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A Novel Approach to Climate Action at the State Level

By Cindy Jayne

An effort is afoot to bring an ancient Athenian democratic process to Washington State – a Citizen’s Assembly, where a representative group of randomly chosen Washington State residents would come together to make recommendations on how the state could address climate change.

Citizen Assemblies have been happening all across the world to address a variety of issues, and they have been successful in making progress on challenging issues such as climate change. For example, they were used by our British Columbia neighbors to craft a new electoral process.

In Washington State, a “Climate Assembly” would be an independently run, non-partisan direct democracy process that would bring together roughly 100 residents of Washington, selected by lottery, who demographically mirror the state in age, race, education, and other demographic indicators. Over the course of several weekends, the Assembly members would come together online to develop connections, learn from science and policy experts, deliberate on paths forward, and most importantly recommend policies to lawmakers. The recommendations would be provided to our State Legislators to inform climate law and policy. 

Because of the inclusive nature of Citizen’s Assemblies, the participants would reflect all Washington residents as well as elevate the voices of under-heard constituents, bringing together the diversity of viewpoints on climate in the state.

A group of volunteers from Climate Assembly Washington have begun talking with Washington State legislators about this, and support is building. State Representatives Jake Fey (D-27), Joe Fitzgibbon (D-34), Zack Hudgins (D-11), Steve Kirby (D-29), and Cindy Ryu Nam (D-32) have called for a Citizen’s Assembly on Climate to be held online over the summer in Washington State.

This could be the first Climate Assembly to be held in the USA (discussions are also under way in New York State). Similar Assemblies are concluding online now in France and the UK, and reflect a long history of deliberative democracy methods used to raise the level of discourse on divisive and challenging issues. The Legislators are eager for any method that supplements their work and raises the voices of under heard constituents. Representative Steve Kirby says, “The Washington Climate Assembly is a great idea for bringing a diverse group of people safely together, to learn, collaborate, and make a difference for all of us in the midst of a crisis. I look forward to seeing their recommendations.”

Want to learn more? Go to https://www.climateassembly.us to learn more about Citizen’s Assemblies on Climate, and consider sharing your views on this deliberative democracy method with your legislators.

Cindy Jayne leads the Local 20/20 Climate Preparedness Action Group and is a member of the Local 20/20 Steering Council.

Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a Green New Deal

Grassroots Rising by Ronnie Cummins, founder and director of the Organic Consumers Association, will be available January 28. This is one of the most important books Chelsea Green has published, and we are offering activists and organizations the special discounts listed below.

$17.95 paperback – 208 pages – ISBN 9781603589758 – Available January 28, 2020

“This is a book that should be in the hands of every activist working on food and farming, climate change, and the Green New Deal.”
—Vandana Shiva, scientist, environmentalist, social activist; author of Earth Democracy, Soil Not Oil, and Stolen Harvest

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“Time for a Green New Deal”

Come learn the latest about the fight for climate justice
with Bobby Righi

of Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA).

Co-Sponsored by 24th LD Democrats, Indivisible Port Townsend, Local 20/20 Jefferson County, Olympic Climate Action, and Sierra Club North Olympic Group. 

Thursday, October 24, 6 pm, Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler Street,
Port Townsend

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 pm, Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1033 N. Barr Road,
Sequim 

We need a green new deal

 

At our general meeting of 8/4/2019, OCA members in attendance adopted by consensus this statement in support of the concept of a green new deal. We have little time to waste and urge immediate action at all levels, but most particularly at the federal level, which will ultimately be necessary if we’re to avoid unimaginable climate chaos.

OCA statement of support for a green new deal

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 this past month and what is coming up this month.

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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 Green New Deal to remake the Lower Snake River watershed into a showcase for clean energy, green jobs, restorative agriculture, recreation, and carbon sequestration, rather than a cesspool for salmon mortality and methane production.

Orca Kilmer die-in
OCA delivers letter to Kilmer re LSRDs

Then, the new Sunrise Movement Olympic Peninsula hub hosted a meeting at Kilmer’s office to express concern that our Representative has had several months to ponder what Congress should be doing to solve the climate crisis, and has yet to speak or act. Time to step up!

Both groups asked to meet with Kilmer next time he’s home.

Sunrise comes to Port Angeles 2/27

Update from Mike Ferguson of the Sunrise Movement Olympic Peninsula hub:

2019-02-25 GND update

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. Continue reading

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 we secure a critical mass of support, we can cement the Green New Deal at the top of the political agenda as we head into the 2020 elections. But resolutions are introduced in Congress every day, without our representatives ever hearing from constituents about them. That’s why we all need to tell our representatives in the House and the Senate: if you want to be taken seriously on climate change, you need support this resolution.

Click here to sign the petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-congress-support-sen-markey-rep-ocasio-cortezs-resolution-for-a-green-new-deal?source=email&

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 a transformation to a clean-energy economy. In response, activists are calling for a Green New Deal to transform our economy in a rapid and just manner, and Senator Ed Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are poised to release Green New Deal legislation in the coming days.

Early support for an ambitious bill like this is crucial, and climate activists plan to send a strong message to their members of Congress in the coming weeks. 

The Sunrise Movement, credited with putting momentum behind the Green New Deal concept, will lay out their game plan via livestream at this event, which will be viewed by thousands of people at more than 400 watch parties around the country. Participants can register for this event at https://actionnetwork.org/events/green-new-deal-kickoff-watch-party?referrer=olympic-climate-action-2&source=direct_link. For more information, contact OCA at olyclimate@olyclimate.org.

This event will coincide with the rescheduled State of the Union Address; we leave it to history to determine which event is the more momentous for our shared destiny.

Peninsula Daily News story

Green New Deal reality check

From: Post Carbon Institute <newsletter@postcarbon.org>

COULD A GREEN DEAL SAVE CIVILIZATION?by Richard Heinberg
Is there a set of policies that could actually avert climate catastrophe while saving civilization? Yes, at least in principle. 
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