Our future is on the line.

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The following post appears courtesy of Michelle Deatrick, Chair, DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council.

Over the past few years, Americans from coast to coast have seen the devastating, grim impacts of the accelerating climate crisis. Uncontrollable climate wildfires in California and throughout the West. Storms and floods devastating Midwest farms. So many Atlantic hurricanes that all the storm names for 2020 have been used up, and we’ve moved on to using the Greek alphabet.

The climate crisis is not coming: it is here. And our time to act is now. The decision this nation makes in November at the ballot box will carry irreversible consequences for the future of our beautiful, only planet and the lives of many generations. …

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The following post is authored by Justin Onwenu, a Detroit-based climate organizer and member of the DNC Climate Council’s Platform Advisory Committee and D Garcia, a California-based youth organizer and the Council’s Youth Engagement Director.

The lives of young people in the United States have been defined by crises: superstorms and catastrophic floods, economic collapse and growing inequality, systemic racism and police brutality — and now a global health pandemic. …

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Joe Biden speaks at the 2016 Democratic Convention

The following post appears courtesy of Michelle Deatrick, Chair, DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council.

In mid-August, the Democratic Party will conveneperhaps in Wisconsin, perhaps virtuallyfor our Convention. Amid spotlights, speeches and balloon drops (virtual or real), the Convention’s formal business will take place: the Democratic presidential and vice presidential candidates will be formally nominated, and the Party’s four-year platform will be approved.

While the Democratic nominee is a foregone conclusion, the Party’s platform is not. And it matters. A lot.

Platforms are not stale documents. They are visions. They are policy north stars. And they send a clear message to voters about where the party is, where the party is going, and where the party separates itself from Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s warped vision for this nation. …

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The following post appears courtesy of Jaclyn Lopez, a member of the DNC Council on Environment and Climate Crisis.

Across America and the globe, the climate crisis is driving animals and plants, from the iconic to the obscure, toward extinction at a harrowing pace. The vitality and health of our lands will be harmed by the loss of the polar bears, the Florida Keys mole skink, elkhorn and staghorn coral, and the stunning Texas Poppy-mallow. In America alone, one in five animal and plant species are on the path to extinction, with worse yet to come. …

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The following post appears courtesy of Dr. Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, public health physician based in Oakland, CA and Michelle Deatrick, Founder and Chair of the DNC Environment and Climate Council.

The COVID-19 pandemic is showing us what public health professionals have been warning for years: our frayed and under-funded public health infrastructure is not ready for new, unpredictable, and changing health threats, whether from pandemics or climate change.

While the threats we face are diverse and varied, the backbone of our public health response will be the same. We need strong health care systems, investments in prevention to boost the health of our entire population, and public health agencies that are resourced and prepared for early and sustained interventions.

Heroic health professionals are working in adverse conditions to beef up our surveillance capacity, reaching out to the most vulnerable populations, and mounting an all-hands-on-deck effort to flatten the curve of the pandemic. We must backstop their efforts by making smart and strategic investments in public health. Those investments pay dividends long after the current crisis has passed because they will help us cope with the long-term health crisis posed by climate change. …

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The 2020 Democratic primary season has been remarkable for significant changes and reforms. The number of major candidates (29) was unprecedented in modern Democratic primary history, as was their diversity. A number of states switched from caucuses to primaries, and superdelegates’ influence was greatly reduced.

The debates changed too. DNC leadership, to their credit, announced a 12-debate schedule–up from nine in 2016.

And in late spring 2019, demands for a first-ever presidential climate debate were fueled by the increasingly apparent urgency of the climate emergency.

But those demands met with great resistance from DNC leadership, which downplayed the need for a climate debate, promising that the debates would address climate change “early and often.” And in August, despite efforts by many DNC members and advocacy by environmental and progressive groups including Sunrise, Greenpeace, Our Revolution and Climate Hawks, the full DNC voted down a climate debate.

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DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council

The Council is a permanent entity of the DNC, created to ensure that the Democratic Party takes bold, ambitious stance on climate and environment issues.

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