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Members’ Survey Says: We’re Ready to Build Partnerships Across the State!

From November 2017 through January 2018, ECC members were asked to complete a survey. The goal of the survey was to see where we have our most active members, which issues are most important to them and to use this information to develop a strategy for passing stronger Climate and Environmental legislation in our state.

We got a total of 44 responses out of 81 members, representing 21 Legislative Districts out of 49. Among those, 15 (out of 33) were from urban/suburban districts, with only 6 (out of 16) from rural districts. Since we only got a single response from most of these  districts, we regrouped the districts according to their geography (East or West of the Cascades) as well as their rural vs suburban/urban character.

To the question: “What do you consider the most important environmental  and climate issues facing the state?” we got a plethora of answers that our members ranked as their top 3 priority issues. We regrouped those under six themes which we show in the bar chart. Broadly speaking, water issues seem to be in everyone’s mind, be it salmon protection, dam removal, water rights, water run-off pollution, drought, flooding or sea level rise. A second common thread is climate change, with the trio: putting a price on carbon, stopping fossil fuel projects and transitioning into renewable energy.  Protecting public lands, irrigated farmland and our food supply also seem to transcend the east-west divide. Not surprisingly, the issues related to housing and urban development are mostly a concern on the west side of the state.

View Slide Presentation on the Survey Results.

What issues should the Environment and Climate Caucus focus on then? Pretty much all of the above, according to the same survey, with the addition of building strategic partnerships with other caucuses and minority groups. The pie chart illustrates the relative importance of each issue across our membership.

Overall, this survey shows that our caucus is uniquely positioned for cross state conversation about solutions to some of the most pressing and challenging issues we are facing.  We hope to increase our outreach in the purple/red districts while maintaining pressure in the deep blue ones.

Thank you, ECC Members, for filling out the survey!

 

 

Washington Water Rights After the Hirst Fix

On February 10, 2018 Anne Udaloy delivered an online presentation for the ECC community entitled Washington Water Rights After the Hirst Fix: What Just Happened? Where Do We Go From Here?

The talk covers the Hirst decision and it’s recent legislative ‘fix’, the history of Washington State water management policy, and next steps.  View Anne’s slide presentation here.

“Our water resources belong collectively to the public. Our water resources have not been quantified and are not being effectively managed-instead, we veer from crisis to crisis.”

“Both the Democrats and Republicans want to assure their constituents it’s fine to build more homes and use more water and achieve their dreams. No one enjoys delivering bad news. No one wants to tell constituents that they own undevelopable property, or that the limits we face are real and implacable, or that their dream was always an illusion.”

“We need a means for managing our increasingly scarce water resources. This must be science-based, transparent, and effective. The role of government is to provide a fair and transparent science-based process for water resource allocation and management. ESSB 6091 is not fair, or transparent, or science-based. We should and must demand more from our representatives.”

Watch the recording of the presentation:

 

Call To Meeting January 2018

Two ECC Meetings in January!

Online Meeting to Consider Resolutions January 24

Wednesday, January 24; 6:30-8:00 pm; location – online: This is a current-members-only meeting to consider resolutions for January 27 meeting. We will send links to resolutions on January 23.  Location: Online. Please register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4831708578802708995

In-Person Caucus Meeting January 27

Saturday, January 27, 8:00-8:50 am; location – Bellingham: We meet in parallel with the Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC). Our main program will be a discussion of the Hirst Decision and information about how to support climate-active state legislators. We will also elect three at-large E-Board members, update our bylaws, and, time permitting, consider any resolutions that were not covered by our January 24 online meeting (these will be member-only votes, see below to become a member).

Location: Four Points Sheraton Bellingham, at 714 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA; Time: 8:00 am, member sign-in starting at 7:30 am. WSDCC asks that we also register (it’s free) at this link:

https://wsdccmeeting.eventsmart.com/events/january-2018-wsdcc-meeting/

Registration is not absolutely required, but doing so will also mean that when you arrive at the Four Points Sheraton and check in at the state party table, they will give you a name sticker and a schedule of sessions being held.

The ECC meeting will have very full agenda, so please arrive early to get checked in. There will be no Remote Access available at this meeting.

Signing In at the Caucus Meeting

Please stop by the Cascade room as early as possible after 7:30 am to check in with ECC and receive your credential. Our meeting will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Members paid and in good standing by Dec 28, 2017 will be credentialed to vote, make motions and comment on motions.  All are welcome to attend, even if not credentialed.

Your proxy can be given to another member in good standing.  Members can exercise only two votes total (theirs and one proxy). To be recognized, check with that potential proxy holder for acceptance first and then email:

  • Your Proxy
  • ECC Chair Steve Verhey at verheys@hotmail.com

Agenda

An agenda, along with a copy of our previous session’s minutes for your review prior to voting to accept them at the meeting and copies of the proposed resolutions will be emailed to you in about a week.

Call for Resolutions

Is there an issue you think needs attention? The starting point is a resolution outlining your idea and proposed action. Resolutions are those old-fashioned-sounding, formal things with whereases and therefores. Here’s a template you can use, and here’s a link to WSDCC’s rules for resolutions.Resolutions are due to our Resolutions Committee by January 17 or as soon as possible.

Reminder – Dues Renewal

Current memberships expire after our January 27 meeting. Your $20 renewal will continue your voting membership throughout the remainder of 2018 and through the late January 2019 meeting.  Please renew in person at our meeting, or send a check made out to “Environment and Climate Caucus” to: John Stafford, Treasurer – ECC, 1723 13th Avenue South Unit 404, Seattle, WA 98144. Membership dues for one year are $20.00, or whatever you can afford. If you would like to become a voting member for $0.00, just include a note to that effect. Thank you!

Take Our Survey
Help us understand what issues are important around the state by filling out our 2017-2018 Survey.

Start an ECC in Your Own Backyard!
Use our handy guide to start an Environment and Climate Committee in your LD or county local party organization.

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January 2018 ECC Meeting in Bellingham

Come to Bellingham for the next meeting of the Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC) and gather with our members for the 2nd Meeting of the ECC. The January meeting of the WSDCC will be held January 26-28, 2018 at the Four Points Sheraton Bellingham located at 714 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229.

The ECC will meet on Saturday, January 27 from 8:00-8:50 a.m. in the Cascade Room at the Four Points Sheraton.  Attendees are required to pre-resigister.  Since time is limited, the ECC has added a pre-conference meeting of the ECC Resolutions Committee on January 24.  Registration information for this online Zoom meeting will be sent via email. For more information, please contact eccwa at gmail dot com.

Find out more about the January WSDCC meeting including the tentative schedule, information on how to register, lodging and more here:  WSDCC Call to Meeting

Environment and Climate Caucus First Meeting

The first meeting of the Environment and Climate Caucus was held in West Seattle, September 9, 2017. The meeting was well attended (more than 55 people) and the ECC rules were suspended to allow participation of all new members. Thanks to everyone who came, with such high attendance there is clearly lots of support for this area.

Congratulations to the newly elected officers:

  • Steve Verhey (13th), Chair
  • Arvia Morris
    (43rd), 
    Western Washington Vice Chair
  • Mathew Tomaskin (14th), Eastern Washington Vice Chair (not pictured)
  • Becky Chaney (5th), Secretary
  • John Stafford (37th), Treasurer
  • Teresa Catford (32nd), Technology Officer
  • Ann Udaloy (46th), Membership Chair
  • Amy Madden (43rd), At Large Pos. 1.

The ECC passed four resolutions that were then considered by the WSDCC members on Sunday. These included:

Thank you ECC members present and voting! Thank you State Committee Members!