FYI — CREDO Action Campaign Manager Brandy Doyle issued the following statement in response to the news that Sen. Bernie Sanders is now in favor of a standalone presidential debate on climate change:
“It’s time for the DNC to start listening. More than 100,000 activists have signed petitions calling for a climate debate. Now with Sen. Sanders’ call adding to those by Gov. Inslee, Sen. Gillibrand, former-Sec. Castro and former-Sen. Gravel, there’s clearly momentum behind the notion that one of the most important issues of our time deserves its own stage.
Our message to Tom Perez is simple: we’re not going anywhere. It’s no longer acceptable to ask candidates one or two questions on climate change over the course of the primaries. We need the Democratic party to step up and show some leadership, acknowledge what some of this nation’s top presidential candidates are joining activists in demanding, and sanction a standalone debate on climate change.
CREDO is working with a coalition of more than a dozen progressive and environmental organizations urging the DNC to hold a climate debate. As part of that campaign, CREDO organized a multi-organization petition that launched on April 11 and has already been signed by more than 86,000 people. More than 50,000 people have also signed a separate CREDO petition with the same demand.
CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of over five million activists, sending tens of millions of petition signatures and hundreds of thousands of phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct action for progressive change.