Carbon Free Thurston Campaign
Carbon Free Thurston meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Start times alternate between 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm.
Please check our online calendar to find out the time for the upcoming meeting!
TCAT’s Carbon Free Thurston (CFT) campaign is encouraging local governments in Thurston County to adopt very strong, bold, and effective policies and investments to significantly reduce GHG emissions which result from activities of city residents and businesses. We are doing this by working with the Cities of Olympia, Tumwater and Lacey, along with Thurston County, on carrying out the actions contained in their recently-completed Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan, and by helping local residents make their voices heard on this issue. (“Mitigation” means taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint, to avoid the worst effects of climate change.)
One of the most important results of the Paris climate meeting in 2015 was a universal recognition that cities must play a critical role in reducing our planet’s greenhouse gas emissions to safe levels. So the local cities’ commitment to join this movement is an important part of the global movement to ensure a safe climate and a livable world for future generations.
CFT has already made a difference in moving our community forward on clean energy and a stable climate:
- We encouraged the cities and the county to include money in their 2018 budgets to complete a strong and effective climate action plan. They did that, and completed the plan in late 2020.
- We conducted outreach to community organizations, and encouraged local residents to attend City Council and County Commissioner meetings to voice support for strong local climate action.
- The City Councils of Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey, and the Thurston County Commissioners, adopted strong, science-based targets for reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions. Those targets are a 45% reduction below 2015 levels by 2030, and an 85% reduction by 2050.
- In early 2021, all three cities and the County officially accepted the plan and began working on implementing its recommended actions.
- The cities of Olympia and Tumwater, along with the County Commissioners, adopted a climate emergency resolution.
This CFT campaign will continue to urge local Cities and the County to make significant investments in promoting community-wide energy efficiency and renewable energy to meet the targets they have adopted, as well as policies that support this goal. This will involve significant budgetary and policy challenges. We will draw attention to the choice between a future of floods, disease, heat waves, water shortages, and wildfires; or making investments and policies now which will require change but will save money, improve health and create jobs. We will urge the Cities and the County to choose the latter. We hope you’ll join us!