The coalition has agreed that current conditions such as wildfires are reasons for declaring a climate emergency.
We are asking our U.S. Senators and Representatives to endorse, advocate for, and vote for H. Con. Res. 37 and S. Con. Res. 9, which express the opinion of the American people that there is a climate emergency which demands a massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse, and address its consequences and causes.
We know that President Biden is actively engaged with listening to the will of the American people, and we believe that the time to push him to declare a climate emergency is now. Weather cycles are getting worse, disasters are becoming more extreme, and everyone in America has been touched by the existing impacts of climate change; we can’t wait any longer to declare it.
Why wouldn’t President Biden declare an emergency in the midst of climate threats? According to the White House Press Secretary, “Ms. Jean-Pierre would not say whether the president was prepared to declare a climate emergency, a tool that would give Mr. Biden more power to expand renewable power and block oil and gas projects without Congress’s assent. Activists have long pushed Mr. Biden to do so, but the White House has expressed worries in the past about its authority to take such unilateral measures, fearing that they might be overturned in the courts.” (Source: New York Times, July 27, 2023) According to the Washington Post, “Since taking office three years ago, Biden has described the planet’s rapid warming as an “emergency” warranting aggressive federal action.” (Source: Washington Post, August 7, 2023)
Send a message to Washington’s senators and representatives today, urging them to support these resolutions. We need to take the climate emergency seriously, and now is the time to put pressure on our elected leaders!
You can sign a petition on the Congressional resolutions to our Congress members here.
Some members of the coalition have climate emergency actions as well. The Sierra Club has a climate emergency team you can join here.