Video Series About Sea Level Rise Flooding in Olympia

Are you concerned about Sea Level Rise in Olympia, and Thurston County at large? Did you see the flooding of Capitol Lake this January? The City of Olympia recently published a new tool created by local Visual Storyteller, Bill Lange, to help residents and get a deeper understanding of Sea Level Rise locally. The Olympia Sea Level Rise Collaborative…

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Global Youth Climate Strike Here in Thurston County 

On Friday March 25th at 12 noon, a crowd of students from schools throughout county gathered at Capitol Lake alongside supporters and marched to Olympia City Hall. The Thurston County students held their strike as part of a Global Youth Strike and Day of Action, in association with the Fridays for the Future Campaign. The march was…

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Thank you Nisqually Charitable Program

Thank you to the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s Charitable Program for awarding TCAT with a grant of $5,000. The funds awarded will be used for the following: To collaborate with partners in the preservation and planting of trees in Thurston County, assessing where trees need to be saved and where they need to be planted, To engage the public in contacting their…

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Local Habitat for Humanity Proposes Sustainable, Affordable Homes

By: Tom Crawford | TCAT Board President Thurston Climate Action Team understands that we cannot fully address the climate crisis without at the same time addressing social justice and equity in our communities.  This includes providing homes that are energy smart while being healthy, safe, and affordable for everyone.    Pursuing this goal, South Puget Sound…

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TCAT Awarded Environmental Justice Grant from the US EPA in the amount $75,000

The Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) has been awarded an Environmental Justice Small Grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the amount $75,000.   Thurston County has been one of the fastest-growing counties in Washington State since the 1960s, consistently exceeding the state’s overall rate of growth, and the racial and ethnic…

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You can Plant Trees Through the Action of Your Daily Life

By Alice Grendon | TCAT Communications Coordinator  Many of us know trees play a critical role in creating a climate safe future. It is not enough to simply cease producing emissions. We must actually draw down Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) from our atmosphere and sequester carbon in the soil. Project Drawdown lists reforestation among the top 5 most…

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Nuclear Power Cannot Solve Climate Change

By: Carolyn Treadway and Roy Treadway | TCAT Volunteers In the November 16, 2021, TCAT Newsletter, the final article “This Next-Generation Nuclear Power Plant is Pitched for Washington State.  Can it ‘change the world’?” by Hal Bernton of The Seattle Times seemed to advocate for the extremely dangerous and expensive Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) as a…

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Listen to Youth, and Stop Waiting on Government

By: Alice Grendon | TCAT Communications Coordinator  Like many politically engaged people living in modern times, I have an inner conflict between the desire to stay informed and the need to protect my nervous system from the onslaught of fear and horror which is frequently brought forth by listening to the news. This week the desire to…

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The Military Factor and Climate Change

By: Joanne Dufour What was missing from the COP26 Agenda? When the Kyoto Agreement was discussed in 2010, the United Kingdom proposed excluding military activities in calculations of their nation’s carbon footprint. The U.S. agreed and joined in omitting  military activity. In 2015 when the Paris Agreement allowed countries to include military activity or not,…

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An Electric Vehicle Cost Savings Story

By: Cleve Pinnix | Thurston Climate Action Team Volunteer In early September my wife and I drove our Kia Niro Electric Car to Leavenworth to visit our daughter, Julia. Julia has a 240 volt outlet at her house which made it easy for me to charge up the EV while staying there. Julia gets her…

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