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Statement from Sunrise Movement co-founder Varshini Prakash on Vice President Biden’s new plans for Environmental Justice, Sustainable Infrastructure, and an Equitable Clean Energy Future:

WASHINGTON - Throughout this election cycle, our generation has relentlessly pressured the Democratic establishment to grasp the existential urgency of the climate crisis. We pushed every single Presidential candidate to show us their plan, and we weren’t afraid to say when they fell far from what was needed to provide a livable future for our generation. We’ve also been clear: the climate crisis is not just an existential threat, but our greatest opportunity — if we have to transform everything, let’s build a better future. It’s no secret that we’ve been critical of Vice President’s Biden’s plans and commitments in the past. Today, he’s responded to many of those criticisms: dramatically increasing the scale and urgency of investments, filling in details on how he’d achieve environmental justice and create good union jobs, and promising immediate action —  on day 1, in his first 100 days, in his first term, in the next decade — not just some far off goals."

“Our movement made this possible, but there’s more work to do, and the urgency of the crisis demands that we keep pushing. Vice President Biden must build on these commitments and make these actions an immediate and urgent priority on day 1. Our movement, alongside environmental justice communities and frontline workers, has taught Joe Biden to talk the talk. Now, let’s defeat Trump and mobilize in mass after the election to get Biden to walk the walk.
 
“Two things are clear: Movements matter, and there’s more work to do. What we’ve shown is that when we organize, we can change the terrain of possible, and the common sense of society. But millions are without jobs. Storms are battering our coasts as we speak. The summer is getting hot. Babies are being born into an increasingly uncertain world. Folks can’t breathe. So roll up your sleeves, and let’s keep pushing.”
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Sunrise Movement is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

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