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THURSTON CLIMATE ACTION TEAM: Articles Due March 15 for Upcoming Newsletter | TCAT Hiring Executive Director | Climate Action Milestone | EV Bumper Stickers! | Climate Bill Hearings | 
Olympian Environmental Reporter

Submission Timeline For Upcoming Newsletter!


The TCAT Newsletter is published every two weeks by Samara Almonte, TCAT's Digital Communications Coordinator. Samara will be taking some days off in the upcoming weeks. This means the next (March 23) newsletter submission date/time for articles or announcements is 2:00 pm Monday, March 15th. 


Email submissions or questions to samara@thurstonclimateaction.org 
Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to reading your submissions!

TCAT Hiring Executive Director


At this pivotal moment for climate action in our community, TCAT is looking for a dynamic, skilled, and experienced Executive Director to play a critical role in our growth as an organization, as we shift our focus to implementing the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan. 

Go here to see the job description and how to apply. Please also help us get the word out by sharing this widely! Applications due March 19

Climate Action Milestone in Thurston County!


TCAT has been working with the cities of Lacey, Tumwater, Olympia and the Thurston County Board of Commissioners on the development of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP). During this time TCAT gathered almost 500 signatures in support of the TCMP and organized dozens of community members to send letters and provide public comment during city council and board of county commissioners' meetings in support of a strong climate mitigation plan. In addition, TCAT launched The Chrysalis Project as a way to bring people together virtually through art and advocacy for strong climate action.

All four jurisdictions formally accepted the plan, approved an inter-local agreement to begin the implementation process, and three of them (Olympia, Tumwater and Thurston County) approved a climate emergency declaration. This milestone was only possible with the amazing work of our volunteers, staff and partner organizations! 

Moving forward, TCAT will be working to ensure that local governments and our communities take the steps needed to bring down our carbon pollution through the implementation of the TCMP. You can be part of the action by joining one of our Climate Action Groups! Action group meetings are listed on our events calendar, and you can also find more information about upcoming meetings under the TCAT Zoom Meetings section of this newsletter. 

Get your Free Electric Vehicle Bumper Stickers Here!


By Thad Curtz and Carrie Ziegler

TCAT's Transportation Action Group is working on a bumper sticker campaign to promote the adoption of electric vehicles. Behavior change research shows that one of the best ways to get someone to make a change is to see a lot of other people already doing it. “Keeping up with the Joneses” can be put to good use when people see their neighbors doing something good for the environment. 
 
With that in mind, the Transportation Action Group believes that making the number of plug-in cars in the area more visible by having bumper stickers on them will encourage our neighbors to get one the next time they’re shopping for a car. 
 
We have two versions of the bumper sticker available. If you have a plug-in car (a full battery electric or a plug-in hybrid) and you're willing to put a bumper sticker on it, we will send you one FREE!
 
To get your bumper sticker, email Thad Curtz at curtzt@nuprometheus.com
Be sure to include:
  • Your mailing address. 
  • Which version of the bumper sticker you want (see below).
  • How many bumper stickers you would like. 
 
Please share this with people you know in Thurston County who own a plug-in vehicle and might want to put one of these bumper stickers on it.

If you would like to offer a donation, visit https://thurstonclimateaction.org/donate/ and note your donation is for bumper stickers.

Here are the choices: 
 


 

Climate Bill Hearings


Stay informed this legislative session with the Climate at the Legislature website, provided by Thad Curtz.Get detailed information about climate-related bills and sign up to get emails about bill updates, hearings and lobby days, at https://www.waclimateleg.info/ 

It is super easy to comment on-line! Visit https://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/, type in the 4 numbers of the bill to search for it, and then enter your comments.

Help Us Get an Environmental Reporter for The Olympian


By Frank Turner, Cleve Pinnix and Brian Hovis

Our local governments have adopted the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP).
That was a heavy lift for the Thurston Climate Action Team, concerned citizens and elected officials. The harder part now begins as the plan is implemented.

How will we know if compromises are made in the plan implementation? Luckily, we will have the Thurston Climate Action Team and other environmental groups to help sound the alarm. That will work well for those that have robust mailing lists and attentive readers. Yet such a communication system might not reach between the silos of our environmental groups to the broader public. Where is our megaphone?  

It is the local newspaper. Climate change is just one type of environmental story which is currently under reported and that could reach a print circulation of 12,014 daily and 20,604 on Sunday. The digital outreach would be even greater. For example, there were 628,000 unique visitors in December 2019 and on average over 3 million-page views per month in 2019. 

A growing group of people are helping The Olympian hire an environmental reporter this fall. We need sponsors. Please click here for information and to watch an interview with John Dodge, our former environmental reporter, to see what we have been missing.

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

Trees Action Group Meeting


 
Tuesday, March 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, March 17th, 3:00 PM
Email tom@thurstonclimateaction.org 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, March 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 carrie@thurstonclimateaction.org

EVENT HIGHLGHT: People of Faith Sounding Climate Alarm | Northwest Climate Conference (NWCC)

People of Faith Sounding Climate Alarm:
Global Day of Action


Thursday, March 11, 12:00PM
ZOOM Meeting ID: 899 8077 5923
Passcode: 258381 


Join Olympia Unitarian Universalists and other faith groups around the globe in launching a Green Faith Initiative, “Sacred People, Sacred Earth”. During this virtual gathering, faith groups will make demands and take action for our collective social and environmental well-being. 

The Olympia launch will include mindful prayer, song, and a listing of demands by different faith groups, as well as a call for concrete action. Registration is preferred, but not required. Register by e-mailing olympiagreenfaith@gmail.com

11th Northwest Climate Conference (NWCC)


April 6-8, 2021 (virtual) 
Hosted by the UW’s Climate Impacts Group 
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

The NWCC is committed to supporting equitable climate adaptation outcomes and building equity and diversity in climate science, policy, and adaptation practice. We encourage our conference attendees and presenters to advance the conversation around climate justice both as a stand alone topic and across the many other topics and themes profiled in the conference. If you are working to build a climate-resilient Northwest, this conference is for you.

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NEWS: Indigenous Herbalists Fundraiser | 
The Housing & Climate Crisis in Olympia |
Trees & Climate Change Mitigation

Support Indigenous Herbalists in Olympia, WA!


By Samara Almonte | TCAT Digital Communications Coordinator | March 2021

The Canoe Journey Herbalists (CJH) Program is a program led by different Indigenous people in Thurston County and in neighboring cities with the purpose of providing native herbal medicine to Indigenous people in the area. CJH also provides workshops and other education opportunities for Indigenous people to connect with native plants and traditional ecological knowledge. CJH is currently fundraising to purchase land that has existing structures, so they can establish a program headquarters.
You can read more about the fundraiser and donate here! 

In addition, the Canoe Journey Herbalists are asking for herbal medicine and vegetables starts for their container garden donation campaign, which they established in 2020. They are particularly looking for lemon balm, chamomile, mint, skullcap, anise hyssop, mugwort, sweetgrass, rosemary, sage, lavender, rue, cilantro, basil, thyme, culinary sage, oregano, tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers and onions. 

Please contact them directly about donations at canoejourneyherbalists@gmail.com 

Fix The Climate While Solving The Housing Crisis? Olympia’s Trying


By Levi Pulkkinen | InvestigateWest (INVW) | February 19, 2021

As Washington lawmakers work to get ahead of a brewing post-pandemic housing catastrophe, efforts are underway to join that effort with responses to two slower-burning disasters — the climate crisis and runaway housing costs.

Since mid-January, legislators have put forward dozens of bills aimed at injecting affordability and greenhouse gas control into a built environment that’s long been short on both. That work comes as housing prices continue their upward climb in a state where the average mortgage requires a six-figure income to comfortably pay.

Climate-centered bills would phase out gas heat and appliances in most Washington homes and buildingsrequire that cities consider climate costs in their plans, and increase housing density in some areas by 50%. At the same time, the Legislature is considering expansions to renter protections and public housing with a vigor that advocates say they’ve never seen before in Olympia, while looking to correct racial inequities in the housing system.

Click here to continue reading about the housing crisis and climate action in the legislature!

