Climate Action Team

Chair: Bob Heuer
Email: Robertjosephheuer@gmail.com

With 35 consecutive years of membership in Arbor Day Association’s “Tree City USA”, its not a secret Evanston takes pride in protecting the environment. The Climate Action Team was launched out of our Big Ideas Event in 2017. It is dedicated to raising awareness around the environmental issues of our time and encouraging immediate environmental action on the local level.

What is happening at the Climate Action Team?

Attention: DPOE Members and environmentally conscious citizens of Evanston. Our board has approved our position statement to build a Climate Smart America. This statement will go up for a vote at our annual Member Demo-Q. Below you will find the proposal created by our action team. If you are interested in having the DPOE membership turn this statement into policy, please attend our membership votes and BBQ event at the end of July(Demo-Q). Please visit our calendar to learn details about the event.

Position Statement to Build a Climate Smart America

DPOE Board Approved (6/13/19)

WHEREAS, on June 1, 2017, President Donald J. Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement;

WHEREAS, on June 1, 2017, the U.S. Climate Alliance was established to empower state and local governments to provide leadership to build a carbon-neutral American economy;   

WHEREAS, on December 11, 2018,  the Evanston City Council unanimously approved the Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP);

WHEREAS, CARP is enabling Evanston to become the first city in Illinois to set a goal of achieving 100 percent renewable electricity for all properties, aiming to do so by 2030, and the first to target zero net emissions, or carbon neutrality, with plans to achieve that goal by 2050.    

WHEREAS, on January 23, 2019, Illinois became the 18th state to join the U.S. Climate Alliance

WHEREAS, on May 15, 2019, speakers at the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank’s Confronting Climate Change forum “described the need to prioritize action at the local level rather than waiting for government intervention at the national, regional or state levels.”

WHEREAS, the Democratic Party of Evanston (DPOE) is a volunteer member organization that is accountable to Democrats residing within the attendance areas of the Public School Districts 65 and 202, and;

WHEREAS, the DPOE is committed to amplifying the voices of those Democrats; electing progressive Democrats to local, state, and federal offices; and promoting progressive ideals and progressive elected officials.

WHEREAS, the DPOE encourages youth participation in the political process through local-level actions that remedy problems caused by climate change.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

The DPOE will work with Evanston Township High School students and the Evanston City Council to advance CARP implementation by:

  • Urging Cook County to expand its climate action policy to include encouragement for each of the more than 130 municipalities countywide to adopt climate action and resilience plans;
  • Urging the Illinois General Assembly to approve, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker to sign, the Clean Energy Jobs Act–proposed legislation that would place Illinois on a path to 100% renewable energy while growing the clean energy economy that expands equitable access to public health, safety, a cleaner environment, and quality jobs and economic opportunities, and;  
  • Urging State of Illinois policymakers to incentivize each of the 1,299 incorporated municipalities statewide to adopt climate action and resilience plans, and;
  • Urging all presidential candidates to sign on to the stated goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.  

The position statement has been approved by the board and is up for vote by membership. We will be voting to make this an approved party policy July 28th at the DPOE Demo-que (Member BBQ). Please consider attending this vote if you wish for this to become our party policy.

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