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There is no Planet B

The facts are pretty straightforward:

  • The Earth is getting hotter.
  • Human activity has caused much of the change -largely thanks to greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Rising temperatures are wreaking havoc around the globe -on wildlife, food production, water supplies, weather, and air quality – and it's only going to get worse if we don't do something about it.
  • We've known about this problem for decades, but corporate polluters, with the help of dishonest politicians, have fought every effort to solve it.

Today, students all over the world walked out of their schools to protest their government's pitiful response.

This week, I was proud to stand with global climate activists, including fellow Oregonians who are plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States, and are suing over lack of action to end the climate crisis. These young leaders are demanding better from the lawmakers in D.C. who are failing to take action to end the climate crisis.

Even as hurricanes batter our southern states, and scientists report that we've lost nearly one-third of our bird population in 50 years, and global droughts create massive instability, the Trump administration keeps rolling back environmental protections.

This isn't a game, and it's not a question of politics. It's a matter of life and death for our families. There is no "planet B".

I'm stepping up my fight in the Senate and demanding we end payouts to billion-dollar fossil fuel corporations, invest in clean energy, and commit to the bold changes we need to save ourselves.

This week we march, and next November, I need your help in electing progressive lawmakers to office who will take bold action and fight for the future of our planet.


Posted on September 20, 2019.

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