Our theory of change (the thinking behind the plan) Stopping climate change means completely updating our energy, transit and food systems. This will require aggressive action at every level of government, sustained for many years in a row. History shows that two ingredients are needed to make this type of sweeping change:
1. People Power: a large, vocal, and active base of public support
2. Political Power: a critical mass of supportive elective officials
Recent experience demonstrates clearly that one without the other is not enough:
● In 2008, climate advocates enthusiastically supported President Obama’s campaign, only to be disappointed when he failed to live up to his promise of strong climate action. Without enough people power, there was no way to hold our supposed allies in Washington accountable. Political power without people power was not enough.
● In 2016, the climate and environmental justice movement was stronger than ever before, having built tremendous people power through efforts like NoDAPL, Keystone, divestment, and the People’s Climate March. But all this people power was helpless to stop Trump from rolling back our major victories as soon as he took office. People power without political power was not enough.
We need both. Here’s how we’ll get them: