Below are some actions that need your support.
Immediate Action Needed
On February 4 the House Committee on Environment and Energy held a hearing on HB 2829 Declaring a Climate Emergency, which authorizes the Governor to declare an energy emergency for purposes of limiting greenhouse gas emissions and building resiliency to the effects of climate change. This bill appears to be dead for the session but may be introduced next year again.
SB 6628 revises the definitions of emission and emission standard to include direct or indirect releases or emissions of air contaminants into the ambient air. It authorizes the Department of Ecology to require persons who produce or distribute fossil fuels that emit greenhouse gases to comply with air quality and emission standards or emission limits on greenhouse gases. The Washington State Clean Air Rule required lowering emissions 1.7% a year, but it was invalidated by the State Supreme Court because it involved indirect releases from gas distributors and refineries. The bill has passed the committee and will be considered further by the senate. It is scheduled for a floor vote soon. Look at the arguments in the hearing below for background. You can take action on this bill by clicking on the link, SB 6628; press the button “Comment on this bill,” go to the comment page, put in some information. You will then verify your district and address your representatives, by pressing on the “Support” button and putting in a comment.
Oppose Proposal to Increase Immigration Fees and Limit Fee Waivers. Comments Taken Until February 10th.
We are only 40 days out from the launch of Census 2020 on March 12, as postcards will begin to arrive inviting households to participate. Official Census Day is April 1. In the State of Washington, $16.7B in tax dollars for our communities are at stake, along with our democratic representation in Congress. We cannot afford to miss counting anyone in this census, especially traditionally undercounted communities of color, immigrants, tribes, rural areas, and young children. You can help in three ways right now:
Save the date for a Faith-based Census training on February 19 in Tukwila. Let us know if you'd like to attend by responding to the survey below.
Respond to our survey indicating ways you would like to help with the Census in your faith community and beyond. There ARE people in your faith community who may not be counted without our extra efforts.
Share our part-time Census Coordinator job description - we are accepting applications through February 9. Please download the job description and share with your communities. We see this as a statewide effort and are excited to join a powerful coalition for the Census.
On April 22, 2020, the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, young people and adults will strike all across the United States and the world to demand transformative action is taken to address the climate crisis. Other strikes may be planned around this day as well. To learn more, sign up to host a strike, or receive updates, check out strikewithus.org. The Earth Day strike is expected to be the largest strike in history. The mass mobilization builds on the momentum of the September 20th, November 29th and December 6th Climate Strikes. The September 20th Climate Strike was the largest youth-led climate mobilization in US history, drawing over 650,000 people in the United States striking across over 1,300 events, and 7 million worldwide. In the US, youth and adults, institutional and grassroots organizations, climate-focused and social justice groups are once again coming together as a unified front to demand the change we need to save our future. These efforts are led by a youth climate strike coalition that has come together to collaborate on the campaign. The youth strike coalition, coordinated by Future Coalition, includes Zero Hour, Earth Guardians, Earth Uprising, Fridays For Future USA, Sunrise Movement, US Youth Climate Strike, Extinction Rebellion Youth, and International Indigenous Youth Council.
Ways to Participate
Are you committed to Striking for Climate with UU Ministry for Earth?Stay up to date with this campaign and support UU mobilization by joining the group titled “UU Climate Strike Mobilization” on CreateClimateJustice.net. Here’s how:
- Create an account or sign in to your account on CreateClimateJustice.net
- Search for “Strike” in the search bar at the top of the left-side menu bar
- Click on the group “UU Climate Strike Mobilization” in the search results
- Press the orange “Request Membership” button in the top-right of the group landing page and fill out the 1-question form. Your request will be reviewed by a group moderator shortly.
On February 4, 2020, the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology held a hearing on SB 5981. It requires the Department of Ecology to implement a cap and trade program using allowances and auctions; it begins in 2021 for most entities, in 2024 for large, trade-exposed corporations. Utilities are provided 100% allowances and must assign free allowances to the state for auctions. Revenues go to energy assistance, tribes and fossil fuel workers. SB 5918 includes an environmental justice board and tribe consultation. This bill is unusual in terms of the support and opposition: some businesses (e.g., BP) support the bill while others oppose it. Some environmental groups (e.g., Climate Solutions) support it while others (e.g., Got Green) oppose it. This bill appears to be dead for the current session but may be introduced again next year.
Join University Unitarian Workshop "Climate Crisis: A Call to Action," February 15th, 2020 in Seattle
When: Saturday, February 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Nathan Johnson Hall, University UC, 6556 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA
- 2020 Visions for a Clean Energy Future – Speakers: Jill Eikenhorst, Spark Northwest; Bill Moyer, Solutionary Rail.
