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The council for the largest city in the United States, New York City, voted to declare a climate emergency this past Wednesday. New York City joins several other cities and towns across the United States to implement legislation that recognizes climate change as an emergency.
Citing “increased and intensifying wildfires, floods, rising seas, diseases, droughts and extreme weather brought on by global warming demonstrates that the Earth is too hot to be a safe environment” and “World Wildlife Fund’s 2018 Living Planet report finds that there has been a 60% decline in global wildlife populations between 1970 and 2014, with causes including over fishing, pollution and climate change”, NYC acknowledges the impact of climate change and commits to addressing the issues.
The legislation is symbolic as it does not list specific action plans for addressing climate change but it is a step in the right direction as cities and states join together in applying pressure to the Federal Government to work towards a solution in addressing Climate Change.
The City Council declares a climate emergency and calls for an immediate emergency mobilization to restore a safe climate