We deserve a livable future.

Climate Change

Our future is non-negotiable.

Young Americans deserve a just and livable future––with equal access to clean air, land, and water––where we can meaningfully participate in a clean economy that does not further damage the long-term health of our planet. In fact, we are hopeful for a future that actively improves our home, our planet.

Climate change poses an undeniable global catastrophic risk to all of humanity. While the crisis was largely created by generations before us, it is today’s young Americans that will face water shortages, deadly air quality, and a severely worsening uninhabitable planet if individuals across all generations, government bodies, and corporations do not come together in the next 5 years to take rapid and comprehensive action.

There is no time left to stand idly by: the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in its 2018 special report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, warned that we have only until 2030 to prevent the most dire effects of climate change. For these reasons, AYA is actively advocating for policies that support a clean future, green jobs, and the preservation of natural resources and land.

Tell your Senators to pass the Build Back Better Act immediately.

The Build Back Better Act is a historic investment in climate action and includes critical provisions to make college more affordable increase access to healthcare.

Where We Stand

AYA supports legislation that:

  • Protects and enforces preservation of earth’s natural resources and public lands.
  • Repairs, mitigates, and prevents further damage to the environment.
  • Creates renewable energy sources and promotes sustainable practices for individuals, corporate entities, and global economies.
  • Creates sustainable jobs across all labor sectors for young Americans that puts health and the environment before profit.
  • Repairs environmental policies that hurt people of color, working-class communities, and other marginalized groups.
  • Invests in Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities and combats environmental racism and systemic injustices.

Legislation AYA Supports

CLEAN Futures Act

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) introduced the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act, which would aim to “achieve net zero greenhouse gas pollution no later than 2050, with an interim target of reducing pollution by 50 percent from 2005 levels no later than 2030.” The legislation would decarbonize each sector of the U.S. economy to achieve a net zero impact. Given its strong focus on cleaner jobs, cleaner futures, and a focus on environmental justice, AYA strongly supports this bill and will be advocating for its passage into law during the 117th Congress.

Green New Deal (GND)

Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Markey (D-MA) introduced a resolution, called the Green New Deal, to recognize the scale of the climate crisis and provide a roadmap to evaluate policies that can protect our planet and uplift our communities. This resolution outlines the framework for a comprehensive and ambitious plan to combat climate change by creating millions of high-wage jobs in new green industries, transitioning our energy system, and building new infrastructure. It consists of five Green New Deal goals, fourteen mobilization projects, and fifteen guiding principles. If reintroduced and adopted, this resolution would not hold the force of law, as it is not binding legislation.