Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) brings our community together to reduce climate disruption — resulting in a healthy, just and prosperous future for all.
Building Community Partnerships for Climate Action
This YouTube video, filmed and edited by Jenna Mason, highlights Thurston County’s community of climate-concerned groups and organizations that are coming together to make change at the government level and beyond through outreach, events, volunteering, and important conversations.
TCAT is a locally-focused non-profit, which is spearheading a multi-pronged approach to addressing the most urgent challenge ever faced by humanity. From influencing local government priorities to promoting energy efficiency and empowering citizens to mobilize, TCAT has earned a reputation for leadership on climate in Thurston County.
Postcards were distributed at the Student Climate Strike, urging the City Council Members of Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, and Thurston County Commissioners to expedite the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan, and to find the resources to fund it. TCAT and the Climate Reality Project of Thurston County collected the postcards and delivered them them to the Cities and County.
TCAT’s Keystone Programs
The Cities of Olympia, Tumwater and Lacey, along with Thurston County, have committed to developing a Regional Climate Mitigation Plan. The Carbon Free Thurston (CFT) campaign is encouraging local governments in Thurston County to adopt very strong, bold, and effective policies and investments to significantly reduce GHG emissions which result from activities of city residents and businesses. We are doing this by working with the Cities and the County on funding and developing the Regional Climate Mitigation Plan, and by helping local residents make their voices heard on this issue.
The 4th Annual South Sound Climate Action Convention was held on Saturday, April 13, 2019. This year, Thurston Climate Action Team partnered with Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) to provide a full day of learning about cooperative actions we can take to protect our planet from the worst impacts of climate change.
Several sessions were videotaped, and many speakers have provided copies of their presentations, handouts and other resources. 2019 Session Videos and Resources are available here.
During the final session of the Convention, Climate Action Groups formed that will continue to meet, to identify actions we can take over the months to come to make a difference. Whether or not you attended the Convention, or came to an action group at the end of the day, we invite you to keep the momentum going and join a Climate Action Group.
Improving communication, coordination and collaboration among local groups working on climate change is the goal of the Climate Action Coordinating Council. This TCAT project, which brings together local environmental organizations, is funded by a Climate Action Coordinating Grant that expires at the end of 2019. TCAT is actively raising funds to make this project a permanent program.
Support TCAT ‘s Work
The success of projects like Carbon Free Thurston, the Climate Action Coordinating Council, and the South Sound Climate Convention, relies on donations and grants from foundations, businesses and committed individuals like you.
Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) is partnering with the Washington State Employees Combined Fund! Choose the amount you’ll give every paycheck to support local projects that lower our carbon footprint, and unite the fight for a livable planet. Click the image below to get started! (Please be patient when the donor form loads. It can take up to 30 seconds.)Current short-term fundraising opportunities include:
Washington State Combined Fund Drive
The Combined Fund Drive (CFD) is Washington State’s workplace giving program for active and retired public employees. State and higher education employees are invited to give to the charity of their choice through payroll contribution and agency fundraising events.