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Bellevue builds clean energy cred

Bellevue, WA has been quietly earning accolades for its achievements in sustainability, clean energy and energy efficiency. What's next for this leading city?

Coastal Washington communities say no to oil trains

Should the health and security of our maritime communities be sacrificed for a fossil fuel export superhighway? In response to proposals for new oil and coal terminals, folks from the Grays Harbor area are coming together to protect their communities and our climate.

Unions representing 60,000 workers say "Shell No"

In a powerful statement released today, several major unions accuse Shell and the Port of Seattle of neglecting the interests of working people, Seattle's economic well-being, and the future health of our communities and our planet.

Big oil met its match: you.

In this real-life David versus Goliath story, we—all of us—scored an important victory against the oil company making plans to build what would be the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the nation. The fight is not over yet, but this win shows that people have the power to stand up to big oil!

Serenity, Shmerenity

The oil industry would like us to keep our dependence on fossil fuels in the category of "things I cannot change," instead of finding "courage to change the things I can." Shell's Arctic drilling plans pose a serious threat to our security and a stable climate future. Their fleet's presence in Seattle is straining our community and sending our economy off in the wrong direction. Serenity? Puh-leeze.

We have met the wrong enemy

Let’s forgive ourselves for being part of the only system there is. But let’s change the damned system so we can do what we know is right, necessary, and possible: make the transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy. 

Stand up for the climate by standing up to Shell

The fossil fuel companies have had us tricked for too long. They've been telling us we need fossil fuels, that our lives can't go on without them. 

Raising voices, not sea levels

When it comes to Shell's Arctic drilling plans, Seattleites won't give up easily. Building a clean energy economy is going to require hard work, but we’re not daunted. We know that an important first step is drawing the line at continued fossil fuel extraction.

Our climate movement now: from opposition to opportunity

The Northwest is absolutely humming with climate activism of every sort. Our annual breakfast speakers challenged us to keep up the fight against fossil-fuel dominance, injustice and political inertia, and move from opposition to opportunity.

Again Seattle says: Shell No!

Mayor Murray's announcement gives Seattle's Port Commissioners an opportunity to reconsider their mistake. Let's tell them now: keep Shell's Arctic drillng operation out of Seattle's Port!

An American in Paris

Submitted by KC Golden on Fri, 12/18/2015 - 11:50

Though we may come by our climate cynicism honestly post-Paris, it doesn't do the climate (or our future) a lick of good. The world only wins climate solutions if our country, the United States, shows all the way up. And no matter how hard it may be to hold our own country so accountable, that remains our indispensable role.

Read More PDX Road through Paris - Portland March for Climate Justice

SAVE THE DATE: December 12th, the day after the UN Paris Climate Talks end, people all across the world are taking to the streets to make sure the people, not the politicians, have the last word. Regardless of what gets decided in Paris, we know that climate leadership is coming from the ground up with the grassroots and cities leading the way.

In Portland, things are shaping up for a great event!

Lighting Up Paris

Submitted by KC Golden on Sun, 11/29/2015 - 22:59

Darkness of the most desperate and terrifying kind descended on Paris in the November 13 attacks.  The world convenes now in the City of Light, with an ever more urgent and sober sense of the pressing need for global cooperation for peace and justice.

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Cresting the hill

Submitted by KC Golden on Fri, 11/13/2015 - 10:58

The power of our NO fueled our run to the top of the hill... the power of our YES will lead us on over it and beyond.

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Building Diverse Coalitions beyond Climate

Urban leaders are increasingly aligning their carbon reduction and clean energy agendas with other important community priorities—such as air quality, transportation, social equity, economic development, and climate change resilience. In doing so, they forge stronger and more diverse coalitions for climate action.  

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The New Economy Get-Together @ Impact HUB

The New Economy Get-Together is a flagship event of the national New Economy Week 2015. Now in its third year, and for the first time with a Seattle event, New Economy Week 2015 will challenge us to explore what systemic change really looks like. We hope that by drawing attention to big ideas and concrete examples of real solutions, we will expand the public conversation and what's politically possible, bringing us closer to a just, sustainable, and democratic society.