Resolution 2019-24 Climate Emergency

Multnomah Democrats pass resolution calling for declaration of a climate emergency

At the Central Committee Meeting on September 12, 2019, the Multnomah County Democrats passed Resolution 2019-24, Climate Emergency.

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Platform, Resolution and Legislation 

Democratic Party of Multnomah County 

Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee Resolution: 2019 –24 Climate Emergency 090319 

WHEREAS, the climate of planet Earth is rapidly deteriorating as evidenced by increasing reports of catastrophic fires, deforestation, desertification, droughts, shifting plant and animal habitats, methane releases from permafrost, rapidly melting glacial and arctic ice; massively destructive superstorms, ocean acidification and destruction of habitat now classified as an extinction event; 

WHEREAS, current laws protect the capitalist economic system based on extracting natural resources without regard for the sustainability of such resources in violation of the overwhelming majority opinion that life sustaining resources must be protected and sustained for the common good; 

WHEREAS, United States of America jurisprudence contains no body of law designed to protect life- sustaining natural resources, but instead favors the rights of corporate entities to extract those resources without regard for people or planet; 

WHEREAS it is the civic and moral duty of citizens of a democracy to work together to maintain the habitability of planet Earth; 

Now therefore the Democratic Party of Multnomah County resolves that 

1. We the People demand that our leaders and politicians take transformative action to address the climate crisis, transform the economy using democratic principles of law, and establish a Declaration of the Rights of Nature;

2. The State of Oregon declare a Climate Emergency which threatens the natural resources, economies, and public health of all Oregonians;

3. The State of Oregon legislate an Environmental Policy Act, requiring environmental impact statements for all actions that could significantly affect the environment.

4. The transition away from fossil fuels must be just and prioritize traditionally marginalized and underrepresented communities;

5. The state legislature pass concrete legislation that is in line with the imperative communicated by the scientific community;

6. The Democratic Party of Oregon declare support for the Blumenauer Climate Emergency Resolution, which can marshal necessary action on a national scale.

7. We call on the legislature to adopt a green new deal to build the new economy we need and provide for ecological rejuvenation.

Adopted on September 12, 2019 

Resolution submitted by Mary Hutchings, Debbie Gordon, Tracy Farwell, Pat DeLaquil, Ron Rhew, Ethan Scarl, Austin Lethbridge-Scarl, Catherine Thomasson. 

Send to Chair, Democratic Party of Oregon KC Hanson chair@dpo.org Send to Governor, State of Oregon Kate Brown Send to the following Legislators, President of Senate, Speaker of House Publish as a press release 

Summary and Purpose We believe that the future of our society depends on amplifying actions to protect our environment. (Multnomah Dems Preamble) This Resolution gives Oregonians a chance to assert leadership in demonstrating actions which taken at scale will preserve a habitable future in Oregon. 

Links to background information: Ecocide, definition: The heedless or deliberate destruction of our shared natural resources, our natural environment. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/25/g7-cant-turn-blind-eye-to-amazon-ecocide- forest-fires-indigenous-tribes? 

Rights of Nature https://www.pachamama.org/advocacy/right-of-nature https://therightsofnature.org/ Rights of Nature is the recognition and honoring that Nature has rights. It is the recognition that our ecosystems – including trees, oceans, animals, mountains – have rights just as human beings have rights. Rights of Nature is about balancing what is good for human beings against what is good for other species, what is good for the planet as a world. It is the holistic recognition that all life, all ecosystems on our planet are deeply intertwined. Rather than treating nature as property under the law, rights of nature acknowledges that nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles. And we –the people – have the legal authority and responsibility to enforce these rights on behalf of ecosystems. The ecosystem itself can be named as the injured party, with its own legal standing rights, in cases alleging rights violations. 

https://ballotpedia.org/State_environmental_policy_acts State environmental policy acts, which have been adopted by sixteen states, require that proposed state government actions (and in some states, local government or private actions) be evaluated for their potential impact on the environment or public health. For most proposed actions, state agencies prepare environmental impact statements that outline all potential environmental consequences of proposed actions, potential alternatives to the proposed actions, the possible unavoidable environmental effects, and the steps to be taken by state agencies to mitigate these effects and consequences. 

Trend towards loss of Arctic Ocean Ice https://twitter.com/rgatess/status/1159170708968222720

Thom Hartman interviews Guy McPhearson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SPiXBSjc-4 

Why Oregon must rely on leadership for a habitable future. thinkingthroughclimateinoregonjuly2019 [Engineers for a Sustainable Future — Oregon] 

Costs of Inaction CC Costs to OR 2018-0813 – climate-costs-natural-reource-economics.pdf

Cost-of- Climate-Change-Inaction-Report.pdf 

Climate Risk Disclosure Act of 2019 https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr3623 

Blumenauer Climate Emergency Resolution https://www.koin.com/news/environment/blumenauer-joins-sanders-aoc-for-climate-emergency-resolution/

Contact: 

Faith E Ruffing platform@multdems.org