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.