We Can Shape a Better Future for Washington

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Our state has a legacy of protecting the home we all share: prioritizing our health and a world-class economy. We enjoy that quality of life because we invest in our communities.

Kids play at Holy Rosary Church and school. Photo © Marissa Singleton

But we know if we don’t act now, the threat of pollution will only get worse and cause more harm to our communities and our families’ health.

I-1631 is a practical first step to ensure clean air and clean water for everyone in Washington and gives us the chance to pass on a healthier state to the next generation. It will create good jobs and invest in clean energy like wind and solar, healthy forests, and clean water with a fee on pollution paid by the state’s biggest polluters.

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As Washingtonians, we all do our part to keep our state clean. But right now the largest polluters can pollute for free, while the rest of us pay the costs. I-1631 would put a fee on the state’s largest polluters, like the oil industry and utilities that have not switched over to clean energy, and invest in protecting our air and water and new clean energy infrastructure across the state.

What Does I-1631 Invest In?

It would create a pool to be used to accelerate our state’s transition to clean energy, increase the resiliency of the state’s waters and forests to the impacts of climate change and reduce the impacts of climate change on communities.

Initiative 1631 brings benefits to all of Washington

  • Creates jobs and new opportunities in the communities who need it most

  • Protects low-income residents from energy cost increases

  • Improves long-term health outcomes for communities, especially families and children

Detail on Investments

70% to new clean energy infrastructure

  • Clean energy like solar, wind and other renewable energy

  • Cleaner transportation options like public transit, cleaner fuels, and rural broadband so more people have the option to drive less

  • Efficiency upgrades for homes and businesses to use less energy and save residents and customers money on their utility bills

Young boy getting a drink of clean water from the drinking fountain. Photo credit: © Michael D-L Jordan

25% to clean water and healthy forests

  • Ensure our forests are healthy, more resilient to disease, and can protect our air quality

  • Prevent and clean up pollution from our rivers and lakes to keep communities healthy

  • Increase sustainable supply of drinking water, reduce risks from flood and drought, and ensure cooler, cleaner water for fish

5% to investments to local communities

  • Prepare for future challenges caused by pollution and a changing climate

  • Ensure that the impacts do not disproportionately harm our most vulnerable communities

Students, TNC staff and Tilth staff plant native species in a section of the Rainier Beach Urban Farm.  Photo by Hannah Letinich.

Climate change caused by carbon pollution threatens our lands, waters and communities, which we have been working to protect for nearly 60 years. We see its impact in flooding in rivers and coastal areas, bigger and more frequent forest fires, changing ocean conditions, and changing water supply.

As Washingtonians, we pride ourselves in our ability to work together to tackle big problems through innovation. Together we have the chance to take bold action that moves us towards a clean and prosperous future and models an approach for the rest of the world.

Initiative 1631 will drive investments to prepare Washington for future where people and nature thrive, while also tackling carbon pollution that damages our health right now and contributes to climate change. It will invest in job-creating projects in clean energy, securing our water supply, forests, farms and marine resources, and preparing communities for climate change.

Our Coalition

After years of work, our coalition is led and supported by more than 120 labor unions, communities of color organizations, environmental and clean energy advocates, health professionals, businesses, faith organizations, and tribal nations who have come together to pass this practical solution. 

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