President Obama underscored the urgent need to address climate change in his inaugural address last month and John Kerry called climate change a “life-threatening issue” of national security upon his nomination for Secretary of State.
Now, the League is partnering with environmental groups, women’s groups, and social justice groups across the country for the February 17th “Forward on Climate” rally in Washington, DC.
“Forward on Climate” will be the largest rally on climate change in history. The event aims to show the Obama administration that there is strong public support for moving ahead with climate change solutions. Please make plans to attend, if you can. If you cannot attend in person, you can join the conversation via Facebook and Twitter. Also, use the hashtag #ForwardonClimate to follow news and information leading up to and live from the rally.
The League is thrilled that climate change is finally getting the attention it deserves. We have taken a number of steps in past months to address the issue. The work of League members and environmental advocates across the country resulted in nearly 3,000grassroots letters sent to the White House in support of action to combat climate change. The League also launched a successful print ad campaign in the Honolulu Star Advertiser to encourage the President to take action. The League firmly believes that it’s time for the U.S. to take the lead on climate change. If President Obama and his administration do not move forward with standards to reduce carbon emissions from new and existing power plants, the world we live in will not be around for our children to enjoy.