Despite Global Warming Hype, Few Show Up To DNC ‘Climate Caucus’ Meeting

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An informal “DNC Climate, Environment and Energy Council” meeting held at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) only drew a fraction of the 400 people organizers expected to attend.

Not many Democrats seemed to be interested in winding their way through the convention to attend a global warming talk, despite the Democratic efforts to put environmental issues at the forefront of the 2016 election.

Grist editor Rebecca Leber tweeted out organizers expected the event to attract 400 people, but the event’s Facebook page shows only 114 people said they would go and 91 people said they were interested in going.

The point of the meeting was to get the DNC to create a climate council — the DNC has other councils on women’s rights and LGBT issues. So, activists set up a roundtable to convince the DNC to create such a group.

“Our goal is to organize a formal council for Climate, Environment and Energy which will have the same stature, access and influence as other existing councils, and hold a space for citizens to share their perspective and have their voice influence the Democratic Party at the national level,” the group’s Facebook page reads.

“This meeting will serve as a kickoff and discussion for formalizing the council, where participants will have opportunity to share their voice and perspective on how to frame this council and what would make it most effective to advocate for them,” according to the page. “The roundtable is being chaired by Dr. Pamela Pugh, delegate from Saginaw, MI and Bruce Jones, delegate from San Francisco.”

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