Weekly Actions: April 25, 2017

Click on each action for details and scripts:

If you were one of the thousands who participated in the March for Scienceon Saturday April 22nd, not only were you part of a historic event with 610 satellite marches worldwide, but you helped kick off a full week of action. Check the March for Science website for daily actions until the 29th, and the People’s Climate March website for daily actions until 5/1. Also be sure to attend the People’s Climate March in Washington DC on April 29th or find a sister march in one of hundreds of locations across the country.
 

In a lame attempt to delude us with “alternative facts,” the President released an earth-day statement claiming his administration is “committed to keeping our air and water clean, to preserving our forests, lakes, and open spaces, and to protecting endangered species.” While claiming to support scientific inquiry, he made no mention of climate change. These sentiments are in direct contradiction to his environmental policies, which have been disastrous. In a misguided Executive Order released last month that puts the interests of fossil fuels ahead of renewables under the guise of bringing back jobs, DT called on the EPA to roll back key environmental regulations related to the Clean Power Plan.
 

Trump wants people to believe that we must make a choice: jobs or the environment, while in reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Clean energy jobs now surpass those in the oil industry and solar energy jobs are skyrocketing. In comparison, the number of coal workers in the U.S. is lower than the number of people who work at Arby’s. Not even corporate America is on board with Trump when it comes to climate change.
 

Most frighteningly, the EPA Climate-Denier-In Chief, Scott Pruitt, is urging the President to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement even though many of Trump’s top advisers and over half of the people who voted for him would like the U.S. to stay committed to these efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.

 
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:
 

Script: Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to urge the President NOT to withdraw from the Paris Climate agreements. If the President really does care about the environment, as he claimed in his Earth Day statement, he should abide by the opinions of the majority of Americans (including half of the people who voted for him) and honor these agreements, which are essential to the health of our planet. If the United States were to pull out, it would be an embarrassment to the nation and a colossal moral failing (especially considering that, historically, our country is responsible for the lion’s share of carbon emissions worldwide.) Additionally, the U.S.’s failure to uphold the Paris agreement could lead to other countries pulling out. The thousands of people who participated in the March for Science last Saturday and the hundreds of thousands more who plan to march all over the country in the People’s Climate March this Saturday are counting on the President to do the right thing.

We don’t have to wait for the federal government to act when it comes to mitigating the effects of climate change. Cities around the world are taking action on reducing emissions. Several states have also introduced carbon tax legislation, which provides an incentive to shift to renewable and efficient energy consumption. You can learn more about this here. California is trying to do a number of things at the state level, and according to our Action Alliance partner, Rogan’s List, there are carbon tax bills pending in WA, OR, NY, MA, RI, VT, and Boulder, CO.

 
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:
 

  • Contact: your state reps and ask them to support and pass these carbon tax bills. If no carbon tax bills have been introduced in your state, ask your state legislators to introduce this legislation. See script below.
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  • Act: See if your city has joined the Compact of Mayors, which commits your city to ambitious global climate solutions. If your city has joined, call your mayor and thank him/her. If not, urge your mayor to join the party, and if neighboring cities have joined, but yours has not, use that as leverage for your city to take action.
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  • Join: Citizen’s Climate Lobby and learn how to get engaged in your community.

Script (for state representatives):Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I would like to encourage Sen./Rep. _____ to pass/introduce carbon tax legislation. This is a way that our state can take leadership in fighting climate change, which is essential to the health of our planet. This week, thousands of people marched in the state and across the country because they were concerned about cuts to research on climate science and the increasing consequences of global warming. Our state has an obligation to all its residents to address this issue and assure that we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and move toward energy self-sufficiency, which will be a win/win for all people involved.