Submitted by Thurston Climate Action Team
The Thurston Climate Action Team, locally known often as T-CAT, along with a wide variety of other nonprofit organizations are participating in the first Earth Gives Day on October 7. The giving platform site (active now, go look) is filled with profiles on each organization, the focus of their work, and the impact they are having on the environment. One thing that sets the platform apart from others that in addition to donating themselves, donors can also start their own campaign to share with others.
TCAT Executive Director Melinda Hughes said, “We’re thrilled to be a part of a giving day just for Mother Nature. When we look around the planet at all the effects of climate change, from heatwaves and wildfires to higher grocery bills and more prevalent allergies to the pandemic, we know we must give it our all. We have to be on the right side of history for future generations to have a healthy planet.” She continued, “It takes more than a village to tackle climate change and that includes community members that can give. Earth Gives Day provides us all another way to make a difference”.
Since 2009, TCAT volunteers and staff have worked toward regional action to bring down our communities’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. At the same time, the groups’ work focuses on cost savings for individuals and businesses, creating more living wage jobs, economic development by supporting clean energy businesses, improving health, and helping local farmers reduce their costs. One of their most recent accomplishments is getting the four largest jurisdictions in Thurston County to declare a Climate Emergency, adopt and commit to implement the Thurston County Mitigation Plan (TCMP).
TCAT uses an equity lens in all the work they do. The group is just finishing a Climate Justice mural in the roundabout at the end of the 4th Avenue bridge in Olympia along Harrison Ave. They coordinate eight Climate Action groups of volunteer advocates, focused on the following topics: advocacy, trees, equity, green buildings, transportation, art, food and agriculture, and youth education.
The Earth Gives organization and its signature event, Earth Gives Day, are focused on driving resources and attention to the work of environmental and climate-focused nonprofits through a gamified 24-hour time-constrained and publicized event that not only helps other organizations get discovered, but also win prize dollars for their success in inviting in donors and dollars. Tax-deductible donations made starting on September 16th through the day of October 7th will count in the contest toward that prize money.
Find TCAT on the Earth Gives site by logging in.
More on TCAT at our webpage.
Thurston Climate Action Team
P.O Box 13324, Olympia, WA 98508