Climate Action Forum, Declaration of a Climate Emergency, and the Green New Deal Pledge

Ozzy Simpson

January 19, 2020

It’s been a busy few weeks! I’ve been busy with a bunch of other Sequoyah students (and other organizations) planning and strategizing about our next steps. To try to spare your inboxes, we’re now going to send no more than two emails a week to our general list, unless we’re coming up on an important action (like a climate strike or the Climate Action Forum). (We’ll still email you specific follow ups when you, for example, RSVP to an event or sign a petition.)

Climate Action Forum – we want your questions!

We’re preparing for the Climate Action Forum on February 4 and we want your help with questions! While we can’t guarantee we’ll be able to ask every question we get, we want to make sure we have a diverse set of questions to ask the candidates.

To stay organized and on topic, we’re periodically going to ask for questions in specific topic areas. This week, we’re asking for questions about energy and green spaces. Submit yours now!

Declaring a Climate Emergency in Pasadena

On January 14, Arroyo Seco Foundation held a mayoral candidate forum on the environment. While all of the candidates argued for incremental change in one way or another, they all said they would support declaring a climate emergency. Tell our current City Council they need to do that now so that the climate crisis is considered in every decision they make by sending a letter (it’s pre-written and automatic—just enter your contact details and we’ll send it for you!).

We’re planning on going to City Council on Monday, January 27th to ask them in person to declare a climate emergency—can you join us? The meeting starts at 6:30, as usual, but if you want to speak (highly encouraged!), we strongly recommend arriving no later than 5:15 PM so that you get a speaker card filled out and turned in—otherwise you could end up waiting until the end of the meeting to speak.

Update on the Green New Deal pledge

On December 9, we asked Pasadena City Council to sign the Green New Deal pledge that many of you signed a petition asking them to do. None of them did. So, last Monday we called them out for not even responding to our emails:

Why Pasadena needs a Green New Deal!

In case you missed it, last week I published an op-ed in Sequoyah’s newspaper outlining the responsibility Pasadena has in tackling the climate crisis. Give it a read, and submit your own op-eds to local newspapers!