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♦ 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.
♦ 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.
♦ 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.