350 Milwaukee's petition to Senator Tammy Baldwin asking her to support the Green New Deal
The petition, with about 1400 signatures, was delivered to
Senator Baldwin's Milwaukee office
633 West Wisconsin Ave, Suite 1920, Milwaukee
on Friday, February 15.
The key points of the petition are:
As of April 16, 2019, we haven't had a response from Senator Baldwin, or her office, though we were promised a response by her staff.
350 Milwaukee Tammy Baldwin Petition Delivery
Friday, Feb. 15, 4:00pm
Senator Tammy Baldwin's Milwaukee Office
633 West Wisconsin Ave, Suite 1920
Concerned Wisconsin citizens, representing 350.org and the Sierra Club, presented approximately 1400 petitions asking Senator Tammy Baldwin to support the joint Green New Deal resolution sponsored by Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Though there was no member of Senator Baldwin's staff available to accept the petitions or discuss Climate Change and the Green New Deal, the signed petitions, as well as copies of statements by members, were accepted at reception. A promise was made that a response from Senator Baldwin, or her office, would be forthcoming. We look forward to a positive response from Senator Baldwin as Climate Change touches on every facet of life. A recent United Nations report noted that the window of avoiding climate catastrophe is closing fast.
350 Milwaukee is the sponsoring organization of this action.
350.org petition to support the Green New Deal
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has sounded the alarm. We have a decade to prevent catastrophic warming of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), the target set by world leaders in the Paris Agreement.
That means we must phase out fossil fuels and scale up clean, renewable energy as fast as possible—and it will be crucial that the next Congress take action and show real climate leadership to make that transition happen.
The costs of inaction are already devastating. In recent years, unprecedented climate-change-fueled hurricanes, floods and fires have taken lives and livelihoods, leveled homes and cities costing taxpayers over $350 billion in economic damages from Puerto Rico to California and Houston to New York City, according to the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan federal watchdog.
We know who is responsible: President Trump’s billionaire friends in the fossil fuel industry. Fossil fuel corporations are far and away the largest contributors to anthropogenic climate change. Through concerted disinformation campaigns designed to confuse the public, buy off politicians and stymie climate action, Big Coal, Oil, and Gas executives have rigged our democracy to pad their pockets at the expense of the public and the planet we share.
But they cannot hold back the truth forever, and the benefits of bold climate action are becoming clearer by the day. A just and equitable energy transition has the potential to put millions of Americans to work in good green jobs, bring our neglected infrastructure into the 21st century and position the United States as a global leader in clean energy technologies. If we act now, we can rein in emissions, create opportunity for communities damaged by the fossil fuel industry and climate disasters and build a healthy and prosperous nation. The world as we know it depends on you.
We are writing to you as everyday people—workers, scientists, faith leaders, mothers, fathers, activists, businesspeople, children, men, women, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, Indigenous peoples and much more. We have marched in the streets of New York, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. We have stopped the Keystone XL pipeline—twice—and will stop it again if TransCanada tries to build it. And we have advocated for common-sense climate solutions at all levels of government, from city halls to the White House. As elected officials, you are accountable to us.
In this fight—a fight that will define human civilization—we have done our part. And now it’s time for you to do yours: align your policies with science, and your priorities with the moral imperative of this moment. Be a real climate leader.
The above actions are the true litmus test of elected officials who take climate change seriously. But climate change is also a cross-cutting issue that impacts everything from public health to immigration, financial regulation to economic inequality, education to national security and transportation to housing. We expect you to stand with us, the people, and immediately address the causes and the symptoms of the climate crisis.
Real climate leaders must fight the Trump agenda every step of the way and take action to prepare all levels of government and society for this crisis. We are ready. We are resilient. We are real climate leaders. Are you?