Sacred Earth Matters: 2019 State Legislative Priorities
Washington’s legislature is considering a number of “green” bills this year. There are so many that Sacred Earth Matters has adopted a ranked list of priority bills. We are focusing on 14 issues:
- clean buildings
- clean energy
- clean fuels
- greenhouse gas emissions (hydrofluorocarbons)
- greenhouse gas emissions (targets)
- greenhouse gas emissions (transportation)
- orca whales (habitat)
- orca whales (oil tankers)
- orca whales (vessels)
- plastic bags
- plastic straws
- shellfish cultivation
- wolves (Bainbridge Island)
- wolves (prohibit killing)
Sacred Earth Matters supports 11 and opposes 3.
Our legislators tell us they place great importance on the number of phone calls and emails received on specific bills. Accordingly, we’re asking the congregation to flood their state representatives and senators with phone calls and emails throughout the regular legislative session which ends on April 28.
We’re instituting a new “Legislative Priority of the Week” email and asking people to subscribe to it.
Subscribers will receive a weekly email with the same information provided to Sacred Earth action team members about one issue. Committee and floor vote schedules will help determine what’s featured each week. Everyone will be asked to call or email their legislators to express support for that bill(s) and solicit their support, too.
Sign up to participate in this program at a Sacred Earth Matters table in the narthex or email moc.oohay@nosrekcid_nol. There will also be information available each week in the narthex. But the Lorax and tree huggers among us hope the email notifications will sharply reduce the number of paper handouts.
You may choose to directly contact your legislators. If you don’t know who they are (lots of new ones), do a computer search for Washington legislature district finder. At the screen, type in your address and voila, the names and contact information will appear. Call their phone numbers; or click on email and send emails to them. The easiest way, though, is to call the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and let them pass on your messages to your senator, both representatives, or all three. The bill number(s) is critical, and you can request a response on whether they’ll support a bill. Providing information about why you support a bill may sway some legislators, and numbers count big time.
It’s imperative that we work quickly and collaboratively to repair AND curtail the damage we’re inflicting on our ecosystem.