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You Have the Power to Create Change this Election Day

2016 is on track to set new temperature records as a record-breaking wildfire season rages down our coast. It's pretty clear global warming is taking its toll. So how are you going to you use your vote on November 8 to #ActOnClimate?

As this year's record-breaking wildfire season ravages the American West, this Wenatchee family struggles to breathe.

But their call to action rings true, no matter where you live. With climate change increasing the severity of forest fires, Niv and his folks urge all of us to learn more about the candidates who are running for office to represent us.

November 8 is Election Day.

Voters will have a clear choice between candidates who will take decisive action to address climate change and candidates who will not.

Here's to Our Voting She-Power!

Help us celebrate Women's Equality Day, 96 years of our right to vote, and using that vote to create change.

This Women's Equality Day we honor our sisters in history, who relentlessly kicked butt to ensure our right to vote, with reflection and action.

CoolMom Peggy Abby, age 70, shares why our right to vote..

I vote because I can, or shall I say because "I may vote “, as in, its "my privilege!" Peggy Abby says,

I was 7-years-old visiting my favorite Aunt and Uncle in western Pennsylvania, a bunch of my relative’s local friends were gathered watching the Republican Convention in 1952 to nominate General Eisenhower as their nominee for that year’s election.

I saw the signs saying "I Like Ike" !  And I saw his picture and heard him speak on their borrowed small screen black and white, fuzzy at times, TV! I happily repeated those words and was surprisingly reprimanded. My patient, sweet and ever astute Uncle, told me that they were all rooting for Mr Stevenson, because he was a really smart man and a good Democrat. He explained Democrats were the party of the people and he and his mostly first generation Italian friends all wanted that party to win to protect everyone”s rights and privileges. I was a bit young, but I understood working for everyone.

My own parents who were long time small business owners, were for the Republicans. But I was hooked on the idea of "working for everyone". Regardless of parties, I believe in everyone having our important privilege to vote and to protect that privilege!

Voting is the best way I know to include everyone! I have been involved in the political process all my life as a result of that 1952 experience!

CoolMom Anne Miller talks about why voting translates to action, especially in today's climate.

"The one way to be absolutely sure that your voice won’t count," Anne says, "is if you don’t vote." Read more on why she uses her vote for #ClimateAction here.

This Women's Equality Day will you pledge to honor our voting history and be a voice for our children's future?

Consider this when making your choice to vote and what to vote for...

  • Women make 80 percent of consumer choices, many of which involve the opportunity to choose low- or zero-carbon alternatives.

  • Women vote in greater numbers than men.

  • Women are more likely than men (by at least 10 percentage points) to believe that climate change is real and that strong climate policy can make a positive difference—regardless of party.

  • Eighty percent of women will become mothers by the time they are age 40. As mothers, women view climate action as a moral imperative and an issue of intergenerational equity.


This November, voters will have a clear choice between candidates who will take decisive action to address #ClimateChange and candidates who will not. Use your voting voice to #ActOnClimate for this generation and those to come.


When's the Last Time You Saw a Totem Pole Roll Up to a Cathedral Lawn?

The Lummi Nation Totem Pole Journey on August 25 is open to all, builds connections, and deepens solidarity in communities pushing back against fossil fuel export. Know nothing about coal export or this special Lummi tradition? Here's a stunning opportunity to learn about both!

Now in its fourth year, the Lummi Nation Totem Pole Journey builds connections and deepens solidarity between the tribes and communities pushing back against the recent flood of fossil fuel export projects throughout the region.  

The Lummi Nation House of Tears Carvers will showcase their latest totem pole in Seattle onThursday, August 25, where we'll join them to celebrate the victory against coal exports at Xwe'chi'eXen (Cherry Point). 

Join us August 25th to celebrate the victory against coal exports at Xwe'chi'eXen (Cherry Point) and bless the continued efforts of tribes, people of faith, civic leaders and activists fighting for equitable climate action!

WHO: Lummi Nation House of Tears Carvers and YOU!
WHAT: Lummi Nation Totem Pole Journey
WHEN: Thursday, August 25 from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. (Blessing and smudging from 3-4, Ceremony from 4-6, Celebration with music, drumming and food trucks from 6-7:30 pm)

WHERE: St. Mark's Cathedral, 10th Avenue East, Seattle, WA (MAP
Background on the 2016 Totem Pole Journey: Q’al

Please spread the word on Facebook.

