July 13, 2019

 

To: Felecia Rotellini

Chair,  AZ Democratic Party

 

Fr: Rosemary Dixon

Chair, Prescott Indivisible

At the July 12, 2019 monthly meeting of Prescott Indivisible, we passed on behalf of our membership of more than 1,500 progressive voters the motion included below, requesting that the DNC sponsors televised debates on addressing the Climate Crisis.

The members of Prescott Indivisible urge the Democratic National Committee to hold a presidential debate focused on addressing the climate crisis. Rapid climate change is the biggest threat to U.S. economic stability, national security, and public health in our history. As such, our changing climate is not a single issue; it unifies many. This crisis could and should have been addressed by our elected politicians years ago, but corporate lobbyists and shortsighted members of Congress have prevented meaningful work towards comprehensive policy solutions. It is time to bring the climate crisis out of the shadows cast by special interests and make it a centerpiece of the 2020 presidential campaign.

We understand that the DNC does not want to do “single issue” debates but we have concluded that the climate crisis contributes to all other major issues–immigration, health care, income equality, employment, etc.—that have motivated our membership to Vote Blue since early 2017. Presently, the full ramifications of carbon accumulation and the intensifying consequences of global climate change are not fully recognized by large swaths of the electorate. Given the unprecedented dimensions of the humanitarian crisis we are facing due to the climate crisis, we consider it a dereliction of duty for the DNC not to hold at least one televised debate during which all viable Democratic candidates have the opportunity to spell out their plans for mitigating it.

Because the future of our republic hangs on informed stewardship of our biosphere, we request in the strongest possible terms that the Arizona Democratic Party and the State Chair make a clear statement to the DNC advocating for a climate crisis-focused presidential debate prior to the Democratic National Convention. Further, we expect climate crisis mitigation will be a central plank of the Democratic Party platform for the 2020 general election, and beyond.

Resolution to request that the DNC sponsors televised debates on addressing the Climate Crisis:

The General Membership of Prescott Indivisible urges the Democratic National Committee to hold a presidential debate focused on addressing the climate crisis. Rapid climate change is the biggest threat to U.S. economic stability, national security, and public health in our history. As such, our changing climate is not a single issue; it unifies many. This crisis could and should have been addressed by our elected politicians years ago, but corporate lobbyists and shortsighted members of Congress have prevented meaningful work towards comprehensive policy solutions. It is time to bring the climate crisis out of the shadows cast by special interests and make it a centerpiece of the 2020 presidential campaign.  

Passed by unanimous vote at the July 12 meeting of Prescott Indivisible.