- State and Local Climate Action: Getting Plugged In – Speakers: Joe Fitzgibbons, State Rep. 34th District & Chair of the House Environment and Energy Committee; Court Olson & Keith Ervin, People for Climate Action (King County and Seattle)
- Reducing Your Carbon Footprint – Speakers: Dr. Cynthia Ervin (testimonial); Robin Briggs, co-creator of taming-bigfoot.org calculator
- Climate Activists Speak, What They Can Teach Us – Speakers: Michael Foster, Valve Turner activist; Stacy Oakes, 350 Seattle; Caroline Heege, youth activist.
- Climate Change Grief and Anxiety – Speakers: Andrew Bryant, MSW, MPH, clinical social worker, Climate and Mind; Sue Lenander, Climate Action Families.
- Time for networking, checking out the bookstore, various resource tables
- Lunch available to the first 100 registrants; gluten-free and vegan options available; free, but donations welcome
- Interactive exercises and commitments to actions
HB 2518 requires the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) to increase oversight of measures undertaken by natural gas companies to reduce hazardous leaks and nonhazardous fugitive emissions from gas pipelines. It requires, beginning July 1, 2020, and on an annual basis thereafter, each gas pipeline company to submit to the UTC a report on the environmental and economic performance of its gas pipeline system. It also requires the UTC to publish a report that aggregates data by gas company concerning gas leaks by August 1, 2020, and on an annual basis thereafter. The House passed the bill on February 18 and the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee passed it on February 25. You can take action on this bill by clicking on the link, HB 2518; press the button “Comment on this bill,” go to the comment page, put in some information. You will then verify your district and address your representatives, by pressing on the “Support” button and putting in a comment.
The Senate Private Detention Ban bill (SB 6442 Saldaña) will be heard on Wednesday in the Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee at 8 AM. FAN is part of an immigrant advocacy coalition with over 150 organizations endorsing these companion bills. Incarceration is inherently a governmental function that cannot be outsourced because of the public interest in humane treatment and transparency. Private prisons fail the public and harm individuals - inmates, their families, and staff. This bill will phase out the use of private prisons by prohibiting any new contracts and extensions of existing private contracts to provide prison or detention services, with exceptions for private contracting for mental health, drug, and juvenile rehabilitation, and for tribally owned jails. The House bill (HB 2576 Ortiz-Self) will be heard in early February. For more information, see the one pager on this issue.
Please send a message to your Senator to support this bill, especially if they sit on the Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee. Click here to see Senate Committees and members.
For any other bills on our agenda, contact your legislators using the email formula email@example.com, or call the Legislative Hotline: 1-800-562-6000between 8 AM and 7 PM, Monday through Friday. To find out who your legislators are, click here. You can also check out the Seattle/King County League of Women Voters' 2020 They Represent You online directory of Washington legislators.
Washington state friends, there is an easy way to make a difference supporting low income families in the state. You can call your legislator and ask them to support HB 2441 which increases access to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and addresses racial disparities in the program. This will strengthen the safety net for Washington's most vulnerable families. You can find your legislators here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/ And call this number to reach them: 1-800-562-6000. When you call the hotline an operator will answer and ask for your name and address. You can leave a message and the operator will pass it on to your legislators.
Bill summary: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/…/House/2441%20HBA%20HSEL%202…
HB 2427 adds climate change to the planning goals that guide the development and adoption of city and county comprehensive plans and development regulations under the Growth Management Act (GMA). It requires the consideration of the climate change planning goal by regional transportation planning organizations and in countywide planning policies under the GMA. Arguments for and against the bill are summarized below. The bill passed the House on February 16 and is pending in the Senate. You can take action on this bill by clicking on the link, HB 2427, pressing the button “Comment on this bill,” go to the comment page, and putting in some information. You will then verify your district and address your representatives, by pressing on the “Support” button and putting in a comment.
On January 21, 2020, the Washington State House Committee on Environment and Energy held a hearing on HB 2472, a bill for comprehensive reporting of carbon emissions from fossil fuel production, gathering, processing, storage, distribution, and combustion. The bill requires that new projects produce no net increase in emissions estimated over 20 and 100 years. This bill is likely dead for the session.
Each year anti-Muslim hate groups spend over $30 million dollars to make people afraid of Islam and American Muslims. The websites, You Tube videos, books, white papers, lobbying, and media stars of these hate groups turn the hearts and minds of people against one another, paving the way for a more divided, fearful future. We don’t have to live in that future. Together we can build a future based on our shared values and vision for America! Yet Muslims and their allies are daily confronted with challenging questions by people captivated by fear, framed in ways that place them at a significant disadvantage. The Faith Over Fear four-hour Ally Training will give you tested strategies to use in response to these challenging questions - and the fears that underlie them.When: Saturday, February 1, 2020, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA https://www.facebook.com/events/547172202798126/
When a government wants to build a toxic waste incinerator in your neighborhood, bulldoze homes to build smog-producing highways, or run pipelines through ancestral Native American lands, a federal law gives you the right to find out and fight back.
