Climate change is now: water resources are disappearing. Farms are flooding. Crop yields are declining.
We have until 2030 to stem further catastrophic climate change. If we do nothing, the planet will heat up 5-10 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century.
And while just 100 companies are responsible for 70% of global emissions, it’s the 99% of us who suffer the consequences — and communities of color and poor communities are hit the hardest.
Where do you go if you’re poor and the river flooding in Aberdeen causes sewage to back up around your home?
What do you do if your kid has asthma and can’t breathe when wildfires choke the air in Tacoma — but you can’t afford to leave town during the summer?
What do you do if you're a member of the Quinault Indian Nation, and you're watching the glaciers your ancestors walked on disappear? And you have to relocate from your village — and its sacred ground — because of rising sea levels?
This is a crisis of massive proportions, and only bold solutions will solve it. Incrementalism has failed. In Congress, I will fight for:
- The Green New Deal to transition our economy to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
- Millions of good, $15+ per hour, union jobs to ensure prosperity and economic security for everyone in the United States in the new green economy.
- Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers.
- Justice and equity for vulnerable communities on the front lines of climate change, especially communities of color, indigenous communities, poor people, and rural communities.
- Ensuring workers in the fossil fuel industry have a job waiting for them in the new clean economy by increasing funding for clean-job training programs.
- Investment in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs, infrastructure, and industry, so the United States is a leader in new green technology.
- Funding for clean air, clean water, healthy and affordable food, and access to nature for all.
- Single-payer healthcare to mitigate the array of negative health outcomes related to climate change and industrial pollution.
- Holding giant polluters criminally accountable for the willful destruction of our environment.
- Supporting local efforts to create change in how food is grown, processed, and delivered, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of our food supply while ensuring that an abundant supply of low-cost, nutritious food is always available.