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UNIQUE BI-PARTISAN COALITION CALLS FOR PRESIDENT TO FOLLOW SOTU WITH
SUMMIT THAT ENGAGES AMERICA’S COMMUNITIES IN CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
Governors, Mayors, Business, Insurance, Farm, Military, Youth, Faith,
and Other Voices: Enhance The Economy, Improve Public Health, Protect National Security,
Safeguard Our Children, Act Justly, and Honor Our Moral Duties By Putting
Solutions Into Action
Feb. 21, 2013 – (Washington, DC). A unique bi-partisan coalition is urging President Obama to follow up his State of the Union commitment to address the climate crises by directly engaging America in climate solutions: (www.climatesummit2013.org).
Specifically, the group wants the President to host a kick-off solutions-focused national climate summit linked directly with concurrent action-planning meetings hosted by state and local governments, business, civic, and faith organizations nationwide. The events would be designed to mobilize Americans to implement proven, beneficial solutions to prepare for and build resilience to the impacts of climate change, and reduce climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions.
“To achieve the bold climate goals the President described
in his State of the Union address, he must reach out directly to and engage
Americans where they live, work, play, and pray,” said Bob Doppelt, director of
The Resources Innovation Group and a leader of the Climate Summit 2013
The national leaders endorsing
Climate Summit 2013 include Governors, Mayors, business, farm, insurance, youth, faith, civil rights, climate
justice, former military, and other leaders, as well as top climate scientists.
A growing list of Catholic leaders that support the proposal can be found here.
“Climate disruption is not just an environmental issue. It
is a profound economic, health, social justice, and national security problem
with deep moral implications,” concluded Doppelt. “Our proposal is consistent with calls by six scientific
societies for a high-level climate summit. It will serve as a springboard to
expand existing resilience building and emission reduction programs, launch new
ones, and spur tremendous innovation that reaps great near and long term benefits
Quotes from Some
of The Governors That Endorse the Proposal:
"We are seeing the effects of a warming climate in
the West. We would welcome a Presidential summit to draw attention to the
strategies that can be employed to respond to a warming climate--such as
promoting cleaner, domestic energy production and the wise and
more efficient use of water," said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.
“Many of us who have been involved with environmental causes
were pleased to see the President’s renewed focus on climate change in his
Inaugural Address and State of the Union. A national dialogue on these issues
is already taking place – what we need is to harness that momentum in a formal,
organized way, and a national climate summit would do just that. This is one
area where leaders from across the political spectrum should be able to sit
down and work together to identify solutions,” said Rhode Island Governor
“Climate change is both a challenge and a jobs opportunity for our
states. If we work together, we can lead as a nation by moving towards an
economy that takes advantage of the extraordinary potential in green jobs.
Building our new clean energy future will put our people to work and invigorate
our economy, from construction and manufacturing to engineering and education.
A national summit to address our climate challenge is a powerful step in the
right direction,” said Vermont Peter Governor Shumlin.
Quotes from Some
of the Mayors That Endorse the Proposal:
“Climate change is one of the greatest threats to our future way of
life. It is not only impacting our weather patterns, it is affecting our water
supplies, forest health and entire ecosystem. Salt Lake City has been working
for years to reduce its carbon footprint. It is time for national leadership on
this issue and we look forward to engaging with the President and his team on
meaningful work to articulate an action plan,” said Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt
Lake City, Utah.
“Climate Change is one of the greatest challenges facing humankind in
the 21st century. No one is immune to its effects and we must be diligent
in working together to find solutions. I was heartened to hear the
President mention Climate Change during his recent ‘State of the Union’ and the
threat it poses to our way of life. A Climate Change Summit during Barack
Obama’s first 100 days of his second term would send a strong message that as a
nation we need to act now to address this issue,” said Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt
of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
“Superstorm Sandy brought weather extremes not usually felt in this area
of the country. A Climate Change Summit can kick-start the national
conversation that we need to educate the populace about the serious challenges
ahead,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski of Allentown, Pa.
"The City of Sacramento is taking action every day to reduce
emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change that are already occurring
in our region. Tackling climate change, however, requires every citizen around
the country and around the globe to take action. Our President can be the
leader of a powerful movement to reduce the threats from climate change. We
stand ready in Sacramento to participate in a national Climate Change Summit,
to translate the science into everyday conversations, and to give future
generations the same quality of life that we enjoy today," said Mayor
Kevin Johnson or Sacramento, CA.
