By Martin Bilbao | The Olympian | February 16th, 2020 Thurston County has adopted a interlocal climate mitigation plan that aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next three decades. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution adopting the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan in partnership with the cities of Lacey, Olympia, and…

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By Glen Anderson | February 2021 The March 2021 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series (also watchable on your computer) helps us move ahead toward solving the climate crisis. It helps people of all ages understand why young people are so deeply concerned – and it informs us of some of the positive ways…

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By Kaylee Shen 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…

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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…

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In October, Jenna Mason Media donated three ponderosa pine seedlings to TCAT.  The question of getting them planted was brought to TCAT’s Tree Action Group, and Rebecca McMillin-Hastings (Capital High School Climate Club President) volunteered to take on the project. Here is Rebecca’s story about her progress so far. Hi, I’m Rebecca McMillin-Hastings, president of…

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By Clare Follmann | GRuB | October, 2020 GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty) is a 501(c)3 community nonprofit which works at the intersection of food, education, and health systems to grow healthy food, people, and communities. At its core is the GRuB urban community farm located on the westside of Olympia. This 2 acre farm, composed of a variety of…

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By Marilyn Sitaker | October, 2020 Most of us understand that what we eat has a major impact on our health. Studies show that 40% of deaths world-wide are due to diseases associated with poor dietary quality: heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and colorectal cancer. At the same time, the process of growing, processing, and distributing our…

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By Samara Almonte | TCAT Digital Media Coordinator It’s a new year, and the fight for environmental and climate justice is only growing stronger. As you might recall, in June of 2020 TCAT published a newsletter centering Black voices and their experiences in the environmental movement, along with different educational resources on the topic. If you…

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By Carrie Ziegler, TCAT’s Community Engagement Organizer In these times of multiple overlapping crises upending our ability to live our daily lives, art has a unique, critical, and powerful role to play. It can help us to bring forth our full humanity, even as we struggle with what is sometimes unthinkable. This is true of…

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By Tom Crawford, TCAT President Now that the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP) is completed and in the hands of each of the partner jurisdictions (Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and Thurston County), Thurston Climate Action Team has identified some specific actions contained in the TCMP it will work on and advocate for during 2021. I would like…

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