I’ve spent my life fighting for what I believe in. When I was 32, President Nixon had me arrested. 50 years later I was arrested five times for protesting the government’s inaction on climate change. It’s no secret that I have a history of ruffling feathers in Washington.
Today, support for climate action is unprecedented. The public is voting with the climate in mind, but the people we elect are not. This has led me to reflect on what we need to do to secure meaningful action on climate. Our planet is on fire and our leaders are failing us, so if we can’t change the minds of the people in power, we need to change the people in power.
It is for that reason that I started Jane Fonda Climate PAC, which is laser-focused on one goal: Do what it takes to defeat fossil fuel supporters and elect climate champions at all levels of government.
I believe this is the most important thing I will do in my lifetime.
Jane Fonda, Principal
Jane Fonda has famously dedicated her life to activism, most recently mobilizing thousands of people to take action on climate through Fire Drill Fridays, a set of weekly climate demonstrations on Capitol Hill. Her book, What Can I Do? My Path from Climate Despair to Action, equips activists with the tools needed to engage and take action on climate change.
Ariel Hayes is a political professional with two decades of campaign and advocacy experience. Most recently she served as Sierra Club’s National Political Director, where she ran the largest and most effective political mobilization in the organization’s 125-year history. Under her leadership the Sierra Club engaged a record 30,000 volunteers and made more than 5 million calls to voters in battleground states. Prior to coming to the Sierra Club, she worked for SEIU, the DSCC and several candidates and members of Congress.
Annie Leonard, Co-Executive Director of Greenpeace USA and creator of The Story of Stuff (organizations listed for identification purposes only).
Annie Leonard is an experienced and prominent climate change leader in the United States. She has a track record of over 30 years of activism and is currently the co-Executive Director of Greenpeace US where she leads a team to inspire and mobilize millions of people to take action to create a more sustainable and just future together.
Note: While Annie is advising Jane on a volunteer basis, Jane’s Climate PAC is independent from Greenpeace and the collaboration it runs with Jane, Fire Drill Fridays.
We have reached a stark turning point. We are no longer just imagining how the world will look in a disrupted climate; we’re seeing and feeling the reality of the crisis every single day as we witness wildfires, heat waves, and floods destroy communities. The most recent IPCC report told us that half of the world population is already in the danger zone, that every fraction of a degree matters, and that every second counts. Scientists tell us we have just eight years left to curtail fossil fuel use and prevent the worst climate outcomes.
It’s not too late to change our course. But it won’t happen as long as oil, gas, and coal companies maintain their stranglehold on American politics.
We have to cut our fossil fuel emissions in half in the next eight years to avoid complete climate disaster. That means we have just four election cycles to elect politicians who will stand up to the fossil fuel industry and fight for the future of our planet.
It’s not too late to make a change, but we need to act right away. We are going to target candidates and elected officials who are protecting fossil fuels instead of protecting people and the planet.
This moment calls for agile, aggressive action, and we are ready to provide it. This is just the start of an effort that will last for years to come, help level the playing field in our political system, and elect true climate leaders across the nation. If we don’t act now, things will only get worse.
KATIE PORTER, CA-47
Representative Porter has fought hard to take on Big Oil because she knows what’s at stake. In her district alone, oil leaks have closed beaches and shuttered local businesses, and deadly wildfires threaten to destroy homes and pollute the air. She knows climate change doesn’t just impact her district — it affects us all. That’s why she introduced legislation to crack down on pollution and raise federal rates on polluters, which would recover billions of taxpayer dollars.
MIKE LEVIN, CA-49
Representative Levin has been a leader in the climate fight since he was first elected because he knows what’s at stake. In his district, some of the nation’s most cherished lands and watersheds are threatened by the climate crisis, including more extreme heatwaves, longer droughts, year-round wildfires, and rising sea levels. He knows climate change doesn’t just impact his district — it affects us all. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee and Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Mike spearheaded aggressive legislation to protect our planet, including a ban on new offshore drilling, protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and strengthening oversight of existing offshore drilling operations. We know he’ll continue this hard work if he’s re-elected.
BARBARA LEE, CA-12
Since she was first elected to the House of Representatives, Representative Lee has sponsored or co-sponsored dozens of bills and resolutions to tackle the climate crisis, ranging from efforts to transition away from fossil fuels to holding polluters accountable to protecting vital ecosystems from dangerous extraction projects. We know that she’ll continue the fight to tackle the climate crisis head-on if she’s re-elected.
SARA JACOBS, CA-51
Sara will not take any contributions from the fossil fuel industry, and we know she will fight for the climate, not the interests of Big Oil. She’s proven this time and again - during her time in office so far, she’s sponsored over a dozen bills to oppose oil & gas extraction, hold fossil fuel polluters accountable, and help us avoid the worst effects of catastrophic climate change.
RO KHANNA, CA-17
Ro’s track record in Congress proves he is exactly the kind of person we need in Congress to take on the fossil fuel industry and end the climate crisis. In addition to introducing and sponsoring key climate legislation, he’s used his platform and committee leadership positions to shed light on fossil fuel executives whose companies not only knowingly fueled the climate crisis, but have made obscene profits along the way. Together we can send him back to Congress to keep up the good work.
