Every day, it seems like there is a new depressing climate change-related headline, and New York council member Rafael L. Espinal Jr. has taken notice.
“A few months ago, a startling UN Climate Report found that the world has less than 12 years to drastically reduce carbon emissions before we reach a point of no return,” he stated. “But there is a reason to have hope.”
While Trump pursues the agenda of fossil fuel industry, Espinal Jr. said cities around the world can lead the fight against climate change.
“70% of global emissions are caused by cities, which means cities have the power to implement change in their jurisdictions that can create dramatic change without the federal government,” he explained. “By embracing solutions, we can seize control of our climate destiny.”
Espinal Jr. said we should be pushing cities to switch to all-renewable sources of energy and start these efforts in communities that have suffered from the effects of environmental injustice. He also said that we should make climate change a top priority in future elections.
“Call your local elected officials. And tell them this should be their number one priority,” he said. “And most importantly, vote for candidates who are running on a climate change platform.”