The environment and economy — when both are healthy we all thrive.
So why are workers from around the Puget Sound, some driving nearly an hour one way to work, polluting the air and accelerating climate change, when there are hundreds of Seattle residents that could fill those jobs living near construction sites right in the city?
The Sierra Club is teaming up with Got Green? (a local community organization working to ensure the green economy benefits low-income communities of color) to pass a Seattle City Council ordinance aimed at targeting local hiring.
This ordinance will cut down on pollution, reduce commute times and make it easier for Seattle’s hard working low-income workers to find good-paying jobs leading to greater economic freedom.
Tell the Seattle City Council to pass a targeted local hiring ordinance now and keep Seattle’s environment and economy healthy!
Over the next six years Seattle will spend more than $6 billion public tax dollars improving our city‘s infrastructure and building public facilities.
A Targeted Local Hire Ordinance will insure that our city’s public investments result in living wage jobs and paid apprenticeships for area residents. Wages earned by local workers typically are reinvested in neighborhoods and area businesses, boosting our economy and creating additional jobs.
It will also promote public transportation as many city-funded projects are accessible by bus and or light rail. Additionally it will reduce trip commutes as local workers will have shorter distances to travel and will be able to stay in Seattle and afford the rising costs of living in our city.
Tell the Seattle City Council to pass a targeted local hiring ordinance and help Seattle’s economy and environment thrive.
Thanks for all you do for the environment,
P.S. After you take action, be sure to forward this alert to your friends and colleagues!
|RSVP for Seattle‘s Waterfront Business Appreciation Event and protect Seattle from dangerous coal exports!
We all love Seattle’s waterfront because of its great restaurants, entertainment, art and culture — but mostly for views of our beautiful Puget Sound. It is part of why we choose to live here.
But imagine up to 18 coal trains, each a mile and a half long, rumbling through the waterfront daily — disrupting this vital economic tourist engine, polluting our water with toxic coal dust and making already-congested traffic worse.
That is what we will face if coal companies’ proposed 50-million-ton coal export terminal in Whatcom County gets built.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Join Mayor McGinn and Seattle waterfront businesses at a Seattle Waterfront Business Appreciation event and protect Seattle’s waterfront from dirty coal exports!
Here are the details:
WHAT: Waterfront Business Appreciation Event
WHEN: Saturday, May 4from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Questions: Contact Robin Everett at email@example.com
NOTE: We will be giving out free prizes so that you and your family can enjoy the waterfront. Wear red and get ready to have some fun!
Seattle’s waterfront businesses and economy will bear the cost of coal exports. It’s a bad deal for us and we need to stop it.
Join us on Saturday for our Waterfront Business Appreciation Event with Mayor McGinn, have fun with your family and learn how you can help protect Seattle from dangerous coal exports!
Video: Another Tar Sands Disaster
ExxonMobil is doing everything it can to deflect attention from
Mayflower, Arkansas, ever since the company’s pipeline spill on March 29
spewed 85,000 gallons of tar sands crude into the community. The
company even managed to get a no-fly zone established over the town. But
it’s not managing to hide the truth: tar sand pipelines are disasters
waiting to happen. Watch this video
of tar sands crude flowing through the streets of Mayflower. The public
comment period on the far more massive Keystone XL tar sands pipeline
ends April 22.
Tell President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry to reject Keystone XL!
The Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity won a landmark victory
on April 8 when a federal judge ruled that federal authorities broke
the law when they failed to consider the environmental impacts of
fracking before they leased 2,700 acres of public land in Monterey and
Fresno counties to oil and gas drillers. “The court recognized that
fracking is different from the oil and gas development that California
has known thus far,” said Sierra Club attorney Nathan Matthews.
“Fracking and modern unconventional production have changed the game.”
Ask President Obama to protect our public lands and communities from fracking.
No More Deepwater Horizons
Three years ago this week, one of the worst environmental disasters in
our nation’s history occurred when an explosion on BP’s Deepwater
Horizon rig killed 11 people and gushed millions of barrels of oil into
the Gulf of Mexico. But despite numerous recent disasters — from
Shell’s rig running ashore in Alaska to ExxonMobil’s pipeline spill in
Arkansas last month — Big Oil wants to double down on more dangerous
drilling in the Arctic and off our coasts, as well as build the Keystone
XL tar sands pipeline.
President Obama we need to protect our communities, coasts, and public
lands from dangerous oil and gas drilling and spills.
Photo by Julie Dermansky
Keep Yosemite Wild
Yosemite is one of the Sierra Club’s greatest legacies and a beloved and world-renowned wild place. But the future of this American treasure is at risk. The National Park Service is drafting a plan that will restore and protect the park after years of vehicle congestion and poorly planned development. But anti-environmental factions who want to see more development in Yosemite are fighting back. The public comment period on the new management plan ends this Thursday, April 18.
The Arctic is one of our last — and most vulnerable — wild frontiers.
But if Shell Oil and its allies in Congress get their way, pristine
habitats like the Polar Bear Seas could be riddled with oil rigs. Polar
bear mothers and cubs are already fighting for survival as their icy
homes melt out from underneath them, and they wouldn’t stand a chance
against an oil spill.
We need you standing with us this Earth Day — for the Arctic, for polar bears, and for our planet’s future.
Become one of the 2,000 new members we need to join the Sierra Club today — and get a free field bag as our thank-you!
The Sierra Club made its presence known at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue last week. Second Lady Jill Biden promoted the Month of the Military Child
on the White House blog, citing the Sierra Club’s role in sponsoring
the Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors and linking (twice) to
our website. Three days later, New Jersey Chapter volunteer leader
Gregory Auriemma was honored by the White House as a “Champion of
Change,” prompting a shout-out from fellow Jersey Shore native Michael Brune.
Of the 428 bills CBO reviewed in 2012, 68 contained intergovernmental mandates and 80 contained private-sector mandates. Of the 202 public laws enacted, 16 contain intergovernmental mandates and 23 contain private-sector mandates.
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Crews have been working to relocate the endangered Columbian white-tailed deer from the Julia Butler Reserve. A dike built in the 1920s is eroding and the area may soon flood daily.