PHILADELPHIA – In a historic first, the Democratic Party has officially embraced the need for a WWII-scale national mobilization to combat the global climate emergency. Passed by a floor voice vote of the full Democratic Convention on Monday, the Democratic platform declares a “global climate emergency,” acknowledges “the catastrophic consequences facing our country, our planet, and civilization,” and commits to “a national mobilization, and to leading a global effort to mobilize nations to address this threat on a scale not seen since World War II.”
The party platform also commits the next administration to convening “a summit of the world’s best engineers, climate scientists, policy experts, activists, and indigenous communities” during the “first 100 days” of the next administration to reassess America’s climate strategy and “chart a course to solve the climate crisis.”
Specifically, the platform contains the following passages:
Climate change poses an urgent and severe threat to our national security, and Democrats believe it would be a grave mistake for the United States to wait for another nation to take the lead in combating the global climate emergency. According to the military, climate change is a threat multiplier that is already contributing to new conflicts over resources, catastrophic natural disasters, and the degradation of vital ecosystems across the globe. While Donald Trump says that climate change is a “hoax” created by and for the Chinese, Democrats recognize the catastrophic consequences facing our country, our planet, and civilization.
We believe the United States must lead in forging a robust global solution to the climate crisis. We are committed to a national mobilization, and to leading a global effort to mobilize nations to address this threat on a scale not seen since World War II. In the first 100 days of the next administration, the President will convene a summit of the world’s best engineers, climate scientists, policy experts, activists, and indigenous communities to chart a course to solve the climate crisis.
Joseph Romm, Founding Editor of Climate Progress and world-renowned climate and energy analyst, hailed the platform language calling for a WWII-scale mobilization:
“This month, the full Democratic Platform Committee approved the strongest statement about the urgent need for climate action ever issued by a major party in this country,” Romm said. “One party in this country has finally embraced the blunt — and scientifically accurate — language of climate hawks as to what those measures actually entail.”
The historic platform amendment was sponsored by Sanders-appointed Democratic Platform Committee Member, Russell Greene, with the language co-authored by Greene; Tom Weis, President of Climate Crisis Solutions; and Ezra Silk, Co-Founder of The Climate Mobilization. Both Greene and Weis are close allies of The Climate Mobilization.
“I am proud to see the Democratic Party embrace climate truth by boldly declaring a climate emergency in their platform,” Greene said. “It is courageous. Now we need Democratic candidates up and down the ticket to make climate mobilization central to their campaigns.”
The platform amendment is a significant win for the Sanders campaign; Senator Sanders used language calling for a WWII-scale climate mobilization this spring, most notably in the April 14, 2016 Democratic debate in Brooklyn where he decried the “incrementalism” of the Paris climate agreement and used World War II as a metaphor for combating the climate crisis. Some Hillary Clinton supporters are now joining the call for mobilization.
Since last fall, The Climate Mobilization has been pressuring all the Democratic and Republican presidential contenders to champion a WWII-scale mobilization to restore a safe climate. This after a 2011 “open letter” sent to President Obama (signed by the heads of the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Earth Policy Institute, Rainforest Action Network, Energy Action Coalition, 350.org and others) failed to convince the president to respond to the “global climate emergency” with a “wartime-like mobilization” to “cut carbon emissions 80 percent (based on 2006 levels) by 2020.”
“It is heartening to see the Democratic Party formally acknowledge that saving civilization requires a massive mobilization at wartime speed,” said Lester Brown, former President of the Earth Policy Institute. “The closest analogy for what we need to do now is the belated U.S. mobilization during World War II.”
Watch video of the platform committee’s vote here:
Learn more about The Climate Mobilization’s grassroots campaign for a WWII-scale climate mobilization.
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