If you feel that governments have a responsibility to address the climate crisis, you're not alone. The vast majority of people globally (up to 91% in some countries) say climate change should be a top priority for their own governments.
The climate crisis affects all of us, but developing countries, disadvantaged communities and people of color are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. We need a united and just response, based on science and community needs, from our governments across country borders and party lines that supports every worker, community and country.
Use the power of your vote and your voice to get elected officials to take urgent, meaningful and equitable action on the climate crisis.
By 2050, over 200 million of the world’s poorest could be forced to leave their homes due to water shortages, decreasing crop yields and conflict.
Developing countries in the global south (Africa, S. America, SE Asia) are bearing the brunt of climate change.
Developing countries in the global south (Africa, S. America, SE Asia) have contributed the least to emissions.
In fact, Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz from Yale University suggests that “joining fellow like-minded citizens to demand systemic change is perhaps the single most powerful thing that people can do.”
Policy action is needed to address climate change.
Strong public demand increases the likelihood that governments will prioritize climate change action.
The majority of people across the globe say climate change should be a “high” or “very high” priority for their own governments".
“The people most responsible for climate change historically — globally, as well as domestically — are not the same people who are feeling the pain first, worst and longest. If you’re just talking about greenhouse gases and parts per million, you’re not seeing the issues around vulnerability and justice.”
“Whether it is a global pandemic, climate change, or policy brutality, people of color — particularly black communities — are always the first and worst hit, and it must end. I think it’s a tough road ahead. But there are things we can do. Number one, we have to center black and brown voices in our struggle for a better world. Our response to this crisis must meet the urgent needs of those who are hit hardest by the pandemic and looming recession: frontline workers, immigrants, the unhoused, and black and brown people. It must be guided by an inclusive vision that deals with the root causes that got us into this crisis, and centers climate, economic, and racial justice.”