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Please vote NO on I-976 and YES on Referendum 88
October 31, 2019

Next Tuesday, November 5th is Election Day. Here are two ballot measures that impact our ability to find just and equitable solutions to climate change.

Vote NO on I-976

This Initiative sponsored by Tim Eyman, aims to cut our state and local transportation funds for projects from Spokane to Seattle, Bellingham to Vancouver and all points in between. By repealing critical transportation funding, I-976 cripples our ability to fix dangerous highways, retrofit bridges and overpasses, fund transit, expand light rail, maintain ferries, build voter-approved projects, and improve freight corridors. All in all, it spells trouble for our transportation system and our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in that sector.

Vote “Approve” on R-88

This past session, the legislature passed Initiative 1000. I-1000 allows public employers and colleges to consider diversity as one factor in public employment, government contracts, and public education. This will help create a level playing field for women, veterans, people of color, seniors and individuals with disabilities – without the use of quotas. One of Climate Solutions guiding values is: Justice: “To achieve climate stability and resilience, we must address injustice and inequity in our own communities and beyond. All people, all communities, and all nations deserve the opportunity to share equitably in health, economic security, dignity, self-determination, and the pursuit of happiness.” Please join Climate Solutions in voting to Approve R-88 promoting fair and equitable opportunities for everyone. Thank you for all you do. Please vote NO on I-976 and Approve on R-88.

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Joëlle engages citizens and diverse constituencies—faith, health, veteran, youth, parents, sportsmen, business—to make their voices heard for climate solutions. She led local field work collaboration with our partners toward passing a federal climate bill, and is currently working to ensure we stop any coal export from the U.S. West Coast.

Joëlle was the Regional Outreach Coordinator of National Wildlife Federation where she focused on mobilizing hunters, anglers and concerned citizens around solutions to global warming. Previous work with Climate Solutions includes the NW Climate Connections partnership, serving as the Field Assistant for the successful Clean Cars campaign, and Field Director of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which passed in April 2006.

She is a board member of Earth Ministry and on the Advisory Board for the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative. She previously served on the Solar Washington board and Sierra Club Executive Committee.

Joëlle is a Northwest native who loves to hike, bike, dance, paraglide, and travel. Her favorite quote is “Hope is borne of participating in hopeful solutions.” — Marianne Williamson.