WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 7, 2018) Today, Adrienne Cooper, Director of Defend Our Future, a national grassroots organization empowering young people to take action on climate change, released the following statement on the election results of November 6, 2018:
Millions of Americans, including what may have been an unprecedented number of young people who voted for the first time, turned out in this election to make their voices heard on a wide range of important issues, including climate change.
Come January 3rd, we will have a new Congress. Our elected representatives have the opportunity – and responsibility – to work together to forge commonsense and bipartisan solutions that will protect our communities regardless of zip code, skin color and political affiliation – because climate change affects us all.
We congratulate our climate champions who have been re-elected and look forward to working with Members who are committed to fighting for a clean energy future and protecting our communities, especially communities of color and low-income communities, from the impacts of climate change, pollution and other environmental challenges.
Moving forward, we will continue to raise the voices of young people, including our 200,000 supporters, to demand our elected leaders protect common-sense environmental safeguards that are under assault by the current administration, and take bold action on climate change – because our very future depends on it.