Our Issues

Washington Conservation Action Education Fund cares deeply about the land, air, water, and communities that sustain us as well as fairness in our political system. These principles remain core to the ethos of our work. As we envision a future that carries these principles forward, we seek to protect people and nature as one given what makes Washington state unlike any other is our magnificent natural environment. From our humbling mountains, cool rivers, and wide open blue skies give us a sense of place and belonging. The cool breezes along the Palouse, the epic feeling that we can touch the sky on our state’s highest peaks like Mount Tahoma to Mount Baker, the lakes surrounding Spokane and the roaring Columbia River, breathtaking shorelines of the Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean, to the pristine forests near Lake Chelan and Nisqually provide us all with an exceptional quality of life.

Climate & Clean Energy

The climate crisis already impacts Washington’s people, economy, air, wild places and our very way of life. We’re experiencing hotter temperatures and drier summers; larger, more devastating wildfires; smoke pollution; and shorter, warmer winters. It’s critical that our leaders prioritize combating climate change and acting for communities that bear a disproportionate burden of environmental pollution.

Lands, Water & Wildlife

Washington’s lands, forests, rivers and the Salish Sea are key identities to our state, provide world-class recreation opportunities, and support our state’s ecosystems. Yet the climate crisis and sprawling development are threatening our open spaces, natural resources, and unique wildlife. To advance recovery that leaves a legacy for future generations across the state, we mobilize our supporters to engage in several state-level decision making processes, including the Model Toxics Control Act and others.

Learn more about natural resource asset management here.

Communities & Justice

We engage Black and brown Washingtonians and Tribal Nations in conservation work to build a more powerful conservation movement. Communities of color and those with lower incomes disproportionately live without clean air, clean drinking water or safe places to work. This disproportionate impact is due to generations of oppressive systems and policy choices by white leaders who have historically excluded communities of color from the political process, especially when it comes to voting.

Democracy & Civic Engagement

Civic participation is critical for advancing environmental protection and improving the health of our communities. We organize in communities to grow voter turnout and connect voting to issues that matter in people’s lives. We work to ensure that our government is accessible and works for us all, and we remove barriers to voting so that all Washingtonians can engage in elections.