“Many communities like
Eugene are engaged in climate mitigation and adaptation. To get to scale
will take the Presidents partnership with American cities and some strategic
leveraging. A national summit will bring that conversation to the level of
focus that can make real change. We are ready,” said Mayor Kitty Piercy of Eugene,
Quote from An Insurance
Leader That Endorses the Proposal:
“Extreme weather and climate related impacts are today’s wakeup call
about a long term risk that requires immediate solutions such as the summit and
community meetings to build resilient communities,” said Frank Nutter,
President of the Reinsurance Association of America.
Quotes from Some
of The Business Leaders That Endorse the Proposal:
"The positive economic outcomes associated with
proactively fighting climate change such as returns on investment in renewable
energy, job creation and exportable technology are too great to ignore. ASBC
encourages the President to take firm actions to mitigate the negative
economic, environmental and social effects of climate change. The
Administration should push forward with actions including a summit that engages
businesses nationwide in order to achieve greater energy efficiency efforts,
along with new rules to limit emissions from existing coal-fired power plants
and require federal agencies to use more clean energy," said Richard Eidlin,
Policy Director of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), a
coalition of businesses and business organizations.
“Investors are hobbled in their ability to value assets by evolving climate
disruption and by policy uncertainty. Boston Common Asset Management, with
$1.8b in asset under management, urges the President to act swiftly and
decisively on climate change in part by hosting a summit linked with community
meetings nationwide. A clear, durable, universal regulatory framework
would reduce uncertainty and draw investor capital to such climate-change
solutions as clean energy, efficient engines, battery technology and an
intelligent power grid, “ said Geeta Aiyer, President, Boston Common Asset
“If we don't address climate change, we are setting ourselves
up for further economic hardships, as seen by last year's $100B price tag from
extreme weather alone. The good news is that many businesses and
entrepreneurs are already working to capture the opportunity of the clean
economy through energy efficiency and low carbon
solutions. A summit to showcase these innovative solutions will
inspire more creativity and competition for bolder climate reductions -
and help get our country on the path of a better, more
prosperous future for all,” said Amy Davidsen, U.S. Executive Director of The
Climate Group, which works with corporations in the U.S. and Internationally.
Quotes from One Of
The Farm Leaders That Endorse the Proposal:
and ranchers are among those who are most affected by climate
change. NFU is encouraged by the president's remarks and
hopes that he
moves to address this challenge publicly as soon as
possible by directly engaging farmers and ranchers through a national summit
and meetings in communities nationwide," said Jan Ahlen,
Government Relations Representative, National Farmers Union.
from Military Leaders That Endorse the Proposal:
"The Pentagon has repeatedly studied the effects of climate
change and each time concluded that our national defense is weakened by it. Beating climate
change means uniting individuals and institutions from the top and bottom, left
and right, military and civil societies. We've done it before, and the
president's Climate Summit, linked to regional meetings held by cities,
businesses, religious and other organizations, will allow us to work together
again to protect ourselves from the current and future impacts of climate
said Brigadier General (Ret) Steven M. Anderson, US Army.
"One problem that threatens our national security is climate
change. Tackling climate change will take strong, committed leadership....leadership
that must start from the top with our President rallying the country with a
call for action through a national summit linked with community meetings
nationwide....sustained, meaningful and visible action. Lead and they
will come Mr. President," said Lt. General Norm R. Seip, (Ret) USAF, and
Senior Mentor USAF.
Quote from Civil
Rights & Climate Justice Leaders That Endorse the Proposal:
“Climate change is a civil and human rights issue,” stated NAACP
President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Communities of color, and low-income
communities of all colors, contribute less to greenhouse gas pollution, but
suffer more from its impact because we are more likely to live in the impact
zones of smoke stacks, hurricanes, and floods. The time for a constructive
dialogue is long overdue, and our communities need to be involved.”
