By Mike Stevens, Washington state director
Climate change impacts all of us. Certain communities within Washington and across the country, however, experience a disproportionate share of those impacts. Recognizing and reducing those impacts has to be a core priority for environmental organizations. For The Nature Conservancy, historically focused on conservation of rural and wild ecosystems, our work has occurred largely in rural communities where we have worked with loggers, farmers, and fishermen, and many others, to tackle conservation and natural-resource challenges.
As we engage more deeply in complex challenges affecting people and nature — and, specifically, in urban settings — we are keenly aware of how much we have to learn. For example, what we might view as the challenge of managing urban stormwater pollution in Puget Sound through green infrastructure may be seen by community leaders as an issue of safety from flooding, of asthma rates in children and of access to healthy places to exercise and play.
As Seattle hosts two marches on science and climate within a week, we want to honor the diversity and strength of the environmental and justice movements in our region and call attention to organizations that are working with communities on the front lines of climate change. We thank them for their leadership and for helping show us the way to a more inclusive and effective environmental movement that reflects the full diversity of the people of the Northwest.
- Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy
- El Centro de la Raza
- Climate Solutions
- Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
- Got Green
- Makah Tribe
- Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
- Puget Sound Sage
- Quinault Indian Nation
- Washington Environmental Council
- Yakama Nation