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BROOKLYN (August 22, 2019) — The nation’s leading advocate for a national climate emergency and WWII-scale climate mobilization, The Climate Mobilization, issued the following statement regarding Senator Bernie Sanders recently released Green New Deal plan.
“The Amazon is on fire. We are in a climate emergency. This plan is a game changer in the race to the emergency mobilization required to protect humanity and the living world. We are thrilled to see that Senator Sanders has committed to declare a climate emergency and initiate a just and equitable $16.3 trillion, WWII-scale climate mobilization to rapidly transform the economy. We are proud to see many elements of the approach we have been advocating since 2014 represented in this plan; it’s the most aggressive climate plan we have seen thus far and a huge step forward for our nation. In order to win this war to protect our planet and ourselves, it is essential that this plan abandons the failing IPCC framework, and aims to end all emissions in a decade or less, reverse global warming, and restore pre-industrial safe climate conditions. We look forward to helping make this plan even stronger and watching all the other candidates catch up.” —Margaret Klein Salamon, founder and executive director of The Climate Mobilization.
A Brooklyn-based national group responsible for ushering in the call for a WWII-scale response to the climate emergency in the United States, The Climate Mobilization, played a key role in the development of a resolution calling on Congress to declare a Climate Emergency introduced by Senator Sanders in the Senate, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Earl Blumenauer in the House. The concurrent resolution has gained 63 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, and 7 in the Senate – including six of the seven senators running for president.
In June, The Climate Mobilization issued a petition supported by more than 80 environmental and climate justice organizations including Mothers Out Front, Extinction Rebellion, Progressive Democrats of America, calling on Congress to declare a climate emergency in the U.S. More than 950 governments in 18 countries across the world have declared a climate emergency, including New York City, the largest city in the U.S. to do so. In June, Los Angeles voted to create a new Office of Climate Emergency Mobilization and recently the city of Austin, Texas became the first US Southern city to declare a climate emergency.