Protecting our Environment
I know firsthand as a doctor from treating children and adults who have suffered as a result of pollution in our communities that climate change is an existential, real, and advancing threat to our city and our neighbors. Serious adverse health effects result, and these disproportionately affect impoverished and marginalized communities. As a rapidly growing, global, and progressive city, we must lead in the fight against climate change by:
- Working regionally, with cities and counties around the Puget Sound and across the state, to continue to set bold climate objectives that we can meet and exceed by working together. For example, Seattle City Light uses 100% carbon neutral energy, but we must move to get our entire city, region, and state onto a completely renewable energy grid.
- Washington’ 100% Clean Energy bill recently signed into law by Governor Inslee is a national example of how we must aggressively pursue renewable energy sources, and Seattle must be a leader. We need to continue to up production from renewable energy resources, expand consumer access to it, and invest in new clean energy technologies.
- I will work to expedite the Ballard Light Rail extension, continue to advocate for further investments in public transit, and aggressively push our efforts to get people out of their cars, which make up more than 40% of the state’s carbon emissions.
- Done properly, increasing density in Seattle will protect our environment by increasing use of mass transit, decreasing car commuting, and decreasing commute times.
- We must work to decarbonize our transportation systems, buildings, and many other industries.