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Citizens' Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on government policies to address climate change.

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We advocate for climate legislation on the federal, state, and local levels, particularly concerning these four issues:
(click each heading to read its CCL policy sheet) 
Announcements
Chapter Events
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"Vote NO on I-2117" Campaign

Initiative 2117 aims to repeal the Climate Commitment Act, Washington's carbon pricing policy that is the nation's strongest polluter-pay law.  The proceeds from the CCA's permit auctions go toward expanding public transit, supporting tribes, and many other important benefits.  See distribution map.

This is a serious attack--includes prohibition of any type of carbon pricing in the future, and could have national impact--discourages other states from adopting pollution pricing policies.  

WA Citizens' Climate Lobby leaders have joined the coalition of state environmental groups coordinated by Washington Conservation Action to defeat I-2117 in the fall election.  Our chapter's volunteers plan to help, especially with tabling and postcard-writing, starting in June. Take a look at these informational slides from WCA for more background and strategies.   

Inflation Reduction Act 

The IRA represents a historic step forward in cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.   It is full of incentives to help us all go electric, but very few people seem to be aware of it.  See links below!  Talk about it with family and friends!

How much money will you get with the Inflation Reduction Act?  Find out at

Rewiring America

And for local information, try  The Switch Is On Washington

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"Americans don't talk enough about climate.  All that silence makes climate change seem less urgent than it actually is, which in turn keeps us from adopting solutions at the pace that is needed.  After all, if nobody is talking about it, how important can it be?

 

When we talk about climate change with our friends and family, the more real and relevant it becomes. And that makes it more likely that we can move from just talking to acting."

Want to break the silence in your community? Check out this link with handy guides like: 

3 steps to talking about climate change: Heart, Head, Hands

 

The 8 principles of climate communication from Potential Energy Coalition

 

How to talk about climate change with literally anyone from Science Moms

Upcoming CCL, Chapter and Community Events 

To attend or get information, email us 

Monday, May 20-31, Bike Month, Downtown on the Go (see flyer below)

 

Tuesday, May 28, 4-7pm--Climate Justice Summit Kickoff for Tacoma and Pierce Co., Tacoma Community College, 6501 S. 19th St, Tacoma.

 

Sunday, June 2, 3-5 pm--"GET OUT the Climate VOTE" group postcard-writing party. Contact for address. 

Wednesday, June 5, noon on Zoom--CCL Tacoma Study Group. Discussing articles that we email ahead of time.  Attend/Send an article

Wednesday, June 5, 6 pm-- District 7 In-District Meeting, "Timber to Tidelands: Pierce County's Environmental Watershed," Environmental Learning Center, Pt. Defiance Park, 5715 Animal Road, Tacoma. (see flyer below)

Thursday, June 6, 6-8 pm--Tacoma Green Drinks (environmental networking group),

7 Seas Brewery and Taproom, 2101 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma

June 8-11, CCL National June Conference in D.C., "Making Moves and Moving Congress" Registration

Wednesday, June 12, 12-1 pm--"Walk Tacoma: Maritime History and Conservation of the Thea Foss Waterway," Downtown On the Go, Starts at Courthouse Square, 1102 A St. (see flyer below)

Wednesday, June 19, 7 pm on Zoom--CCL Tacoma Monthly Chapter Meeting on Zoom. 

Sunday, June 23, 3-5 pm--"GET OUT the Climate VOTE" group postcard-writing party. Contact for address. 

June 29, 12-5--CCL Tacoma tabling at the Tacoma Ocean Fest, Foss Waterway Seaport.

CCL Tacoma is now on Twitter (@CCLTacoma) and Instagram (ccl_tacoma) Visit us soon! 

Climate Action
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Try Tabling at our CCL Booth 

 

CCL tablers pass out information, attract kids with activities, listen to climate concerns, suggest ways to take action and find community. We are excited about our recently updated banners, interactive visual aids and flyers! It’s a great way to get started as a CCL volunteer. To join the fun, contact Linda Cohan.

 

Past Events

Saturday,April 13 South Sound Sustainability Expo, See Photos

Coming Events

Saturday, June 29, 12-5, Tacoma Ocean Fest, Foss Waterway Seaport

Branching Out

 

Planting and protecting trees supports climate resilience and environmental justice.  The Tacoma Tree Foundation has a great newsletter and website and many fun, educational and helpful activities all over town: check out their calendar!

TUFF, Tacoma Urban Forest Friends, is petitioning the city council to protect and increase the city's existing mature tree canopy.  Link to sign petition

"Building resilience helps avoid burnout.  It keeps us on course through the highs and the lows.  The Resilience Hub on CCL Community provides opportunities for building personal and chapter resilience that supports purposeful action on climate."  

Check out the Hub, a new tool on the CCL National website's Community section!

Looking for inspiration?

 

Visit our Climate ARTivism pages and explore the lively scene from murals to poetry to music!

 UPDATED 4/3/24

CO2 Update
Monthly CO2 Average at Mauna Loa  (Details)

March 2024:  425.38 ppm

March 2023:  420.99 ppm

Last updated: Apr 5, 2024

Climate Resources
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New Climate Resources

Articles

"The growing U.S. carbon price gap" PDF

 

"A planetary crisis awaits the next president," Stephen Markley, New York Times, April 20, 2024.  PDF

 

"Biden announces new tailpipe rules aimed to expand EVs,"Coral Davenport, New York Times, March 22, 2024.

"10 Climate Tech Innovations that Give us Hope for 2024,"  Adele Peters, Fast Company, Dec 15, 2023.

 

"The Surprisingly Simple Way to Convince People to Go Green," Michael J. Coren, Washington Post, Dec. 5, 2023.

Previous study group articles here

Websites

climatemuseum.org

johnperona.substack.com. (Earthward newsletter)

rmi.org (Rocky Mountain institute)

map.climatevulnerabilityindex.org

Electrifynow.net

switchison.org

Probablefutures.org

Rewiring America

WA State Dept. of Commerce Climate Plan

Nottoolateclimate.com

Visit our Climate Resources page 

Legislative Update

Federal

Jan. 26, 2024--The Biden Administration just announced they are going to pause approval of new liquified natural gas export facilities.  Biden said in a statement: "During this period, we will take a hard look at the impacts of LNG exports on energy costs, America's energy security, and our environment." The pause "sees the climate crisis for what it is: the existential threat of our time," said Biden.

State

 Climate Commitment Act   

"March 6 kicked off the first auction in year two of the Climate Commitment Act (CCA) program, and 2024 will bring more exciting progress. In addition to more investments coming to our communities ($135.5 million for climate investments and $56 million for utility transition programs), the Department of Ecology is taking steps to link our WA market with California and Quebec's programs. This will expand and strengthen our collective power to reduce emissions and accelerate clean energy. WA state agencies are also hard at work staffing up and having conversations with community to roll out some of the investments already made."  Altinay Karasapan

Legislative Update
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