We don't have much time
August 29, 2019
EMERGENCY (i-ˈmər-jən(t)-sē) - an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action; an urgent need for assistance or relief.
Friends, in every sense of the word, we are in the middle of a climate emergency. This isn't unforeseen. Every day we see more and more evidence of how climate change is already happening right in front of us.
For example, I'm sure that you've seen the reports about the devastating wildfires sweeping the Amazon, the world's largest tropical rainforest located in Brazil. The lush rainforest provides nearly 5 percent of the world's oxygen, is home to 10 percent of earth's animal species, and is critical for absorbing carbon pollution. As one of the frightening consequences of the climate crisis, the Amazon has been burning for over a week. Brazil has 85% more fires burning than this time last year -- up to 80,626 nationwide as of Sunday night.
Our climate is in crisis, and we have less than 12 years to turn things around. I'm working in Congress to make sure we're taking the steps necessary. Earlier this summer, I introduced a resolution with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders to declare the climate crisis a national emergency. You can learn more about it by clicking the image below.
I am also an original cosponsor of the Green New Deal resolution, and an author of its provisions to reform our food system to be sustainable and climate-friendly. I’ve also introduced legislation to spur renewable energy development, and earlier this year, I was proud to cast my vote in favor of rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement.
I've spent my entire career fighting for the planet. The food we eat and the way we get around all impact our world around us. In the 116th Congress, I'm fighting to make sure every opportunity at reversing this damage is seized in order to create a more sustainable future for our children and grandchildren. There's no other option.