Our Commitment to Environment Strategy Backing

In recent year, the state of Washington has adopted a number of climate-related laws to address the current and expected climate change needs and opportunities of the state. With only seven year until 2030 — a critical turning point where we must make important changes to avoid the worst consequences of climate change — these actions have been important steps in the right direction.

The commitment of conservation in Washington in the field of climate policy has gradually increased since 2016, as climate change is an increasingto nature and people around the world. Our journey began with Initiative 732 in 2016 and expanded with Initiative 1631 in 2018. With each of them, TNC has learned invaluable lessons and recognized the crucial role of frontline communities in developing solutions to our climate crisis.

These experiences led TNC Washington to join the Climate Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy — a diverse coalition of environmental nonprofits, tribes, environmental justice and labor organizations led by BIPOC. In 2019, the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) was adopted, putting Washington on the path to 100% clean energy. This victory and the lessons learned from the Initiative’s efforts in previous year laid the foundation for climate action that prioritized the needs of frontline communities with broad support at the coalition level.

At the end of the 2021 legislative session, Washington state attracted national attention after the adoption of the Climate Commitment Act (CCA), the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act, the Clean Fuel standard and the creation of a new state.forest fire resilience and forest health plan with unprecedented funding. However, these bills did not come out without disagreements and controversies within the Climate Alliance. In addition, a governor’s veto of tribal sovereignty provisions damaged the executive branch’s relationship with tribal governments. These results have led to uncertainty about the future of large-scale coalitions and partnerships for climate action.

Back in the other Washington (DC), TNC is helping the federal government implement transformative measures to promote climate action. First with the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act (Iija) in 2021, then with the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in 2022, the latter being a one-off policy that puts the United States on the path to a 40% reduction in émissions.de 2030 and will accelerate our transition to a clean energy economy.

Now, after the end of our state’s 2023 legislative session — and additional climate policy achievements such as updating the Growth Management Act (GMA) and improving site selection and approval of clean energy projects — we are taking stock and planning our next steps

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