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When's the Last Time You Saw a Totem Pole Roll Up to a Cathedral Lawn?

The Lummi Nation Totem Pole Journey on August 25 is open to all, builds connections, and deepens solidarity in communities pushing back against fossil fuel export. Know nothing about coal export or this special Lummi tradition? Here's a stunning opportunity to learn about both!

Now in its fourth year, the Lummi Nation Totem Pole Journey builds connections and deepens solidarity between the tribes and communities pushing back against the recent flood of fossil fuel export projects throughout the region.  

The Lummi Nation House of Tears Carvers will showcase their latest totem pole in Seattle onThursday, August 25, where we'll join them to celebrate the victory against coal exports at Xwe'chi'eXen (Cherry Point). 

Join us August 25th to celebrate the victory against coal exports at Xwe'chi'eXen (Cherry Point) and bless the continued efforts of tribes, people of faith, civic leaders and activists fighting for equitable climate action!

WHO: Lummi Nation House of Tears Carvers and YOU!
WHAT: Lummi Nation Totem Pole Journey
WHEN: Thursday, August 25 from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. (Blessing and smudging from 3-4, Ceremony from 4-6, Celebration with music, drumming and food trucks from 6-7:30 pm)

WHERE: St. Mark's Cathedral, 10th Avenue East, Seattle, WA (MAP
Background on the 2016 Totem Pole Journey: Q’al

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The word Q’al means “The Belief” in the Lummi language. Now in its fourth year, the journey will unite tribes and communities all along the 4,865-mile, 18 day voyage. The Belief helped defeat the Cherry Point coal proposal in Bellingham. The Belief can fuel our fights against the Longview coal terminal and other fossil fuel projects. 

About the 2016 Totem Pole

The 22-foot western red cedar totem pole will be carved and donated by Master Carver Jewell James of the Lummi Tribe and the House of Tears Carvers. The final destination will be Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the request of the Grand Chief in Winnipeg, to bear witness to the need for all peoples to work together in the name of our common humanity and our covenant with Mother Earth.  The totem pole will have a bald eagle with wings spread on top with a Medicine Wheel on its chest. Below it will be a buffalo skull and, below that, a wolf on one side of the pole and a coyote on the other. Below them will be an Indian Chief with a War Bonnet facing a Medicine Man and sharing a Peace Pipe with smoke rising from the pipe.

Empower Youth to Imagine a 100% Sustainable Future!

Register TODAY for 2050 WORKOUT August 24! First 100 to register for this FREE youth thought experiment will get in. This amazing event is for any student passionate about building a sustainable future, with a dash of great food and rock climbing mixed in!

What is it? At the 2050 WORKOUT, student leaders (grades 6-12) from all around King County apply systems thinking to “forecast” a 100% sustainable community (the city where you live!) in the year 2050 and then "backcast" to establish a practical action plan for home, school and city to jump start the new school year.

This event is FREE but registration is required. Limited to the first 100 who REGISTER HERE today!

"In the year 2050 today’s teenagers will have children of their own in high school. What will our communities look like if we are completely sustainable by then?"

Location: The Mountaineers at 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

  • Rock Wall climbing built into the day!
  • Great food!
  • Fascinating problem solving  and scenario planning
  • Report to parents and stakeholders by the end of the day

Learn more about the event here.

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Victory! Five Million Tons of Carbon Pollution to End

We scored big on this one thanks to our collective efforts and testimonies... Conservation groups reach a historic agreement with owners of Colstrip Units 1 and 2 to retire them and transition from coal.

Remember we told you in our spring newsletter that we (including CoolMom teen) testified forcefully before the Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission that Puget Sound Energy (PSE) must retire two of the dirtiest coal-burning power plants in the West? Not only did our teen spokesperson Ethan get the commissioner’s attention, but all the sons and daughters, parents and grandparents who showed up at that hearing scored a huge win on July 12: PSE announced an agreement to retire Colstrip (Montana) Plants 1 & 2. A big thanks to Sierra Club and Montana Environmental Information Center for leading negotiations!


Puget Sound Energy and Talen Energy recently reached a historic agreement with Sierra Club and Montana Environmental Information Center to retire the oldest and most financially risky coal-burning units at the Colstrip coal plant in Colstrip, Montana. This opens a huge opportunity to replace this power with clean, renewable energy from Washington and Montana. The Colstrip plant is the largest air pollution source in Montana and one of the biggest emitters of carbon and climate pollution in the country.

Under the agreement, which was filed with the District Court in Missoula, owners Talen and Puget must retire these two units by no later than July 2022. This retirement will lead to the reduction of 5 million tons of carbon pollution each year, which is equivalent to 1 million cars being permanently taken off the road. This decision marks an opportunity to use Colstrip’s large and existing transmission to build out more clean energy and export it to Washington and other states.

The retirement of Colstrip Units 1 and 2 will help Washington meet its carbon goals. In April, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation establishing a funding mechanism for the retirement and cleanup of these two units. In March, Oregon state Governor Kate Brown signed legislation requiring the end of all coal power imports into the state by 2030 and 50 percent clean energy by 2040.

