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Make Massachusetts a Global Leader on Climate: Vote YES on S.2056

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I am signing this petition to voice my support for Senate Bill 2056 (S.2056) and urge the Massachusetts legislature to vote YES on this bill.

Climate change is a humanitarian crisis. Rising global temperatures is fueling more frequent and more severe extreme weather events – including droughts, heat waves, flooding, and hurricanes. From Bangladesh to Barbuda, we see time and time again that it is the poorest who bear the brunt of the devastation.

This is our new climate reality. In a rebuke to the global community, however, President Trump announced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement – turning his back on the world and those most vulnerable to climate impacts.

This is why I believe that Massachusetts must step up to continue our proud tradition of climate action and to send a message of hope to the international community.

S.2056 creates a voluntary check-off option for all Massachusetts residents to donate a portion of their tax return to the United Nation’s Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), a critical fund to help the 49 Least Developed Countries adapt and protect themselves from adverse climate impacts.

The benefits of this bill are clear:

1. Helps the World's Most Vulnerable. All funds raised through the bill will go to a special fund focused on supporting those most vulnerable to climate change - but who have the least resources to protect themselves. 

2. Supports the Paris Climate Agreement. This bill takes a stand against President Trump's anti-climate agenda, and it shows that Massachusetts is committed to the Paris climate agreement and is a global leader on confronting the threat of climate change. Largely unprecedented, the integration of state and international affairs will serve as a powerful indication of public support and will be the benchmark for action by other sub-national entities, domestically and abroad.

3. Encourages Massachusetts residents to make a global impact. Climate change is a global challenge that requires collective action. This innovative approach is voluntary and provides Massachusetts residents an easily accessible opportunity to take global action and make a meaningful different in the lives of those most affected by climate change. 

I ask that you show your support for S. 2056 and vote YES on the legislation.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

 



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