state governments. It's on us! Join us January 31 as we work with 350.org to kick off a major campaign for 2018...  On …

We blocked the gates!

On the morning of Monday, December 18, Water Protectors and community members gathered outside the Tacoma LNG facility to show opposition to Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) disregard for treaty rights and the health and safety of our communities and planet. A contingent from North Olympic Peninsula representing OCA and the North Olympic Orca Pod were …

CALL TO ACTION: Block the Gates, Tacoma LNG

On the morning of Monday, December 18, water protectors and community members will gather outside the Tacoma LNG facility to show opposition to Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) disregard for treaty rights and the health and safety of our communities and planet:  https://www.facebook.com/events/766578836862331/ Let's send a delegation from the Olympic Peninsula! RSVP HERE so we can organize …

Clallam shoreline plan needs to consider climate change more seriously

At today's hearing on Clallam County's Draft Shoreline Master Program (September 2017, Ed Chadd submitted the following comments on behalf of OCA, urging greater consideration of climate change in shoreline planning in order to protect both the public and County government (news article here): I am here representing Olympic Climate Action, a group of local citizens …

Banks: respect the planet & human rights; until then, we’re divesting

By consensus at our Oct. 1 meeting, OCA signed onto the Equator Banks, Act! petition, asking the major banks of the world to live up to their commitment to support people and the planet--it's time to match their words with actions. The petition is below; you can sign on yourself at equatorbanksact.org. We also signed on …

#DeFundPipelines – join us on Oct 23

We are participating in the Mazaska Talks Global Day of Action on Oct 23 with actions opposing banks funding pipelines with branches in Port Townsend, Port Angeles, and Sequim. Join our planning group! Sign up for the event here    

Pull Together: Keep Tar Sands Oil out of Our Water, Aug. 22-23

Local Groups Fight Pipeline with “Pull Together” Events August 22 in Chimacum ♦ August 23 in Port Angeles  ♦ August 24 in Port Townsend DONATE TO PULL TOGETHER HERE DONATE TO STAND WITH KWANTLEN HERE Olympic Climate Action (OCA) joins with the Sierra Club, the Native Connections group of the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Port Townsend, Pull Together, and Stand with Kwantlen …