The word Q’al means “The Belief” in the Lummi language. Now in its fourth year, the journey will unite tribes and communities all along the 4,865-mile, 18 day voyage. The Belief helped defeat the Cherry Point coal proposal in Bellingham. The Belief can fuel our fights against the Longview coal terminal and other fossil fuel projects. 

About the 2016 Totem Pole

The 22-foot western red cedar totem pole will be carved and donated by Master Carver Jewell James of the Lummi Tribe and the House of Tears Carvers. The final destination will be Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the request of the Grand Chief in Winnipeg, to bear witness to the need for all peoples to work together in the name of our common humanity and our covenant with Mother Earth.  The totem pole will have a bald eagle with wings spread on top with a Medicine Wheel on its chest. Below it will be a buffalo skull and, below that, a wolf on one side of the pole and a coyote on the other. Below them will be an Indian Chief with a War Bonnet facing a Medicine Man and sharing a Peace Pipe with smoke rising from the pipe.

Empower Youth to Imagine a 100% Sustainable Future!

Register TODAY for 2050 WORKOUT August 24! First 100 to register for this FREE youth thought experiment will get in. This amazing event is for any student passionate about building a sustainable future, with a dash of great food and rock climbing mixed in!

What is it? At the 2050 WORKOUT, student leaders (grades 6-12) from all around King County apply systems thinking to “forecast” a 100% sustainable community (the city where you live!) in the year 2050 and then "backcast" to establish a practical action plan for home, school and city to jump start the new school year.

This event is FREE but registration is required. Limited to the first 100 who REGISTER HERE today!

"In the year 2050 today’s teenagers will have children of their own in high school. What will our communities look like if we are completely sustainable by then?"

Location: The Mountaineers at 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

  • Rock Wall climbing built into the day!
  • Great food!
  • Fascinating problem solving  and scenario planning
  • Report to parents and stakeholders by the end of the day

Learn more about the event here.

Share the 2050 Workout for Student Leaders (grades 6-12) on Facebook.

Share the 2050 Workout Community Presentation (for parents and community stakeholders at 6:30 p.m.) on Facebook.

Victory! Five Million Tons of Carbon Pollution to End

We scored big on this one thanks to our collective efforts and testimonies... Conservation groups reach a historic agreement with owners of Colstrip Units 1 and 2 to retire them and transition from coal.

Remember we told you in our last newsletter that we (including CoolMom teen) testified forcefully before the Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission that Puget Sound Energy (PSE) must retire two of the dirtiest coal-burning power plants in the West? Not only did our teen spokesperson Ethan get the commissioner’s attention, but all the sons and daughters, parents and grandparents who showed up at that hearing scored a huge win on July 12: PSE announced an agreement to retire Colstrip (Montana) Plants 1 & 2. A big thanks to Sierra Club and Montana Environmental Information Center for leading negotiations!


Puget Sound Energy and Talen Energy recently reached a historic agreement with Sierra Club and Montana Environmental Information Center to retire the oldest and most financially risky coal-burning units at the Colstrip coal plant in Colstrip, Montana. This opens a huge opportunity to replace this power with clean, renewable energy from Washington and Montana. The Colstrip plant is the largest air pollution source in Montana and one of the biggest emitters of carbon and climate pollution in the country.

Under the agreement, which was filed with the District Court in Missoula, owners Talen and Puget must retire these two units by no later than July 2022. This retirement will lead to the reduction of 5 million tons of carbon pollution each year, which is equivalent to 1 million cars being permanently taken off the road. This decision marks an opportunity to use Colstrip’s large and existing transmission to build out more clean energy and export it to Washington and other states.

The retirement of Colstrip Units 1 and 2 will help Washington meet its carbon goals. In April, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation establishing a funding mechanism for the retirement and cleanup of these two units. In March, Oregon state Governor Kate Brown signed legislation requiring the end of all coal power imports into the state by 2030 and 50 percent clean energy by 2040.