Helping Prevent Catostrophic Climate Change

People for Climate Action

Mission

PCA’s mission is to help local governments achieve their greenhouse gas reduction targets as described under the 2014 King County-Cities Climate Collaboration agreement.

How We Measure Success

Our mission will be fulfilled when the following conditions are met:

  1. K4C commitment: King County and all its cities join, participate in and fully prioritize the commitments under K4C and arrange for sufficient resources to meet K4C targets.
  2. Plan and implement: County and cities create, adopt, and implement comprehensive and measurable Climate Action Plans to achieve K4C targets.
  3. Monitor: County and cities publish regular progress reports and adjust plans to meet K4C targets.

Cities Climate Summit II

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Background

The impact of greenhouse gases on climate change is increasingly well known. Cities across the globe are responsible for over 70% of these GHGs. In 2014 King County and twelve cities in the County signed a letter of commitment for the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C). This includes goals for reducing GHGs relative to 2007 levels by 25, 50 and 80% by 2020, 2030 and 2050, respectively.

King County and members of the K4C should be applauded for recognizing their role in saving our planet and their ambitious goals. We also need to acknowledge Dow Constantine for leading the fight against coal exports, coal plants, oil trains and infrastructure, the John Henry mine, new gas plants and initiating a lawsuit against the largest oil companies in Washington over climate change impacts. However great these efforts and successes have been…there is still much work to be done!

Currently, no K4C city is on track to meet their greenhouse gas reduction commitments by 2020. Climate Action Plans are needed now.

K4C cities missing their 2020 commitment.

While they vary a bit, performance across cities is similar. This chart depicts Bellevue performance to date where a 7% reduction has been achieved.

Cities can make the difference. Check out this short video to see how! Video - What Cities Can Do

While it’s unlikely that the 2020 goal will be met, the good news is that it’s not too late to help our local governments achieve the K4C 2030 and 2050 goals! King County Residents are ready to work with our governments to develop meaningful and comprehensive climate action plans in which goals are operationalized and processes for measuring progress are put into place. Progress can then be regularly evaluated and plans updated to assure hitting the K4C’s ultimate goals.

People for Climate Action is a new organization through which local groups across several cities are working together to influence and work with our governments toward effective climate action. Our collaboration aims to share best practices, materials and information, planning, expanding the set of signatory cities, jointly attending council meetings to inform and actively enable our governments to be climate leaders.

Our Methods

  • Advocate for and advise on the development and implementation of robust, comprehensive Climate Action Plans for the county and cities.
  • Meet with local officials to ensure their continued awareness of the most current information on climate.
  • Organize and educate constituents, to effectively communicate to their communities and respective government representatives, the urgent need to focus on meeting the K4C goals.

How You Can Help

  1. Sign up for our Action Emails and participate in actions, e.g., signing our petition, and events (see the links for these on this page).
  2. Join a local PCA group in your city and become an active participant.
  3. Participate in our organizing activities to help us achieve our goals.

Got a specific question? Contact us.

Not in King County, WA?

PCA is very interested in helping those outside of King County work with their local governments to enhance their response to climate change and, in particular, reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, please contact us.