April 2022 Newsletter - April is Earth Month!

Welcome to Democrats Abroad first Environment & Climate Crisis Council (ECCC) Newsletter! We are delighted to share interesting events within DA related to the environment and climate, offer avenues for climate activism and provide periodic analysis of current developments, policies, and legislation that address the existential challenges facing our planet today

The stakes could not be higher! And now, with conflict raging in Europe, millions of people displaced, and energy supplies severely disrupted, the prospects for reaching the world climate goals are set further in jeopardy. Raising your voices now and fighting for the Democratic agenda is critical to meeting these challenges, not just for American lives but for those the world over. 

For a little background, our new Council advocates for systemic climate and environmental policies and solutions within the global Democratic community. We aim to connect voter engagement with efforts to address climate change mitigation and adaptation, with a focus on environmental justice. The ECCC aspires to amplify the voices and expertise of those disproportionately harmed by environmental threats and to advocate for policies and candidates that address historical injustices that exacerbate environmental injury. As such, our Council maintains an intersectional approach in our endeavors. Working in tandem with all other DA caucuses is vital, as their interests conjoin with the ECCC's.

An important way to get out our message is through social media. We really need your help in extending our important message by following, liking, and subscribing to our newly established social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. We can't beat the algorithms without your help.

The DA ECCC supports candidates that prioritize actions to address environmental health, desertification, land degradation, biodiversity loss, and food security while supporting longer-term responses that enable adaptation and mitigation to climate change. If the Republicans take control of the House or the Senate there will be no more action on Climate. There is no time to waste.

Request your absentee ballot today at

Please remind your friends and family at home and abroad to vote.

April is Climate Month! You can always find our events here. And be sure to check out the DNC ECCC events.

 

CLIMATE_CAFE_FB.png March Climate Cafe, Wednesday, 30 March at 12 pm EDT/ 6:00 pm CEST
Are you Alarmed about the #ClimateEmergency? Please join the ECCC for our first monthly Climate Cafe discussion. This month we will explore the impact of climate change on women, in recognition of Women's History Month, and the alarming new #IPCC report.

Democracy Talks - Chris Glaisek, Chief Planning and Design Officer, Waterfront Toronto
Tuesday, 19 April at 8:00 pm EDT/Wednesday, 20 April at 8:00 am CST/10:00 am AEST
Join Democrats Abroad Canada and the new Democrats Abroad Environment and Climate Crisis Council (ECCC) for the next installment of our Democracy Talks Speaker Series. In honor of Earth Day, we will be hearing from Chris Glaisek, the Chief Planning and Design Officer at Waterfront Toronto, where he is responsible for precinct planning and design in the 2,000-acre Designated Waterfront Area. Chris will talk to us about Building the New Don River Mouth.

CLIMATE_CAFE_FB.png April Climate Cafe, Wednesday, 20 April 20 at 12:00 pm EDT/6:00 pm CEST
Join the ECCC on 420 🌿 for a great discussion on Hemp the "green miracle plant". Hemp, a non-psychoactive relative of cannabis, is touted online as a miracle plant that could save us from environmental destruction and dietary destitution.

Co₂nsequences: Global Climate Rally! - Monday, 25 April at 12:00 pm EDT/ 6 pm CEST/ 7 pm Nairobi/ 9:30 Mumbai
To conclude Earth Month, the Environmental & Climate Crisis Council and the Global Progressive Caucus will co-host a global rally, highlighting our climate emergency and what we must do to effectively address it.
Hear from an inspiring roster of elected officials, NGO leaders, climate change experts, organizers, and Democrats Abroad members who will draw attention to the co₂nsequences we face and the urgent action we must now take.

 

#ClimateVote The ECCC is starting the #ClimateVote initiative to encourage everyone to vote to save themselves by electing people who want to take substantive action on climate change. As of 2022, there is only one major political party (The Democratic Party) that is willing to do something about it. We need to hold the Senate, the House, and as many down-ballot races as possible. We're asking DA members to make a video to help get out the vote and also alert people to the importance of our government taking meaningful action to stop climate change. More information here.

💻 Phone banking is one of the easiest and most effective ways for us to mobilize fellow Democrats around the globe. In 2020, DA callers made over 600,000 calls! Find out more.

 

Volunteer with the ECCC! Can you help us get out the word to overseas Americans about the climate crisis – and that their vote can make a difference? 

We're looking for:

  • Copywriters
  • Video editors
  • Social media contributors
  • Researchers for GOTV, Comms, and other groups
  • And more.

If you can help us, don't hesitate to get in touch with [email protected] today.

Democrats Abroad was the margin of victory in several key races in 2020. Our votes make a difference. Please consider donating any amount to help get out the vote this year.

🌺 Read the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report released on 28 February 2022.

🌺 Watch our DA ECCC Inaugural Event with Michelle Deatrick. Democrats Abroad Inaugural Event for the Environment and Climate Crisis Council with the DNC's ECCC Chair Michelle Deatrick.

🌺 Watch the ECCC Excerpt from the Black History Month Democrats Abroad All Caucus Panel

🌺 Watch our event Sonnet at the Edge of the Reef: A Conversation with Dr. Craig Santos Perez. Join Dr. Craig Santos Perez as he reads selected works from his latest book of poetry, followed by a discussion about the intersection of poetry, climate change, and eco-politics. There wasn't a dry eye in the house. This event was incredibly moving

🌺 Read a great blog post by Dash Nesbitt on Climate Comedians. Dash lives in Germany and founded the Germany Climate Caucus.

🌺 Watch, like, and comment on our new video series Climate Bytes.

🌺 Read A quick guide to climate change jargon – what experts mean by adaptation, carbon-neutral, and 6 other key terms

 

Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you at our events. Let's work together to make real Climate Action happen.

DA Environment & Climate Crisis Council
http://www.democratsabroad.org/