By Tom Crawford, President, Thurston Climate Action Team The Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP) effort has identified nearly 300 possible actions (available here) for reducing community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout Thurston County.  As you might recall, the TCMP is the work of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and Thurston County to determine how to meet the…

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By Thad Curtz Some comments at one of the recent work sessions to develop our regional climate action plan led to my building a website to share materials about actually implementing the ideas for reducing emissions that have been proposed so far. It’s at www.climatetoolbox.info. (There’s nothing about some of the ideas because I thought…

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Citizens Letter Urging Selection of Bold Criteria To Ensure Success of The Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan October 21, 2019 To: The Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan Steering Committee: From: the below signed community groups We, the undersigned, thank you for your efforts to reduce our carbon footprint in Thurston County. We applaud your work on the…

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By Sam Merrill, Black Hills Audubon A Missouri development company, NorthPoint, is seeking to rezone to industrial a 745-acre parcel of rare glacial outwash prairie owned by the Port of Tacoma (POT), but located just south of Millerslyvania State Park in Thurston County.  NorthPoint has made a contingent offer to purchase this parcel in order…

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By Stewart Henderson If you agree that it’s time to start treating our climate emergency like a real emergency, you’ll be interested in the latest work of Rapid and Just Climate Action (RJCA). RJCA 90-day action teams have launched in Seattle and on Whidbey Island, and will be launching on October 19 at the Joint…

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By Paul Pickett | Environmental Engineer and Thurston Conservation District Supervisor | Contributing Writer The IPCC Land Use report (1) challenges us to address our agricultural and food systems globally to reduce carbon emissions and prepare for the climate instability yet to come. But how can we bring this complex wonky report down to earth here in…

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By Nick Wynn | Contributing Writer The United Nation’s Intergovernmantal Panel on Climate Change has issued a landmark Special Report on Climate Change and Land  (https://www.ipcc.ch/report/srccl/). Authored by the combined effort of 107 climate experts from 52 countries, the report characterizes and quantifies the impact of our global land use on climate change, including its effect…

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Send Comments to Reject Permit for Tacoma LNG Project From Power Past Fracked Gas Despite opposition from the Puyallup Tribe, over 80 community organizations, and Governor Inslee, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is still working to complete their fracked gas project in Tacoma. This project is an affront to our climate, health, and safety. PSE needs one final…

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By Eduardo Garcia | July 3, 2019  The New York Times, Climate Fwd: Newsletter A heat wave scorched Europe through the weekend and Americans are facing what’s predicted to be a very hot couple of months. Last summer ranked as the fourth-hotteston record for the lower 48 states, and this year’s temperatures are expected to be above average in most of…

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By Alan Singer | June 20, 2019 | Daily KOS In 2016, the Portland, Oregon school board unanimously passed a resolution mandating that climate change and climate justice be part of the curriculum in all district schools. The resolution called for curriculum that was “participatory, imaginative, and respectful of students’ and teachers’ creativity and eagerness to be…

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