For Immediate Release
350.org on Budget Deal: “People Power is Our Best Tool to Fight Trump’s Climate Attacks”
WASHINGTON - Just days after hundreds of thousands of people joined the Peoples Climate March, congressional leaders reached a deal last night on the federal budget. The deal, which preserves 99 percent of the EPA’s budget, increases clean energy and science funding, and includes funding for disaster and transit infrastructure, is a stark departure from Trump’s goals.
In response, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:
“This budget deal is proof that people power is our best tool to fight Trump’s climate attacks. More than 200,000 turning out for the Peoples Climate March helped save 99 percent of the EPA budget and boost funding for science. Make no mistake, this is far from the budget that this climate crisis and the communities it impacts requires. Progressive leaders of all stripes were out with us on Saturday, and many more are marching on May Day today to demand justice for workers, immigrants, and communities of color. We will stand with them in their time of need also -- an attack on any of our movements is an attack on us all.”
350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. But solutions exist. All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries. And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable for all who come after us.