FCV to Legislative Leadership: Climate Change Action Needed Now
Florida Conservation Voters’ Aliki Moncrief calls on House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson to create Select Committee on Climate Change
Tallahassee, FL (November 17, 2020) – Today Florida Conservation Voters sent a letter to Florida House Speaker-Designate Chris Sprowls and Florida Senate President-Designate Wilton Simpson urging them to create a Joint Select Committee on Climate Change. The full letter can be found here: https://fcv.rocks/clicom2020
“Florida’s incoming legislative leadership has an urgent responsibility to protect the people of our state from the harmful effects of climate change,” said Aliki Moncrief, Executive Director, Florida Conservation Voters. “Climate change is a threat greater than flooding alone. It is an economic, environmental, social, and community emergency. The most urgent step to solve the climate crisis requires finding just and equitable ways to transition Florida to clean, renewable, and fossil-fuel-free energy. All carbon reduction and resilience efforts should consider and address impacts on low-income families and Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other communities of color.”
In 2018, the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change released a report with a dire warning: humans have 10 years to make a difference before climate change dramatically alters life on earth as we know it. Also in 2018, thirteen federal agencies, including NASA, NOAA, and the Department of Defense, released the fourth National Climate Assessment, which documents the serious damages climate change has already wrought throughout the country.
Moncrief continued, “Rep. Sprowls and Sen. Simpson, it is time to get to work solving the biggest challenge of our time. I urge you to create a Joint Select Committee on Climate Change immediately. Our time is up. To merely continue the legislature’s minor and incremental policy efforts would be total disregard of your responsibilities to the people of Florida.”
This is the second consecutive legislative leadership cycle that FCV has called for the creation of a Joint Select Committee on Climate Change.
Florida Conservation Voters works to turn environmental values into state and local government priorities. In collaboration with partners in the Conservation Voter Movement, we advocate for sound environmental policies, hold elected officials accountable for their votes and actions that affect the environment, and elect pro-environment candidates who will champion our priority issues.