Update: The Democratic National Committee voted Saturday to strike down a resolution that would have allowed for a multi-candidate climate forum.\u0022Tom Perez just killed the #ClimateDebate,\u0022 the youth-led Sunrise Movement said on its Facebook page, referring to the DNC chair.Resolution 4 was seen as a compromise from a resolution calling for a presidential primary climate debate, as groups including Sunrise had demanded. That resolution was voted down Thursday at the San Francisco meeting by the DNC\u0026#039;s Resolutions Committee, prompting outrage. Sunrise claimed a \u0022partial victory\u0022 when Resolution 4, which would have allowed for a \u0022multi-candidate issue-specific forum with the candidates appearing on the same state, engaging one another in discussion,\u0022 passed Thursday.\u0022We passed a resolution supporting this multi-candidate discussion and party leaders overturned it,\u0022 said DNC voting member James J. Zogby in a statement Saturday. \u0022The Democratic Party is supposed to be bottom up, not top down.\u0022Progressive strategist Dante Atkins shared results of Saturday\u0026#039;s vote on Twitter, and opined that the decision was a mistake for the party and Perez.Final vote: Resolution 4 was defeated 222-137. Roll call will likely be available week after next, so, after labor day.— Dante Atkins (@DanteAtkins) August 24, 2019The vote was met with sharp criticism from a coalition of environmental and progressive organizations that led a pressure campaign on the DNC to hold a debate singularly-focused on the climate crisis.In a joint statement, the coalition—which includes CREDO Action, Sunrise Movement, and Climate Hawks Vote—accused Perez of \u0022undermining the DNC\u0026#039;s own system and bypassing the will of the more than half a million grassroots activists, more than 100 DNC members in San Francisco, and most of the Democratic presidential candidates.\u0022\u0022There are many DNC members from across the country who believe in listening to the grassroots and engaging in a transparent, democratic process,\u0022 the coalition said. \u0022But Tom Perez made it clear today that he is not one of them.\u0022\u0022Our entire future is at stake, but Tom Perez just swept aside the climate crisis for someone else to solve,\u0022 the joint statement continued. \u0022That isn\u0026#039;t leadership. That isn\u0026#039;t normal order. That isn\u0026#039;t what it means to be a Democrat.\u0022\u0026nbsp;Evan Weber, Sunrise\u0026#039;s political director, suggested it was bad political strategy.\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u0022The Democratic Party needs the energy and motivation of young people to win in 2020,\u0022 he said. \u0022The energy around this issue has been incredibly clear, yet Tom Perez keeps shooting the party in the foot by rejecting that energy and turning it away.\u0022\u0022Without hundreds of thousands of people raising their voices, we never would have gotten the town halls on and CNN and MSNBC,\u0022 Weber\u0026#039;s statement continued. \u0022This is the kind of energy we need from young people to win in 2020.\u0022Earlier: As activists sustain pressure on the DNC Saturday to vote on favor of a climate debate, advocacy group Progressive Democrats of America said that three presidential candidates added their names to an open letter to the committee demanding such a single-focused debate.Welcoming the signatures from Tom Steyer, Tulsi Gabbard, and Marianne Williamson, PDA executive director Alan Minsky said, \u0022The Democratic Party needs to show it is ready to respond to the existential climate threat by delivering the American people a televised climate debate.\u0022Tom Weis, climate advisor to PDA, suggested that if the DNC doesn\u0026#039;t vote in favor of a resolution to hold a climate debate—which it has the chance to do on Saturday— it would defy the party\u0026#039;s own governing platform.\u0022How are Democrats going to mobilize America \u0026#039;on a scale not seen since World War II\u0026#039; to combat the \u0026#039;global climate emergency,\u0026#039; as the Democratic Party Platform asserts, if they won\u0026#039;t even hold a climate emergency debate?\u0022 asked Weis. \u0022The world is on fire and Democrats need to sound the alarm.\u0022The DNC is currently holding its summer meeting in San Francisco, and, as of this writing, is debating the resolution.On Thursday, climate activists were outraged after the organization\u0026#039;s Resolutions Committee voted down a resolution that called for a climate-focused debate among 2020 presidential primary candidates.Members of the Sunrise Movement interrupted that meeting, shouting, \u0022Which side are you on?\u0022Watch this. https://t.co/o2CStxaHRy— Varshini Prakash (@VarshPrakash) August 23, 2019Who supports a #ClimateDebate? 20 of 23 Democratic presidential candidatesNearly 2/3rds of Democratic voters 100+ DNC voting membersWhy won’t @DNC leadership listen? pic.twitter.com/jc0jDbsClf— Sunrise Movement (@sunrisemvmt) August 23, 2019Sunrise\u0026#039;s call is backed by Brianna Westbrook, vice chairwoman of the Arizona Democratic Party. \u0022Our survival is at stake. It\u0026#039;s time for the political and media establishment to act like it,\u0022 Westbrook wrote Friday in a tweet, which pointed to a Sunrise petition to the Democratic National Committee to hold a climate debateOur survival is at stake. It’s time for the political and media establishment to act like it.Join me to telling the @DNC: Hold a #ClimateDebate so voters get a chance to see a real debate on the existential threat of our time. Sign here: https://t.co/wpMJkNl6rZ— Brianna Westbrook (@BWestbrookAZ8) August 23, 2019\u0022Without a comprehensive plan regarding addressing the effects of climate change within the next 10 years,\u0022 voter Tova Wolking of Oakland recently wrote in a letter-to-the-editor, \u0022none of the candidates\u0026#039; other policy plans matter.\u0022This article has been updated from an earlier version.