Coloradons join National Day of Climate Action – Estes Park Trail-Gazette

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  • The climate movement is calling on President Biden to declare a climate emergency and use all of his executive authority to stop approvals for leases, projects and fossil fuel exports. (350colorado.org)

Groups and individuals in Colorado gathered for action at a Marshall Fire site on Tuesday as part of a national day of climate action calling on President Biden to declare a climate emergency, highlighting the destructive impacts Coloradons are experiencing due to the intensifying climate crisis. Participants gathered in Superior, Colorado at a neighborhood site where residents tragically lost their homes to the Marshall Fire.

“As a victim of the Marshall Fire in Louisville, Colorado, I am frustrated and heartbroken by the continued funding of the fossil fuel economy and the lackluster transition to a clean economy,” said Susan Nedell, who lost his house in the fire. “President Biden needs to declare a climate emergency and go beyond the bipartisan Cut Inflation Act currently before Congress. We have solutions to transform our entire economy to be cleaner, more resilient, fairer and more sustainable, but without this federal leadership, I believe progress will be too slow to avoid the worst effects of the climate disaster.

Attendees watched over the site of the neighborhood destroyed by the Marshall Fire and called Pres. Biden to declare a climate emergency to use executive powers to deal with the worsening climate crisis. Biden visited the site of the wildfires in January and called it “code red for the climate.” A petition urging President Biden to declare a climate emergency was also delivered to the president’s office in DC on Tuesday by national climate organizations.

“If government leaders haven’t already stepped up to address the climate crisis – given the knowledge of the last 60 years – you don’t deserve to be in power,” said David Guerrero-Murphy, a victim of Marshall Fire. “But I hope it’s not too late for the will of members of Congress and our president to try to resolve the unending crisis.”

Scientists warn there is a limited window of time to keep global warming below 1.5° Celsius. Event organizers say declaring a climate emergency would allow the president and governor to use their executive powers to make real climate progress and accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.

“Coloradons and people around the world are already suffering the effects of wildfires, drought, flooding, extreme temperatures and the impacts on our economy, agriculture, tourism, winter sports and more. “said Micah Parkin, of 350 Colorado, a nonprofit organization. dedicated to solving the climate crisis. “Stronger climate leadership is needed at the state and national levels to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent the most catastrophic impacts. Coloradans therefore call on President Biden and Governor Polis to declare a climate emergency and use their executive powers to stop the development of new fossil fuels and accelerate the transition to clean renewable energy.

According to the August 2021 assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, there is “high confidence” that human-influenced temperature rise is a direct cause of the extension of the winter season. wildfires, increasing drought and decreasing rainfall in the southwestern United States. Coloradans are increasingly concerned about climate change, wildfires and water, with a poll released earlier this year showing that 82% of coloradans view climate change as a serious issue, with 98% saying the fires forests that threaten homes and properties are a serious problem here.

“While our losses as refugees from the climate crisis were severe – loss of our neighborhood community, all of our earthly possessions, all of our professional work – losses that we will not regain in our lifetime – the climate emergency impacts everyone, especially those with the fewest resources,” said Carol Guerrero-Murphy, who lost her home in the Marshall fire. help we can muster.”

Biden has pledged to take a series of executive actions to tackle the climate crisis following climate negotiations in Congress and would consider declaring a climate emergency. With climate impacts worsening and the latest setbacks from the EPA and Congress, the climate movement is calling on President Biden to declare a climate emergency and use all of his executive authority to halt approvals of leases, projects and exports of fossil fuels.

“The planet has already declared a climate emergency,” said Ean Thomas Tafoya CO, state director of GreenLatinos. “Now is the time for executive leadership at the national and state level to unlock resources and enforcement actions.”

“From the floods in Kentucky to the fires in California to the heat in London and British Columbia, the climate emergency has clearly begun – and this is just the beginning,” said Leslie Glustrom, senior adviser for Clean Energy. Stock. “It is long overdue for our President and Governor to acknowledge what scientists have been warning us about for decades: the habitability of our planet is at stake. We must act decisively and boldly now!

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