We are working to increase the democratic engagement of residents of King County in order to successfully implement their city’s climate action goals.
Dropping Carbon Emissions: Cities of King County have kept carbon emissions reductions flat over the last seven years, even though the population has grown. But our cities need to reduce carbon emissions dramatically to meet the targets of 50% reduction by 2030 and 80% by 2050. Cities should reach beyond informing and consulting the public to involving, collaborating and empowering the public. Through education and civic engagement, residents can help cities meet their climate goals. Only when cities implement equitable public outreach will human behaviors change, and carbon emission reduction targets be met.
Cities are the unit of change for reducing carbon emissions throughout King County. The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County shares the same geographic footprint with King County, our partner. We serve all of King County, working primarily with 20 cities where League members reside. These mostly medium and larger cities account for 75% of the carbon emissions.
How We Work
Our Climate Action Guides work with their city in a customized approach to help them achieve emission reduction goals by engaging their community in democratic processes. To accomplish this, we use the Strategic Climate Action Plan
and the Climate Action Toolkit
published by King County in 2021.
We achieve this mission by adhering to the longstanding values of the League of Women Voters:
- Democratic, inclusive community processes to ensure grassroots ownership that motivates human behavior changes and focuses on achieving city climate goals.
- Commitment to independent rights of each city to make local, customized climate decisions.
- Advocacy at the state and county government levels for laws, policies, and resources that promote city climate goals.
- A framework of climate justice and equitable access to positive climate improvements and resources.
- A fair and transparent process for delivering evidence-based results for all.
- A county-wide network of League activists to promote cross-sharing of promising city practices.
- Processes to assist cities in adopting climate goals and engaging city residents to achieve them.
Watch our forum: "Regional Climate Action through Democratic Sustainability."
Cities with Sustainable/Climate Action Plans