Invitation to Binghamton Climate Crisis Forum

Invitation to Binghamton Climate Crisis Forum

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George Elliot started this petition to Anthony Brindisi

On Saturday, March 23, Anthony Brindisi will be speaking at an event for the Broome County Democratic Party. Several times this year he has promised to come to campus and talk with BU students about the climate crisis and different solutions. This promise has not come to fruition because of a lack of consistent communication between his staff and student groups -- we've met in person and promises have been made but our emails have been largely unanswered. We'll be delivering the letter below, along with constituent and organization signature, to Brindisis directly. Hopefully, this will help us collaborate more closely in the future! Specifically, we would like to organize a Climate Crisis Forum this semester on Binghamton University's campus, to bring together students, community leaders, professors, local legislators and Anthony Brindisi on the pressing issue of climate change. Please sign and share!

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Anthony Brindisi,

Congratulations on your victory.

We are writing to emphasize the necessity of passing bold climate change legislation within the next few years. Our urgency is fueled by the recent IPCC report that warns of massive drought, sea level rise and extinctions as early as 2040 if we do not dramatically reduce emissions within the next eleven years — if we do nothing we will surpass “safe” warming thresholds of 1.5 degrees. Global climate emissions have reached a record high last year and 2019 will likely be the hottest year on record. The longer we wait, the more difficult and painful it will be to transition off of fossil fuels. This dark hour cannot last, time is running out and our future as young people depends on your leadership.

When the Democrats took the House last fall, many of us were able to find some momentary relief in these bleak political times. Yet, it remains unlikely the democratic party will pursue major climate change legislation, opting instead for safe incremental reforms:

“I could imagine that we can do ancillary pieces that are very much reinforcing this issue and concern for climate change,” said Rep. Paul Tonko (N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s environment subcommittee.

“It’s going to be, I think, more of an opportunistic strategy, where, in various pieces of legislation, across the board, we’re going to insert measures that address climate change,” said rep Connolly, a leader in the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition.

We reject the notion that real change is beyond reach, even in this difficult political climate, and urge you to publicly and forcefully advocate for the passage of bold climate legislation.

Last fall, during the midterm elections, over 1,500 students at Binghamton University signed a petition in support of the Off Fossil Fuels (OFF) Act. Copies of the petition and signatures were delivered to both yourself and your opponent, Claudia Tenney. Since, the new IPCC report has  heightened the stakes, and we are now writing to you in support of a broader platform that includes legislation restructuring our energy, food, water and healthcare infrastructure to meet the immense social and environmental challenges of our times. This Spring, a group of students and community leaders rallied outside your office in Binghamton and delivered petitions in support of the Green New Deal, and inviting you to campus for a public forum on the climate crisis. Previously, in face to face conversations with several members of our coalition, you had committed to this request, but have not followed through. We understand you are very busy, but would appreciate more consistent communication and are disheartened by your lack of initiative on this pressing issue. Please reach out with a weekend this semester that works for you. We look forward to future collaboration!

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