Are you interested in taking action in Thurston County to advocate for green building policy, incentives and actions? Join our Buildings as Climate Action group!
Click here to learn more

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Keeping Trees in the Ground: An Effective
Low-Tech Way to Slow Climate Change


By By Beverly Law and William Moomaw | EcoWatch | February 24, 2021
 

Protecting forests is an essential strategy in the fight against climate change that has not received the attention it deserves. Trees capture and store massive amounts of carbon. And unlike some strategies for cooling the climate, they don't require costly and complicated technology.

Yet although tree-planting initiatives are popular, protecting and restoring existing forests rarely attracts the same level of support. As an example, forest protection was notably missing from the $447 million Energy Act of 2020, which the U.S. Congress passed in December 2020 to jump-start technological carbon capture and storage.

In our work as forest carbon cycle and climate change scientists, we track carbon emissions from forests to wood products and all the way to landfills – and from forest fires. Our research shows that protecting carbon in forests is essential for meeting global climate goals.

Click here to continue reading about protecting trees as climate action!

Want to get involved with tree related climate actions in Thurston County?
Join our Trees Action Group!
Click here for more information 

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CALENDAR:

March 9, 2021 -
6:30 pm
New Rules for Fossil Fuels: Climate Justice = Protecting Community Health

Hosted by Power Past Fracked Gas.

( Click for details.)
March 10, 2021 -
12:00 am
Sierra Club South Sound Meeting

Sierra Club South Sound Group meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM!

( Click for details.)
March 10, 2021 -
6:00 pm
Healthy Home & Garden Workshop Series

Hosted by Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department

( Click for details.)
March 11, 2021 -
12:00 pm
People of Faith Sounding Climate Alarm: Global Day of Action

Join Olympia UU’s and other faith groups around the globe in launching a Green Faith Initiative, “Sacred People, Sacred Earth”.

( Click for details.)
March 11, 2021 -
4:00 pm
CCL + YUD Youth Climate Event

Hosted by Youth Upholding Democracy and Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s WA Youth Outreach Team. If you are high school or college-aged and want to take action against climate change, sign up for this event to get started!!

( Click for details.)
March 12, 2021 -
12:00 pm
Frontline Solutions for Clean and Just Transportation

Join Front and Centered and Disability Rights Washington for a conversation with activists from across the state who are working for a more just and clean transportation system.

( Click for details.)
March 12, 2021 -
6:00 pm
Trivia Night with WashPIRG!

Hosted by WaPIRG Ever Green College Chapter | The winners will receive a gift card to earthhero.com at 20$, 10$, and 5$ for first, second, and third.

( Click for details.)
March 13, 2021 -
10:00 am
Citizens' Climate Lobby Meeting
Watch national video-conference speaker at home at 10:00 am, then join the Olympia CCL Chapter via Zoom at 10:45.
 
( Click for details.)
Planning Ahead? Check out TCAT's monthly calendar

SUPPORT TCAT'S WORK 

Donate to Thurston Climate Action Team

 

TCAT is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization advancing projects that increase collaboration between local environmental groups, governments and our community to lower our greenhouse gas emissions and protect our livable planet. 

 

Donate via PayPal or with credit or debit card here.

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.

Click the image below to get started!

Excerpt from cfd.wa.gov:

[...] "For more than 30 years, Washington State has proven to be one of the most giving states in the nation. Each year, over 15,000 active and retired public employees pledge more than $5 million to over 1,700 local, national and global charities. That number is good enough to place Washington State third in the nation amongst state employee giving programs, an incredible feat given the fact that our great state is 13th in overall population." [...]

            
 

SUBMISSIONS | SUBSCRIPTIONS

The TCAT Newsletter is published every two weeks by Samara Almonte, Digital Communications Coordinator. Most images are provided by pixabay.

If you have climate-related news and events to share with our subscribers:
  • Please email Samara at samara@thurstonclimateaction.org
  • Deadline is COB on Thursday of the week before your desired publication date.
  • The newsletter is published every other Tuesday
  • Submissions may be edited for grammar, space, or relevance. 
Between newsletters, please check the TCAT calendar for upcoming events or read the latest blog post.

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