We all share the same earth, and we have limited time to fix the damage that’s already been inflicted upon it. Climate change is an issue that affects all people from all walks of life, but disproportionately affects Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), impoverished people, young people, and frontline communities. As the time left to act dwindles, Generation Ratify demands bold action from our government to make sure that we still have a world to live in.
WHAT WE WILL FIGHT FOR...
We will fight to address the human impacts of climate change. Because normal people shouldn’t have to be responsible for defending themselves and their homes against the horrors of climate change, and all of our scientific advancements should be focused in places where people have been marginalized by the effects of climate change before anywhere else.
We will fight to pass the Green New Deal. Because the Green New Deal is the only comprehensive climate legislation that takes the large steps the country needs, while still taking into account economic events and transition safely. Climate change is here, and we need to take bold steps to ensure our future on this planet.
We will fight to reassign Indigenous land back to the Indigenous people and tribes it was stolen fromBecause Indigenous people around the world served as the first environmentalists, and climate change is a direct result of colonization. Discussions of environmentalism and climate justice must always include reparations and justice for Indigenous peoples.
We will fight to protect access to clean water. Because water is necessary to all life, and access to clean water is a human right.
“Climate change affects all of us, but as a young person, I fear for my future on this earth. We have all heard the saying that climate change is going to be irreversible by 2030, but that doesn’t mean we should wait till 2030 to take action. Change starts now. Legislation to prevent and reverse climate change is overdue. We need to invest in reusable energy and pass legislation to hold big corporations accountable. That means rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement and passing the Green New Deal or an equivalent piece of legislation. I don’t want to fear for my existence any longer.”
Julie Audi, VA, Generation Ratify Community Member
“As a California resident, the climate crisis has always been my unfortunate normal, and has always been a part of my life. The climate crisis, specifically with wildfires, has been rooted in my childhood since I could first remember. When I was seven years old, I remember the days leading up to a pivotal event. The lawns in my neighborhood were blanketed in ash like snow. Orange flames and smoke were rising up from the mountains that I lived right across the street from. Two days later my neighbors came to our house and asked my parents if we were evacuating; the city had issued evacuation notices for every house on my street. My parents abruptly told them that we were not going to be able to leave because my school was still in session, their jobs were here, our family was here, our lives were here. We weren’t in the capacity to leave it at all. A seven-year old me ran to my bedroom, adrenaline pumping, blood rushing, my heart beating as fast as it could, frantically stuffing toys and stuffed animals into trash bags because I didn’t know what was left for me. People are dying and communities are being threatened by the climate crisis. We have less than a decade to reverse the impacts of the climate crisis and to take action. We need to take a radical and bold approach towards building sustainable infrastructure, while providing millions of dignified jobs in the process. In addition, BIPOC and other frontline communities of the climate crisis need to be at the forefront of this fight. The climate crisis is an intersectional issue, and by achieving climate justice, other issues will be addressed in the process.”
- Emma Khodaverdian, CA, Generation Ratify National Organizing Lead
“My grandmother owns a farm in rural India. Unfortunately, the dreadful monsoon season, which brings torrential rains and floods many feet high, wipes out an increasing [number] of crops each year. Sure, I had known that the climate crisis was an issue because of this, but I had never known how urgent it was until it literally hit close to home. When I was nine, Hurricane Sandy ripped through New Jersey. For me, at the time, the cancellation of Halloween was my main concern, but local communities were devastated. The government, both locally and on a state level, was unable to rebuild efficiently, facing billions and billions of dollars of property damage and hundreds dead. How long would we be able to go with these temporary solutions? As climate disasters get worse and worse, will we be able to keep up at all? To me, it has become undoubtedly clear that an aggressive plan on climate change should be our top priority moving into next year. Not only do we need to build green infrastructure and create millions of good-paying jobs through clean energy industries, but we need to center and prioritize BIPOC voices and communities while we do it. By addressing the roots of the issues affecting these groups, we can have a clean future and solve a multitude of other issues too.”
- Ritwik Tati, NJ, Generation Ratify National Organizing Lead