Climate change is poised to be a big issue for voters in the 2020 presidential election, but the current Democratic candidate roster may prove to be disappointing on that front. In a new report card that assesses the candidates on their climate action plans, the highest grade awarded was a measly C+.
The climate report card, created by Build a Movement 2020, graded the Democratic presidential hopefuls on four commitments: to declaring a climate emergency once president; to achieving net-zero CO2 emissions by 2030; to removing 1 trillion tons of CO2 by 2050; and to Climate Restoration Emergency Action, a plan to mobilize global effort to ensure humanity’s survival. Build a Movement is a coalition of activists that aims to ensure the survival of the human species and rebuild democracy. Its founder, Paul Zeitz, is currently a senior policy adviser at the Foundation for Climate Restoration and has worked on sustainable development and global health for the past 25 years.