WHY IT MATTERS
There is no planet "B" - no second chances. Our planet is in trouble, the evidence becoming undeniable. Serious challenges of warming climate, unprecedented pollution, and powerful special interest much be acknowledged and addressed.
Many of us are aware and doing what we can to reduce our personal impact on the environment. But, because the issue is both local and global, we need to support the scientific community, governmental efforts to address protections, and non-profit activism.
We know that environmental issues cannot be separated from social justice - we share earth's resources. For indigenous peoples, people of color, and low income communities, climate change is not a new crisis. The International Displacement Monitoring Centre records show that worldwide, over a period of eleven years (2008-2018), about 265.3 million people were displaced internationally as a response to disasters.
Attention and activism will be required of us all if we are to effect change for future generations.
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, has told world leaders: "I don't want you to be hopeful, I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day and then I want you to act." She told her audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Jan, 2019), "Either we choose to go on as a civilization or we don't."
BILLS WE ARE WATCHING
Click through to read more about bills, their status, full text, sponsors and how specific elected representatives voted. (Best viewed on a larger screen.)
Colors bars to the left of bills indicate IKC strong support (green) or opposition (red).
We will be ranking more pieces of proposed legislation in the 2020 session. If you'd like to help us sort through the bills introduced about environmental regulations and practices, go to our volunteer form, here.
**Data supplied by Bill Track 50**
CALLS TO ACTION
At times, we are simply watching our representatives and courts on issues, and don't have a specific call to action. If you are passionate about a single issue, check out our allies at the bottom of the page.