Lawyers, individually, and collectively as a profession, are uniquely positioned to advance public sector climate solutions. Protecting society from harm is the most fundamental purpose of law and government. Faced with clear evidence of impending harm, we as citizens and lawyers have a duty to speak out on the need for effective government action to prevent or mitigate such harm. Climate change is a current and impending harm.
Lawyers have a special duty to speak out on important societal issues, especially regarding matters that may be effectively redressed through law. As concerned citizens, lawyers can be valuable participants in many forms of climate sustainability activism, including advocating for action to elected official and policymakers. As part of Lawyers Climate Week, on Friday September 27, 2019, we are urging that letters be sent to your elected officials to urge meaningful and cost-effective action to address climate change.
A brief excerpt of the attached draft letter that can be sent to U.S. Senators and Representatives on the climate emergency follows:
As a first step toward slowing and then reversing the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, I urge you to support or sponsor legislation that would put a price on carbon, eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and boost renewable energy and climate friendly agriculture. Without these commonsense steps we will consign future generations to dire health, safety, security and economic consequences that no later policy can meaningfully and cost-effectively address.
You can find your elected officials at the federal level in the U.S. as follows:
- To find your Senators, at https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm click on the “Find Your Senators” link in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
- To find your Representative, at https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative enter your home zip code in the appropriate field.
Our call to our fellow members of the bar – and others – for climate action begins now. Won’t you add your voice to the call.