Tag Archives: Got Green

Got Green: Our Futures Won’t be Traded

Cap and Trade is a False Solution to Climate Change

by Jill Mangaliman and Edgar Franks

“How can you buy or sell the sky?”

These words by Chief Seattle resonate today, especially when there are contradicting proposals for climate action that pit profit against people and planet. Cap and Trade — also known as Carbon Markets — are “market-based” schemes introduced for and by major climate-polluting corporations in order to claim they are taking meaningful steps to limit (and over time) reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

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Got Green: Our Organizing Can Prevent Forest Fires

OpEds by Got Green appear in the South Seattle Emerald every month.

by Marion Romero and James Williams

As the month of April begins to unfold, the infamous Earth Day rolls around. Like years before, many people will plant trees, participate in park clean ups, or attend fairs that focus on sustainability and a cleaner planet. While these are positive things, we must understand that celebrating the Earth one day a year will not stop climate change.

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OPINION — Snowy Winters & Smokey Summers: Preparing for the Future

OpEds by Got Green appear in the South Seattle Emerald every month.

by Hodan Hassan and Tanika Thompson-Bird

The climate is changing. We know that, but the past few weeks brought it to the forefront of our minds. Remember the snow? The snow that fell from the sky and trapped us in our homes for days? That was a sign of how the changing climate is impacting our weather patterns — snow storm in Seattle, a rainstorm in Southern California and 60-degree weather in DC. Seattle is not prepared for snow in any capacity. The streets weren’t cleaned, public transit was a disaster, and people couldn’t get out of their homes.

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News Gleams: Tammy Morales Announces Bid for City Council, Uber Expands Bike-Share to South End

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Tammy Morales running for Seattle City Council, Bruce Harrell is not

Community organizer and Seattle Human Rights Commissioner Tammy Morales will run for the District 2 seat on the Seattle City Council in 2019. District 2 covers the Chinatown-International District and Southeast Seattle.

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OPINION: Green Pathways Means So Much More Than Just Jobs

by Got Green Executive Director Jill Mangaliman

Growing up in Seattle, I was a youth who didn’t feel like I had a future. It was a feeling that I was heading into a dead end and failing in this economy, that I couldn’t take care of myself and my family. I felt alone in this feeling, stuck and exhausted. It wasn’t until I joined Got Green in 2009, that I started to feel like my presence and opinions mattered, that I didn’t need a masters degree or a fancy title to advocate for my community. Through the environmental justice movement and being supported by our elders, I found we were the experts of our conditions and community was most qualified to come up with the solutions because we were living and breathing the conditions ourselves.

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OPINION: Urge City Council to Support Green Pathways Fellowship Program

by Lavanya Madhusudan

There is an acute lack of representation of people of color in the green sector. According to the thoroughly researched Green 2.0 report, the percentage of minorities on the boards or general staff of environmental organizations in the US does not exceed 16 percent. Once hired in environmental organizations, ethnic minorities are concentrated in the lower ranks. As a result, ethnic minorities occupy less than 12 percent of leadership positions in the green sector.

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Budget for Justice Calls for ‘Ongoing, Real and Progressive Policy and System Change’

This is a letter Budget for Justice sent to the city of Seattle. It is reprinted with permission.

For years, Budget for Justice (BfJ) organizations have been doing the restorative and transformative justice work our communities need. Despite repeated acknowledgement and talk, the City of Seattle has, also for years, allowed this work to remain unfunded or underfunded. We have been doing the work longer than the recommendations of many city work groups have existed. It is time for the City of Seattle to fund our work and to stop funding the harmful systems that make our work necessary. The criminal justice system causes disproportionate and irreparable harm.

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