We all play a part in protecting the planet

September 20, 2019

The climate crisis is an existential threat to our nation and to future generations. Congress must heed to the brave youth who are stepping up to save our planet.

The reality is clear – the climate crisis is harming communities across the globe, and nothing short of visionary action can reverse our course. Earlier this week, I had the honor of supporting some youth who are leading the charge: I joined 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and the plaintiffs in the Juliana vs. United States case in calling for the federal government to take bold, equitable action to stabilize the climate.

These courageous young people are right: the United States does have a responsibility to lead on climate change. Greta has led by example, showing the world what it means to stand up for a brighter future. The youth in the Juliana case are suing the federal government for the right to their future. This generation is already facing the profound impacts of climate change. They stand for bold solutions that lift up marginalized and vulnerable communities, decarbonize our economy, and create a future worth fighting for.


Congress must listen and take action.

Earlier this year, I introduced a resolution to declare the climate crisis a national emergency with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders.We all agree—lives and livelihoods are at stake, and we need long-term solutions. The state of our climate is a NATIONAL EMERGENCY. We must act like it.

These young people are showing that leadership has no age. They are doing their part to protect the future of our planet. It's past time for Congress to do the same.