"The riskiest decision a business person can make is to do nothing."

Climate inaction? Been there, done that. Businesses and communities in the Northwest stand ready for meaningful state action to stop making things worse and begin accelerating the clean energy economy.

Monday was a great example. Over 100 Washington businesses, including Virginia Mason, Microsoft, REI, and Saltchuk launched an open declaration calling for action on climate change. The Washington Business Climate Declaration highlights the support of state business leaders for action on climate change that would preserve and expand our state’s vibrant economy.

Washington business leaders join their neighbors in Oregon, where over 200+ businesses have signed on to a similar declaration, and they join over 1,000 businesses nationwide that support concerted state and federal action.

Two complimentary themes arose from these Washington business leaders: the huge economic risk of inaction on climate in hand with the huge economic opportunity for Washington to lead on solutions.

Here are a few highlights from this week's launch of the Washington Business Climate Declaration. Listen below:

Virginia Mason's Brenna Davis:

Markham McIntyre of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce:

REI's Vikran Sahney:

John Plaza of Imperium Renewables:

Bill Dewey from Taylor Shellfish:

Tim Petrick of K2:

Tim Engle of Saltchuk:

MacDonald Miller's Perry England:

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, Climate Solutions

Bobby is former Solutions Stories and Media Manager with Climate Solutions. In that role, he worked to identify and engage new audiences for our programs and campaigns throughout the Northwest, with a focus on the Solutions Stories.

Bobby spent six years as the National Representative at the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition (SOS), mobilizing support to restore the Columbia-Snake River Basin, a watershed home to some of the world’s best habitat for wild salmon and steelhead in a changing climate.

After receiving his degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon in 2003, he advocated on behalf of working people and the environment. In addition to SOS, Bobby has worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU Local 503) and America Coming Together, and volunteered for the Trout Unlimited, Elders in Action, and UNITE HERE.

Bobby hails from central Pennsylvania and has lived in Oregon since 1998. When he's not working, Bobby can be found with his partner Jenny and their cat Jove, playing music with friends, out and about on his bike, or working in the garden.