That law is the National Environmental Policy ACT (NEPA), and the fossil fuel industry cronies in the Trump administration just announced plans to gut NEPA’s protections. Earthjustice is taking a stand against changes that would radically undermine NEPA — and we need your help.
More info here.
For Background: In 2008, Washington enacted legislation (RCW 70.235) that set a series of limits on the emission of greenhouse gases within the state: quote:
- By 2020, reduce overall emissions of greenhouse gases in the state to 1990 levels;
- By 2035, reduce overall emissions of greenhouse gases in the state to twenty-five percent below 1990 levels;
- By 2050, the state will do its part to reach global climate stabilization levels by reducing overall emissions to fifty percent below 1990 levels, or seventy percent below the state's expected emissions that year. End quote.
- 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2030,
- 70 percent below 1990 levels by 2040, and
- 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
HB 1110 is the Clean Fuels Bill that requires reductions in carbon emissions from transportation fuels. It directs the Department of Ecology to adopt a rule establishing a Clean Fuels Program to limit greenhouse gas emissions per unit of transportation fuel energy to 10 percent below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20 percent below 2017 levels by 2035. HB 1110 has passed the house but it has strong opposition in the senate. To counter this opposition, an amendment introduced by Senate Environment Committee Chair Reuven Carlyle made passage contingent on funding transportation projects including an I-5 bridge over the Columbia River. The bill passed the Environment Committee. Arguments for and against the bill are summarized below. You can take action by clicking on HB 1110 and then clicking on the “Comment on this bill” button in each. Put in some personal information to locate your representatives and then click on “Support” and add a comment.
On Wednesday, January 15, the Washington State Senate passed the Zero Emissions Vehicle Bill 5811 and sent it to the House, where passed in the Environment and Energy Committee. It is likely to be taken up on the floor soon. SB 5811 authorizes the Department of Ecology (DOE) to adopt California zero emission vehicle program regulations. Currently, California has a quota of 22% ZEVs by 2025, and there is a proposal to make the quota 100% by 2050.
You can take action on this bill. Click on the link SB 5811 and click on the button "Comment on this Bill." That will take you to a page where you fill in personal information, find your representatives, and send them a message to support the bill.
On January 16, 2020, the Washington State House Environment Committee held a hearing on HB 2248, the community solar bill. Most organizations supported the bill as a major contribution to Washington’s climate policy, but there was some opposition. The bill is due for a House floor vote soon. A companion bill, SB 6223, had a hearing January 22 in the Senate Committee on Environment, Energy & Technology (see arguments below). These bills are dead for the session, but may be introduced again next year.
IF THERE EVER WAS A MOMENT TO GET INVOLVED, IT IS NOW. MAKE YOUR 2020 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TO BE PART OF OUR PLAN TO WIN THE GREEN NEW DEAL! Sign Up Now.
2020 is going to be a turning point for our generation’s future, but whether it goes our way is up to us. Scientists around the world are clear: inaction on the climate crisis will be a death sentence for millions of people. For the first time in our lives, we have an opportunity to elect a President who will stand up to fossil fuel billionaires and fight with the urgency science demands to give all of us a chance at a just and prosperous future.
But to make that a reality, it’s going to take all of us. We need millions of young people along with allies of all ages to join climate strikes, organize their communities and then turn out in force in November. From small towns to cities to Washington DC, we need to make the climate crisis and the Green New Deal the defining issues of the 2020 election.
"All of us" can’t just include you, me and people already in Sunrise. That won’t be enough. That’s why we need people everywhere to kick off the new year by hosting a gathering and inviting your community – your friends, your families, your classmates – to share the vision of the Green New Deal and learn how we can all be part of a movement powerful enough to win it.
Whether you’re just learning about the Green New Deal for the first time or ready to go all-in for 2020, we want you to hold a 2020 launch party in late January!
GOAL: 2000 LAUNCH PARTIES
CURRENT TALLY: 1494 AND COUNTING!
A screen (a laptop, a TV or a projector);
A handful of people from your dorm, class, workplace or neighborhood
Two epic mini-documentaries taking us through what’s at stake, why we need a Green New Deal and our plan to win; and,
A suggested format for the evening and all the support and training you need to pull it off with confidence
What we do in these next 12 months will shape the course of human history for centuries to come. Let's get to work!
Whether you are a seasoned activist or new to race work, we invite folks who identify as White/of European decent to deepen your race awareness and gain tools to take action towards a more equitable, just, and healthy life for all people, in a supportive and creative environment.This highly participatory workshop, featuring Theatre of the Oppressed methods, will be informational, practical (action practice), as well as a chance to do some deep personal and collective work, including ancestor work, cultural appropriation, and more. Our process, despite the seriousness of the topic, can also be quite playful. More No one turned away for lack of funds.
(*There will be a related workshop for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, July 6 -7, 2020, led by Ashnie Butler & Cheryl Harrison. Learn more about the BIPOC Caucus.)