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Republicans & Democrats Agree: U.S. Security Demands Global Climate Action

by Press Release on 10-22-2015

 

WASHINGTON — Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot and seriously wounded in 2011, is planning a new initiative to address gun violence against women and families.
The Women’s Coalition for Common Sense will feature a national advisory committee that includes former secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, and actresses Connie Britton and Alyssa Milano, among others.
Giffords is hosting a daylong "Domestic Violence Awareness Summit" in Washington on Wednesday that is expected to draw more than 100 women from across the country. The new coalition will be announced at the event.
Giffords survived an assassination attempt on Jan. 8, 2011, during a constituent event at a Tucson supermarket. Six people were killed and another 13 were injured.
Giffords suffered a severe brain injury during the shootout, and she resigned from the House in January 2012.
In January 2013, she and husband and space shuttle astronaut Mark E. Kelly formed a political action committee called Americans for Responsible Solutions to promote gun control legislation with elected officials and the general public.
The PAC raised more than $20 million in the 2013-2014 election cycle and $3.4 million in the first six months of this year.

For years, America’s intelligence community and armed services have recognized climate change as a threat to U.S. national security – shaping a world that is more unstable, resource-constrained, violent, and disaster-prone. This issue is critically important to the world’s most experienced security planners. The impacts are real, and the costs of inaction are unacceptable. America’s elected leaders and private sector must think past tomorrow to focus on this growing problem, and take action at home and abroad.

The U.S. Department of Defense has defined climate change as a global threat multiplier – exacerbating instigators of conflict such as resource disputes, ethnic tensions, and economic discontent. Operationally, they see its potential to prevent access to their workforce, degrade the security of installations, impede training and readiness, and impair force capacity. Through proactive efforts, the DoD is setting an example for preparedness. As a nation, we need to do the same here and overseas.

At this moment in history, the U.S. must grab the mantle of global leadership to engage other nations and overcome this challenge. Combating the consequential national security dangers posed by the changing climate cannot be done alone. American leaders must enlist international partners to ensure that all countries do their fair share. For twenty years, the U.S. has asserted that this is a global problem that will require global solutions. Now, with crucial actors like China, Brazil, and Mexico making earnest commitments, we have an opportunity to advance that approach.

The U.S. has always led on big global challenges. We must tackle this threat by mobilizing the strength and ingenuity of the U.S. government and business community to seek effective, financially sound approaches. This takes public and private sector expertise, funding, and coordination. We can ensure a prosperous future for our nation by shoring up resilience and mitigation efforts at home, assisting vulnerable partners abroad, and planning past tomorrow – where Americans will live with the decisions of today.

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