Youth and climate activists had relentlessly expressed their desire for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to host a climate change presidential debate. Through successfully making their voice be heard via protest, lobbying, and sit-ins, it looks like the DNC, that kept resisting to the idea, has finally agreed to consider hosting one.
WE 👏 DID 👏 THAT 👏— Sunrise Movement 🌅 (@sunrisemvmt) July 2, 2019
Huge shoutout to our partner organizations who’ve been lobbying for a #ClimateDebate for months, the internal forces pushing party leadership, & our members who spent 3 days on the steps of @DNC headquarters https://t.co/lcf45WomxC
The DNC executive committee gathered this past weekend and discussed the possibility of hosting a climate change debate and will be considering holding a vote in August. At the meeting this last weekend, they voted on two proposals: one for an official debate on climate change and another for a less formal forum.
“They will be voting on a resolution at the August meeting, It’s clear that the pressure is working and support for the [climate debate] is growing,” says Sunrise spokesperson Stephen O’Hanlon.
After a significant amount of time was dedicated to climate discussion in last week’s debates, having a conversation focuses primarily on the subject is necessary.