Why Do We Need YOU to Help Grow Our Leadership?

Are you looking for an opportunity to stand united with strong women leaders who are passionate about creating a healthy climate for all our children? Here's your chance. CoolMom is expanding our Board of Directors!

We're looking for new members to add to our board. Take a look at our wish list of skills and consider offering up your talents to a lively women’s climate change movement!

If you think you could be a great match for CoolMom, please contact Cheri Cornell.

CoolMom Basics

  • Mission: The mission of CoolMom is to unite moms and families to protect our climate through informed lifestyle choices and advocacy.

  • Vision: Our vision is a healthy planet for kids and families.

  • Who we serve: CoolMom is the only Washington state nonprofit with the goal of creating a moms’/women’s climate movement. CoolMom’s membership is concentrated in the Puget Sound area, but we are spreading across Washington. We have approximately 1000 members.

  • Strategy: Our strategy is to use on the ground events and social media to engage moms and women throughout Washington State to insist on good climate policy at every level of government.

  • Our website: Check out what we've been up to! Note: Building a new website is one of our exciting near-term priorities.

What’s In It for You?

Make an impact. As a CoolMom board member, your life will be enriched when you learn to use your skills and experiences to serve CoolMom’s mission. CoolMom’s mission to unite women and families to protect our climate means that you will be involved in one of the most important intergenerational equity efforts today. The urgency of climate action will bring you into a movement that is at the forefront of the public’s attention.

Have Fun. CoolMom understands that your free time is in short supply. As such, we want board meetings and events to serve everyone’s need for laughter and friendship.

Broaden your connections and build valuable networks. Nonprofit boards tend to attract accomplished, interesting people. By working on issues that you care about and earning a good reputation in the process, you’ll build valuable relationships with fellow board members and CoolMom’s donors. Serving on a board welcomes you to a myriad of people seasoned in the nonprofit sector, and the climate action and environmental communities. This makes you an eye-catching candidate to other groups seeking members with useful networks.

Round out your resume. While everyone is busy vying for the top employment and leadership positions, you can stand out from the crowd of hopefuls by proving yourself first on a nonprofit board. Many companies and community programs look for boardroom experience when recruiting and hiring. Serving on a nonprofit board lets you prove yourself as a leader while helping the board strategize. The experience and boardroom credibility you gain make a great stepping stone to serving in a variety of positions.

Gain expertise on complex issues that are integral to business and the economy. CoolMom board members gain expertise on trending climate and environmental issues. CoolMom board members also become well-versed in social equity and nonprofit development. Such expertise proves valuable to numerous nonprofits and sharpens your business acumen, helping to improve the boards you already serve and solidifying your reputation as a valuable leader.

Things We Need from All Board Candidates

All board candidates should possess:

  1. An interest in meaningful climate action and CoolMom’s mission and strategies

  2. Ability to attend monthly meetings (currently the second Friday of the month at noon)

  3. Ability to provide an average of 5 to 10 hours volunteer time/month outside of monthly meetings

  4. A commitment to supporting CoolMom with a personally meaningful annual financial donation

  5. A commitment to asking for financial support for CoolMom from a variety of sources, including the board member’s own contacts

  6. A commitment to respond to staff/leadership requests in a timely fashion

  7. A desire to learn about and support nonprofit operations

Note: All genders/gender identities are welcome. You don’t even need to have children of your own as long as you care about providing a healthy climate for all children.

Specific Talents We Seek

CoolMom seeks several skill sets (but not every board candidate need possess every skill):

  1. Accounting/bookkeeping/budgeting

  2. Strategic planning/for-profit business management

  3. Communications/marketing

    1. Website design & management

    2. Communications plan development

    3. Social media

  4. Database management

  5. Field organizing/event planning

  6. Fundraising/development

Please Help Us Spread the Word!

Know anyone looking to build on their leadership experience, who is passionate about leaving the next generation with a healthy planet? Help us spread the word by passing this opportunity onto all your social and professional networks.

CoolMom is Playing In the Capitol for Our Kids' Climate Future

CoolMom is proud to support #PlayIn4Climate July 13, hosted by our friends @MomsCleanAirForce!

CoolMom is in Washington, D.C. for your kids! On July 13, 2016, parents and kids from across the country will rally at Upper Senate Park in Washington, D.C. to support our friends at Moms Clean Air Force and to Play-In for Climate Action.

This family-friendly event is about our air, and the pollution in it that causes dangerous climate change. We aim to showcase exactly what’s at stake as temperatures and sea levels rise: OUR KIDS!

Moms know that kids can’t sit still, so instead of a traditional sit-in we're playing in the capitol! We'll participate in fun activities for kids, and have a press conference to amplify our message that families across the country say: It’s time to get serious about climate change!

WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Upper Senate Park, 200 New Jersey Ave, Washington, DC 20001
WHO: Parents and children from across the region
WHAT: “Play-In” featuring kids’ activities and a press conference

Join us if you can... all are welcome!

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