FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2017
Government Must Do a Better Job Preparing for the Whirlwinds of Climate Change
A statement by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
CHICAGO – A brigade of Rainbow PUSH Coalition volunteers has been sorting and packing donations for days: towers of bottled water, stacks of canned foods, mountains of baby clothes, diapers, hygiene products, bedding, underwear and other relief supplies to be trucked to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Once again, in a time of crisis, ordinary people are showing up and standing out in support of our neighbors, our brothers and sisters, providing dry goods and consolation.
But the Trump administration must step into its rightful governmental role. It must provide legislation, appropriation and recognition that climate change is real. The government has an obligation to invest in infrastructure and sane development regulations that take into account the reality and danger of climate change.
When the globe warms, the glaciers melt and the temperature of the ocean rises, it invites horrific storms – tornadoes, hurricanes, mudslides, deluges of rain and suffering.
The government should not compound natural disasters with lack of preparation and disregard for science. The Trump administration must immediately reinstate the sensible standards set by President Barack Obama requiring the federal government to account for climate change and sea-level rise when building infrastructure. Just 10 days before Hurricane Harvey hit, President Trump signed an executive order rolling back the standards.
The administration must also renew the United States’ commitment to the Paris climate accords, signed by 195 nations in the worldwide effort to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. A global crisis requires a global response.
It is not just Texas and Louisiana that have been battered and whipped by the wind, submerged in water and misery. In the last few days, more than 100,000 people have been displaced from their homes by flooding in Nigeria. Thirty people have been killed.
In Sierra Leone in August, more than 1,000 people were killed in flooding and mudslides. Across Bangladesh and parts of Nepal and India, at least 1,200 people have perished in flooding and more than 41 million people have been impacted by monsoon rains.
Climate change is not fake news. It is real.
Global warming is not fake news. It is real.
More storms are coming. The government must do a better job preparing for the whirlwinds.
Meanwhile, we the people will do whatever we can to fill the breach. Rainbow PUSH will continue to collect donations of new clothing, non-perishable food items, water and other relief supplies from Tuesday, Sept. 5 through Saturday, Sept. 9 from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. each day.
And we will continue to keep hope alive.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Founder and President
Rainbow PUSH Coalition