This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day — 50 years rallying to protect the planet, 50 years fighting for environmental justice and political action, 50 years uncovering the devastating truth of climate change and the solutions to address it. This year’s celebration comes as we are all grappling with the profound impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which has taken so many lives and livelihoods, and has forced us to recalibrate our fight for the environment in this new world.
As we commemorate this anniversary, we are also looking 50 years into the future. What will Earth look like in 2070? The actions we take today — or fail to take — will determine whether we will continue to recognize the planet we were born into and whether future generations will inherit a livable, sustainable future or not.
Right now, this government is not just doing nothing — it’s making matters worse. The Trump administration is using the coronavirus pandemic to hide their systematic dismantling of environmental protections and strip back any progress made towards addressing the climate crisis. We don’t have to wait until 2070 to see the consequences of this inaction — they’re happening right now.
Over the last ten years, Tom Steyer has worked with and organized communities to fight and win environmental battles. He has championed racial and economic justice while working with climate leaders to determine how best to tackle the crisis our planet is facing. We know what we need to do. We have to do it.