Hello carbon tax friends: This week we’ve got lots of events and readings, but I’m going to start with a famous roadside sign at a house of worship:
Translation: We’ve got lots of great signature-gathering opportunities coming up, so please join the fun:
Folklife (Seattle): There’s a big group going Saturday 2-5pm (details and sign up here, there’s a basket of goodies for the best signature-gatherers!) and also on Friday from 4-6pm, or head down on your own time, the festival is Friday – Monday.
Seattle International Film Festival (Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, Renton): SIFF runs now through Sunday June 7 and is amazing for signature-gathering because (to the best of my knowledge) the venues require audience members to line up outside and they can’t enter until 20-30 minutes before showtime. So check out the SIFF calendar (or pick up a paper copy in the Stranger or see their website) and show up 40 minutes before showtime to work the lines of fascinating characters waiting to see “Seoul Searching” or “A Hard Day” (just 2 of the movies from South Korea!) or other great films. Heck you can even collect signatures and then go see the movie yourself!
Farmers markets (everywhere): Laurel (firstname.lastname@example.org, featured in this week’s getting to know you) and Ben (email@example.com) in Seattle report that there were volunteers collecting signatures at all of Seattle’s farmers markets last week, so keep it up! And please email Jason (firstname.lastname@example.org) in east King County if you want to volunteer at the farmers markets in Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, or Issaquah. (“Mercer Island and Juanita do not start until June.”)
Ski to Sea (Bellingham): This extremely popular event had to cancel the skiing aspect of the competition due to the lack of snow, so it’s a perfect place to gather signatures from concerned outdoor enthusiasts! Join David (email@example.com) and the Bellingham CarbonWA team on Saturday and Sunday! Details to meet up are here on the calendar.
Want to do more than (or something instead of) gathering signatures? You can volunteer at the office, or host a house party, or make a donation, or maybe you’ve got a different idea! Whatever it is, contact me if you’re interested and we can go from there. (And if you’re interested in hosting a house party I’ll put you in touch with our Events Fundraiser Ellen Lockert who can help you try to meet or exceed the current house party record of $7000!)
UW’s Cliff Mass writes (“Summer 2015: The Northwest’s Global Warming Stress Test”) that “our winter and spring have brought weather conditions that are stunningly close to those expected to be normal by the end of the century” (including “crazy warm temperatures”; NOAA says it was the warmest Dec/Jan/Feb on record for Washington State) and that models for June/July/August forecast “surface air temperatures of 1-2 C (2-4 F) above normal.” (See also this summer forecast from NOAA.) Cliff also writes that “It is increasingly looking like we may have a super El Nino later this year” (for details see the latest monthly NOAA update, and note that El Nino is probably also contributing to global temperature records). In response to all this, Governor Inslee has announced a statewide drought emergency (see also the NY Times). Bottom line: We all know that weather is not the same thing as climate, but many citizens don’t, and this year may be a good example of “here’s what an average year will be like at the end of the century if we don’t reduce carbon emissions.”
This week’s best read is from Patrick Mazza: ” If Washington Gov. Jay Inslee manages to pass his carbon cap proposal this legislative session, he will owe a debt of gratitude to Carbon Washington and its effort to place a carbon tax on the ballot… People power is what it’s going to take to win the climate struggle, people on the ground talking to their neighbors, presenting to local groups, being a face-to-face climate presence in their communities.” Other good readings include this profile of Republican climate activist Bob Inglis (“This Man Is America’s Best Hope for Near-Term Climate Action”) and George Marshall writing in Grist on “Here’s a radical idea: Climate activists need to engage conservatives”. (Dear George: What do you think we’re doing?!? Please join us!)
Steering committee member Alex Lenferna (featured in last week’s getting to know you) reports: “I went out for the “sHell No” Paddle in Seattle. Being South African, I’ve never been able to sign the petition myself, and one of the kayaktivists picked up on this when I handed out the petition. The kayactivist shouted out ‘If he’s collecting signatures for something he can’t sign it must be good’. After going down a row of kayaks, the empty petition sheet came back full of signatures.”
Also: Here’s a photo of David from Lopez gathering signatures via kayak 🙂
Finally: I was collecting signatures at SIFF (the Uptown venue on Queen Anne has 3 screens that start showings 30 minutes apart, so in a bit more than an hour I can cover 3 different groups!) and one fellow in line at first said No, and then he started giving me advice on collecting signatures (“You’ve got multiple boards, which is good, but when you get multiple people to sign always get someone to sign an empty board because the first signature is the hardest”) and then he told me that he was a retired activist who had collected thousands of signatures over the years… and then he signed the petition (“Give me an empty board!”). I gave him a flyer and encouraged him to come out of retirement for CarbonWA!
Talk to your friends and neighbors about I-732