The BIG vote on climate change September 17, 2021

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Recent flooding from Hurricane Ida. Photo: Michael Stokes / CC BY 2.0

The $3.5 trillion infrastructure and economic recovery package currently working its way through Congress — otherwise known as the “Build Back Better” bill — is our best chance in years to address climate change, because it can pass in the Senate with a simple majority vote, using a process known as budget reconciliation.

While it won’t include everything we’d like to see, the current version of the bill will make large-scale investments in clean, no-carbon energy that we so desperately need: phasing out coal- and gas-fired electricity and funding clean energy generation, clean energy jobs, and environmental justice for heavily impacted communities.

It’s our best opportunity to act while there is still time.

The recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made it clear:  Global warming is going to intensify. We will face more climate tragedies like the ones we’ve experienced this year: record-shattering heat waves, massive wildfires, killer hurricanes.

But we have a short window to prevent the worst future outcomes – if we act now.

If the world can slash greenhouse gas emissions in the next few decades, we can slow the pace of warming, giving humanity a better chance to adapt and survive. Every bit of climate pollution we avoid will create a better outcome.

That means our future is up to us – and the U.S. Congress.

Please call your U.S. senators and your representative now and urge them to support “budget reconciliation,” also called the “Build Back Better” act. Read below to see how to make those calls short and sweet.

Given our nation’s deep polarization, we may not get another chance to transform our energy system – not in time. Call today. It’s so easy – and so necessary.

Please call your U.S. senators and your representative now and urge them to support the budget reconciliation bill.

Just call 202-224-3121 and ask for your U.S. senators or representative by name. When you reach their office:

  • identify yourself as a constituent – say where you live;
  • remind them that climate change puts our health, our lives and our future at risk;
  • tell them it is urgent that they support the pro-climate budget reconciliation bill, also known as “Build Back Better.”

Thank you!

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