Representative Neguse Joins Climate Emergency Resolution
Washington D.C. — Today, Representative Joe Neguse joined Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) on a resolution to declare a climate emergency. The past five years have been the hottest on record, with extreme weather events, floods and tornadoes devastating communities across the country. The IPCC report has predicted that by 2030, the planet could warm by 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre industrial levels. The Congressional resolution would reaffirm that the climate crisis is an existential emergency similar to the threat posed during WWII and that aggressive action is needed.
“Climate change is an existential threat,” said Representative Neguse. “Across Colorado, climate change has led to higher temperatures, increased flooding and more frequent wildfires. Natural disasters such as these are devastating our forests and displacing families in communities across the country. This is an emergency and we must respond with the bold, immediate action that this moment requires.”
By declaring an emergency, Congress would join more than 600 cities across the country and four other countries in recognizing the climate emergency for what it is and begin the momentum for needed, effective action.
The resolution is endorsed by 350.org, Food and Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, Labor Network for Sustainability, Public Citizen and Justice Democrats.