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THURSTON CLIMATE ACTION TEAM: It's Time to Celebrate | Youth Support the TCMP! | Art as Climate Action! | See a Yard Sign, Take it Down!

It’s Time to Celebrate! 

By Barbara Scavezze 

I was thrilled to watch the City Council meetings of Tumwater, Lacey, and Olympia as they each voted to accept the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP). And on Tuesday, February 9th we expect the County to do the same.

City Council members listened intently as community members spoke up for strong climate action at their meetings. We also signed petitions, wrote letters, spoke to individual council members, and created artistic messages through the Chrysalis Project. TCAT’s Tom Crawford and Lynn Fitz-Hugh inspired and supported our community action by building public awareness and providing us with excellent resources.

From the very beginning, TCAT staff and volunteers have been involved in the TCMP planning process, serving on advisory committees, providing informational resources, and recommending action items to be added to or removed from the priority list. TCAT initiated Thurston County greenhouse gas inventories in 2013, which became an important foundation for the TCMP discussions. In an interview for The JOLT about TCAT’s work, Tom Crawford said “we have played a role in encouraging and motivating and providing informational resources that have helped the cities and the county make this plan.”

Let’s pause and celebrate that our City Council members and County Commissioners are making significant progress toward meaningful climate action by accepting the TCMP! And be grateful that our community cares so deeply about this issue.

And then let’s get to work making sure that the plan is fully funded and implemented. Our elected officials need our continued support and advocacy to make difficult decisions. TCAT has identified several initiatives for immediate action, outlined in this article: TCAT Steps Forward: Responding to the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan - Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT)

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Youth Climate Activists In Thurston County Support the TCMP!

Hello everyone!

My name is Kaylee Shen and I am the president of the Olympia High School Climate Action Club. This past year, we’ve gotten our club to have several mass-emailing sessions, testified at multiple city council meetings, and did everything we could to support the passing of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan. As such, we’re incredibly thankful that the TCMP is finally passed-- and about time too! We’re such a progressive, forward-thinking community that I’m sure we’ll get started with the work on climate action right away.

Especially being in the Pacific Northwest, the TCMP will play a vital role in highlighting our environmental leadership as a community and our willingness to do whatever it takes to protect our climate-- and stimulate our economy with the myriad of jobs that come with a renewable energy transition. I’m excited to be a part of this change, and ever since hearing
about the TCMP my freshman year, I’ve been anxious to see it materialize into legitimate action. 

I’m also incredibly thankful that our city councils are open to collaboration with youth. After passing our Climate Inheritance Resolution (M-2045) with the Olympia city council (which set a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050), I know we’ll have a lot of work to do, especially as a city, but I’m excited to see the unique and synergistic collaboration that our city council will have with the youth activists in this region. We’re ready as ever to get down to business. Our climate is our future, is our community, and is our passion. We’re so hyped for some hardcore climate action!

(Photo from Kaylee Shen | Climate Change Action Club) 

Want to read more from Kaylee? Click here to read Kaylee's article about
food waste from our youth focused newsletter in August!

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Using Art to Support the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan!

How can we incorporate art into climate action? There are many ways to do so, one of them being the Chrysalis Project developed by Carrie Ziegler, TCAT's Community Engagement Organizer. You can learn more about the art project and the impact it had on bringing together people in support of the TCMP by watching the short video below! The video was produced by Jenna Mason Media

Make sure to also read about an upcoming climate art project by Carrie in her last blog post "The Climate Justice Mural Project" , featured in our previous newsletter

See a Yard Sign, Take it Down! 

As part of our campaign to supporting the passing of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan, TCAT distributed hundreds of yard signs across the county. The yard signs were designed to help make the public aware of the existence of the plan and start getting people to express their support for it.  

COVID-19 has made it difficult for TCAT to coordinate the distribution of these yard signs, so we are asking for voluntary support to take these signs down! If you see a yard sign like the one pictured in this announcement, please help us taking them down and tossing them into the recycling bin!

Thank you for all your support! 

TCAT ZOOM MEETINGS: Trees Action Group Meeting | CFT Meeting | Transportation Action Group Meeting | BACA Meeting | YECO Meeting

Trees Action Group Meeting

Tuesday, February 16th at 4:00 PM
Join on Zoom Here!

This action group focuses on promoting tree planting and forest protection, researching current plans to protect mature trees, working with other local organizations, and more! 

Carbon Free Thurston Meeting

Wednesday, February 17th, 6:30 PM
Email for
more information & zoom link

The Carbon Free Thurston (CFT) campaign advocates with local elected leaders for quick and effective climate action.

Transportation Action Group Meeting

Friday, February 19th, 1:15 PM
Join Zoom Meeting Here! 

Join the Transportation Action Group to support and lead the community in fostering solutions to our climate emergency through transportation alternatives, and actions.

For more information contact Carrie Ziegler at

Building As Climate Action (BACA) Meeting

Wednesday, February 24th, 4:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting Here!

BACA is back! Join the first meeting of 2021, to learn about the Action Plan for education and advocacy toward implementation of related actions in the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan. For more details contact Chris van Daalen at

Youth Education Community Outreach (YECO)

Wednesday, February 24th, 7:00 PM

A youth-led advocacy group focused on climate literacy in K-12 schools, after school youth initiatives, higher education, and community outreach. 

