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Today, we received a leaked press release from Mayor Wheeler’s office. We learned that on Friday he plans to announce climate commitments + thanked youth climate activists for ‘working with the city.’

To be clear: we were not a part of these discussions. #nothingaboutuswithoutus
The bullet points indicated as part of Mayor Wheeler’s climate proposals and accomplishments were already in motion + came from the hard work of many bureaus, committees and commissioners. As for the first point, the mayor is required by law to appoint the PCEF advisory committee
Regardless, not a single one of these bullet points is on the level of action needed to properly address the climate crisis at the scale it requires. While we are cited as inspiration, if we’d had a seat at the table, we would have been clear: this is nowhere near enough.
Wheeler says he plans to restrict the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure, but how? In June we held a sit-in in his office fighting the I5RQX freeway expansion + last night we held a rally outside ODOT. He has *still* not supported an EIS or publicly opposed the project.
On Friday, Mayor Wheeler will announce these proposals flanked by executives from PGE and Trimet. He’ll then speak at a @PDXCityClub climate forum *hosted by Chevron*. His opponents were not invited.

This is not the climate leadership we want to see from our city.
Many who are not on social media will get their news and read that Mayor Wheeler is “acting on climate” + “working with” youth activists. We assume that was the point of not telling us about this beforehand.
But we hope folks hear us and change the narrative— we would have loved to work with the city, but we were not invited to be a part of this discussion— and we believe these actions are nowhere near enough.

This is an emergency, and we need leadership that acts accordingly.
Mayor Wheeler, we’re fighting for our futures here. Address the crisis at the scale it requires, or step aside for those who will.
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