PO Box 13324, Olympia, WA 98508 info@thurstonclimateaction.org

Faith and Climate Action On International, National, State And Local Levels

October 21, 2019 - 7 PM
Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation
2315 Division St NW, Olympia

Climate Action at the International and National Levels. First in a series of 3 classes. Presented by William McPherson. Register here.

You can also register by contacting Sara Lewis at 360-786-6383 x 102

There is a charge of $10 for one class and $15 for the series.

Class #1 Climate Action At The International And National Levels

Since the U.S. is stymied at the federal government level, climate action will have to take place in different forums. One is the Green New Deal, which is a vague concept of action by a number of different groups and levels. Another is the U.S. Climate Alliance, a group of states that are “still in” the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement itself will be guiding international actions on climate during the next crucial decade, which scientists consider crucial for the future of the world. Recommended Reading: Ideology and Collapse: Risks of Climate Science Dismissal by William McPherson

Presenter: William McPherson

Class #2 Climate Action In Washington State

While climate changes are planetary in nature, the response to these changes tends to come from cities, states and regions. We will reveal and discuss opportunities to do something about climate change realities. The states are the laboratories where national actions are born and tested. We will focus on statewide climate change solutions and the “thin green line” of resistance on the West Coast that offers hope of bending the curve away from catastrophic climate changes now approaching us. No text required.

Presenter: Kelly Thompson

Class #3 Local Climate Action

The City Councils of Olympia, Tumwater and Lacey and the Thurston County Commissioners have agreed to collaborate on developing and implementing a regional climate mitigation plan. This plan will provide a roadmap for meeting the science-based targets the cities and county adopted in 2018 for reducing county-wide greenhouse gas emissions; that is, emissions that are 45% below 2015 levels by 2030 and 85% below 2015 levels by 2050. We will discuss the value of local action in solving this global problem, how the cities and the county got to the point of committing to meaningful local climate action, current status of the planning effort, community involvement in determining the actions and commitments needed, and the path forward.

Presenter: Tom Crawford


William McPherson is a retired environmental diplomat with the Foreign Service, author and activist with experience in global and state environmental policies, responsible for reporting on climate research and other UN environmental activities. He is a member of the University UU Church in Seattle.

Joining us from our OUUC Congregation are:

Kelly Thompson is currently Vice President and Issue team member with JUUstice Washington, a new organization evolving from UU Voices for Justice and the Northwest UU Justice

Network. He has tried to decipher the workings of the state legislature, and has testified to Washington State House and Senate regarding issues of interest to Northwest UU’s.

Tom Crawford is a founding member of the Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT), and currently serves as its Board Chair. He organized the county-wide greenhouse gas inventory, and led a county-wide poll of residents’ attitudes toward climate change and clean energy. Tom’s professional work focused on training educators of Native students in the Pacific Northwest; and IT project management for state government agencies nation-wide.

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