The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and the parliamentary leaders of the G7 countries made a joint statement on Saturday: “The climate crisis is the existential threat of our time.”
Pelosi, D-Calif., Hosted the virtual summit with her counterparts from Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK. The aim was to develop a strong international response to climate change and eliminate health and economic disparities.
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“The climate crisis is the existential threat of our time and threatens the health and well-being of every family in every community around the world,”
“As the earth warms up, climate-related impacts such as heat waves, hurricanes, forest fires, droughts and floods worsen,” they added.
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Saturday’s summit should include virtual appearances from Bono of U2, the Dalai Lama, Jane Goodall, former Obama administration energy secretary Ernest Moniz, and former foreign secretary John Kerry.
Pelosi and her colleagues agreed that climate change and the coronavirus pandemic require a robust government response, as does environmental justice for economically vulnerable and frontline communities.
“Climate policy can end the persistence of systemic inequalities,” wrote the heads of state and government in their joint statement.
Pelosi, who has linked the raging forest fires on the west coast to climate change, has already announced that it will make climate legislation an early agenda item if Joe Biden and the Democrats win in November.
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“It’s absolutely a priority,” said Pelosi.