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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

‘Solving our climate crisis:’ Bernie Sanders to host a national town hall on climate change

"We need millions of people all over this country to stand up and demand fundamental changes in our energy policy in order to protect our kids and our grandchildren and the planet."

Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.) will host a national town hall on Dec. 3 to discuss the climate crisis the world faces with climate scientists and youth climate action advocates. Renewable energy will be among the progressive proposals discussed that would help “curb the human-driven warming of the globe that’s been blamed for helping fuel the wildfires currently engulfing parts of California, increasingly destructive hurricanes, and rising sea levels,” Common Dreams reported.

The town hall will once again stream live via the internet and social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube starting at 7 p.m. EST.

“We need millions of people all over this country to stand up and demand fundamental changes in our energy policy in order to protect our kids and our grandchildren and the planet,” Sanders said in a Huffington Post report.

The “Solving Our Climate Crisis” national town hall comes as popular progressives such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib are calling on democratic leaders to “embrace a Green New Deal,” Common Dreams reported. The deal would dedicate money to a green infrastructure and break free from fossil fuel by using renewable sources such as solar and wind to power the U.S. energy sector.

With only 7 percent of the mainstream media reporting on the climate crisis in the first half of 2018 and 10 out of 50 major newspapers writing on the subject during that same time, Sanders said this issue with has “huge consequence” is barely being debated, Common Dreams reported.

“This is an issue of huge consequence and you would think that ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox would be talking about this every day, having the debate, ‘What do we do? Where do we go?'” Sanders said in a Huffington Post report. “Clearly you aren’t seeing that debate.”

With only 38 percent of the American voters ranking climate change as a top concern, Sanders is hoping his special program will gather a large audience to to discuss the often ignored subject.

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