Seattle Climate Agenda 2024

Seattle Climate Agenda 2024

How Seattle responds to the climate crisis will have a huge impact on the quality of life of our citizens. Cities worldwide are responsible for 70 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, therefore, cities play a critical role in addressing the global crisis at its roots. 

A succession of Seattle mayors and city councils have recognized the necessity of taking action locally, and have developed strategies for doing so. The 2013 Seattle Climate Action Plan set targets of reducing emissions from buildings and passenger vehicles 62 percent below 2008 levels by 2030 and a 91 percent reduction by 2050. The city has taken steps to begin eliminating carbon emissions from city-owned buildings and large commercial buildings.

However, these and other actions to date fall far short of the effort needed to eliminate the burning of fossil fuels by mid-century. And in recent years we have become more aware of the need to protect citizens from the effects of a deteriorating climate — as exemplified by the deadly 2021 heat dome.

People for Climate Action Seattle, a volunteer-led grassroots organization, urges the City Council to take up the following actions in 2024 that will help move the city closer to meeting its climate goals and its commitment to protect public health and safety.

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