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After Bernie Sanders dropped out of the 2020 presidential race on April 8th, 2020, youth groups started petitioning the democratic nominee, Joe Biden, to make a bolder plan on climate action, along with several other issues, such as gun violence, immigration, health care, the criminal justice system, education, wealth inequality, foreign policy, and more.
Several youth groups were involved with putting the petition together, including Alliance for Youth Action, Justice Democrats, the Sunrise Movement, NextGen America, etc.
In addition to the above petition,several environmental groups have also started urging Joe Biden to take stronger action on climate change.
The Sunrise Movement, a youth group advocating for environmental issues that has grown in influence, issued a statement urging Biden to adopt a more aggressive climate policy framework.
"We’re not going to sugarcoat it: our hearts are heavy," Sunrise spokesperson Aracely Jimenez said in a statement. "The ball’s now in Joe Biden’s court. To avoid a repeat of 2016, he needs to show young people that he’s going to stand up for them by embracing policies like an ambitious Green New Deal that led young voters to flock to Bernie. If he doesn’t do this, our work turning out our generation to defeat Trump this fall becomes a lot harder.” (The Hill)
Biden’s current environmental plan calls for a 100 percent clean energy economy and net-zero emissions by 2050, with milestone targets by 2025. But many environmental groups say that 2050 is too far away. By then it could be too late. Many groups believe that bolder action is needed.
Greenpeace climate campaigner, Charlie Jiang, has said the following about Joe Biden. “We’ve seen Joe Biden recognize more and more the urgency of this crisis, but we still think that there is a lot more that Biden should do.” (The Hill)
Jiang said he’d like to see Biden commit to banning exports of crude oil and rejecting new permits for fossil fuel infrastructure such as pipelines and coal and liquefied natural gas terminals. (The Hill)
Erich Pica, the president of Friends of the Earth Action, told The Hill that he’d like to see changes in Biden’s environmental justice platform and how quickly he aims to achieve net-zero emissions. (The Hill)
“There’s a whole slew of items that we’d like to see improvements on in his platform,” Pica said. (The Hill)
Sunrise joined a coalition of youth-led groups in a separate statement asking Biden to “make specific commitments around achieving a just transition to 100% Clean Energy by 2030 for electricity, buildings, and transportation” and to “restart the economy by committing to mobilizing $10 trillion in green stimulus and infrastructure investments over 10 years.” (The Hill)
Green groups press Biden for bolder plans after Sanders exits (The Hill, 4-10-20)