As my contribution to the movement-building and action embodied by the Climate Action Summit in Syracuse, I am presenting a first draft of a Local Climate Action Agenda for Syracuse, NY. Our elected officials and city leaders not only need to be responsive to our needs and proposed climate change solutions, they also need to be proactive and public about their intentions. An adopted Climate Action Agenda by the City of Syracuse that is published, acted upon, and regularly reviewed/audited will ensure that our voices do not go unheeded.
"With materialism continuing to be the feeder for large corporate growth and resource/energy usage, and the federalgovernment abdicating responsibility to protect Americans from the threat of climate change, it is imperative that local governments increase their actions to halt the use of fossil fuels and transition to 100% clean renewable energy as soon as possible .
A 2015 report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency showed that aggressively combating climate change would result in 12,000 fewer deaths in major U.S. cities due to extreme heat; up to $2.8 billion in avoided flooding costs; and $6.4 billion in avoided urban drainage costs by 2100. 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to come from urban areas.
Renewable energy represents an enormous economic opportunity for our nation and our nation’s cities to create jobs in an emerging industry, increase economic security, expand prosperity for local residents, reduce air pollution and associated public health risks, reduce the strain on water resources, save consumers money, and address environmental justice challenges in communities."
Join the Climate Solutions Summit taking place this Saturday, May 19th in Syracuse, New York at Fowler High School. Register Here! The Climate Solutions Summit will feature panels, case studies and workshops on renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation, movement building, environmental justice and more!
This year our featured Keynotes will be Oren Lyons - Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation, Eric Walker - Former Director of Energy Development for Erie County, and Former EPA Regional Administrator, Judith Enck.
Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2018
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Registration Check-in, light breakfast from 8am-9am)
Location: Fowler High School, 227 Magnolia St, Syracuse, NY 13204