Climate Mitigation in Thurston County

While the Thurston County League of Women Voters does not have a position on Climate Change, it is an area of concern for our members.  In addition, with the support of the Climate Change Position of the League of Women Voters of Washington, we have taken actions consistent with that position.  For example, we have been an active participant in the Thurston Climate Action Team and have supported several Climate Summits held by this group.

We are soon going be asked to weigh in on a number of actions that may be taken to address climate change locally.  This will be done in the context of development of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan by the Thurston Regional Planning Council. Due to the COVID-19 concerns and interruptions of many activities, the process of developing this plan has been delayed.  It is possible, however, to get an idea of what may be happening later this summer by reviewing a fact sheet that was produced last year.  Click here to see that sheet. 

Members of an ad hoc Mitigation Plan Review Group, comprised of Jody Disney, Katherine Ransom, Joel Carlson, Shelley Ferer, Sandra Herndon, and Peggy Smith, read the draft plan and considered the implementation strategies to meet plan goals.  The group then requested that the LWVTC Board approve a position in favor of plan adoption.  On September 9,, 2020, the Board approved the Position that can be read by clicking here.

Next steps will include advocating for adoption of the TCMP by City of Olympia, City of Tumwater, City of Lacey, and Thurston County Commission.  Information about the plan process and content will be posted here.  As the Review and Comment period approaches, we may provide suggestion that members can make as individuals, as well as prepare input that will be made by the LWVTC Board. 

 

September 2020 Project Update: Draft Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan Open House and Public Review

The draft Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan is now available for public review.

PUBLIC COMMENT TCMP Draft Sept 2020

 

Thurston Regional Planning Council, Thurston County, and the cities of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater are working together with the public and key stakeholders to create a framework for reducing local contributions to climate change. After two years of work, the draft Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan is now available for public review. The plan outlines strategies to reduce local carbon pollution from sources like transportation, buildings, solid waste, and land use to help our region build toward a healthier, more livable, and resilient future.

We want to hear from you! We are launching an online Open House and survey starting Wednesday, September 17th to share the draft Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan and gather community feedback. Visit www.ThurstonClimatePlan.com to participate! 

VIRTUAL PANEL

LISTEN UP! YOUTH VOICES ON CLIMATE JUSTICE

Saturday, September 26th at 2:00 PM
REGISTER HERE! 

Thurston County Youth Climate Activists tell it like it is in this inspiring webinar focused on taking action! Come listen into the world of young activists and connect through generations on climate change -- a problem we must fight together!
 
 

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LWVTC Board Approves Position to Support Adoption of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan

 

League of Women Voters of Thurston County Position on the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan

LWV position (2018-2020), endorsed by LWVWA position (2019-2021):  The League believes that climate change is a serious threat facing our nation and our planet.  The League believes than an interrelated approach to combating climate change—including through energy conservation, air pollution controls, building resilience, and promotion of renewable resources—is necessary to protect public health and defend the overall integrity of the global ecosystem.  The League supports climate goals and policies that are consistent with the best available climate science and that will ensure a stable climate system for future generations.  Individuals, communities, and governments must continue to address this issue, while considering the ramifications of their decision, at all levels—local, state, regional, national, and global.

              In light of the forgoing League Position, The Thurston County League of Women Voters (LWVTC) believes the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP), drafted by the Thurston Regional Planning Council, presents a solid foundation for continuing regional collaboration on reducing local contributions to climate change.

  Our League’s TCMP Review Group has undertaken a review of the Draft Plan and the associated Draft Implementation Strategy.  They have noted that development of this plan has been a complex and extensive undertaking.  Further, they understand that there are many steps each of the four partner jurisdictions (Thurston County, Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater) will need to take to address climate change. The Review Committee has made it clear to the LWVTC Board that meeting the vision and goals contained in the TCMP will require the attention, buy-in, and creativity of people in many different areas of our community and economy.

 

Accordingly, LWVTC supports adoption of the Draft Plan put forward by the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan Steering Committee.

 

             The League understands that no one organization can address climate change.  This is reflected in the inclusion in the TCMP of climate mitigation efforts already underway in Thurston County.   We will encourage our members to participate as individuals or join with others to build on successes.  We will work collaboratively to foster ongoing interactive relationships with other groups to effectively influence climate mitigation policies.  We will also urge members and allies to be aware of the periodic reviews and revisions of goals and targets that will be needed as new information expands the understanding of the best routes to address climate impacts.

 

LWVTCV TCMP Review Group Draft  9/4/2020

LWVTC Board of Directors Approval   September 9, 2020

 

BACKGROUND

On June 3, the LWVTC Executive Committee approved and to the Board for adoption.

Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan Review Group -- Proposed by Peggy Smith, June 21, 2020

Proposal That the LWVWA Board of Directors establish an ad hoc group of members to follow, review, and draft comments related to the development of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan, under the auspices of the Thurston Regional Planning Council.

Background While the Thurston County League of Women Voters does not have a position on Climate Change, it is an area of concern for our members. With the support of the Climate Change Position of the League of Women Voters, we have taken actions consistent with that position.*  For example, we have several members who have been active participant in the Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT), and we have supported several Climate Summits held by this group. During the LWVTC Program Planning Meeting in January, climate change was identified as the number three priority.

Although the development of this plan has been slowed down by factors related to the COVID-19, there will be enhanced activity soon.  This will provide the opportunity for LWV TC to weigh in on actions that may be taken to address climate change locally. 

Process Upon board approval, members who have an interest in climate change or are looking for a way to get more engaged in League activities will be asked to join an ad hoc Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan Review Group. This group would be responsible for coordinating their work with that of TCAT.  As TCAT focuses on mobilizing to get the word out asking folks to sign pledge cards and urge their elected officials to support the plan, the LWVTC group will take more of a public policy advocacy approach.

The group’s tasks will involve:

  • monitoring the development of the plan and reading drafts as they become available
  • providing information about the plan process and content to the membership
  • providing suggestion about what members may do as individuals to influence the plan to align with League positions
  • preparing draft input that may be made by the LWVTC Board.

It is also possible that the work of this group will result in increased lobbying on climate change issues during the next legislative session.

  • Climate Change: Support climate goals and policies that are consistent with the best available climate science and that will ensure a stable climate system for future generations. (LWVUS)

 

On August 13, 2020 the LWVTC Board Approved

Motion to form ad hoc group to support adoption of Thurston Mitigation Plan

The formation of a Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan ad hoc review group was approved :  to follow, review, and draft comments related to the development of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan, under the auspices of the Thurston Regional Planning Council.