In October, the United Nations released a landmark report describing a grim future for the planet if climate change isn’t aggressively and rapidly addressed.
The report describes near-apocalyptic conditions — mass food shortages, stronger wildfires and dying coral reefs — as early as 2040.
Many environmental advocacy groups, like Environment America and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), spent millions on the 2018 midterms to ensure Congress is filled with more pro-environment members. So far in 2018, organizations such as the Nature Conservancy and Partnership for Conservation have funded lobbying efforts for policies supporting the environment.
“This is not some distant threat,” said Tiernan Sittenfeld, LCV’s senior vice president for government affairs. “The need to combat the climate crisis has never been more important.”
While the consequences of climate change aren’t new information, the UN report makes the situation far more dire than previously thought.
In the meantime, President Donald Trump and his administration have actively worked against addressing climate change, most notably Trump’s announcement in 2017 that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement.
Under the Paris agreement between 195 countries, the United States pledged to cut greenhouse emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
The Trump administration also rolled back a number of common-sense environmental laws and regulations, Sittenfeld said.
“We’re dealing with the most anti-environmental administration ever,” Sittenfeld said.
However, during this election cycle, groups like LCV spent millions on a number of House, Senate, governorship and state house races on candidates with pro-environment agendas. And their efforts paid off.
In total, League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund, along with other affiliates, spent an unprecedented $80 million during the…