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Please vote NO on I-976 and YES on Referendum 88

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.

Author Bio

Joelle Robinson
Joëlle Robinson

Field Director, Climate Solutions

Joëlle engages community members and diverse constituencies—faith, health, youth, parents, business—to make their voices heard for climate solutions. She led the team of organizers to ensure we stopped any coal export from the U.S. West Coast over the past decade. On offense, she co-led the Field team to help pass the 100% Clean Electricity (Clean Energy Transition Act in 2019) and in 2022 collaborated with the Field team to ensure that all new buildings (commercial and residential) will be built with heat pumps per the State Building Code Council. She continues to conspire for good with them on many other local and state initiatives.

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 previously served on the boards of Earth Ministry, Solar Washington, and Sierra Club Executive Committee. She’s currently President of the board of her 3 year-old!

Joëlle is Northwest born and raised who loves to hike, dance, travel and explore the natural world.

Her favorite quote is “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” —  Mary Oliver

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