Campaign News

Hello carbon tax friends: We’re at 191,000 signatures (!) and making big strides through the first half of September… great work everyone! And whatever you think about football, it’s a terrific opportunity for signature gathering (e.g., Huskies’ opening game Saturday morning) so let’s push on to 200,000 and beyond! Please check the signature-gathering calendars (in particular here’s Seattle RSVP and Bellevue RSVP forms), reach out to friends and family and neighbors, tell folks about our job posting (including our CarbonWA scholarship for high school or college students you know who are looking for a bit of cash), connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, volunteer to make phone calls or help with data entry from your home or help out around the campaign office or help with your local chapter, etc.

250 Club updates

Just a quick update on last week’s 250 Club announcement because I forgot to congratulate Bruce Flory for joining the 250 Club and Julia Robinson for hitting 500 signatures!

And if signature-gathering is not your thing and you’d rather help with data entry from home, email me (yoram@carbonwa.org) and I’ll get you connected 🙂

Donate your solar credit to CarbonWA

J. from Seattle has solar panels on her roof, so she just sent us a check equal to the amount of her “Washington State Renewable Energy Production Incentive” for 2014-2015. And she writes: “I would like to challenge Carbon WA supporters with solar panels on their roofs to donate their incentives to the Carbon WA cause.” Great idea! Donations can be made online or via check!

Tales from the Trails

Thanks to our friends at Oregon Climate for helping collect signatures at the Mumford & Sons concert in Walla Walla, and check out their job description for a statewide field organizer to build and strengthen grassroots support for strong and fair carbon pricing. (And of course remember that we’re also hiring folks for signature gathering, including our CarbonWA scholarship for high school or college students you know who are looking for a bit of cash!)

Seattle staffer Ben Silesky reports: “While collecting signatures at the Wallingford Farmers market I was explaining our policy to a woman sitting on a picnic blanket. As I told her about British Colombia’s carbon tax she lit up and told me about how she created the same policy in the game “Sim City”. (Sim City is a create-your-own-society game where you build cities and govern according to rules you create.) This woman told me all about her successful policy where she made dirty energy more expensive which caused pollution to decrease over time. So of course she signed!” (Ben also sends along these two tweets showing how he takes lemons and makes lemonade.)

Our newest Executive Committee member Greg Rock went to eastern Washington for some meetings and tried to do signature-gathering at Wal-Mart but smoke from nearby fires was pouring off the roof of the building and everybody was just trying to get to their cars (and recommended that Greg do the same!). This story reminded fellow ExCom member Joe Ryan that he had attempted to organize a WPPSS signature-gathering effort in eastern Washington for May 19, 1980, the day Mount St Helens erupted. (No signature gathering happened that day, but I-385 led to I-394, which passed the next year.)

Gary Piazzon writes: We just attended an interdenominational event hosted by the Greening Congregations of Whidbey. There were approximately 200 people in attendance which kept 3 of us signature gathers busy. I was armed with CCL’s Faith Based Statements and “Climate Change: Our Call to Conversion” a workbook published by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center. We ordered a dozen copies and will be visiting churches on the island both to get signatures and recruit signature gatherers!  What an opportunity to educate, advocate and collaborate! Here is an example of the workbook’s message from one of the articles examining the apparent apathy and inaction which the author felt was fear based in grief: “Instead of guilt, fear and depression, can we face our profound loss, talk about it, acknowledge our grief and move forward within this community?  Can we dry our tears and embrace a new relationship with Earth infused with wonder, reverence for all life, and gratitude to God for remaining with us through perils of what we must face?” (Katherine Preston, “Mourning for the Earth”,  Sojourners magazine, August 2013). She ends the piece quoting the Talumud: “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.  Do justly, now.  Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work.  But, neither are you free to abandon it.”

Readings

Check out “All must act now to support climate action” by Bob Zeigler in the Olympian.” Also To comply with the Clean Power Plan, states should tax carbon” by Adele Morris and Evan Weber.  And “The sunniest climate-change story you’ll ever read” includes some good quotes and info from our Executive Committee member Ramez Naam.

As always comments are welcome on the blog, or via Facebook or Twitter, and please send your Tales from the Trails, good or bad, to me at yoram@carbonwa.org (please cc: communications@carbonwa.org if you can).

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