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Ellen Sciales, press@sunrisemovement.org 

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Sunrise Movement Responds to Biden’s Remarks at Glasgow: Words Alone Won’t Save Us From The Climate Crisis

WASHINGTON -

In response to Joe Biden’s remarks at COP26, Varshini Prakash, Executive Director of Sunrise Movement, released the following statement:

"As Biden and world leaders gather in Glasgow, I’m thinking about the brave young hunger strikers who are currently outside of the White House, on their 13th day of no food, risking their lives to pass Biden’s climate agenda -– the agenda he and Democrats won on almost a year ago. Right now, Biden’s inability to deliver the bare minimum is failing the five hunger strikers, our generation, and our futures. 

“Biden is at Glasgow empty handed, with nothing but words on paper. It is humiliating and fails to meet the moment that we’re in. Before telling world leaders what to do when on climate, he must use his power and immediately pass his full Build Back Better Act, in addition to sweeping Executive Actions, to reach his goal of cutting US emissions over 50% by 2030. Words won’t save us from the climate crisis, only climate action that meets the moment of the climate crisis will. The stakes couldn’t be any higher.” 

Mass protests around climate and the full passage of Biden’s climate and jobs agenda began last month with direct actions and birddogging in D.C. by People’s Watch, People v. Fossil Fuels, and The Hunger Strike for Climate Justice. These demonstrations illustrate the broad support for bold climate action. As Biden attends Glasgow empty handed, activists continue to put the pressure on Biden and Democrats to pass a reconciliation package that properly addresses the climate crisis, expands Medicare, provides a pathway to citizenship, and more. 

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