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January 16, 2017

Support DC Climate Leadership in 2017!

Mon Jan 16, 2017 at 02:26:02 PM EST

By Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network

[The John A. Wilson Building, the NEW center of climate action in the District of Columbia!]

The District’s response to Donald Trump. Maximizing District of Columbia climate leadership in 2017 and beyond.

January 16, 2017

DC Environmental Network:

It’s happening this week. No, I am not talking about the peaceful transition of power in the United States, but the continuation and acceleration of our efforts to make sure OUR city and planet do what is necessary to reduce carbon emissions and prepare for the most certain, and dangerous, impacts of climate change.

This week, and for the rest of the year and beyond, the DC Environmental Network (DCEN), and thousands of District residents and activists, will be engaged in education and advocacy, to push local efforts to new heights of accomplishment, introducing new tools to reduce carbon emissions, and expanding the number of District residents engaged in the global effort to protect our planet from climate change.

The goal is more meaningful actions by District residents, government, and organizations, to fight climate change, and maximize District climate leadership in 2017 and beyond. We have a city that already has the people to do the work, and can set a wonderful example to the rest of the region, country, and world. Let’s start getting together more often to make this happen.

Some upcoming DC Environmental Network activities to start some new momentum:

  • January 18th @ NOON @ Offices of Green Cross International/Friends of the Earth:
     Briefing on Mayor Bowser’s Trip to the C40 Summit in Mexico City – Join the DC Environmental Network for a special climate briefing on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s recent trip to Mexico City to participate in the C40 Mayors Climate Summit. This briefing will include comments from Tommy Wells, Director of the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), Mayor Bowser (Invited), and other individuals who were part of the District of Columbia’s summit delegation. We need your participation so we can show Mayor Bowser that her efforts, to become a climate action leader, are important to us. Find additional information and RSVP here if you want to participate in this conversation.
  • February 16th @ NOON @ Offices of Green Cross International/Friends of the Earth: Briefing on NEW Carbon Rebate Campaign – DCEN has been thinking about pricing carbon pollution in the District since 2002. Now, several organizations and activists have put a proposal together that will not only put less carbon into the atmosphere, but with a rebate, put more money into the pockets of DC families who need it the most. Come learn about this new proposal and be ready to take real and meaningful action. Keep a look out for our announcement and link to RSVP.
  • February Briefing w/Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie – We will also be scheduling a discussion in February, with DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, to talk about his oversight of the DC Public Service Commission (PSC) and other offices and agencies important to the growth of renewables and the reduction of carbon emissions.

Now, more than ever, the District of Columbia has the responsibility, as the seat of federal power, to help lead the charge and use our local actions and policies to set an example that our President and Congress cannot ignore.

We need your help to get their attention. Join us as we use local action as a response to climate denial. Passing laws and policies that do the right thing might just get their attention and create the leverage we need to win.

Hope to see you and hear your voice sometime soon.

Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network


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