The people of Colorado want a state powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate economic, racial and gender inequality.
We know that the time for this great transition is short. We are living in a country, and on a planet, already in crisis. Climate scientists have told us that this is the decade to take decisive action to prevent catastrophic global warming, which would require maintaining the temperature rise to 1.5-2 C degree above pre-industrial times. The time for energy democracy has come: we believe not only in changes to our energy sources, but that wherever possible communities should collectively control these new renewable energy systems.
The undersigned represent a broad swath of the Colorado active electorate. We call on Colorado candidates to endorse the following Colorado Climate Justice Platform [*Please see Climate Justice Definition at bottom of document]
Promote programs and incentives to shift from a globalized industrial food system that contributes significantly to the climate crisis to a more localized, organically-grown and resilient food system that can help build and sequester carbon in soils and reduce fossil fuel dependence
Develop vehicles for public financing of a Just Transition
Promote family-sustaining, regenerative, healthy, safe, and local clean energy jobs
Increase funding for research on climate change, safe methods to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, improved renewable energy power storage, and agricultural techniques that maximize resilience.
We believe in a just transition and putting people and the planet first
Work towards a just transition to an equitable and sustainable new clean energy economy for communities and workers. Limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Develop a new clean energy economy that relies on wind, solar and geothermal energy, while prioritizing community led ownership of our energy system, and targeted community investment.
Ensure investments are targeted to create pathways for workers to have access to a livable wage, ensure that jobs protect workers, provide an equitable standard of living, and a right to collective bargaining, while improving the lives of communities of color, indigenous peoples, low-income people, and women, who have been historically excluded and underserved in government investment and programs.
Make bold investments in the resilience of states, cities, tribes, and communities that are threatened by climate change; including massive investments in infrastructure systems including water, transportation, green building, and increasing energy efficiency.
Prioritize and recognize the inherent knowledge and expertise within communities of color. Focus on organizing and increasing local, state, national government and corporate accountability to communities most impacted by the effects of climate change.
Directly and rapidly reduce greenhouse gas and toxic pollution to successfully combat climate change and improve public health.
Reinvest in a domestic industrial base that drives towards an equitable and sustainable new clean energy and economic future, and fight back against the corporate trade-induced global race to the bottom. Recognizing we must protect human and sovereign rights and critical native ecosystems, as well as reduce pollution at its source.