Last month, we got a very serious wake-up call. It said that we have only 10 years to dramatically reduce carbon emissions if we want to cut the risk of extreme temperatures, floods, displacement, and widespread climate catastrophe.
Since then, Trump has started the process to allow seismic testing in the Atlantic — the whale-killing precursor to offshore drilling — and dismissed warnings about extremely scary economic destabilization if we don’t act on climate.
The upside is that climate champions, like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are pushing for something that could stop all new fossil fuel infrastructure — The Green New Deal. And, if enough leaders get on-board, we can start truly discussing what climate action that meets the scale of the problem could look like for this country.
That’s where you come in. If you add your name now before the next session starts, I know we can push the new Congressional leadership to start a Green New Deal committee and prioritize taking the country off the disastrous path we’re on.
The U.N.’s Nobel Prize-winning group of climate scientists, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC, just reported that CO2 emissions must decline steeply by 2030, or global temperatures will increase past the point of return.
The fact is, though, that despite all the science, all the reports, all the super-storms and flooding, destabilized polar ice sheets and threatened coral reefs, carbon emissions in the US and around the world are still increasing.
There is absolutely no time to waste in the fight for a safe climate.
Imagine a path to a sustainable economy that runs on 100% renewable energy — decarbonizing our electricity, transportation, industrial and building sectors. Imagine 21st Century energy policies that halt the expansion of new oil, gas, and coal infrastructure and drilling.Imagine sufficient funding to ensure a just transition for affected workers and a just recovery for communities impacted by climate change.
Congress has been led by climate deniers on the payroll of Big Oil for far too long. With the House’s new leadership, we could get a Green New Deal that does all that.
The reality we face due to global warming is bone-chilling, but we cannot give up. And by “we,” I mean all of us — every person on Earth.
We have to fight back. And the first step is to get Congress to recognize the destruction they have allowed to happen and commit to repairing the damage.
It’s up to us to make this the decade we truly do something about climate change.
Thank you for your commitment to a green and peaceful future,
P.S. Communities all across this country and the world are already being powered by renewable energy. It’s not only possible, but it’s also happening. Sign the petition telling Congress to break the hold of the fossil fuel lobby and put the country on the path to renewable energy. There is no more time to waste. We must tackle climate change as if it were the greatest crisis facing humanity — because it is.
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