“Hello. My name is Bill Barron and I am running as an unaffiliated candidate for US Congress in Utah’s second district. My sole purpose in running is that I believe we need immediate action on climate change. I ran for US Senate in 2012 for the same reason: I cannot stand by while a majority of our political leaders shy away from speaking up about the need to address human-caused climate change or in some cases, deny that it is even happening. We are on a path that will dramatically affect and challenge the future of life on earth as we emit greenhouse gases stored over hundreds of millions of years in a matter of decades.
We must think about what our children and coming generations will inherit. We must shift away from our dependence on the burning of fossil fuels, which is having a significant impact on our air and water quality, human health and life on earth as we know it. Future generations should not have to bear the responsibility of paying the price for our consumptive behavior: including preparation and recovery from extreme weather events, drought, longer fire seasons, and the displacement of untold people from their homes, to name a few.
Our generation has a moral responsibility to take action on climate change. Voices of stewardship and conservation must override the voices of reckless development and overconsumption. We must increase citizen engagement to affect change.
I am focused as a single-issue candidate, because I believe that climate change is the most important issue of our time. My candidacy provides an opportunity for citizens to make a statement to Washington: they want our nation’s leaders to step up and take significant action. Now.
I work as a carpenter and am running for office as a father and a concerned citizen. I believe that we cannot wait for someone else to take the lead on this issue, but that we must be leaders and champions ourselves. Your vote for me will send a message to Washington. Wherever you live and vote, I urge you to make sure that the issue of climate change is at the forefront of the discussion to be sure all candidates are held accountable.
This is Bill Barron. A vote for me is a vote for responsible environmental management, and a vote to take action for the common good of our planet.”