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Support for Initiative 1631


I-1631: Our Support

Greetings members and interested parties,

I encourage you all to look around and take notice of what is happening to our environment and the beautiful land that we call home. The growing impacts of global climate change and pollution are, unfortunately, alive and well in our region.

The Samish Indian Nation is committed to serving as a leader against global climate change to create a better community for our next seven generations. The Tribe's Department of Natural Resources has seen the impact of climate change first hand. We've watched as the increasing acidification of the Salish Sea has had an impact on everything that lives in or relies on the sea to survive. The sea levels continue to rise around our region. Native sea life like the J-Pod of Orcas, with whom we share a deep connection, are suffering from declining salmon populations. All of this adds up to a sad picture for our future generations.

We believe that I-1631 is the best chance our state has to be a global leader to start to address some of these issues. The Samish Indian Nation Tribal Council is proud to give our full support and endorsement to the initiative.

As some of you know, I worked in the oil and gas industry for 30 years and have knowledge of the levels of chemicals and toxins that are being released daily. These facilities are doing their best to operate under the guidelines in place. But, we continue to see the impact on our environment. It's time for the largest corporate polluters to contribute and be a part of the solution.

I-1631 will place a monetary obligation on the polluters that will enable more education, restoration and opportunities for the people to collectively turn the corner and start reversing these impacts of pollution. This tied with investments in clean energy and creation of thousands of local jobs shows the need for a solution like I-1631.

I encourage you to do your research on the initiative and talk to your friends and family, as this impacts all of us. Please sign in support of I-1631 and vote yes on I-1631 this fall.

Thank you,
Tom Wooten

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Infographic about Initiative 1631

We encourage you to download and print the I-1631 documents or Rally Flyer to post or hand out in your support. A copy of the Samish letter of support and the text of I-1631 are also available.