Letter: Responding to a crisis
What do the Sunrise Movement, This Is Zero Hour and Youth Climate Strike have in common? They are all youth-powered movements focused on the climate crisis that threatens their futures. Their leaders are as young as 14 and all recognize the magnitude of the crisis that is undermining their futures — and they aren't taking it sitting down.
Since the adults in charge of protecting the future of our planet have failed to act, young people across the globe are filling the void. They are organizing, meeting with legislators, marching, speaking out, raising the alarm and conducting school strikes in countries around the world.
They are demanding action to transform our energy systems in ways that will protect the incomes of citizens, reduce carbon pollution and create millions of jobs while preserving our civilization for future generations.
These young activists clearly understand that we must do this without delay. "We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis." (Greta Thunberg, 16, Swedish climate activist)
So, what can we do to raise the alarm, support the younger generations and protect their futures? Right now, there is bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives called the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 763.
This bill is effective, quickly reducing CO2 emissions. It is good for people by putting money from the fee directly into their pockets every month and protecting their health from carbon pollution. It will create millions of new jobs, stimulating economic growth in local communities. And the government will not keep any of the carbon fees.
If this sounds like a positive solution that will be the first step in solving our crisis, then please call our 7th District Rep. Sean Duffy, and tell him to support H.R. 763, 202-225-3365. Tell him we must treat the climate crisis as a crisis before it robs our children of their futures. They can't wait until they are old enough to be in charge! Tell him, "I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is." (Greta Thunberg)