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A Faithful Approach to Fighting Climate Change

A Faithful Approach to Fighting Climate Change

When Reverend Marilyn Cornwell arrived at the Church of the Ascension in Magnolia five years ago, just a handful of church members were active in the environmental movement. Today, environmental stewardship is a central mandate for the entire congregation.

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In Our View: Our Climate Is Changing

Any discussion about climate change should be required to start with a quote from Peter Goldmark, Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands. “Our fire season started a month ahead, our crops matured weeks ahead and the dry weather we usually get in August, we’ve had since May.”

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Getting a Price on Carbon in Washington State

100 companies joined together and launched the Washington Climate Declaration, a state level version of the national Climate Declaration created by CERES. Since launching, that number has increased to 185 signatories, including several business associations including ASBC, who believe that taking action on climate just makes good business sense.

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The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is Washington State’s coalition of community organizations, business, labor, and environmental groups dedicated to reducing global warming pollution, creating family-wage jobs, and securing a better future for our families.
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Bob Guenther, Government Affairs Advisor, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 77and Blue Green leader, as well as David Watterson of the Tenino City Council, led us through Centralia and Tenino on a tour to visit sites of just transition. The coal mine and coal fire power plant that have been a foundation of the economy in this area are being retired. Funds for solar and industrial development to replace the coal industry have benefited the community college as well as the K-12 school in Tenino, both of which boast solar panels on their roofs.

Strong labor organizing in this area goes back over 100 years. As Gunther explained, Centralia was home to a International Workers of the World (IWW) presence in the early 20th century. As soldiers returned from World War I, they organized for better hours and meals in the midst of backbreaking work in the timber industry.
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"People have harvested shellfish in the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years. Today, the industry generates more than $270 million annually in the state of Washington alone."

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