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About

Who We Are

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Whidbey Climate ACTION was founded to promote community and sustainability in the the fight against climate change. The group grew out of the work of the Langley City Council's Climate Crisis Action Committee, a citizen's board that advised and proposed projects for the council's declared Climate Emergency  (Resolution 818, June 2021). There is now a separate Climate Crisis Action Commission that works on climate policy for the city.


We work with our Whidbey Island neighbors, to promote, finance and implement rapid, just, and measurable actions and advocacy that fully meet the scale and urgency of the climate crisis.

 

Meeting locations and dates are listed on the Meetings page. We invite members of the public to join our meetings, and more importantly, to join our actions as we work together to address the climate crisis. 

Challenges

  • Ever increasing inequality. Inequality drives injustice and climate change as the globally wealthy contribute the most to GHG emissions and climate change impacts historically oppressed BIPOC and colonized Global South communities disproportionately. Richest 10% contribute 50% of the emissions.

  • Fossil-fuel driven chaotic climate. Longer droughts and heavier rainfall lower water supplies and crop yields across the globe. e.g. Somalia, Italy, Midwest, Texas.

  • Biodiversity loss. Monocrops, pesticides, herbicides, deforestation for ag and livestock grazing, ocean acidification, and plastics are driving insect and animal population declines and extinctions, destroying the foundations of all life.

  • Depleting planetary resources. Our extract-build-dispose consumer culture is based on the exploitation of limited, valuable resources. Oil is depleting rapidly. There is not enough copper ore to rebuild electrical systems for renewable energy transition.

  • Unsupportable human consumption. The Green Revolution (via colonization) supporting explosive growth was based on fossil-fuel produced nitrogen fertilizers propping up vanishing topsoils. 1.8 Earths are needed to support human civilization.

  • Local sea level rise. With possible sea level rises of 12 inches by 2050 and over 4 ft by 2100, many Whidbey homes and properties will be impacted.

  • Forest fires and smoke.  Air quality measures will continue to degrade from expanding Northwest fires which are promoted by increased temperatures and drought conditions associated with climate change.

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Accomplishments

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