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To: TX Governor Greg Abbott

‘Ta Caliente 🥵: Battling Climate Change, Ignorant Leaders, and Heat Waves in Texas

Us Texans have been battling extreme temperatures that are continuing to rise and break records with no end in sight. 🌡️ But Texas governor Greg Abbott doesn't seem to understand because he signed a law ending water break requirements for construction workers just 6 days after a TX postal service worker died from a heat stroke! And as you may have guessed, this legislature and lack of action isn't affecting all Texans the same.

We call on Texas political leaders like Abbott and Cruz to use their power to acknowledge climate change and to act on it! Texas is burning, and so are its constituents. If entirely preventable deaths aren't enough proof that something needs to be done, that something needs to change- then how far will their greed and corruption go?

Why is this important?

Climate change is making its debut in Texas this summer, and it's coming in the form of excessive heat and tropical-level humidity.

This environmental issue is beginning to pose a threat to public health. Texas leaders like Governor Greg Abbott, Senator Ted Cruz, and Senator John Cornyn are not only denying the existence of climate change, but making the issue worse by continuing to invest in and promote our fossil fuel-dependent economy and by refusing to support legislature that could curb the consequences of climate change. The consequences of this ignorance have been fatal.

We know that Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other vulnerable communities will be the ones to suffer from this law the most, and we're already seeing it. In less than 3 weeks, 10 people have died in Laredo, TX due to heat-related illnesses, most, if not all, who were Latinx and elderly. In another case, a Black Texas postal worker died from the heat last month while on the job. These are just a few of the many fatal cases we’ve seen this Summer amid BIPOC Texans.

By signing this petition, you are standing up against careless leaders like Abbot who refuse to acknowledge the severity of rising temperatures and extreme heat waves that threaten our communities, health, and environment. Let's protect our comunidad and secure a cooler future for generations to come. 🌍