Action Alert! Handwrite a letter to your Representative

Write letters to MoCs about IPCC report

Two reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were released this spring with both bad news and good. The bad news is that the impact of climate change, under a business-as-usual scenario, will be extremely severe, with average global temperatures possibly rising between 4 and 5 degrees Celsius, outpacing humanity’s ability to manage and adapt. The good news is that steps to mitigate climate change, by quickly moving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, can contain warming to the 2C threshold most scientists think is manageable. This can be achieved with little or no negative impact on the global economy.

At your meeting this month:

Write a letter to your member of Congress to share the latest findings from the IPCC and ask for their support for a carbon tax that returns revenue to households. In your letters, you can also reference climate impacts you saw in Years of Living Dangerously.

Talking points from the IPCC reports:

  • Climate change has already cut into the global food supply. Global crop yields are beginning to decline – especially for wheat – raising doubts as to whether production could keep up with population growth.
  • Warming in the Arctic is melting permafrost that releases methane – a greenhouse gas with 30 times the potency of CO2 – creating a dangerous feedback loop.
  • The report warned for the first time that climate change, combined with poverty and economic shocks, could lead to war and drive people to leave their homes.
  • The report said climate change was driving recent heat waves and droughts, and was a risk factor for wildfires.
  • We’ve already burned more than half of our “carbon budget” to stay within 2C of warming, and we’re on track to exceed the budget in the coming decades.
  • To reduce the risk of climate disaster, there must be a fundamental shift in global investment from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the cost of mitigating climate change is miniscule – slowing annual economic growth by only 0.06 percent.

IMPORTANT: Any time you mail a letter to your Congressperson or Senators, please email Max at maxpkatz@gmail.com so that we can keep tally of your letters for our monthly field reports!

See details here on writing effective letters to your MOCs.

Addresses:

1st Congressional District
Congressman Tim Bishop
306 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3826

2nd Congressional District
Congressman Peter King
339 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-7896

3rd Congressional District
Congressman Steve Israel
2457 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3335

4th Congressional District
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy
2346 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5516

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
478 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4451

Senator Charles Schumer
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510
Phone: 202-224-6542

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