The climate crisis devastates our planet, harms our nation, and threatens our democracy. The window of opportunity to secure a livable and sustainable future for all is rapidly closing. Climate change disproportionately impacts vulnerable communities who have contributed the least to climate change-causing emissions, including the youth. Today’s children are born into a climate system that harms their health and well-being. We need bold action to protect their futures.
Scientists believe that to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, we must limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial (1850-1900) levels. A recent UN report finds that the earth will likely surpass this temperature rise by 2030 under current greenhouse gas emissions rates and reduction targets. For decades, scientists and frontline communities have warned about the dangers of climate change, but government action to mitigate and prevent harm has been insufficient.
There is a legislative opportunity before Congress known as the Children’s Fundamental Rights and Climate Recovery Resolution. This resolution recognizes the disproportionate impact of the climate crisis on the health, economic opportunities, and fundamental rights of children in the United States. It also acknowledges the need for a national, comprehensive, science-based, and just climate recovery plan to meet emissions reduction targets and stabilize the climate system. The League has endorsed this resolution, but we need YOUR help in demanding that Congress acts now to address the climate crisis and protect our youth. We cannot allow our children to inherit this crisis and its perils.