I call on my elected officials to take urgent action on climate change
To: President-elect Joe Biden and Congressional LeadersThe election is over, but our work isn't.
We're calling on you to have the chutzpah to put people back to work building a 100% clean energy economy, creating millions of high-wage jobs, prioritizing environmental justice, and holding polluters accountable.
We have no time to waste – let's get to work
Jewish Americans concerned about the climate crisis
Lo b’shamayim hi: It is not beyond us in heaven. We have the capacity. We have the science, we have the resources, we have the people, and we have the power.
It is in our hands and in our hearts, and we can do it.
We need elected officials with the chutzpah to take bold climate action on day one.
Donate to help us reach half a million climate-concerned voters by November 3
Chutzpah 2020: What we Accomplished Together
Chutzpah 2020 By the Numbers
Reached out to 803,078 climate-concerned voters in AZ, FL, MI, MN, NC and PA
Helped 21,515 voters make or confirm vote plans
Recruited 1,615 new volunteers
Completed 1,105 volunteer shifts
Held 23 live Get Out the Vote events (virtual)
Enjoyed 31 live musical performances and Jewish teachings at GOTV gatherings
Joined with 43 Jewish partner organizations to make Chutzpah 2020 a success
Eight weeks before election day, on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, we launched Chutzpah 2020, an ambitious, non-partisan get-out-the-vote effort targeted at climate- concerned voters in six key states: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
On all major campaign metrics, we met or exceeded our goals, including quadrupling our original outreach goal to 803,078 voters, nearly tripling our original volunteer shift goal to 1,105, and quadrupling our original partner goal to 43. In addition, roughly 50% of the attendees at any given Chutzpah 2020 event were return volunteers, exceeding our goal of 100 return volunteers.
CLIMATE MOTIVATES JEWISH VOTERS
2020 elections turnout was record-setting, with more than 150 million people casting a ballot, the highest percentage of voters in over a century. Climate-concerned voters comprised a majority of the electorate, and there is evidence from polling, social media and the Presidential Debates that climate change has become a top-tier issue for voters across the country. In the Jewish community, nearly 8 of 10 Jewish Americans consider the climate crisis a major problem, but it has never before been a major voting issue.
Which issues were the most important for you in deciding your vote in the Presidential election?
An election-night poll of Jewish voters (n=800) from J Street revealed that climate change was the second most important issue for Jewish voters in 2020.
Hundreds of volunteers across the country held phone and text conversations with voters in six key states that centered on climate change, and response rates were consistently high for Jewish voters (13%) and non-Jewish voters (9%) alike. Coverage of the Jewish climate vote in The Forward, Arizona Jewish News, and J Weekly, and volunteer engagement with the Chutzpah 2020 campaign reflect the growing salience of climate change as a voting issue within the Jewish community.
WE ARE READY
The election is over, but we still have a long road ahead to confront the climate crisis with the kind of bold action that science and justice demand. Joe Biden has laid out the most ambitious plan to address the climate crisis of any President ever elected. But the fossil fuel industry, climate deniers, and their political and financial backers won't make it easy.
Dayenu leaders and supporters, our partners, and the broader Jewish community stand ready to do everything in our power to ensure a just, equitable, and sustainable world for all for generations to come. As we have demonstrated with the Chutzpah 2020 campaign, we will vote, lobby, volunteer, take to the streets, and build the world we envision. Join us.
Riverdale Jewish Earth Alliance