House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and parliamentary leaders of the G7 countries released a joint statement on Saturday warning that “the climate crisis is the existential threat of our time”.
Pelosi, D-Calif., Hosted the virtual summit with its counterpart legislative leaders from Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK. The aim was to devise a strong international response to climate change and address economic and health inequalities.
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“The climate crisis is the existential threat of our time, endangering the health and well-being of every family in every community in the world,”
“As the Earth warms, climate-related impacts, including heat waves, hurricanes, fires, droughts and floods, are getting worse,” they added.
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Saturday’s summit was to include virtual appearances of U2’s Bono, the Dalai Lama, Jane Goodall, former Obama administration energy secretary Ernest Moniz and former Secretary of State John Kerry.
Pelosi and his fellow legislative leaders have agreed that climate change and the coronavirus pandemic require a strong government response, as well as environmental justice for economically vulnerable and frontline communities.
“Climate policy can end the perpetuation of systemic inequalities,” the leaders wrote in their joint statement.
Pelosi, who links the violent fires on the west coast to climate change, has already said she intends to make climate legislation a top item on the agenda if Joe Biden and the Democrats win in November.
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“It’s absolutely a priority,” said Pelosi.