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Climate change deserves serious time during the #DemDebate in Detroit. We face an urgent crisis and candidates must tell us how they plan to #ActOnClimate.

Read up on on why climate affects nearly every issue facing the country, from healthcare to immigration (1/x)
Last month, 74 medical and public health groups came together to call climate change “a health emergency.”

They've asked candidates to “meet and strengthen US commitments” under the 2015 UN climate agreement from which Trump has vowed to withdraw.
pbs.org/newshour/natio…
The WHO has called climate change "the greatest health challenge of the 21st century.”

It affects healthcare on a personal level.

Doctors now explain to patients why breathing problems may be linked to longer allergy seasons associated w/ climate change
npr.org/sections/healt…
Climate change will affect the economy—from labor changes to infrastructure to food production—in nearly countless ways.

Consulting firm Moody’s Analytics says climate change could inflict $69 trillion in damage on the global economy by the year 2100.
washingtonpost.com/climate-enviro…
Moving to a clean energy economy presents real opportunities to replace lost jobs and cut consumer costs across the country.

Renewable energy jobs are booming, creating stable high-wage employment, as coal plants grow more expensive to run and replace. forbes.com/sites/energyin…
Americans care about growing inequality. Climate change contributes to global inequality by putting a drag on improvement in developing countries.

Climate change may be making the elimination of extreme poverty very difficult.
time.com/5575523/climat…
Climate change and this widening economic gap contribute to global migration.

“Food doesn’t grow here anymore,” said one mother in rural Guatemala. Drought has destroyed successive corn crops. “That’s why I would send my son north.”
nytimes.com/2019/06/05/opi…
Another global issue affected by climate change: national security.

A recent Pentagon report found that >2/3 of our military’s operationally critical installations are threatened by climate change. DoD officials call climate change a threat multiplier.
militarytimes.com/news/your-mili…
And here’s an issue that everyone says they support: infrastructure investment!

Well if folks really care about infrastructure, they should know higher temps & sea levels will stress infrastructure and put major coastal routes at risk of chronic flooding
blog.ucsusa.org/kristy-dahl/te…
And while we’re on infrastructure & in Michigan, let’s talk water.

If Flint’s water issues had been in a wealthy, white community, the problem would have been taken care of quickly. That speaks to the need for environmental justice in a climate platform. ajustclimate.org
Yesterday the Great Lakes governors proposed an agenda to protect and preserve the health and the Great Lakes and the region's inland waterways
mlive.com/news/2019/07/g…
From infrastructure, let’s move to transportation, which is our country's largest source of emissions.

Trump’s fuel efficiency rollbacks not only dirty our air, they also put US automakers in danger of falling further behind foreign competitors.
detroitnews.com/story/opinion/…
One group working towards a plan to put working people front and center as the country moves toward a new economy is the @BGAlliance, of which LCV is a member
bluegreenalliance.org/work-issue/sol…
This thread could go on – but it’s clear that climate change affects people and the issues we care about in many ways.

The next president must be committing to BIG actions to build a more just and sustainable society on day one.

Learn more at ChangeTheClimate2020.com
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