We've spent years working toward the goal of building a brighter, safer future — for everyone. 2020 has, to put it lightly, thrown that for a loop. But now we have a chance to get back on track toward that dream.
A bill in the Senate would provide climate solutions, measures to keep our elections safe, and more! When racial inequities have been pushed into the spotlight, we cannot ignore the fact that communities of color are disproportionately impacted by pollution and climate change, continue to be disenfranchised from voting, and are facing the worst impacts of this pandemic.
This is our opportunity to rebuild better. We must demand the future we deserve.
Subject: Young Americans urge you to build a better future
As a young person, my future is at risk from three connected crises — the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and rampant racial inequity. My generation and I are counting on our leaders to pave a path forward to a better future, one that protects communities from pollution and climate change, a future that ensures everyone has access to clean air and water, and makes it possible for every voter to make their voice heard safely in our elections, even during a pandemic.
As Congress works to jump start our economy, we must make sure our communities are put first.
That means we need to curb pollution from the transportation industry and incentivize transitioning to electric vehicles, including the creation of a coast-to-coast charging infrastructure. We must cap the more than 56,000 documented orphan wells across the country that leak contaminants into our water and emit toxins into the air and modernize the electric grid to clean up the energy that powers our homes and businesses. We need to build-up our nation's natural infrastructure and resilience to extreme weather events like wildfires, flooding and sea-level rise
We must replace lead water lines in more than 9 million homes across America that cause major health issues primarily for communities of color.
Finally, we must protect everyone's right to vote during the pandemic by allocating additional funding for vote-by-mail and the postal service and ensuring every voter is able to request a mail-in ballot for any reason. Additionally, we must ensure safe voting practices at all polling places, including PPE for poll workers.
These kinds of solutions are necessary and have been long delayed. And now, when racial inequities have been pushed into the spotlight, we cannot ignore the fact that communities of color are disproportionately impacted by pollution and climate change, continue to be disenfranchised from voting, and are facing the worst impacts of this pandemic. It's not a coincidence. It must be corrected.
Please stand with young people in creating a future in which our most marginalized community members can thrive.