SHARE FEEDBACK ON THE CHICAGO AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE & COMMUNITY
On Sunday, December 3rd, Chicago-area community and environmental leaders will come together at the Field Museum for an evening of dialogue, celebration, and the launch of the CHICAGO AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE & COMMUNITY (online registration: https://goo.gl/nzPEmS).

The following text is a snapshot of a living document, reflecting input from individuals representing communities and organizations across the city.

Please scroll down to share your thoughts, feedback, or additional input on the Chicago Agreement.

To sign-on to the Chicago Agreement on behalf of yourself or your organization, please visit: https://goo.gl/YoKJ6b.

RECOGNIZING OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR COMMON HOME, THE CHICAGO REGION, WE AFFIRM THAT:
♦ The well-being of our region is rooted in the integrity of our communities, experiences of our people, vitality of our economy, and splendor of our natural environment and its biodiversity. These should be celebrated, cared for, and shared.

♦ Climate change is a real and present danger. It threatens the natural and cultural fabric of our communities and undermines equitable access to clean water, breathable air, safe neighborhoods, green space, and economic opportunity.

♦ Human activities are the primary cause of recent climate change.

♦ Low-income communities and communities of color disproportionately bear the threats and burdens of a changing climate.

♦ It is our collective responsibility to slow and reverse climate change, safeguard our communities from its impacts, and improve our ability to respond to emerging risks.

♦ Everyone has a vital role to play in contributing to climate solutions.

JOINING TOGETHER IN CARE FOR OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE PLANET, WE COMMIT TO:
♦ Take up the Paris Agreement’s goal of holding the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 degrees C and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees C — starting with action in the Chicago region.

♦ Strengthen our collective ability to manage the emergencies, shocks, and long-term stresses that Chicago-area communities face now and in the future.

♦ Learn from the leadership of low-income communities and communities of color and support their efforts to attain the benefits of climate action.

♦ Incorporate natural and technological solutions to a shifting climate, bolstering our region’s ability to thrive.

♦ Hold elected leaders, institutions, communities, and ourselves accountable for immediate and effective action to mitigate climate change and increase community resilience.

♦ Build common language, priorities, and goals that will enable collaboration in addressing climate change across diverse geographic, cultural, social, and economic boundaries.

PUTTING THESE VALUES INTO IMMEDIATE ACTION, WE EACH RESOLVE TO
♦ Identify and adopt specific, evidence-based efforts to reduce my personal contributions to greenhouse gas emissions and to address the effects of global climate change.

♦ Join or support a climate initiative in which I am not already involved, or deepen my involvement in current efforts.

♦ Advocate for climate programs and policies that create access to resources and opportunities for rewarding work.

♦ Invest or participate in sustainability and resilience-building efforts in low-income communities and communities of color.

♦ Raise my voice through the media, politics, purchasing power, and other means to express and defend environmental and community values.

♦ Practice and encourage stewardship of the natural world, which connects and supports our communities.

♦ Engage family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues in working toward livable, healthy, safe, and resilient communities for ourselves and future generations.

1.) What is your overall reaction to the initial Chicago Agreement on Climate & Community?
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2.) Is anything missing from the Chicago Agreement?
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