Tell your state leaders that Washington Can't Wait
for action on climate change, housing and environmental justice
If there is anything that the wildfires this summer have taught us, it is that climate change has arrived at our doorstep in Washington and we are running out of time to take substantive action on an issue that is having disproportionate impacts on our communities. No matter your race, class, creed, or political party, we all have a stake in ensuring that Washington is a healthy, sustainable, and equitable place to live for this and all future generations. We believe that by making our urban areas affordable and accessible to all through bold affordable housing policy, preventing disproportionate impacts of local pollution on communities of color, and ensuring that cities and counties are planning for climate change, we have the opportunity to transform the lives of Washingtonians and the natural environment around us.
Join us in taking action to ensure that Washington’s biggest cities and counties are planning for a future that protects our climate, our environment, and our communities.
We call on the legislature to update the Growth Management Act in the 2021 legislative session with legislation that will fight the climate crisis, adequately plan for affordable housing, and address issues of environmental justice in our state. We believe that Washington can set an example for other states, leading the way with substantive policy solutions to address some of the most pressing issues of our time.
We have only a brief window to make big changes to the GMA before Washington’s cities and counties embark on their next comprehensive plan updates, which will lock in policy for the next decade.
We can’t wait another ten years to make sure our cities and counties are planning for climate change and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.
We can’t wait another ten years to ensure our communities have housing available for people no matter their income level.
And we certainly cannot wait any longer to ensure that future planning invests in and protects the well-being of Washington’s overburdened communities, who are all too often communities of color.
Our broad coalition of passionate individuals, leaders, and organizations is urging the Washington State Legislature to be on the right side of history when it comes to addressing these interconnected issues by passing legislation put forth by Futurewise, our organizational partners, and our champions in the legislature.
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