Join me in declaring a climate emergency!

Join me in declaring a Climate Emergency. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), levels of carbon dioxide, CO2, in the Earth’s atmosphere have reached the highest levels seen in 800,000 years.  Levels of other global warming gases (methane and nitrous oxide) were the highest on record. In addition, 2017 was one of the hottest years on record since the 1800’s. 

The Department of Defense calls climate change one of the two top threats to our National Security. The DOD also considers climate change a “threat multiplier” where communities, societies, countries, and regions experiencing shortages of food and water are more vulnerable to tension, conflict, and migration. They estimate that 65 million people are currently refugees internationally. By 2035, if not before, they estimate 400 million international refugees from climate change effects. This iswhy Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson endorsed me for this seat – he wants another scientist in Congress to address these issues with policy.

Coral reefs are dying, glaciers are melting, and our seas are warming resulting in increased magnitude and frequency of extreme storms, flooding, droughts, wildfires and thawing permafrost in Alaska that releases CO2 and methane.

Physicians in Los Angeles County report that they are seeing spikes of illnesses and deaths from a 2.5-month longer vector-borne disease season as a result of climate change. They issued a report in 2014 that details the impacts of climate change on health and talks about clinical interventions and concluded the following: 

“The most common health effects that respondents have witnessed among their patients are injuries due to severe weather (88%), air pollution-related increases in severity of chronic disease (88%), increased allergic symptoms (80%), and heat-related effects (75%). Other conditions affecting patients include vector-borne infections (Lyme Disease or West Nile Virus) (58%), diarrhea from food/waterborne agents of infection (56%), and mental health problems related to these health issues (40%).” – National Medical Association, 2014

Yesterday, I received an email from the town of Rye, New Hampshire notifying us that mosquitos collected on August 28, 2018, have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is about two weeks earlier than last year. Climate change is real and is affecting people in New Hampshire, the country and the world.  Removing scientific data from NOAA websites won’t make it go away. We have to say no to the corrupt fossil fuel lobby. 

I will be bold and call for 100% renewable energy by 2035 and carbon tax that will keep the industry polluters in check.

The two big-money candidates in this CD-01 race are raking in the money from special interest and PACs and holding fundraisers with Concord pharma lobbyists. Check FEC.gov or OpenSecrets.org to see where their contributions and independent expenditures are coming from. They won’t fight against the fossil fuel industry or healthcare insurance lobbyists like I will when they fund their campaigns.

I made a commitment not to take special interest or any PAC money because I have seen, firsthand, the impacts of money in politics in Concord.

I was still able to get 16 bills signed into law with my name on them in New Hampshire in two years by working across the aisle informing my colleagues about important public health and other issues. But, it wasn’t easy. It took leadership, perseverance, and resourcefulness to overcome the special interests and industry lobbyists.

I’m running because we need more than one scientist in Congress to take on this climate emergency.  Bill Foster, Congressman from Illinois talks openly about being lonely because he’s the only scientist in Congress. 

You are my special interest. Vote for me on September 11 in the Democratic primary.  

Click here to find out where to vote!  If you are at UNH, catch a ride to vote between 3:30 and 6:30 at the MUB circle at 83 Main Street on September 11. See you at the polls!

Kimberly Sychterz