Puget Sound’s iconic orcas are in deep trouble. Plunging salmon populations, pollution, and oil tanker traffic are all hurting the roaming pods of whales.
HERE is a petition to Washington’s governor Jay Inslee demanding emergency action to help the orcas.
It’s official! After lots of signature-gathering (some by your hosts here at GreenBaes), I-1631 will be on the ballot in Washington State. We have an amazing opportunity to lead the country in switching to renewables in an economically just way.
If you’re a Washington resident, we need your support. Visit the Yes on 1361 website for info on what you can do to help!
Black Diamond, Washington is facing an environmental problem: the coal mine which closed over 50 years ago due to nonviability might be reopened under the Trump Administration’s obsessive plans to promote coal. This would be an environmental disaster for the small town.
Sign a petition HERE to help the residents say no to coal pollution in their town!
Today kicks off a week of action in Washington State’s 7th District to persuade Rep. Pramilla Jayapal to back the OFF Act (H.R. 3671). This legislation would map out an economically just transition for the United States from a fossil fuel economy to a renewable economy by 2035.
How to help:
- Sign as a citizen cosponsor of the OFF Act HERE
- Call Rep. Jayapal’s office on Wednesday, May 30th
- Email Rep. Jayapal’s office on Wednesday, May 30th
- Tweet at Rep. Jayapal, asking her to support the OFF Act, on May 30th
- Sign up for a literature drop at Jayapal’s office (stay tuned for details)
Fellow Washington residents: once again, we have an opportunity to lead the country with a bold plan to tax big polluters and use that revenue for environmentally friendly job creation. To get this measure on the ballot, we need more signatures. Find out how to help on Facebook, Twitter, or the Yes on 1631 website.
Washington residents, our shores are in danger.
New rollback of environmental regulation means that extensive offshore drilling is now proposed in the Pacific. We do not want oil spills wrecking our fisheries and beaches, and destroying the health and cultures of Indigenous people. We do not want to lock ourselves into even more fossil fuel dependence.
Let the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) know your thoughts at a public hearing on Monday.
What: Public Meeting about Offshore Drilling and People’s Hearing
Where: Hotel RL Olympia by Red Lion, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW
When: Monday, March 5, 1:30 – 7:30 pm
1:30-2:00 Keynote Speakers
2:00-7:30 People’s Hearing
3:00-7:00 BOEM Open House
If you need transportation, you can join a carpool HERE.
The Chinese company Northwest Innovation Works LLC wants to build a methenol refinery on the banks of the Columbia River, which flows through Umatilla, Nez Perce, Yakima and Paiute lands along what is currently the Oregon/Washington border. This is bad news for local humans and wildlife, as well as everyone else who wants to stop climate chaos.
This plant would generate over 6 million tons of greenhouse gasses (the same as 1.3 million cars!). It would also suck 5 million gallons of water from the local rivers, which are critical for drinking water and for the local fisheries. It’s also at high risk of explosion if an earthquake happens– and the Pacific Northwest is part of the Ring of Fire, so an earthquake is basically inevitable.
All and all, a terrible idea.
You can help the people of Oregon and Washington shut this awful plan down by submitting a public comment HERE.
Tomorrow I (Shaylon) am livestreaming a mass action at the Washington State capitol. Activists have assembled from across the state to lobby for:
- A ‘carbon test‘ for all energy projects in the state
- A plan to get Washington State switched to 100% renewables by 2035
- A ban on new fossil fuel projects in Washington State
Check out 350’s website or social media for updates, or follow GreenBaes on Twitter, where I’ll be posting content between 9:00 and 14:00 Pacific Time tomorrow (January 8 2018). If you want to help us and live in Washington State, please call or write to your state legislators and demand immediate action on climate change.