Protecting Our Environment for the Future

Democrats are committed to curbing the effects of climate change, protecting America’s natural resources, and ensuring the quality of our air, water, and land for future generations. From investing in clean energy to protecting our ecosystems, Democrats are working to address our biggest environmental challenges, paving the way to a more sustainable America.

Combat Climate Change, Build a Clean Energy Economy, andSecure Environmental Justice

Climate change is an urgent threat and a defining challenge of our time.  Fifteen of the 16 hottest years on record have occurred this century.  While Donald Trump has called climate change a “hoax,” 2016 is on track to break global temperature records once more. Cities from Miami to Baltimore are already threatened by rising seas. California and the West have suffered years of brutal drought.  Alaska has been scorched by wildfire.  New York has been battered by superstorms, and Texas swamped by flash floods.  The  best science  tells  us that  without  ambitious, immediate action across our economy  to cut  carbon pollution  and other  greenhouse gases, all of these impacts will  be far worse  in  the  future.  We cannot leave our children a planet that has been profoundly damaged.

Building a Clean Energy Economy
We are committed to getting 50 percent of our electricity from  clean  energy  sources  within  a decade, with  half  a billion  solar  panels  installed   within   four  years and enough  renewable  energy to power every home in the country. We will  cut energy  waste in  American  homes,  schools,  hospitals,  and offices  through  energy  efficient  improvements;  modernize   our electric  grid;  and make American manufacturing  the  cleanest  and most  efficient  in  the  world.  These  efforts  will create millions   of new  jobs and  save  families   and  businesses  money  on their  monthly  energy bills.

Protecting Our Public Lands and Waters
Democrats  believe   in  the  conservation  and collaborative   stewardship   of our shared  natural heritage: the public lands and waterways,  the oceans,  Everglades,  Great  Lakes, the Arctic,  and  all that  makes  America’s   great  outdoors  priceless.  As a nation, we need policies and investments that will keep America’s public lands public, strengthen protections for our natural and cultural resources, increase access to parks and public lands for all Americans, protect native species and wildlife,   and harness the immense   economic and social potential of our public lands and waters.

Securing Environmental and Climate Justice
Democrats believe clean air and clean water are basic rights of all Americans.  Yet as we saw in Flint,  Michigan,  low-income  communities  and communities  of color are disproportionately  home   to environmental  justice  “hot  spots,” where  air  pollution,  water  pollution,  and  toxic  hazards  like lead increase health and economic hardship. (Source DNC platform)

Join our mission to protect our environment and create a clean energy economy for our future generations, your children and grandchildren.  Please get involved in this historic election.