Montgomery County, MD
THIS IS A CLIMATE EMERGENCY
WE HAVE LESS THAN 10 YEARS TOGET TO ZERO EMISSIONS
MoCo ACT NOW!
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DID YOU KNOW THAT THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY PASSED AN EMERGENCY CLIMATE MOBILIZATION RESOLUTION ON DECEMBER 5 TH , 2017?
The resolution says that “we face an unprecedented global emergency….each of us has the moral duty to safeguard the planet for future generations.”
It “urges the national Administration, the Congress, the State, and other local governments, to join Montgomery County, and to use all available powers and resources to:
1. Declare a climate emergency and initiative a massive global mobilization to restore a safe climate and build a sustainable economy; and
2. Transform the climate by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2027 and reaching 100% elimination by 2035, and initiate large-scale efforts to remove excess carbon from the atmosphere.”
WHY DOES THIS MATTER TO US?
Scientists are in agreement that we have only a handful of years - literally - to eliminate greenhouse gases to avoid irreversible global catastrophe
The climate emergency is also a humanitarian crisis, already devastating millions of lives. Impacts are being felt everywhere, but are unfairly distributed across generational, class, racial and national lines.
There is a huge opportunity – right now – to transform how MoCo does business, builds communities, and promotes clean and fair jobs for everyone, by using this resolution as a springboard for bold legislative and executive actions.
We can also demonstrate to the rest of the country that climate action can be taken with emergency speed and effectiveness, thus inspiring similar action throughout the country.
WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?
Scientific consensus tells us that human activities are warming the planet
Warming is caused by emissions from fossil fuels, annual agriculture, and exacerbated by deforestation, among other human activities
The climate crisis threatens the collapse of civilization
Seemingly small global temperature increases are already having huge impacts, including intensified drought, severe weather, contributing to global food price shocks, and significant costs in terms of human life and livelihoods
There is hope, if we mobilize!
The Montgomery County Council is gathering ideas about actions that can cut our emissions quickly, and remove carbon from the atmosphere. The Climate Mobilization – MoCo is advocating that the county provide resources to develop a plan of action, promote public awareness of the emergency, and apply a climate test to proposed projects and legislation. Creating a Climate Emergency Mobilization Office to manage these efforts is also required.
In addition to establishing and funding a climate emergency office, we are asking the Council to pass Emergency Climate Bills this Spring, showing the way on: 1. Green buildings, 2. Electric vehicles, 3. Solar/ renewable power, 4. Drawdown of carbon already in the atmosphere, 5. Reducing personal consumption, and 6. Ensuring a Just Transition to prioritise and share the benefits with disadvantaged communities and workers.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
THE CLIMATE MOBILIZATION (TCM) is a national organization committed to Restoring a Safe Climate for All at Emergency Speed, city by city, county by county.
TCM MoCo is a local chapter, a network of volunteers, who engaged the MoCo Council in declaring the climate emergency, and who are working with a growing coalition of environmental and social justice organizations in MoCo, to keep the pressure on our MoCo leadership.
We need people with a broad range of interests and skills – policy, communications, research, organizing, outreach - and most importantly, folks to want to act now to protect our community and planet.
THIS IS A CLIMATE EMERGENCY – MoCo ACT NOW!
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