This Is Important – 5 Minutes or Less

Phyllis Theermann

Last week, Sustainable Wellesley’s leadership team wrote The Honorable Joseph Kennedy III asking for him to support the proposal by Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the creation of a Select Committee for a Green New Deal.

This Committee would develop a detailed national, industrial, economic mobilization plan that would start the transition of our country’s economy to a carbon neutral future and promote economic and environmental justice and equality.

The letter to Congressman Kennedy was written because urgent and immediate climate action is required on a national scale to transform our economy and society, while saving our planet from the most dire consequences of climate change.  As his constituents, we are relying on him to be a voice for urgent action in Congress.

We need him to support the formation of a Select Committee especially after the Fourth National Climate Assessment issued on November 23, 2018 was release where THIRTEEN federal agencies concluded that damage from global warming will result in a 10 percent decline in the US economy.

A full chapter devoted to the Northeast concludes that temperatures here are rising faster than elsewhere in the country. This warming is already affecting our forests, fisheries, and coasts — all distinctive aspects of our region that are integral to our cultural identity, economy, and way of life. This assessment follows the stark warning from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in a special report issued in October that we have only a few years to transform the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.”

If this keeps you up at night, write to Congressman Joe Kennedy here and feel free to write us at letting us know you did. Personalize it and let him know:

– You support Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution to create a House Select Committee for a Green New Deal in Congress

– That United Nations climate scientists have told us that we have just 12 years to move our country off fossil fuels, to avoid catastrophic climate disaster

– We need a Green New Deal to create millions of green jobs, move our country off fossil fuels, and protect working people of all backgrounds

– You are asking him to support this resolution

To learn more or get more inspiration, see what the intelligent, young leaders from the Sunrise Movement are doing to to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. Feel free to join them in Washington, DC on Dec. 10th to demand Congress make a real plan to address climate change.



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