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 will be monitoring the development of the plan. Information about the plan process and content will be posted here. As the Review and Comment period approaches, we will provide suggestion that members can make as individuals, as well as prepare input that will be made by the LWVTC Board.ID
THE STATE LEAGUE'S POSITION ON CLIMATE CHANGE (January 2019):
The League of Women Voters of Washington believes that:
Climate change is a serious threat facing our nation and our planet.
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 climae 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.