Good afternoon. My name is Ellen van Bever. I am a mother of three children and a member of the National Leadership team for Mothers Out Front.
Mothers Out Front is mobilizing mothers and grandmothers around the country to call on decision makers to make a just transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources.
Our mothers are diverse. We come from different parts of the country: from rural Northeast towns, to counties in Virginia and Alabama, to sprawling cities in California. We are moms who stay home with our children and moms who work outside the home. Despite our differences, we have one important thing in common: a deep commitment to our children’s wellbeing. Mothers are wired to protect and there is no constituency more concerned about securing a livable climate for all children.
Mothers Out Front is growing and building power in communities and states and we are expanding nationally. We are acutely aware that the climate emergency grows more critical every day. Families around the country are seeing their livelihoods, homes and health impacted by the effects of a changing climate.
Our mothers are changing the narrative around fossil fuels and are fighting to ensure that the transition to clean, renewable energy is swift and rooted in economic and environmental justice. We know that the most adverse effects of the fossil fuel industry and climate crisis impact those in low income communities and communities of color. Our mothers and children in these communities are at the center of our work.
There is no one simple answer to the climate crisis and the shift to a clean energy economy. Yet, if we do nothing, the children of today will not have the hope of a livable climate. This is immoral and it is unacceptable.
We know we cannot do this alone. We need our elected officials to be the leaders we elect them to be. We are grateful for this resolution that acknowledges the climate crisis. Yet, the resolution is only the beginning. Real change requires we stop investing in fossil fuels and transition to a clean energy economy.