Environment & Climate Crisis Council

  • The Democrats Abroad Environment & Climate Crisis Council (ECCC) advocates for systemic climate and environmental policies and solutions within the global Democratic community.  

    We urge the Biden-Harris administration to take the lead and declare a National Climate Emergency.  Sign our ECCC National Climate Emergency Petition.

    The ECCC is Democrats Abroad’s newest advocacy group. Our activities include:  

    • Voter engagement  
    • Events  
    • Issues advocacy  
    • Intersectional collaboration  
    • Candidate support  

    Environmental justice is an organizing principle for the ECCC. We aspire to: 

    • amplify the voices and expertise of those disproportionately harmed by environmental threats; 
    • advocate for policies and candidates that address historical injustices that exacerbate the environmental injury.  

    Check out our Earth Care Toolkit for tools, resources, and suggestions on what you can do to make a difference.

    Contact us at [email protected] and

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    DA Global Environment & Climate Crisis Council Leadership:

    Dana Freling
    | Chair - Finland
    Eric Burns
    | Chair, Switzerland
    Bruce Murray
    | Global Progressive Caucus Chair
    Martha McDevitt-Pugh
    | Global DNC Representative, Global LGBT Caucus Vice Chair
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    Co₂nsequences: ECCC Monthly July Newsletter



    ECCC July Monthly Newsletter

    Message from the Chair

    🥵 Heat waves, drought, and wildfires are crippling large swaths of the U.S., Europe, and the world. We are truly at a precipice, with decisive climate action required of the U.S. government and others globally. The United States is at an inflection point politically, with our highest court thwarting the government’s power, through the EPA, to curtail polluting emissions. Basic democratic rights are being swept away by Republican-controlled state legislatures and Supreme Court justices.

    💙 There was a glimmer of hope this week as President Biden announced Democratic agreement on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, a reconciliation bill that, in addition to lowering drug prescription costs and bringing down the federal deficit, will help tackle the climate crisis by providing tax credits and investments for energy projects equaling 369 billion dollars.  

    🌞 The reconciliation bill is a legislative start. We must celebrate this largest investment in renewable energy in the nation’s history, as it will significantly lower costs for producing wind turbines, solar panels, and batteries for electric vehicles. Disappointingly, funds will also increase new fossil fuel infrastructure and promote drilling on Federal lands and waters. At best, the new support is predicted to reduce our emissions by 40% of those in 2006 by 2030, where our climate commitments in the Paris Climate Accord require a 50% reduction.

    🆘 So, how do we bridge the remaining 10% gap? We must further urge the President to declare a National Climate Emergency, thereby triggering greater Executive powers to ban crude oil exports and halt new fossil fuel infrastructure, including pipelines and export terminals, among other things. We must also use every resource available to maintain the House and expand the Senate in the coming midterms.

    Take Action!

    ✍️ Please sign the ECCC petition now. Our survival depends on the Biden Administration taking further action. Please share it widely with your American friends, family, and colleagues in and outside the U.S. and on social media. It will be transmitted to the White House and Congress. 

    Sign the Petition


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    The Ukraine-Russia War and its Effects on the Transition to Renewable Energy



    The war between Russia and Ukraine has massively disrupted energy markets in Europe and throughout the world and has shaken up Europe’s plan to transition to renewable energy. Before the start of the war, the world was not on track to meet climate goals set out for 2050; the covid-19 pandemic, economic turbulence, and insufficient commitment and planning toward net-zero goals have put us even further behind schedule.

    Russia is the biggest global exporter of oil, and Europe has largely depended on Russia for its oil and gas. In 2019, 40% of Europe’s gas and more than ¼ of its oil came from Russia (Tollefson). The EU had been expecting to rely on Russian energy while transitioning to greener systems. However, As of May 31, the EU decided to cease all oil imports coming from Russia by sea. This embargo does not include oil brought into Hungary by pipeline. Hungary was opposed to a total ban as it is extremely dependent on Russian fossil fuels; 65% of its oil and 85% of its gas coming from Russia (Meredith, 2022). In March, Germany halted approval of Nord Stream 2, the gas pipeline connecting it directly to Russia.

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