Next Weekend: CCL Regional Conference

Finding common ground: inspiring, educating and collaborating around effective climate action

I’m pleased to share that next weekend, March 4th & 5th will be the 2017 Greater Pacific North West Regional Conference – and guess what… I will be a guest speaker!

Citizen’s Climate Lobby advocates for national carbon fee and dividend legislation. This conference will inspire attendees to build political will for a livable world.

I will be facilitating a workshop on social media: how we can increase our presence online and shape the argument to move the needle on climate issues.

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What Megablazes Tell Us About the Fiery Future of Climate Change

720x405-GettyImages-482741006Rolling Stone outlines a fantastic overview on the effects of the wildfires that have devastated the West this summer including the effects and the problems faced both environmentally and human-caused.

“This is the present, and the future, of climate change. Our overheated world is amplifying drought and making megafire commonplace. This is happening even in the soggy Pacific Northwest, which has been hard-hit by what’s been dubbed a “wet drought.” Despite near-normal precipitation, warm winter temperatures brought rain instead of snow to the region’s mountains. What little snow did hit the ground then melted early, leaving the Northwest dry — and ready to burn in the heat of summer.”

State Supreme Court: Charter schools are unconstitutional

Employees of Washington Commercial Painters enter the Summit Sierra charter school as they retouch the interior during after hours, Friday, September 4, 2015. After nearly a year of deliberation, the state Supreme Court ruled late Friday afternoon that charter schools are not constitutional.

Friday, the Washington State Supreme Court overturned a law voted in 2012 that allowed for the public-funded support of charter schools for reasons of unconstitutionality.

“Justice Mary E. Fairhurst agreed with the majority that charter schools aren’t common schools, but argued in a partial dissenting opinion that the state “can constitutionally support charter schools through the general fund.” -The Seattle Times

Shouldn’t we explore any and all areas for opportunity for growth and improvement in the public education system? Shouldn’t we welcome new challenges? When there is a waitlist for charter schools, don’t we owe it to the children to ensure everyone has that opportunity? I mean isn’t that what this is all about anyway: the kids?

I still wholeheartedly do not like the fact that this means funds are diverted from public schools who also need them, and it sets a dangerous precedence for what public schools could become (i.e. the “bad” option), but the answer is not by remaining stagnant, we need radical reform and we need it now.

Let’s Make Moves Washingtonians: Initiative 732

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CarbonWa addresses climate change by empowering ordinary citizens to make a difference for our environment. I-732 would implement a $25 per ton tax on carbon pollution which creates incentives for everyone to reduce their carbon emissions. All of the revenue raised by the tax goes to reducing existing taxes. The majority goes toward a 1 percent reduction in the sales tax for everyone! Additionally, it virtually eliminates the B&O tax for manufacturers and finally a tax rebate for low income families called the “Working Families Rebate.” By signing your name you move this initiative to the state legislature which will vote Y or N! (Washington)