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 July 25, 2017

The King County Workers’ Climate Caucus recognizes the urgent threats of climate change and its disproportionate impact on workers and communities of color. We strive to create an open, worker-centric dialogue about climate justice, respecting the many and varied needs of affected communities.

This informational newsletter discusses climate change, its ramifications, uncertainties, and the steps you can take to fight back.

Climate Activist Naomi Klein Has Roundtable Talk with Local Labor

 

Local labor leaders and community organizers meet with climate activist Naomi Klein at the Washington State Labor Council on June 23. Discussions centered around the ways climate activists, communities of color, and labor movements could be more involved in equitable climate solutions.

 

Tips for Talking About Climate

With summer temperatures soaring high enough to ground planes, climate change may come up while chatting with your ornery uncle at a cookout or while talking with co-workers on break. Here are five tips to keep conversations productive and inspire real conversations about meaningful action.

Stay calm
Climate change can cause heated debates, but it’s important to keep a cool head. It is okay to walk away if Uncle Bill has already made up his mind and is looking to pick a fight.

Find common ground
Try to determine what values you and your conversation partners share and how those values are threatened by climate change. Your co-worker may not care about polar bears and melting ice caps, but she may care about health and safety effects of climate change. She may also be interested to hear about the pros of clean energy, which include cleaner air, increased energy independence, and clean energy jobs.

Know the facts, or where to find them
While facts won’t convince anyone by themselves, it’s useful to have trustworthy sources of information to share. Websites like Inside Climate News and the University of Washington’s Puget Sound State of Knowledge Report provide accurate national and local information on how the changing climate will affect your life and landscape.

Go for the gut
As frustrating as it may be, facts alone don’t change minds. Personal experiences do. Speaking from experience can move the discussion from the “head” to the “heart,” you’ll have an easier time connecting in a positive manner.

Inspire hope, not fear
Climate change is frightening, but fear can be paralyzing. If a problem seems too dire, a person can feel powerless. They may disengage rather than act. Focus on the solutions, and show them how acting collectively through their union can create meaningful change.

 

This summer the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy launches its field campaign! Learn more at these upcoming events, or go to jobscleanenergywa.com

What: Taking the Lead on Climate
When: July 27, 2017; 6–8:30 p.m.
Where: El Centro De La Raza; 2524 16th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144

What: Clean and Fair Economy Summit
When: Sept. 13–Sept. 15
Where: Hotel RL Olympia; 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502

Seattle Marches as Summer Heats Up

Seattle Pride month closed with blistering temperatures and uplifted spirits. June 2017 saw record temperatures on Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25, coinciding with the 2017 Seattle Pride Fest. “Sunday’s 96 degrees matched the all-time high for a June day,” reported the Seattle Times. Read more about Seattle’s Pride celebrations here.