As an organization that works for a healthy planet and a safer world, we must address the reality that health and safety are enjoyed unequally across racial lines in our country. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the protests that have followed, we recognize that addressing these inequalities must be an integral part of our mission and daily work. We stand in solidarity with protesters calling for racial justice, and we urge our members and supporters to do the same.
We offer some links to educate yourself on the links between racism and the climate crisis, and urge you to learn more about what you can do:
Read up on the links between racism and the environment, Somini Sengupta, New York Times, June 5, 2020.
We don’t have to halt climate action to fight racism, Mary Annaise Heglar, HuffPost, June 12, 2020.
Climate change tied to pregnancy risk affecting black mothers most, Christopher Flavelle, New York Times, June 18, 2020.
Black, Hispanic, and Latino people car about climate change the most, Drew Costley, OneZero, May 6, 2020.
The impacts of COVID-19 will likely be exacerbated by flooding, hurricanes, wildfires and heatwaves which worsen in the summer. Federal agencies are already stretched thin, and need more funding to be able to respond to likely extreme weather events this summer. Ask your representative to fund extreme weather and COVID-19 response programs to protect communities most at risk this summer.TAKE ACTION!
April 22, 2020 is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, and this year’s theme is climate action! In the face of the global coronavirus pandemic, a mighty coalition of Earth Day groups and climate advocates have been planning and creating a new way to unite to support climate action while cancelling or postponing physical gatherings. This month’s action is to join this effort. Sign up with Earth Day Live for three days of livestreaming and virtual actions April 22-24th!JOIN EARTH DAY LIVE
A new proposal from the administration is aimed at blocking the federal government from analyzing the impacts of federal projects on climate change, and fundamentally weakening the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), our bedrock environmental law. This time-limited action provided tools to comment on this disastrous proposal during the public comment period, which is now over.
Help make 2020 the year we begin bringing down greenhouse gas emissions and uniting to protect our beautiful world. Invite two friends to sign up for Power Up for Climate Solutions’ monthly climate actions. Below is a short the message you may share or adapt:
“I belong to Power Up for Climate Solutions, (www.powerupforclimate.com) a non-profit devoted to helping people to help solve the climate crisis. If you sign up, you will receive a monthly climate action chosen to be high impact and easy to take. Here’s the link to sign up: www.powerupforclimate.com/join-us/”
We’ve learned is that most new members join because someone they know invited them to do so. Please help us grow our impact by inviting two friends or family members to join us!Join Power Up for Climate Solutions!
Right now, you can do something that many climate experts say is the single most effective thing you can do to fight climate change. It costs nothing, requires only a few minutes, and just requires a bit of courage to try. Talk to a friend or family member about climate change. Talk about why you care, and what actions you are taking. Talk to someone who is concerned about climate change to some extent. You do not need to talk with a climate denier: climate scientist Dr. Katherine Hayhoe says “The biggest challenge isn’t science denial, it’s complacency.”
Congress can take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the transition to clean energy. One approach is to extend and expand tax credits for renewable energy and battery storage that have helped drive investments in clean energy and begun decarbonizing our electricity sector. This action was aimed at a 2019 proposal to exapand clean energy tax credits.TAKE ACTION
Tell them why you care about the climate crisis and ask them to put solving climate change above everything else. It’s time for our Representatives to become climate heroes, to overcome all obstacles and partisanship and pass transformative climate solutions policy immediately, and by January 2021 at the latest