The Columbian Newspaper featured me canvassing for I-1631on Halloween. 1631 is WA's 2018 carbon fee ballot initiative. If passed, it could be a model for the nation. The pictures in this are really fun!
May We Have Your Attention, PLEASE! Doesn't it say something when KIDS have to march on our government, over climate inaction? I think so. I went to Zero Hour's Youth Climate March in Washington DC to support them. I also made postcards that attendees could mail to their legislators, demanding climate action.
I testified in a T-Rex costume on June 20, 2018, at the Port of Vancouver Commission meeting. I have been focussing my personal volunteer efforts on city and state-level legislation. I am part of a group here called Alliance for Community Engagement (ACE), which is trying to get the Port and the City to adopt Climate Action Plans. (Vancouver WA is on the "Thin Green Line," where fossil fuel infrastructure is constantly being proposed. Here on the Columbia river watershed we can export directly to Asia.)
Great news: Open Editions, a fabulous pop-up store for manufactured artist products, is taking Climate Toothpaste to NYC. My t-shirts and Climate Toothpaste boxes will be in the Open Editions store at the Art on Paper Fair, March 8-11 on Pier 36. I was wowed by Open Editions at the Seattle Art Fair, and thought,This would be perfect for Climate Toothpaste. I'm excited about this opportunity, and the exposure!
Climate Toothpaste came this close to winning in MIT Climate CoLab's "carbon pricing" competition, but came up short. 30 supporters commented on why they love this project – more than twice my competition.
Here in Vancouver WA, Don Orange won the swing vote spot for Port Commissioner, with almost 65% of the vote. Our opposition ran a dirty race, including over $375,000 from the oil company that hoped to build the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal, right here on the Columbia. How dirty was it? Don got dragged into court, facing feeble but expensive attempts to disqualify him from the ballot.
Now Don has $10k in unexpected legal debt. We helped get him elected; now we want to pay off his debt. That's where Climate Toothpaste...
Don Orange is running for Port of Vancouver Commission here in WA. His opposition is swimming in over $300,000 of oil money from a Texas oil company--the same company that wants to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal, right on the Columbia river. I've been doorknocking and helping this campaign however I can. Today is election day. I'm on the edge of my seat. Climate Toothpaste wants to help candidates like Don Orange. If you're running on climate or know someone who is, contact me at hcodystudio(at)gmail.com.
Climate Toothpaste is expanding into helping political candidates who run on climate as part of their platform.
Danielle Meitiv is a climate scientist running for County Council At-Large in Montgomery County, MD. Here she is with Dr. Michael Mann, an esteemed climate scientist, at their community event "What's Up With the Weather?"