Nevada group to push climate crisis as a top issue of 2020 race

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A 2017 wildfire along the Nevada/California border. "Topaz Lake Fire" by Jeff Sullivan is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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A helicopter drops water on a 2017 wildfire along the Nevada/California border. “Topaz Lake Fire” by Jeff Sullivan is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

On Wednesday, the League of Conservation Voters announced a $2 million nationwide campaign titled “Change the Climate 2020” that seeks to elevate climate action as a key issue of the 2020 presidential primary. The campaign has begun organizing in early primary and caucus states, including Nevada.

According to Nevada Conservation League Executive Director Andy Maggi, approximately 400 volunteers have already been recruited statewide. Local organizers will work to connect those volunteers to presidential candidates as they stump across the state. Maggi says the goal is to have people share stories about how the climate crisis is affecting them at the community level and to demand “real commitment and bold actions” from candidates.

A special emphasis will include highlighting the outsized impact climate issues have on low-income communities and communities of color.

Maggi says Nevada being an early caucus state provides the opportunity to showcase how western states are uniquely affected by climate change: “We are feeling it now — longer hotter droughts, more wildfires, ozone pollution. It’s all happening now. Impacting Nevadans today.”

Recent polls have shown climate change is a top issue among Democrats.

The “Change the Climate 2020” calls the 2020 presidential election “the last, best chance for the U.S. to confront the climate crisis.” Report after report has shown the devastating impact human activity is having on the earth. Most recently, an exhaustive 1,500-page United Nations assessment being released later this year reports that 1 million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has made climate action his flagship issue and last month toured a solar facility near Boulder City as part of his presidential campaign. Other candidates have introduced plans on climate change and overlapping issues. This includes New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who unveiled plans related to environmental justice and public lands, respectively.

April Corbin
Reporter | April Corbin is an award-winning journalist with a decade of media experience. Most recently she covered local government for Las Vegas Sun. She has also been a staff writer at LEO Weekly, web editor of Las Vegas Weekly and a blogger documenting bike share systems’ efforts to increase ridership in underserved communities. An occasional adjunct journalism professor, April steadfastly rejects the notion that journalism is a worthless major. Amid the Great Recession, she earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she served as editor-in-chief of its student newspaper. She later earned an M.A. in media studies and a graduate certificate in media management from The New School for Public Engagement. April serves as treasurer of the Society of Professional Journalists Las Vegas pro chapter and is an at-large member of the Asian American Journalists Association. A stickler about municipal boundary lines, April enjoys teaching people about unincorporated Clark County. She grew up in Sunrise Manor and currently resides in Paradise. She lives with her boyfriend, his toddler, three mutts and five chickens. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, exploring Nevada and defending selfies.

1 COMMENT

  1. What the Climate Change promoters don’t tell you is that eliminating people will take care of the problem. We already have abortion in the privacy of your own home, which may become law. We did not pass a suicide bill for the elderly, perhaps to the dismay of some.
    How is global warming doing in LV now? I hear rain outside. It’s May 9th and I haven’t turned turned on my air conditioner yet.
    You have to go to the Independent International Panel of Climate Change to get some real facts.

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