Step 2-Demand more: Our candidates aren’t passing the exam yet

In an amazing shift of political will, all the major Democratic candidates for president have addressed climate change as a leading issue of their strategy and policy. Most 2020 presidential candidates agree we face a “climate emergency” and have plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions to slow global warming. 

A seven-hour forum on CNN allowed for substantive conversation from the candidates. Other town hall-like forums on major networks have given prominent exposure to the candidates’ plan to curb global warming.

This is remarkable. It encourages us as we keep marching for climate justice. It propels us to believe that change can and will occur.

But… BUT, did you know that according to Build a Movement 2020’s climate restoration scorecard, not a single candidate for president has earned a grade above a C yet? 

It’s just not enough. Not because we say so, but because leading experts and scientists all over the world agree that curbing emissions and planting trees to absorb carbon is critical, it is not enough!

Our second step toward lasting change is to insist our candidates embrace bold Climate Restoration solutions that are urgently needed to reverse global warming and restore a healthy climate.

Here was Step 1: Forge systemic change

Now we move to Step 2: We must demand more! 

BAM2020 and recently released the first CREA 2020 Presidential Candidates Report Card. Sadly, none of the leading candidates are yet demonstrating leadership on Climate Restoration.  

Humanity faces an imminent threat. A cascade of climate feedback loops is rapidly pushing Earth into a hothouse state, threatening the survival of humanity in this century. 

As Greta Thurnberg said to Senate Democrats this week, “I know you’re trying, but just not hard enough.” 

Listen to Greta’s clear thoughts on progress with Trevor Noah here: 

We call on presidential candidates to make clear commitments to Climate Restoration.  

We demand that our leaders commit to a restoration-scale drawdown of CO2 and Arctic ice restoration.  

To ensure that all of humanity can survive and flourish for generations, we need Climate Restoration Emergency Action (CREA), a massive mobilization–larger and faster than the World War II efforts.

Step 2 is already underway. We won’t back down until it is realized and we need your voice. Join us today by texting BAM2020 to 52866. 

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