Report drew leaders' attention to plastic pollution.
Our report, “Keeping Plastic Out of Puget Sound,” detailed the damage caused by plastic pollution and noted that local and national governments worldwide are taking action to ban the bags. We had the lead quote in a front page Seattle Times article on this issue, grabbing the attention of city and state leaders. We need your help to turn a statewide bag ban from great idea into reality.
More than 800,000 of us called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. And in May, they answered by finalizing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands, 60% of streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.
At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward for clean cars.
On July 29th, President Obama announced the outline of new clean car standards covering cars and light trucks through 2025, which will amount to the single biggest step this country has ever taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming.
A brighter future for wind and solar.
By tapping the energy of the sun hitting the rooftops of Washington and the power of the wind blowing across the state, we can meet the energy needs of every household. New policies we helped win will bring us closer to realizing that potential by making it easier to build wind farms and to put solar panels on our roofs.
Bringing the climate change message home
We’ve helped educate thousands of people across the state about the threat global warming poses to our economy and public health, showing that 99% of Washingtonians live in counties that experienced federally-declared weather disasters between 2006 and 2011, and that global warming loads the dice for more extreme weather events.