Thursday, November 15, 5:30 pm: Candlelight Vigil for California Wildfire Victims in Front of DC Council

Group connects the dots to climate change; calls for strong local climate action

WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, November 15 at 5:30pm, climate advocates with the DC Climate Coalition will hold a candlelight vigil outside the DC Council building honoring the victims of the California wildfires. The group will gather not only to honor the dead and missing in California but to raise awareness of what municipalities and states nationwide can do to address the issue of climate change.

WHAT: Candlelight Vigil for California Victims and Climate Action

WHERE: In front of the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 5:30pm

Multiple wildfires are still raging in California, including one that has killed at least 42 people in the town of Paradise, becoming the deadliest wildfire in California’s history. Wildfires are only expected to get worse with global warming, with hotter temperatures and less rainfall. The advocates will call on local and regional officials to lead the way on climate change, including by the DC Council passing the “Clean Energy DC Act.”

This vigil takes place shortly after the DC Climate Coalition will deliver thousands of petitions to the DC Council calling for strong climate action. They will hold more than four thousand petitions, taped together in a spectacular line spanning the front width of the Wilson Building.

Background Information

The “Clean Energy DC Act” would strengthen the District’s renewable electricity requirement to 100 percent by 2032 through the Renewable Portfolio Standard. This would put DC on the fastest timeline to 100 percent clean electricity in the country — California recently passed a bill for 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045.

It also creates groundbreaking efficiency standards for new and existing buildings, and funds local programs to assist low-income residents as the city transitions to more sustainable clean energy systems.

In addition, this legislation takes aim at emissions from home heating and transportation. It would scale up an existing heating fee called the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund (SETF), which would raise up to $70 million to finance renewable energy projects and provide assistance to low-income DC residents. It would also adjust the vehicle excise tax to incentivize clean cars and make owning dirty vehicles more expensive. The legislation also authorizes the District to put a price on transportation fuels if Virginia and Maryland commit to the same.

This bill is supported by the “DC Climate Coalition,” which is comprised of more than 110 environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, D.C. businesses, and more.