Our country is in the middle of multiple unprecedented and intersecting crises: the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and an economic recession—the likes of which has not been seen since the Great Depression. Solving these crises at the same time is possible, and can be done through an ambitious recovery package passed by the legislative branche of government.
Climate change threatens to destroy everything we know and hold dear by fueling an increase in stronger and more destructive climate catastrophes like rising seas, hurricanes, and uncontrollable wildfires. Above all, climate change disproportionately impacts tribal and low-income communities and communities of color—also known as frontline communities. The cost of climate inaction far outpaces the cost of taking action now. This is why we are calling for bold climate investments in future economic recovery legislation.
President Biden and Congress have already taken significant steps to address the current economic downturn by passing the historic American Rescue Package. With it, the United States can begin the process of rebuilding our economy. President Biden also recently released his American Jobs Plan, which features the biggest climate investments in history. Now, we are urging Congress to go bigger and bolder to ensure that each of us will have a healthy, just economic future.
Investing in high-quality, unionized, and well-paid jobs in the clean energy sector is one way to rebuild our economy while drastically reducing emissions. A just transition to a 100% clean energy future will promote the creation of new jobs, especially in communities that have been hardest hit by climate change. Members of these frontline communities can benefit from programs intended to reduce pollution and boost jobs growth.
Email your elected leaders today and ask that they prioritize climate action in future economic recovery legislation—for the future of our planet and the people that reside here.