Resolution will be proposed by the Executive Board for adoption at the meeting of the membership on October 12, 2022.
Resolution Declaring and Responding to a Climate Emergency
Whereas in their February report, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that to hold warming to “well below” 2°C, while “working to limit it to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels,” global carbon dioxide emissions would have to peak by 2025 and emissions would have to be cut by between 30% and more than 40% by 2030; and
Whereas the IPCC found that our current emissions course, if continued unabated, will lead to warming of about 3.2°C (5.8°F) above preindustrial levels; and
Whereas existing and soon-to-mature technologies offer multiple opportunities for clean energy, energy efficiency, and decarbonization of hard-to-clean-up sectors of the economy; and
Whereas the IPCC concludes that the barriers to achieving ambitious emissions cuts are more social and political than technological, with scientists citing “opposition from status quo interests” as a key blocker of progress; and
Whereas governors across the country have declared emergencies for floods, drought and other natural disasters linked to changing weather patterns resulting in large part from climate change;
Now therefore be it resolved the 34th District Democrats urge Governor Jay Inslee to formally declare a state of climate emergency pursuant to The Stafford Act (§401) and ask the Biden administration for all the customary related recognition and financial relief that would be provided in any other declared emergency..
Be it further resolved Governor Inslee and the Washington State Legislature commit to a statewide mobilization effort to reverse global warming and the ecological crisis, which, with appropriate financial and regulatory assistance from State and Federal authorities, will end statewide greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible and no later than 2030 and immediately initiate an effort to safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere, ensuring a just and equitable transition for residents and accelerating adaptation and resilience strategies in preparation for intensifying local climate impacts.
Submitted by Katherine Woolverton, EELU Caucus member