We all benefit from the magnificent natural resources that make the Puget Sound region such an extraordinary place to live, work and play. But if we want to continue to enjoy these assets, we must address the serious threats facing the environment, including climate change, air and water pollution and loss of natural habitat. We must also recognize and address the disproportionate impacts pollution and climate change continues to have on low-income communities and communities of color. If we do not act as a community with urgency to restore and protect the environment, we will have failed future generations. We believe that through collaboration and cooperation of all stakeholders—developers, conservationists, farmers, tribes, industry, community organizations, urban and rural communities— we can turn the tide on climate change and manage our region’s growth in a way that is environmentally sustainable, economically viable and benefits all communities.
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