February 2, 2014: I have launched my letter campaign directed at Tom Rasmussen. I’m guessing almost forty letters have been sent in, which I’m super excited about! Some are from the Nathan Hale Earth Corps group, SEActivists, St. Andrew’s Creation Keepers, and the local Sierra Club. And another piece of good news: my petition has reached over 300 people!
December 8, 2013: Today I attended Seattle Environmental Activists'(SEA) holiday party and got a lot more signatures on my petition (http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ban-gas-powered-leaf). The idea of a ban on gas leaf blowers got a great reception and many members even offered to help write letters once my letter writing campaign is ready. See http://seattleenvironmentalactivists.wordpress.com/ for more information about the important work they do to protect our environment.
December 2, 2013: I have recently got in email contact with the Chair of Education from the ban in L.A. who has great information to share! I’ve already gained so much from our few emails.
November 18, 2013: A lot has happened in the last few weeks, so much that I haven’t had time to update! Today, I gave a speech to the local chapter of the Sierra Club and am now publicly supported by them. I’m really excited about this achievement because I think that their endorsement will make getting into City Council a lot easier. I am also just so happy that I’m not in this alone anymore! It’s great to have people I can get advice from who are more experienced.
October 27, 2013: I posted an ad on Craigslist, searching for more support. No one nice has answered. One person responded that leaf-blowers are not a problem because they are used so infrequently. I disagree since they can pollute as much as 80 cars in one year as reported by The Daily Green. So, according to my own calculations, in 2 months, leaf-blowers can pollute as much as 18 cars in one year.
October 23: I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to get support because the City Council won’t take me seriously until I have demonstrated that this is a true community issue. So far, I have only written letters to environmental organizations but I am planning a lot more. Let me know if you have any ideas for how to raise awareness and ultimately ban leaf-blowers!
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