Courting Communities to Combat Climate Change

By path2positive

Top-down leadership has been the prevailing model for advancing climate solutions at the state and federal level. However, Washington voters, through a coalition of community groups, are now attempting to leverage citizen action to implement bold climate policies in the coming year.

To accomplish this, the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is working to place an initiative on the Washington state ballot in 2016. The initiative seeks a multipronged approach, which will enable environmental protection as well as job growth and new economic opportunities. The coalition believes that this is possible by placing a price on carbon emissions, and reinvesting those dollars in clean energy programs, jobs, and low-income communities that are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation.

Community leaders are growing impatient with inaction on climate change at the top levels of government. Mayors and municipal officials have strong allies in the non-profit sector and from community organizations, and should collaborate with such groups to implement climate action plans and make their communities a better place to live. To find resources on engaging climate partners in your community, check out Path to Positive Communities.


Groups form alliance to tackle climate change by initiative

By Phuong Le | Tri-City Herald | October 6, 2015

SEATTLE: A coalition of diverse groups is launching a new initiative effort to tackle climate change, raising the prospect that Washington voters could face two statewide ballot measures on carbon pollution next year.

The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy on Tuesday announced plans to put a climate initiative before voters in November 2016. Their effort aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, put a price on carbon pollution and use that money to invest in clean energy, communities or other programs, though details have not been worked out yet.

Read More

Subscribe

Stay connected and get updates from Path to Positive.

Subscribe

You May Also Like

June 15, 2020

I can’t breathe. These powerful words amplify the pain of the multiple challenges we face in America today. We are witnessing the beginning of a...

Read More

May 13, 2020

The must-attend, go-to webcast discussion for the most current and best thinking on climate change ecoAmerica is introducing Let’s Talk Climate to provide guidance and support to...

Read More

May 13, 2020

Celebrating Mother’s Day this week gave me pause to think about all the women and mothers who have been leading. During this time of COVID-19,...

Read More
positive-white

 

Path to Positive is a program of ecoAmerica

 

© ecoAmerica 2006 – 2020 The contents of this website may be shared and used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International License.