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December 11, 11:20 AM click here to comment > 3

Engaging the public to develop a strong Climate Action Plan

Yesterday I received the recommendations of the Green Ribbon Commission, outlining a plan for making Seattle carbon neutral by 2050. These 26 community, environmental and business leaders have worked for the last seven months to lay out a path for achieving our community’s ambitious climate protection goals. The Green Ribbon Commission has invested their time, enthusiasm, and commitment to develop these detailed and thorough recommendations that will make Seattle a leader in climate protection, and I thank them their hard work.

I believe we need a strong climate action plan that will help our city make real progress in addressing the climate crisis. As we have seen, climate change is an immediate challenge requiring urgent, effective action. Seattle, with our long history of environmental leadership, is well prepared to rise to the challenge. The severe impacts of Hurricane Sandy, the potential for coal trains to disrupt Seattle, and Bill McKibben’s recent visit to our city have all refocused public attention on this challenge and create a good opportunity for a broad discussion of the steps we can take to reduce our effects on the planet’s climate.

The Green Ribbon Commission has provided a thorough and well-researched set of recommendations for taking action on climate change in ways that help build shared prosperity and social equity. Cities that get this right will be leaders in creating a new model for quality of life, environmental sustainability and economic success.

These are serious proposals that deserve serious consideration by the people of Seattle. The City Council, under the leadership of Councilmember Mike O’Brien, will now take on the task of gathering public input on the Green Ribbon Commission’s recommendations and developing the final Climate Action Plan. The recommendations are available for review, and a public comment period will be open from January 14 – February 28. Councilmember O’Brien will host a series of panel discussions, briefings and brownbags so that interested residents and stakeholders can learn more and give input on the plan. The final Climate Action Plan is set to be adopted through City Council resolution on Earth Day, April 22, 2013.

I urge the City Council to develop the strongest plan possible. We need bold action that we can fund and implement immediately. This should not be a plan that sits on a shelf. To do so, we need a plan that is fully supported by the City Council and by the public. I ask the City Council to engage with the public and develop the best plan possible. I am ready to enact the plan they develop and to begin implementation in earnest.

Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn


Comment from Julie Coryell
Time December 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm

With the demise of oyster breeding off SE coast of WA due to ocean acidification, how can we host 18 coal trains a day fueling Chinese power plants whose acid rain and soot particles blowback on us months later? Somewhere we have to understand L O N G-term damages to fossil-fuel dependence and address TRUE irretrievable COSTS.

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Time December 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

[…] in my office for a roundtable discussion on climate change. The Green Ribbon Commission has been preparing recommendations that will inform Seattle’s work toward reaching carbon neutrality by […]

Comment from Dawn Hardin
Time December 22, 2012 at 3:19 am

Why doesn’t the city take the POV car drivers to task for their environmental impact on the city’s abilities to meet ambitious cap goals? Make car drivers buy an effluent discharge permit for their vehicles to be in this city-that way a city utility can build an effective system to clean up the stormwater that drains into the Sound. Also, make car drivers pay for all parking of vehicles on public property (residential streets). The cars are privately owned, the city belongs to the public-why allow city space to subsidize car drivers in neighborhoods? We need transit and water garden grids for Seattle, not a future of car pollution and gridlock.