Birds exist everywhere we do, so it’s little wonder that they have been important to human culture from time immemorial. Their songs thrill along with their incredible display of speed and strength. Audubon has been dedicated to ensuring their survival since it was founded in 1905. From its work in stopping the sale of feathers of native birds for the fashion industry, to the ban of DDT in 1972, the organization has been on the front lines of conservation and grassroots advocacy. In this bird-rich radio feature, Martha Baskin takes a look at Audubon’s work in Washington state and why they support I-732, the carbon tax.
Check out KBCS’s recent discussion on I-732 here.
Washington State Initiative Measure 732 would establish a state-wide tax on carbon emissions to fight climate change. Revenue raised from that tax would then pay for a reduced state sales tax, a rebate for low-income working households, and the effective elimination of a manufacturing tax.
The initiative was brought about by the group Carbon Washington. There has been some push-back from environmental justice groups and most environmental organizations are taking a neutral stance on the issue. Find out why.
Get Northwest perspectives on how the coal and oil industry affects us all. Guests include:
- Episode 1 – Meg Matthews, spokesperson for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. Information at CoalToCleanWA.org
- Episodes 2 & 3 – Rebecca Ponzio, Oil Campaign Director for the Washington Environmental Council. More info at WECProtects.org
- Episode 4 – Jewell James, Coal Manager of the Lummi Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office. Visit PowerPastCoal.org for more information
- Episode 5 – Robin Everett, Sierra Club organizer. More at CoalFreeWashington.org
Music – Kevin MacLeod – AcidJazz
Producers – Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly