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    September 06, 2018 | 9:45 AM

    Climate Reality Chapters Are Driving Change

    It’s up to us now.

    With the White House announcing its intention to replace the historic Clean Power Plan, roll back fuel efficiency standards, and withdraw from the Paris Agreement, it’s become clearer than ever that the federal government isn’t going to act on the climate crisis. If we want a sustainable future, we’re going to have to fight for it ourselves.

    Climate Reality chapters are doing just that – and barely a year since they were first founded, they’re achieving incredible things from sea to shining sea. 

    In Washington State, the collaborative work of our chapters in Seattle, Bellingham, Tacoma, and Snohomish County played a key role in collecting the signatures needed to get carbon pricing on the November ballot. The result, Initiative 1631, would create an escalating fee on most fossil-fuels emissions, with the revenue invested in clean energy like wind and solar and supporting communities affected by fossil fuel pollution.

    The chapters’ success in getting I-1631 on the ballot shows the broad public support for climate-smart policy – and I’m hopeful the initiative will pass later this year.

    Meanwhile, our Central Florida chapter, co-chaired by Climate Reality Leaders Kimberly White and Laura Betts, has big plans for the months ahead. They’re working to coordinate a statewide climate conference, and are set to launch a business-focused 100% Committed campaign to help regional companies transition from the dirty fossil fuels driving the climate crisis to clean, affordable renewable electricity.

    And they’re all just getting started. Across the country, committed people just like you are joining Climate Reality chapters to work together for practical climate solutions at the local and state levels. Chapters give you the opportunity to draw on Climate Reality’s support and expertise, while taking action in your own backyard.

    These friends, neighbors, and colleagues are fighting to bring clean energy to their towns and showing how we can end this crisis together.

    Will you join them?

    Ken Berlin

    President and Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Reality Project