Today’s editorial notes that politicians have had little to say about climate change this year. In fact, Jamie Henn, co-founder of the international climate campaign 350.org notes that the words “climate change” weren’t mentioned in a presidential debate for the first time since 1988.
Perhaps it’s little surprise that climate change has all but disappeared from the public agenda. The fossil fuel industry has spent over $150 million this election cycle to keep up the climate silence. Just last week, Chevron made the largest single corporate political donation since the Citizens United decision, giving $2.5 million to a pro-GOP SuperPAC. Together with the hundreds of millions the industry spends on lobbying during the regular calendar year, this tidal wave of money has been enough to drown out any Congressional attempts at real climate action.
What can voters do when their leaders are silent? Once they have donated to disaster relief, Henn says they can get involved in campaigns to push back against the fossil fuel industry, like the Do the Math tour organized by his group. The closest stop on the tour is D.C. He also encourages people to support urban agriculture and ride their bikes. What are you doing to combat global warming?