Tell Congress to Act On Climate Change - Again

**REMINDER: You can hear about the Green New Deal from local leaders of the Sunrise Movement at our meeting tonight: 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council. More details are below!

Last November an urgent alarm of the impending climate change crisis was raised by our own Federal government. Global temperatures could reach 9 degrees (°F) higher than today’s levels by the end of the 2000s, according to the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), a group of agencies mandated by Congress to coordinate on federal research and investments affected by environmental issues. This level of heat increase would make the equator uninhabitable, it could eliminate certain kinds of clouds that protect the earth from the sun's radiation, and it would certainly result in wholesale species extinction from melting ice and higher ocean temperatures, among other effects.

The USGCRP is no back-shelf Federal program. Its agencies include the Dept. of Agriculture, the Dept. of Commerce, the Dept. of Defense, the Dept. of Energy, the Dept. of Health and Human Services, the Dept. of the Interior, the Dept. of State, the Dept. of Transportation, the E.P.A., NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution.

The threat of climate change is real. We are seeing devastating tornadoes and wildfires, violent hurricanes and weather storms, and in our own little part of the world here in Seattle we have had record-breaking snows this winter from changes to the Gulf Stream that usually protects us from winter arctic storms. If ocean fisheries collapse, if food production from agriculture is decimated, if drinking-water sources are depleted, there is no future here on the planet for the human race.

Action: Call lawmakers and insist they take IMMEDIATE action to halt global climate change.

Senator Patty Murray:

DC - 202-224-2621 Seattle - 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell:

DC - 202-224-3441 Seattle - 206-220-6400

Rep. Pramila Jayapal:

DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040


Rep. Adam Smith:

DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180

SCRIPT:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. We need to act now on the climate change crisis. I have read that the report from the USGCRP last November states that drinking water sources will dry up, that agriculture is threatened by crop failures, and that ocean fisheries are in danger of collapse, all from global climate change. We can't afford to wait any longer. We need legislation for renewable energy, not more fossil fuel drilling leases. We need government support for research to take care of greenhouse gases and ocean warming. This is a national and a global crisis. Please take action now."

More Information:

A summary of the USGCRP report findings can be found here - click on Summary at this link: https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/. Major sections include affected communities, the economy, water, human health, indigenous peoples, agriculture, and oceans and coasts.

Background:

“Where Will Climate Change Impact The US? Everywhere.” - https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/where-will-climate-change-impact-the-u-s-everywhere/

"Gulf Stream current at its weakest in 1,600 years, studies show" - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/11/critical-gulf-stream-current-weakest-for-1600-years-research-finds

"Slowing Gulf Stream current to boost warming for 20 years" - https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44875508

Good News:

Great work phoning lawmakers on Trump's Declaration of a National Emergency last week - news reports indicate the Senate has the votes to block Trump's Wall Emergency. While Trump's expected veto may not be override-able by the Senate, this sends a strong message to Trump that the Senate isn't blindly doing his bidding any more. Way to go, Resisters!

"Trump’s Grip Shows Signs of Slipping as Senate Prepares to Block Wall Emergency" - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/04/us/politics/trump-national-emergency.html

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DON'T FORGET

SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING

Tuesday, Mar. 5th, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

This Week's Meeting Topic: The Sunrise Movement and The Green New Deal!

Meet local leaders from Sunrise Seattle, part of the national Sunrise Movement, learn about the Green New Deal, and how you can get involved.

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.

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RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY

Tues. Mar. 12th, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):

At the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue. The outdoor rally is followed by a meeting inside the Federal Building with staffers from our lawmakers' offices.