Progressives Need to Fight Climate Change Now!
A Call to Action
We’re disheartened to realize we’re wasting effort and time. Everything that Progressives are fighting for will come to nothing if climate change is allowed to continue. On a climate ravaged planet, there will be no healthcare, education, workers’ rights, racial justice, human rights, or environment to save. There will only be the day-to-day struggle to stay alive in a hostile world.
We see with absolute clarity that, if we don’t solve climate change, we won’t solve anything we care about, so the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America are elevating climate change as our central issue until it’s resolved.
Why We're Fighting
Our fight is guided by three facts:
- The catastrophic climate events that will overstretch and tear apart societies around the globe may begin as soon as 2040. 1
- To avoid catastrophe, the world has until 2030 to cut worldwide carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions almost in half and until 2050 to eliminate CO2 emissions altogether—if we also pull large amounts of CO2 out of the air. 2
- If we can't remove CO2, we need to cut all CO2 emissions to zero by 2030. 3
Our campaign will happen on two fronts:
- We’ll continue our fight for healthcare, education, workers’ rights, racial justice, and human rights.
- We’ll confront climate change head-on with a plan to:
a) Create municipal utilities that generate 200% of Ocean State’s energy needs with solar, tidal, and onshore wind;
b) Build on existing infrastructure and maintain Rhode Island’s natural habitats and wilderness;
c) Use energy profits to pay annual dividends to Rhode Island residents and fund cities and the state;
d) Electrify everything that can be electrified in Rhode Island.
Read our Climate Change Plan and donate today!
1 “The [Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C], issued on Monday [October 8, 2018] by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists convened by the United Nations to guide world leaders, describes a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040—a period well within the lifetime of much of the global population.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/07/climate/ipcc-climate-report-2040.html
2 “To contain warming at 1.5°C, man-made global net carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions would need to fall by about 45 percent by 2030 from 2010 levels and reach “net zero” by mid-century [according to the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C].” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-ipcc/temperatures-to-rise-15-degrees-celsius-by-2030-2052-without-rapid-steps-un-report-idUSKCN1MI022
3 [Without geoengineering or technologies to remove carbon], carbon emissions must reach zero by 2030 in every country in the world if we are to stay at less than [2°C] by 2100 of warming, the target set by the United Nations to avoid the worst impacts of climate change." https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/03/climate-change-model-warns-of-difficult-future/