“Amid a climate emergency that is wreaking havoc on communities across the globe, the path to a livable future demands new internationalism rooted in global cooperation, resource sharing, and solidarity,” the coalition told the White House and Congress.
A coalition of nearly 50 environmental and other advocacy groups critical of the U.S. government’s increasingly hostile approach to China sent a letter Thursday to President Joe Biden and members of Congress to remind them that the existentially threatening climate emergency is a “global crisis,” which can only be solved through “global cooperation.”
“To combat the climate crisis and build a global economy that works for everyday working people—in the U.S. and China alike—we must shift from competition to cooperation.”
– Coalition letter
“While we are encouraged by stated commitments from the United States and China to work together and with other countries to enact urgent climate policies, we are deeply troubled by the growing Cold War mentality driving the United States’ approach to China—an antagonistic posture that risks undermining much-needed climate cooperation,” the letter (pdf) says.
“Amid a climate emergency that is wreaking havoc on communities across the globe, the path to a livable future demands new internationalism rooted in global cooperation, resource sharing, and solidarity,” the coalition adds. “Nothing less than the future of our planet depends on ending the new Cold War between the United States and China.”
Written by four dozen progressive organizations—led by Friends of the Earth U.S. and ActionAid USA, and signed by 350 Action, Sunrise Movement, and many others—the letter continues: