In his second Inaugural address on January 21, 2013, President Obama expressed the need to deal with climate change and clean energy.
“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” – President Obama
In an effort to hold the President true to his call to action on climate change and clean energy, the Sierra Club has launched a new campaign called “Obama Climate Legacy”. After a year of record-breaking climate disruptions, the goal is to make decisive change in addressing climate change in the next four years. The Sierra Club believes that President Obama can define his climate legacy by taking these five steps:
1. Hold fossil fuel polluters accountable for their pollution.
2. Stop the rush of fossil fuel exports and reject proposals to import dirty fuels.
3. Double down on clean energy.
4. Protect communities from future climate disasters and prepare a robust and just response.
5. Protect our lands, water, and wildlife from the impacts of fossil fuel development and climate change.
As a part of the President’s Climate Legacy campaign, the Sierra Club has kicked of “100 Days of Action on Climate and Clean Energy” to show the President that the time to act is now. From his Inauguration to Earth Day, the Sierra Club will bring together its 2.1 million supporters through various local, state and national actions to demonstrate the urgency in climate and clean energy action. Events such as movie screenings, happy hours, marches, town hall meetings etc. are happening across the country to show strong support for action on the above goals. One of the largest events scheduled during the 100 Days of Action, is the Forward on Climate Rally in D.C. on February 17, 2013. The Sierra Club has partnered with 350.org to organize the largest rally in U.S. history in hopes of urging the President to take his first strong action: to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
Michael Brune, the Executive Director of the Sierra Club, asks the important question in hopes to compel Americans and President Obama to act “When our children and grandchildren look back at the climate crisis, what will President Obama’s legacy be?”