For more information and zoom link, please contact

NEWS: Solar In Prisons Project |
County Agriculture Survey | Seattle's Climate-friendly Building Codes | Amanda Gorman's 'Earthrise' Poem

Solar In Prisons Project : Olympia Solar

Olympia Solar is partnering with the Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) to provide solar energy training materials to incarcerated people! Donations of $200 or more will receive a free thank you gift! Click here to Donate! 

Community-Driven Review of
Agriculture Policies and Programs

Thurston County invites you to take part in a new online survey to share your perspective on local agriculture. You can complete the survey HERE:

Anyone who cares about Thurston County agriculture and farmland is invited to complete this survey. It will be available until Friday, February 12, 2021. It should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

Results of the survey will be shared with the Board of County Commissioners and published on this web site

Click here to learn more about the survey and the policies
and programs mentioned in this survey!

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Seattle is state’s leader on climate-friendly
building codes; new standards start March 15

By Bellamy Pailthorp | KNKX | FEB 1, 2021

It’s a small step, but an important one in the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously passed a new building code for commercial properties. It requires all new construction to meet much higher standards for energy efficiency.

The code also encourages the use of clean and renewable sources for power, such as rooftop solar, by requiring wiring to support it where feasible. And it phases out the use of natural gas and other fossil fuels for heating and cooling. Instead, developers must use high-efficiency electric pumps.

Buildings, in general, and their heating systems are the second-largest -- and fastest growing -- source of climate pollution for Washington. Transportation is the largest source. Statewide proposals to address both of those issues are currently moving through the Legislature in Olympia.

Click here to continue reading about Seattle's new climate-friendly building codes!

Want to take action in Thurston County and advocate for more climate-friendly buildings in your community? Join the next Buildings As Climate Action (BACA) meeting!
Click here for details!

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Poet Amanda Gorman's 'Earthrise' Climate Change Video

By Bud Ward | Yale Climate Connections | Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Poet Amanda Gorman got well-deserved rave reviews for her dramatic reading of her six-minute “The Hill We Climb” poem January 20 before a global TV and online inauguration day audience.

It’s fair to say that for many, she in effect “stole the show” during the Biden/Harris inauguration day ceremonies. And she continued to do so through countless major- and social-media follow-ups since then.

But what if Gorman, 22, the nation’s youth poet laureate, could bring her poetic, presentation skills, and grace to the issue of climate change?

Click here to watch Amanda Gorman's 'Earthrise' poem!

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February 10, 2021 -
12:00 pm
Climate Change Conversations: Creating Dialogue About Solutions

Hosted by: Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology | Register Here!

( Click for details.)
February 10, 2021 -
6:00 pm
Introducing the South Sound Health Watershed Program

Join us for the first in our new series of Community Forums where we will introduce DERT’s exciting new endeavor, the South Sound Healthy Watershed Program. Click here for Zoom Link!

( Click for details.)
February 10, 2021 -
6:30 pm
Sierra Club South Sound Meeting

Sierra Club South Sound Group meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM! Click here to for more information & zoom link

( Click for details.)
February 11, 2021 -
6:00 pm
Healthy Home & Garden Workshop Series

Hosted by Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department | See below for details about series + where to register

( Click for details.)
February 13, 2021 -
10:00 am
Citizens' Climate Lobby Meeting
Watch national video-conference speaker, Diane Randall, General Secretary, Friends Committee on National Legislation, at home at 10:00 am, then join the Olympia Chapter via Zoom at 10:45.
( Click for details.)
February 16, 2021 -
4:00 pm
Tree Action Group

This action group focuses on promoting tree planting and forest protection, researching current plans to protect mature trees, work with other local organizations, and more!

( Click for details.)
February 16, 2021 -
6:00 pm
Healthy Home & Garden Workshop Series

Hosted by Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department | See below for details about series + where to register

( Click for details.)
February 17, 2021 -
6:00 pm
Chehalis Basin: Reducing Flood Damage & Restoring Aquatic Species

REGISTER HERE! | The Chehalis Basin Strategy was launched in 2010 to meet two of the Basin’s greatest challenges...

( Click for details.)
February 17, 2021 -
6:30 pm
Carbon Free Thurston Meeting

The Carbon Free Thurston (CFT) campaign advocates with local elected leaders for quick and effective climate action.

( Click for details.)
February 18, 2021 -
6:00 pm
Indigenous Sovereignty and Pipeline Politics

Join us to learn about the leadership the Puyallup Tribe is taking in protecting our shared waters by challenging Puget Sound Energy’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant.

( Click for details.)
Planning Ahead? Check out TCAT's monthly calendar


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Celebrating Washington State Employees Who Donate Throughout the Year

Washington State Employees Combined Fund is partnering with Thurston Climate Action Team! Choose the amount you’ll give every paycheck to support local projects that lower our carbon footprint, and unite the fight for a livable planet. Click the image below to get started!  Search for Thurston Climate Action Team, or Charity Code: 1482564.

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