Environment & Climate Crisis Council




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    The Democrats Abroad Environment & Climate Crisis Council (the ECCC) comprises DA members from around the world concerned with the existential threat climate change and environmental degradation pose to the planet today. Our Council advocates for systemic climate and environmental policies and solutions within the global Democratic community. We encourage all DA members to join the ECCC, learn together, and take positive action.

    OUR MISSION

    The DA Global ECCC mirrors the Democratic National Committee’s ECCC in its mission to ensure that the Democratic Party takes ambitious action on the climate and other environmental issues.  We’re talking with Democrats across the globe who bear witness in real time to this unfolding climate crisis. US and global policies have less than eight years to curb catastrophic and irreversible havoc to our planet. The time is no longer imminent, it is here!

    President Biden ran on a pro-climate platform and promised to reverse the irresponsible policies of the former administration.  He, his administration, and Congress are rising to the task and have now passed the Inflation Reduction Act, the largest investment and boldest legislation to tackle climate change in history. It is a stunning legislative achievement. 

    We must continue the work, nonetheless, of bridging the remaining 10% gap in the 50% emissions commitments made by the Biden administration. This includes ending fossil fuel subsidies, blocking drilling on federal lands and waters, and fighting for action and environmental justice for the Black, brown, Indigenous, and other historically vulnerable communities, who already bear the disproportionate brunt of this climate and environmental crisis.

    COMMITMENT TO ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, INCLUSION, AND DIVERSITY

    Our Council is committed to environmental justice for communities and voters. We strive to increase information and participation amongst constituents concerned with and impacted by the environment and climate crisis.

    Historically, persons most impacted by environmental and climate issues have been marginalized and excluded from the decision-making process. To combat this, the ECCC promotes inclusion, a just transition, and environmental justice in its policy-making framework. We aspire to amplify the voices and expertise of those disproportionately harmed by environmental threats and to advocate for policies and candidates that address these historical injustices. 

    ECCC VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

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

    • Voter engagement
    • Events; we hold a monthly forum, called the CLIMATE CAFE, on topical issues. We also organize global events in collaboration with other DA caucuses and contribute to State Teamwork for candidate events.
    • Issues advocacy; we delve deeply into climate-related issues, especially with our Watchdogs Research Task Force.
    • In intersectional collaboration, we work closely with other caucuses and teams.
    • If you want to volunteer, contact us at [email protected].

     

    TAKE ACTION

    Building upon the landmark achievement of the Inflation Reduction Act, we must continue working to phase out fossil fuels and halt the peril to our planet and vulnerable communities. We have little time, and exigent action is required.  We, therefore, continue to urge the Biden-Harris administration to declare a National Climate Emergency.  Sign our ECCC National Climate Emergency Petition.

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

    Vote! The best way to save the planet is to step into a voting booth. Overseas voters, please register/request your absentee ballot at https://www.votefromabroad.org/. Americans living in the US can register or verify their registration at https://iwillvote.com/.

    Contact us at [email protected].

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    DA Global Environment & Climate Crisis Council Leadership:

    Dana Freling
    | Chair - Global Environment and Climate Crisis Council, Chair - DA Finland, Member - Reproductive Justice Task Force
    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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    News

    Co₂nsequences: ECCC January 2023 Newsletter

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    Message from the Chair

    Happy 2023….and a renewed chance to move that needle on climate and environmental justice. Since the official launch of Democrats Abroad ECCC one year ago, we have accomplished a lot, both within our organization with your support and through the Biden administration with the help of Congress. Federal funds are now being allocated to local governments and to states and tribes to help with electrification, weatherization, and renewable energy infrastructure.  

    Though much was accomplished in 2022 legislatively in favor of climate change mitigation and our transition toward a fossil fuel-free economy, continued progress will be difficult with a GOP-controlled House. We will continue our fight to stop fossil fuel subsidies and new fossil fuel infrastructure, to push for biodiversity protection, a Windfall Profits Tax, and recognition of the Climate Emergency. Our recourse lies in federal agencies, state legislatures, local initiatives, and executive emergency powers. Environmental activists around the country are calling for the President to use his executive powers to declare a Climate Emergency.

    Please sign our Democrats Abroad Petition to the White House to declare a Climate Emergency!

    We will continue organizing globally to ensure that climate voters like you are informed and have a voice in this existential issue of our time in 2023, 2024, and beyond. Thank you all for your engagement, support, and inspiration this first year of our Council!

    Dana Freling  

    Chair, DA Environment & Climate Crisis Council

     

     

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    Wind Turbine Blades

     

    Undoubtedly, wind turbines are an essential key to our fossil fuel-free future. Nonetheless, there are a number of challenges to solve in achieving their sustainability, making wind turbine blades a unique example of the good, bad, and nerdy. To make solar, wind, and other renewable power sources fully sustainable, you have to consider every phase, from siting to production to end-of-life disposal. About 85% of a modern wind turbine’s component materials (steel, copper wire, electronics, and gearing) are recyclable or reusable. Its blades – usually three 50- to 80-m-long blades made of fiberglass and carbon girders bonded between painted fiberglass shells and protected by an epoxy resin – are the rub. This combination of different materials and the blades’ strength makes their separation for the recovery of workable glass fibers physically and chemically challenging. The blades’ weight and length also make transporting them complicated.

     Why not cut the blades into pieces on-site, you might ask? Although feasible, this doesn’t solve all the transportation and recycling problems and calls for enormous – and expensive – vehicle-mounted wire saws or diamond-wire saws similar to those used in quarries. The vast majority of blades reaching the end of use are consequently either stored in various places or taken to landfills (although they account for only a tiny fraction of U.S. municipal solid waste).

    Various companies have taken up the challenge:

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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 8 rsvps
    Zoom

    February Climate Cafe

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    Brazilian journalist and activist Bruno Toledo will be joining us to discuss the recent regime change in Brazil and how this is vital to the health of the Amazon, the planet, and the future of democracy in the region.

    RSVP to receive the Zoom link to join the cafe.

     

    Location Local Start Time
    Vancouver, Canada           07:00 PST
    Washington DC, USA          10:00 EST
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      12:00 BRT
    London, United Kingdom      15:00 GMT
    Paris, France               16:00 CET
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates 19:00 GST
    New Delhi, India            20:30 IST
    Beijing, China              23:00 CST