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Be Cool—Protect Our Climate and Communities

by Aaron Robins, Energy Committee Chair and Jessica Eagle, Associate Regional Representative

We have made great strides in the global warming debate—from over 350 cities signing onto the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, to President Bush’s recognition of “global climate change” in his State of the Union Address, to GE and DuPont’s new commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by 60-80% of current levels by 2050. The train is moving and the Cascade Chapter is driving our state towards clean, safer and smarter energy solutions.

The Cascade Chapter’s number one priority is to reduce greenhouse gases, the cause of global warming. To do this, we will be looking for Governor Gregoire to make a legally binding commitment to reducing greenhouse gases in our state to 20% below current levels by 2020 and 60-80% by 2050. This is not an easy commitment to make unless there is broad constituent support. The Sierra Club will be working at the community level to build support for smart transportation planning that will reduce global warming pollution, and citywide changes that will bring energy efficiency, good jobs and economic benefits through the Club’s Cool Cities Campaign.

You can help us make Washington a Cool State! Throughout Puget Sound, coalitions will be building between businesses, community health organizations and labor unions. We will be tabling throughout the community and gathering thousands of postcards to send to the Governor. Volunteers will be hosting movie and discussion parties for their friends and neighbors. Over a dozen neighborhoods will have block parties on the national “Neighbors Night Out” in August. Almost monthly we will organize “Urban Outings” for members and friends to learn about smart energy solutions.

Are you ready to get involved? Contact your local organizer today:

Snohomish County/Seattle and community health outreach – james.irwin@sierraclub.org

East King County and business outreach – shannon.harps@sierraclub.org

Pierce/South King County and labor outreach – jessica.eagle@sierraclub.org

Outside Puget Sound – aaron.robins@cascade.sierraclub.org