We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change and the last to be able to do anything about it. Scientists around the world are unequivocal about the urgency of the climate crisis. Yet despite vast scientific evidence and immeasurable harm from climate disruption, efforts to address the climate crisis have been woefully inadequate. The threat to humans and all life systems continues to grow rapidly.
While the Industrial Revolution improved life on earth for billions of people, that progress has come with grave threats to all of humanity. Historic power imbalances intensify the harms, with those least responsible for climate change being the most impacted and possessing the least resources to adapt. Vulnerable communities, including indigenous communities, communities of color, poor people, elderly people, women, youth, immigrants, people with disabilities, the global south, and others who have been systematically marginalized, are frequently excluded from mainstream climate debate and from subsequent development of policies, mitigations and adaptation measures.
The window to meet this historic challenge is closing. Effective responses to the climate crisis have been hindered by the ongoing corrupting influence of fossil fuel and other polluting industries, and by a lack of political will and power to implement equitable and bold solutions. Holistic and comprehensive policies that integrate equity and justice and achieve net zero emissions target and limit climate warming to 1.5 degrees have been lacking. Equitable and bold action is needed now.
Click here to read our statement about the intersection of Equitable Climate Action and COVID-19.
The climate crisis affects all of us, in almost every aspect of our lives. And the solutions to global warming touch every part of the country and the economy. The Vision for Equitable Climate Action (VECA) is a roadmap for how we can prevent the worst of global warming, in ways that will make communities safer, families more secure, our economy more stable, our environment healthier and more sustainable, and our country more just and equitable.
From clean energy to agriculture, from transportation to healthcare, VECA shows that taking on the climate crisis with the urgency and ambition that is needed can be done in ways that benefit us all. This agenda was created over the course of a year, by a diverse team of 176 people from 106 organizations, from coast to coast and everywhere in between. Through that, VECA shows that people throughout the country can come together, share their knowledge and experience, and create a broad and comprehensive plan of action.
Whether you’re a global environmental organization or a neighborhood action team, your group can sign-on to the Vision for Equitable Climate Action. It’s going to take all of us to get the change we need to defeat the climate crisis.