Help Make 2018 A Climate Election

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What if the growing massive wave of interest in the 2018 elections could coalesce around climate, science, and truth? We're asking over 80 influential voices to join in endorsing a nonpartisan, unifying Call to Action for a Climate Election with a single goal, event, and step.

  • One Goal: We can Make 2018 A Climate Election;
  • One Event: Join a kickoff livestream Climate Election Mobilization Rally;
  • One Step: Millions of Americans start to Talk About A Climate Election Everywhere & Often.

Below you’ll find:

  1. A short Call to Action for which we ask endorsement;
  2. A list of who we see signing on (to a private tally until we launch);
  3. NEWS: SF Bay Area Climate Election Action Meetup Group Now Forming. Please JOIN and follow our activities as we get started. Here's a flyer to send or print out.
  4. A memo with details and background from the two climate activists behind this proposal.

NOTE (as of January 29, 2017) You're reading the DRAFT for a soon-to-be-announced campaign. We're updating it frequently. Find the latest at this easy URL: ClimateElection.org. As we send out this Call, some of the climate advocates, national organizations, and elected officials listed below are already coming on board! Please contact us with suggestions or if you notice we've overlooked people, including leaders reflecting diverse climate constituencies. (This is a partner project to ClimatePolitics, which hosts this page.)


1. CALL TO ACTION: Organizations, Advocates, and Officials Agree to "Make 2018 a Climate Election"

We want to feel hopeful about our country and our future. In a year when many issues will fuel political and electoral activity, let's move Climate Change & Clean Energy Jobs -- our greatest challenge and our greatest opportunity -- to the center of public awareness. How? By empowering voters everywhere to question and respond to what candidates say and do about climate.

Without diverting attention or resources from existing plans for 2018, for the first time, many groups are getting behind one goal. We'll organize one event. We'll ask everyone who recognizes the urgent need for climate action to start with one step.

  • GOAL: We aim to get over five million Americans working to Make 2018 A Climate Election. Whatever other slogans we promote, we support: CLIMATE ELECTION 2018.
  • EVENT: We'll launch ASAP with a livestream Climate Election Mobilization Rally to assemble hundreds of thousands at energizing watch parties at homes and meeting places in every Congressional District. Our roadmap will show ways to activate millions who want to vote for climate action. (Some of us will hold lead-in events for our members.)
  • FIRST STEP: We'll say to our members and followers: "If you're looking for something you can do about climate, we ask you to Talk About A Climate Election Everywhere & Often. We'll amplify all our voices."

Endorsers' names (at a private tally until we announce)

To get there, we ask those listed below (and others we've missed): Make this campaign your own! And add your individual or organizational name. Then a broad Coalition for A Climate Election (working through existing coordination channels) can set it in motion. Thank you!

About this initiative. It originates from two climate-focused activists; our longer proposal is below. That includes four key links you may have missed showing why a Climate Election can be a winning strategy. For over 15 years, ex-entrepreneur Felix Kramer has volunteered full-time, founding and writing about climate awareness and solutions projects. Mike Mielke has built coalitions for corporate and philanthropic sustainability and political action. In 2016, we started the ClimatePolitics wiki.

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2. These 80+ groups and leaders (and others) can energize hundreds of thousands to activate millions:

If you support our approach and know any of the listed people, let them hear from you. Your email pointing them to ClimateElection.org and saying you hope they'll join in will make a difference!

TO ORGANIZATION LEADERS: May Boeve 350.org, Matt Lappé Alliance for Climate Education, Bob Irvin American Rivers, Mark Reynolds Citizens' Climate Lobby, Brad Johnson Climate Hawks Vote, Angela Adrar Climate Justice Alliance, Margaret Klein Salamon The Climate Mobilization, Lisa Hoyos Climate Parents, Ken Berlin Climate Reality, Brant Olson Climate Truth, Rashad Robinson Color of Change, Jamie Clark Defenders of Wildlife, Vien Truong Dream Corps & Green For All, Robert Perkowitz ecoAmerica, Paul Severance Elders Climate Action, Jamie Clark Environment America, Fred Krupp Environmental Defense Fund, Nathaniel Stinnett Environmental Voter Project, Erich Pica Friends of the Earth, Annie Leonard Greenpeace, Tom Goldtooth Indigenous Environmental Network, Lennox Yearwood, Jr. Hip Hop Caucus, Sally Bingham Interfaith Power & Light, Gene Karpinski League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Joan Blades Living Room Conversations, Anna Glland MoveOn Civic Action, David Yarnold National Audubon Society, Thersa Pierno National Parks Conservation Association, Rhea Suh NRDC, Liz Maw Net Impact, Dan Lashof NextGen Climate America, Janis Searles Jones Ocean Conservancy, Paul Getsos Peoples Climate Movement, Jeff Carter Physicians for Social Responsibility, Lydia Avila Powershift, Lindsey Allen Rainforest Action Network, Bob Inglis republicEn, Mike Brune Sierra Club, Sarah Shanley Hope Solutions Project, Keya Chatterjee US Climate Action Network, Adam Browning Vote Solar, Peggy Shepherd WE ACT, Jamie Williams Wilderness Society, Carter Roberts World Wildlife Fund

TO CLIMATE ADVOCATES: Mike Bloomberg, Lester Brown, Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Gore, Ted Halstead, Paul Hawken, Laurene Powell Jobs, Van Jones, Amory Lovins, Hunter Lovins, Bill McKibben, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bill Nye, Naomi Oreskes, Carl Pope, Robert Reich, Mark Ruffalo, Jane Sanders, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Shultz, Jigar Shah, Tom Steyer, Jerry Taylor, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Wendy Schmidt

TO ELECTED OFFICIALS: Jerry Brown (CA), Sherrod Brown (OH), Jay Inslee (WA), Jeff Merkley (OR), Rebecca Otto (MN), Phil Peduto (Pittsburgh), Gary Peters (MI), Bernie Sanders (VT), Brian Schatz (HI), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)

AND WE'LL TELL LEADING MEDIA VOICES THIS IS COMING: Kate Aranoff, Thomas Friedman, Jeff Goodell, Mark Hertsgaard, Naomi Klein, Elizabeth Kolbert, Bill Maher, Joel Makower, Joe Romm, David Roberts, Rebecca Solnit, Alex Steffen


3. SF Bay Area 2018 Climate Election Action Group Now Forming!

We’re starting a Bay Area Climate Election Action Group (NOT a new organization) to show how this campaign can look locally and pave the way for national efforts. 350BayArea has endorsed this campaign and we announced it at the Citizens’ Climate Lobby NorCall conference; next we're approaching Climate Reality, Sierra Club, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, Citizens' Climate Lobby, and other local groups for volunteers.

We’re  looking for a dozen climate activists to join in. Creative? Help with messaging packages: slogans, memes, tweet samples, videos, buttons, bumper stickers, lawn signs, t-shirts (more developed than these prototypes).

This concrete first example will help us get national endorsements of the ClimateElection from 80+ targeted organizations and leaders. And our packages can be picked up, localized, and used by anyone in the country. Thanks! Now you can JOIN the new Meetup Group! Here's a flyer to send or print out. And join our mailing list.


4. MEMO: Why & How to Make 2018 A Climate Election (we're not asking you to endorse this)

Thank you, NGO leaders, advocates, and elected officials, for all your work to make action on climate change a priority.

More than anything, we want 2018 to be a unification year. We want people everywhere to act on what so many feel is true: We’re All In This Together.

A broad call to talk frequently about climate change can inspire millions to say to everyone they know, “We're already living in a changed climate. We and people we know are experiencing extreme weather. We can’t wait for even one more year to start doing whatever it takes to protect our health, our families, our jobs, our homes, our communities, our futures. We are starting by self-organizing where we live, assisted by many organizations, to make 2018 a Climate Election."

None of us can do this alone. But together we have a chance. So we urge you to collaboratively plan a nonpartisan campaign to make 2018 A Climate Election. We believe an unprecedented coalition, rallying for Climate & Clean Energy Jobs, can turn out non-voters and change the outcome of this and future elections at all levels of government.  A majority of Americans already say they want to take climate into account  as they vote. We want candidates to know they must address climate to be credible, and that voters will watch what they say and do on climate and clean energy.

Our climate challenge is not about Democrat-Independent-Republican. It's about creating a political environment that holds incumbents and candidates accountable. It's about fostering election-year dialogues that reflect public opinion in every state and reject the fossil fuel industry's messages and money. It's about moving our most critical issue into the center of national dialogue for every election from now on.

Building on FossilFree, ZeroCarbon, Climate Emergency, and other resolutions at local and state levels, a successful Climate Election campaign can produce Senate and House majorities with governing strategies based on human needs and science.

We ask you to endorse and sponsor a broad Coalition for A Climate Election (not a new group) to work through existing coordination channels.

We propose that the coalition jointly convene a livestream Climate Election Mobilization Rally, ASAP. (Before that, you may present to thousands of insiders and activists this and other strategies for a Climate Election.) There, the coalition will energize hundreds of thousands of your most engaged and motivated members and followers to reach out to millions of your members and many millions more who want to vote for climate action. Earth Day, April 22, 2018, could be a target date for the first coordinated actions.

Your direct invitation to supporters to join this hopeful, urgent nationwide campaign will be unprecedented. To inspire those who doubt they can make a difference. you can ask them to take personal and group actions. For those many millions, in the models presented by the 2010 Tea Party and 2018's Indivisible, "Talk About A Climate Election Everywhere & Often" might include:

  • Start with family talks in your kitchen and car. Gain confidence to host a handful of people for a conversation in your living room. Include some who don't share your climate concerns. 
  • Wear buttons saying Climate Election 2018, I Love My Solar Job, etc. Talk it up where you work, learn, pray, play, shop, and eat.
  • Invite friends and colleagues to join you (with research from places like ClimatePolitics.info) at election events with hand-made signs and heart-felt questions.

Meanwhile, your experienced activists can urge event moderators and journalists to ask at least two simple nonpartisan questions: "Is climate change real?" and "If elected, what do you pledge to do about it?" By next summer, at packed debates and forums, gaining energy from events including the September 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, things will heat up for candidates who duck or say no to climate action, clean jobs, and clean energy.

This coming year, we can get millions of Americans to Talk about A Climate Election Everywhere & Often. Our new heroes can be people who build a safer and more prosperous future for us all, who switch to clean energy, who talk up, meet, and march for A 2018 Climate Election -- and who register voters and jam debates.

2018 can be our moment  -- if we seize this opportunity! Will you join to make this happen?

Thank you in advance for aiming for a transformational year in climate awareness and action!

Felix Kramer & Mike Mielke

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