Thurston Climate Action Team’s (TCAT) mission is to partner with our community to restore earth’s climate and create a healthy, just, and joyous world for all people and our planet
It's the 12 Days of Giving! Hosted by Thurston Climate Action Team
Our work does not end with passing the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP). We must ensure that local governments and our communities take the steps needed to bring down our carbon pollution. You can be part of the action by joining one of our Climate Action Groups. Click on the images below to learn more about each Action Group and how to get in contact with our group leads.
By acting locally and thinking globally, we are making climate action history. Please join us!
In early September 2021 community members came together to paint the Climate Justice Mural on the lower Harrison Ave wall, just above the 4th ave round - about. Volunteers from Thurston Climate Action Team, the Southwest Neighborhood Association, community organizations, and walk ups off the street were led by a six-artist design team, assembled by TCAT, in painting the design onto the wall. The design for the Climate Justice Mural project came out of a community workshop which TCAT hosted in June, in which artists, volunteers, and subject matter experts gathered to envision what Climate Justice looks like in our community and how to bring that vision to life through public art.
From left to right, the mural features a brown fist holding ribbons representing the trans flag, the gay pride flag, and racial diversity, which weave together becoming roads that feature alternative building and transportation options. The roads blend into images of roots and then water spelling out the words Climate Justice and featuring a killer whale tail. To the right one can see vines with the flowers of medicinal and edible plants and then butterflies representing transformation and hope for the future. One butterfly lands on a child’s outstretched finger, representing a bountiful future which we are creating for all future generations through our actions today. Within the roots of the tree you’ll find canoes representing indigenous people’s connection to the water and a Lushootseed Prayer, painted in collaboration with Candace Penn and Jeremiah George of the Squaxin Island Tribe. The prayer is written in both Lushootseed, the language of the Squaxin Island Tribe, and English.
We acknowledge that Thurston County's land and water is the traditional territory of the Nisqually, Puyallup, Squaxin (S'Homamish, Stehchass, T'Peeksin, Squi-aitl, and Sa-heh-wamish) and the Chehalis People.
The surrounding mountains, valleys, shorelines and waterways are imbued with their presence.
We seek to nurture our relationship with our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to this place — their homelands — where we mutually abide
You can learn more about the Indigenous territories you occupy by visiting https://native-land.ca/