2018 Legislative Priorities

Earth Ministry at Washington State CapitolEarth Ministry and WA Interfaith Power & Light raises up the moral foundation for environmental justice in the state legislature. From educational workshops to trips to the capitol, we provide a wide range of opportunities for people of faith to get involved in faithful advocacy.

For more information or to join us, please contact jessica@earthministry.org. Together, faithful advocacy is how we solve problems, protect our families, plan for the future, and invest in a high quality of life for all of God's creation. 

Click here to download Earth Ministry's two-page environmental priority factsheet. 


Healthy Food Packaging Act - HB 2658, SB 6396

The Healthy Food Packaging Act protects our food, bodies, and the environment by phasing out PFAS, or perfluorinated compounds. This extremely persistent and cancer-causing class of chemicals is found in food packaging materials, such as fast-food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags. While they keep grease off wrappers, these toxic chemicals escape into food through normal use. The Healthy Food Packaging Act will protect us from PFAS chemicals in food packaging in favor of safer alternatives.

We are morally obligated to do better because:

  • Serious health impacts are linked to PFAS chemicals, including cancer and hormone disruption.
  • These chemicals are so highly persistent that scientists call them “virtually indestructible” – meaning they will stay in our bodies, food, and water for long periods of time.
  • PFAS pollute the environment when food packaging is thrown away or composted. Recently the Dept. of Ecology found that levels of PFAS are also increasing in Washington’s waterways.
  • Nearly half of fast food wrappers tested contained PFAS chemicals – showing widespread use of these chemicals, but also broad adoption of alternatives.

Click here for a one-page fact sheet.

Act On Climate - SB 6203

Despite the fact that climate change impacts are already felt here at home, many in the fossil fuel industry are working to undo years of climate progress, especially at the federal level. That’s why the State of Washington must step up. In the face of serious and escalating climate change risks – devastating wildfires, water shortages, flooding catastrophes, sea level rise, ocean acidification – 2018 is the year for meaningful action that moves Washington forward.

A just climate policy will:

  • Charge major polluters for the harm they cause. 
  • Put these dollars to work through smart investments across the state that create good home-grown jobs, accelerate clean energy solutions, protect our health and safety, and ensure a resilient environment.
  • Protect the “least of these” by prioritizing investments in communities most harmed by air pollution and climate change threats, and ensure a just transition for workers who rely on fossil fuel jobs.
  • Bolster economic stability and equity in Washington’s transition to clean energy.

Clean Fuels Standard: HB 2338

Transportation fuels are responsible for nearly half of the climate and air pollution in our state. California, Oregon, and British Columbia have successful clean fuels programs, making Washington the last West Coast jurisdiction without one. It’s time we do our fair share to cut carbon from the transportation sector. 

HB 2338:

  • Requires refineries to clean up their fuels by reducing the carbon intensity of their fuels
  • Provides opportunities for refineries to comply by blending biofuels, purchasing credits from utilities and others that sell electricity for EVs, reducing emissions associated with refining, and more

Oil Spill Prevention Act - SB 6269

More and more heavy oils are moving through Puget Sound, so keeping the oil industry on the hook to prevent oil spills is a hot issue. Despite critical gains around public disclosure and preparedness measures, significant funding gaps remain that put our communities and Puget Sound at risk of an oil spill or other disasters. We are pushing lawmakers to make real gains in protecting our communities and waterways from the risk of oil spills.

In response, this legislation:

  • Establishes stable and reliable funding source for our prevention and preparedness program by expanding the barrel tax to pipelines and increasing the barrel tax by 2 cents.
  • Funds the implementation of key protections for Puget Sound and shared waters such as inspectors, contingency plans and drills to test these plans.
  • Initiates the development of action plans for stronger oil spill prevention tools and directs a transboundary summit for Salish Sea protections with Canada, Washington, native nations, communities, and marine experts. 

Click here for a one-page fact sheet.

Sustainable Water Management: SB 6316

Healthy waterways are essential for a thriving environment, and water is also central in religious life. Washington needs a water management system that effectively protects the health of waterways by:

  • Planning for residential development in accordance with available water resources.
  • Fully offsetting water usage by mitigating impacts – especially those that are harmful to salmon.
  • Metering and monitoring water usage to help homeowners, local governments, and the state manage this finite resource.

Click here for a one-page fact sheet.

News and Events

New State Report Recommends Banning Toxic Flame Retardants

The Washington Toxics Coalition explains how the Department of Ecology cites health concerns and availability of safer alternatives in a new report on flame retardants – further proof that these toxic chemicals don’t belong in our homes!  January 29, 2015 Washington Toxics Coalition  (Seattle, WA) A…
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Furniture firms shun flame retardants but some toxic couches still for sale

Great news to anyone who likes to sit on a cushion: retailers are making the wise choice to eliminate toxic flame retardants in home furniture. In the meantime, read on to learn how labels identify which products are safe for your home.  January 23, 2015 The Chicago…
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Environmental Priorities Coalition editAs a member of the Environmental Priorities Coalition, Earth Ministry/WAIPL works closely with the wider conservation community in our advocacy work. We bring an important spiritual and moral voice to environmental issues of the day. Click here to learn more about the 2018 Washington Legislative Environmental Priories.

The Environmental Priorities Coalition is a network of over 20 leading environmental groups across the region that influence policy at the state level. Find out more about the Environmental Priorities Coalition.

Earth Ministry works on safe chemical reform as members of the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition, a broad-based alliance of organizations across Washington working to protect families and the environment from harmful toxic chemicals. This effort is spearheaded by our partners at Toxic-Free Future