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Paris Climate Agreement

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Petition to Champaign City Council, Urbana City Council, Mayor Diane Marlin, Mayor Deborah Feinen

Champaign-Urbana: Follow Through on Your Commitment to Uphold the Paris Climate Agreement

The world we are inheriting is on the verge of a global humanitarian crisis. Climate change is happening, it is having devastating effects on real people’s lives, and it will continue to worsen and threaten our health, safety, and wellbeing for the entirety of our lives. This is the suffocating reality that the youngest generation shoulders. We were proud to see Champaign and Urbana added to the list of cities committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement. However, the time in which words of support could satisfy the hurt and fear that we carry has long passed. We will not celebrate commitments that are not met with appropriate action. The irresponsible decision to rescind the United States’ commitment to the Paris Agreement, a groundbreaking international effort to put our climate back on the path to recovery, threatens life on this planet. As climate change worsens and scientists warn that the time frame in which we can stop it is quickly closing, we, the Champaign-Urbana community, will remain more united than ever to take action in our own community. It is time to come together to create a just and livable future for everyone. It is time to follow through on our commitments. The time for action on climate change is now. We believe in a future where our water and air are not poisoned by corporate greed. We believe in a clean energy economy and environmental justice for all people. And we believe in young people’s inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This is not a partisan issue; it is a deeply moral one. We stand by the youngest generation in calling for the City of Champaign and the City of Urbana commit to action to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, in compliance with the Paris Climate Accord and what leading scientists say is necessary to prevent the worst effects of climate change. Signing Organizations: Act Green - UIUCChampaign County Young DemocratsEco-Justice CollaborativeFaith in PlaceFood and Water WatchIllini DemocratsIllini ProgressivesPrairie Rivers NetworkSierra Club Prairie GroupStudents for Environmental ConcernsUnitarian Universalist Church of Champaign-Urbana Social Action CommitteeUIUC Beyond CoalUniversity Laboratory High School Tree ClubUrbana High School Environmental Club          

iMatter Champaign-Urbana
279 supporters
This petition won 5 months ago

Petition to John Hickenlooper, Colorado Governor

Get Colorado to join other states in the Climate Alliance

Seven years ago my father, a renowned climatologist, got on stage and had an open discussion with 52 ordinary people in Australia who did not believe that climate change was happening. He was not intimidated as he had been working for most of his life to convince people that human-caused climate change was real. A few weeks later my father passed away. In the years since his death, I had hoped that the debate around climate change would have evolved, but it seems to have have gotten worse: President Trump recently made the disastrous decision to withdraw our nation from the Paris Climate Accord. Because of this reckless decision, the governors of several states and territories including California, New York, Massachusetts, Hawai’i, Connecticut, Minnesota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington have formed a Climate Alliance together, committing to hold to the terms of the Paris Agreement regardless of the federal government's position.  Now I’m calling on Governor Hickenlooper to follow suit and bring Colorado into the United States Climate Alliance, effective immediately. The governor has already expressed his disapproval of the President's reckless decision, and that he agrees with the clear majority of Coloradans who support America's participation in the Paris Agreement. I grew up in this beautiful state, and like most Coloradans know that our environment is a huge part of what makes our home special. And like most of us, I also know that because of climate change, the stakes have never been higher for Colorado, the United States, and humanity as a whole. Before my father died in 2010, he spent his life fighting fiercely to stop climate change in its path. He made the future of our planet his life’s work, and it’s time for us to carry on his legacy and do our bit to help prevent the impending global catastrophe that is looming over us all. Please sign my petition and demand that Governor Hickenlooper be bold and join the Climate Alliance to show the entire world that our great state of Colorado refuses to be dragged onto the wrong side of history. Together we can make a difference, and help to ensure that future generations of Coloradans will have the same opportunities as us to enjoy the unique and gorgeous environmental setting that makes our home such a wonderful place!

Adam Schneider
6,253 supporters