Quote from Youth Leaders
That Endorse the Proposal:
“The President has promised that he will address climate change for
future generations, and we‘re going to hold him to his word. This is no
longer something to argue about; there is a demand from the Earth that we
address climate change with sustainable solutions for our survival. The
Summit is a great way to launch a commitment, from communities to the capital,
to the youngest and future generations, “ Grant Serrels, iMatter Youth Council
representative and federal plaintiff, Age 17
Quote from Some Of
The Faith Leaders That Endorse the Proposal:
“As an evangelical Christian, Christ commanded that I love
my neighbor as myself. The weather disasters caused by a changing climate
affect us all, but they hit people in developing countries the hardest. I
believe it is our moral obligation as Christians to support the to clean energy
transition taking place around the world. This is why I support the growing
call for a national Climate Summit – a kick-off event where the President will
join leaders from business, faith, insurance and military groups to engage in
an honest and open conversation about how America will address climate change,”
said Deb Fikes, Executive Advisor, World Evangelical Alliance.
“If not addressed, climate disruption will threaten the
safety of our children and the peaceful co-existence of future generations.
We must come together as people in hope-filled and shared commitment to
address this great challenge. The President, through this summit, can
galvanize what we as a nation and world, can and must do, to secure peace for
our future,” said Jose Aguto, Legislative Secretary on Sustainable Energy and
the Environment, Friends Committee on National Legislation.
“We have to ask the question: What is the legacy we are
leaving future generations? We pray that our political leaders will put aside
their differences and take action in a bi-partisan manner—we have a moral
obligation to ensure that our grandchildren can inherit an Earth that God
intended. This is a faith stance for me. St. Francis taught us that God is
incarnate in creation and that being in solidarity with all of God’s awesome
creation helps us to deepen our relationship with God,” said Patrick Carolan, Executive
Director, Franciscan Action Network.
Proposal for a Presidential Summit With America's Communities: Engaging Together in Climate Solutions
During the summer of 2012 many governors and federal
agencies issued emergency declarations in response to unprecedented draught,
wildfires, and other extreme events. But the real emergency—human activities
that are disrupting the Earth’s climate system—was hardly mentioned and
continued largely unabated.
Then, just days before the Presidential election punctuated
by deafening silence about climate disruption, the Northeast was hammered by
Hurricane Sandy. Our nation has
now experiences the tragic impacts of a changing climate including loss of
life, physical injury and illnesses, damage to homes, buildings, and
infrastructure, personal distress, economic losses, and massive financial
After the hurricane, President Obama said “climate change is
real, is impacted by human behavior and carbon emissions, and that we've got an
obligation to future generations to do something about it.” He also said he
wants to hold "a conversation across the country" about the problem.
Then, in his inaugural address he openly acknowledged that our nation has a
moral moral responsibility to future generations to address climate disruption
and called for "collective action" to tackle the problem.
The Climate Summit 2013 coalition applauds the President’s
statements. We believe the breadth and scope of the impacts and high costs of
this year’s extreme weather dramatically increases the importance of holding a
national conversation about climate disruption.The events also underscore the need to redouble our nation’s
efforts to prepare for and build resilience to the impacts of a changing
climate in a just and equitable manner, while reducing our contribution to the
problem by cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate Summit 2013 offers a proposal to address this need:
a non-partisan solutions-focused kick-off summit hosted by The President linked
with hundreds of action-planning satellite meetings hosted by Governors,
Mayors, business, universities, civic organizations, faith organizations, and
other nationwide. The events would be designed to rivet national attention on
climate disruption, its causes, and most importantly the known solutions with a
positive, uplifting, can-do focus that emphasizes the social, economic, and
environmental benefits of rapidly scaling up those actions.Specifically, the kick-off summit and
satellite meetings would address focus on:
a) The existing and likely future impacts of
climate-disruption and its causes;
b) Proven solutions for preparing for and building
resilience to climate impacts, and their many benefits;
c) Proven methods for reducing emissions, and their many
d) Strategies for rapidly scaling-up the known solutions,
obstacles that prevent action, and means for overcoming them.
The need for an aggressive response to climate disruption is
great, and President Obama’s capacity to marshal the energy, commitment, and
greatest hopes of Americans for a positive future is vast.
A growing list of Governors, Mayors, business, finance,
farm, youth, civil rights and climate justice, faith, environmental and other
leaders from across the nation have therefore endorsed the petition found
here and more recently
signed a letter found here asking President Obama to host a national
kick-off solutions focused climate summit linked with action planning satellite
meetings in communities nationwide early in his next administration. To sign
the letter go to this link: https://sites.google.com/site/nationalsummitletter/
This Proposal is Consistent with Other Calls for a Presidential Climate Summit
Our call for a Presidential climate summit linked with community meetings nationwide is consistent with and complements a call for a Presidential climate summit made by the American Meteorological Society and five other science organizations found here.