We are a group of 15 businesses and organizations that call Washington State home. We are proud to endorse Initiative 1631 on the November ballot and we encourage other residents, businesses, and organizations in Washington State to do the same, and to turn out to vote on Election Day. Initiative 1631 shows clear climate leadership from Washington state, and we join over 400 local businesses and organizations representing scientists, working families, communities of color, health professionals, faith leaders, and tribal nations in support of this solution.
We are also among the more than 3,500 U.S. cities and counties, states, tribes, businesses and investors, faith groups, artists, colleges and universities, cultural institutions, and healthcare organizations nationwide who have declared that “We Are Still In” the fight against climate change. Our coalition represents over half the U.S. economy and over half its population, and we are committed to doing our part to support the Paris Agreement.
As members of “We Are Still In,” we know that addressing the climate challenge will bring economic growth, new jobs, meaningful investment, and resilient infrastructure to communities across the nation.
Initiative 1631 would help level the playing field for clean energy by ensuring that those who pollute the most, pay the most. The Evergreen State is already feeling the impacts of climate change through heat waves, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and increased wildfires, including those that made Seattle’s air quality worse than Beijing’s this summer. Initiative 1631 is especially focused on enhancing the resilience of local communities that are disproportionately affected by climate impacts.
In the absence of federal climate leadership, local actors are stepping up to reduce their emissions and work towards the Paris Agreement. Initiative 1631 represents a vision for the future and is key to tackling climate change and supporting resilient communities in Washington State. We each need to do our part to address one of our generation’s greatest challenges.