DONNA EDWARDS, MD-04
Donna knows first hand the dire threat fossil fuel emissions pose to our planet and our communities. Maryland is one of the states that is most vulnerable to rising sea levels, and low income communities and communities of color in the 4th district are bearing the brunt of the negative health effects caused by fossil fuel polluters. From her leadership on protecting biodiversity in Chesapeake Bay to her work to protect the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts from efforts to undermine them to fighting for resource grants to invest in renewable energy, Donna’s track record shows she’s exactly the type of representative we need in Congress to tackle the climate crisis head on.
DAVID SEGAL, RI-02
From leading on renewable energy mandates as a Providence city councilor to helping individuals and businesses transition to solar and wind energy through “net-metering” laws in the Rhode Island state house, David has been a leader in the fight to transition away from fossil fuels.
ANDY LEVIN, MI-11
From his background in the private sector as a clean energy entrepreneur to his leadership on critical climate legislation in Congress, Andy has proven to be a committed leader in the fight to transition away from fossil fuels and the exact type of candidate we need more of if we are going to tackle the climate crisis.
SUMMER LEE, PA-12
Summer is a devoted supporter of the Green New Deal & true champion of environmental justice. She's committed to taking on the fossil fuel industry and will fight to protect our planet and our communities from catastrophic climate change.
FATIMA IQBAL-ZUBAIR, AD-65
AD-65 is in many ways the frontline of Big Oil’s assault on our planet. Nearly 1/3 of California’s oil refineries are in District 65, including the Marathon Refinery which is the largest oil refinery on the West Coast. These refineries not only fuel our climate crisis, they also spew toxic chemicals directly into our communities, particularly Black & brown communities. While this district urgently needs a champion for environmental justice, Fatima’s opponent continues to be one of Big Oil’s favorite Democrats in the state legislature.
JUDIE MANCUSO, AD-72
Judie has proven to be a strident advocate for real climate action. In 2007, she founded Social Compassion in Legislation to advocate for policies to improve the lives of animals, while protecting our environment from dangerous business practices. Judie is the Vice-Chair of the Laguna Beach Environmental Sustainability Committee, and was appointed by the Laguna Beach City Council where she is serving her second term. We know she will do the hard work it will take to tackle the climate crisis head-on and hold fossil fuel polluters in every sector accountable.
ROB BONTA, ATTORNEY GENERAL
In the State Assembly, Rob introduced legislation to pass the California Green New Deal, a bill that would drastically reduce the use of fossil fuels, create clean energy jobs, protecting and support the marginalized communities that bear the brunt of the climate crisis. As Attorney General, he’s continued the fight. From working with other Attorneys General across the country to reverse disastrous Trump-era energy policies to investigating Big Oil for their role in polluting our oceans and fueling the climate crisis, he’s proven to be the kind of leader we need in office to save our planet before it’s too late.
KAREN BASS, LA MAYOR
During her tenure as Assembly Speaker, she spearheaded efforts to increase energy efficiency and to ensure more Californians have access to good-paying, green jobs. In Congress, she helped deliver the largest investment in clean drinking water, wastewater infrastructure, and public transit in our nation’s history. As Mayor of Los Angeles, she’ll not only fight to end the city’s contribution to the climate crisis, she’ll ensure all communities are able to thrive in a clean-energy economy.
LINDSEY HORVATH, LA BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Lindsey is committed to transforming Los Angeles into a leading clean energy County. She has partnered with Citizens Climate Lobby on a number of issues and is a founding member of the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California - the nation’s largest community choice aggregate (CCA), and serves as an Executive Committee Member as well as the Legislative & Regulatory Committee Chair. In her community, she supported the adoption of net-zero policy goals and would work with cities and neighborhoods to do the same across Los Angeles County.
The Climate Crisis - Caused by Fossil Fuels
The fossil fuel industry is by far the leading cause of the climate emergency: eighty five percent of U.S. greenhouse gas pollution comes from oil, gas, and coal.
It has been well documented that the fossil fuel industry understood the climate science for over half a century, but instead of taking action, funded a massive disinformation campaign to confuse people, and relentlessly blocked climate action and alternatives to their dirty products.
Don’t be fooled by today’s greenwashing – oil, gas, and coal companies don’t plan to stop anytime soon, nor do the politicians who support them.
Globally, industry plans to produce more than twice the amount of oil, gas, and coal by 2030 than is consistent with limiting warming to the 1.5 degree temperature guardrail scientists say we must maintain to preserve a livable planet. In fact, the fossil fuels already in development globally contain enough carbon to blow through that 1.5 degree limit, meaning that new development must not be allowed and existing fields and mines must be shut down before their reserves are fully depleted. Yet U.S. producers, using fracking, are poised to unleash unprecedented oil and gas expansion that would make maintaining a safe climate virtually impossible. That must not be allowed to happen.
A vast scientific literature has documented that fossil-fuel driven climate change is an existential “threat to human well-being and planetary health” and that every increase in fossil fuel pollution pushes us further toward a dangerous and increasingly unlivable planet. The climate emergency is here, and it is killing people, intensifying food insecurity, driving political unrest, causing ecosystem collapse, and creating escalating suffering across the nation and around the world. The climate crisis also furthers glaring injustice, with Black, Latino, Indigenous, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and other communities of color and low-wealth communities experiencing the gravest harms.
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