President Obama: Step Up For Climate Justice

President Obama: Step up for climate justice—before the climate denier takes office!

The Corporate Accountability International Petition and Action Kit

Organizational Petition:

Individual Petition:

Catherine Skopic, Interfaith Moral Action on Climate;  Nancy Lorence, Metro NY Catholic Climate Movement and Joel Kupferman from NY Law and Environmental Justice Project, ask you to join them in signing the following petition  and passing this along before it’s too late (until NOON on January 20, 2017)


President Obama: Step up for climate justice—before the climate denier takes office!

Yes! We sign on to the following call to President Obama to release the remaining $2.5 billion for climate justice. To sign an organization onto this letter, please send an email saying so to with the organization’s name, the primary contact person’s name, email, phone number, and address.

Dear President Obama,

As environmental, social, faith-based, and community organizations representing the voices of hundreds of thousands of people across the United States, we are deeply concerned about the future of our planet following the election of Donald J. Trump as president. And we are especially concerned about our nation’s direction on climate change under a Trump presidency.

As president, your leadership in some aspects of climate change has inspired hope for a safer future for our planet. Trump’s statements on climate change indicate that he has every intention of reversing all you have worked hard to achieve, threatening your climate legacy. His promise to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement would be disastrous for global climate policy, and his presumed appointee to head the Environmental Protection Agency will sound a death knell for sane environmental policy at home.

The world cannot afford Donald Trump’s steps backward on climate. Right now, people around the world are mobilizing to counter Trump’s anticipated actions. You can help us protect your climate legacy by fulfilling your pledge to contribute $3 billion to fund climate justice measures in the Global South.

Climate justice is a matter of racial and economic justice, as well. Globally, just as in the U.S., indigenous people, women, LGBTQI people, children, migrants, workers, communities of color and low-income communities are the ones bearing the brunt of climate change’s effects, and have done the least to create the problem. Entire countries are drowning under rising seas; people are losing their homes and livelihoods; communities are facing severe food shortages, drought, and extreme weather. Fulfilling the U.S.’ commitment to the Green Climate Fund will help advance climate justice globally.

As the nation with the greatest historical responsibility for carbon emissions and the resultant damage wrought by climate change, the U.S. has a moral imperative to support countries dealing with these impacts, and to ensure that the international negotiations do not fail. Parties to the Paris Agreement, which you helped secure, recognize the pivotal role of funding in addressing climate change. The Green Climate Fund is a primary vehicle for that funding: Governments around the world—including the U.S.—pledged billions of dollars for funding climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in the Global South. Making good on this pledge will spur other countries around the world to fulfill their pledges. Simply put, money is the key to climate justice. And the U.S. must take the lead in making good on its commitment.

Fulfilling your pledge will have a huge impact on climate justice and in propelling forward climate progress internationally. And it’s one huge step forward on climate change that Donald Trump cannot undo.

We therefore strongly urge you to cement your legacy by completing the remaining $2.5 billion of our nation’s $3 billion contribution to fund climate justice through the Green Climate Fund.

About Charlie Olson (162 Articles)
Co-Founder of The Co-Founder of Environmental News and Views, Channel 74 Westchester Co-Producer of The Environment TV, Manhattan Neighborhood Network Member of The Collective, WBAI 99.5 FM radio Assistant to producer, Environmental Issues, Staten Island Community TV

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