There are only two carbon pricing policies on the table in Washington State. One of them is the Governor’s climate bill in Olympia. The other is our “relief pitcher” carbon tax ballot measure, Initiative to the Legislature #732. And the most important thing you can do for either one of them is to contribute your strength and your voice to the Carbon Washington campaign. (But don’t take my word for it, go read House environment committee chair Joe Fitzgibbon in Crosscut!)
Here’s four simple ways you can help:
We’re using this heartwarming crowdfunding video to raise $10,000 by the end of the month to support our amazing campaign staff. We’ve raised over $5,000 in small donations (75 so far, none greater than $500) and you can help by donating $22 in honor of Earth Day, or $150 to get a t-shirt, or $250 to get a t-shirt and a signed copy of my Cartoon Climate Change book. Please donate now, every dollar counts!
Our office is already filling up with many thousands of signatures, but we need your help to reach our targets for April and beyond! So: There are trainings and kickoffs coming up all over the state (Lopez Island, Olympia, and Spokane on Saturday April 25, Port Townsend on T April 28, Bainbridge on W April 29, Vancouver on Saturday May 2, etc.) plus lots of great events coming up, including the Procession of the Species in Olympia this coming Saturday afternoon, the Seattle Sounders game against Portland this Sunday at 6:30pm, and Nobel laureate and carbon tax fan Joseph Stiglitz at a sold-out Town Hall on T evening April 28. (To get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org for Olympia and email@example.com for the Seattle events).
And if you were part of our Earth Day 22 pledge to collect 22 signatures on or before Earth Day in honor of Advisory Board member Denis Hayes, please send your petition sheets (completed or not!) into the office using the envelope provided (or use 2 first class stamps to send your petitions to CarbonWA, PO Box 85565, Seattle WA 98145-1565). Please send your sheets in even if they’re not full; every signature counts!
And if you were not part of our Earth Day 22 pledge, it’s not too late to pledge to collect 22 signatures before the end of the month. (Here at Carbon Washington, every day is Earth Day!)
Kristin Eberhard at Sightline didn’t mince any words about the Carbon Washington proposal: “Win.“ (In case you want more context, here’s the long version: “A steady and predictably rising price on pollution could usher in an orderly transition to clean energy for free for most households, with the added bonus of improving Washington’s woefully regressive tax code. Win.” And Alex Lenferna and I have an op-ed (“Carbon Washington’s climate ballot measure will boost social justice”) in the new issue of Real Change: go buy an issue from your local vendor (and ask for their signature on your petition sheet!) or read it online (and then match your CarbonWA contribution with a contribution to Real Change :).
You can help by getting inspired by these Tales from the Trails
Ian James from Issaquah writes: “I came to the training at Bellevue Public Library on Sunday – it was awesome! It was really fun, inspiring and effective. I have 32 signatures already: I mailed my first sheet to PO Box 85565, Seattle [98145-1565] tonight. I collected mainly from PCC and Trader Joe in Issaquah, but also a couple of colleagues, my wife, and one random guy outside the library.”
Ben Pfeiffer writes: “I’m finding that collecting signatures for the initiative is easier than I expected. Most people willing to stop and chat agree to sign or take note of the CarbonWA website and agree to take a closer look. I have collected signatures at Green Lake and in Eastsound on Orcas Island. To date I have about 230 signatures. I have used a hook like “Would you care to sign an initiative to reduce the state sales tax in favor of a carbon pollution tax?” Usually a minute or so of explanation is required to explain the proposal. A lot of people are concerned about how regressive our tax system is and like to hear that the initiative funds a state supplement to the federal earned income tax credit.”
And we have two literal tales from the trails: CarbonWA’s Clark County staffer Roy Valo talked up a fellow he met on a hike and got a signature when they returned to the parking lot, and rumor has it that David Jackman and his compatriots at WWU are planning to do some signature-gathering on an upcoming hike on Chuckanut Mountain (maybe this one??).
Talk to your friends and neighbors about I-732