Sunday, June 4th
(Adapted from Peace Is Loud)
On this day of rest and reflection, take a look at some small (and not so small) victories from this difficult week.
At home, on Thursday the Philipstown Town Board voted to sign on to "adopting the Climate Smart Community Pledge. Our town will join 192 other New York communities (comprising a third of the state's population) who have partnered with the New York State government to build a resilient, low- emission future." To learn more, take a look at the Climate Smart Communities Guide to Local Action.
The Town will be forming an advisory committee to help us move forward, and anyone who would like to volunteer to be on that committee can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris agreement, people immediately mobilized...
- China and all 28 EU states reaffirmed their commitment to fully implement the Paris Climate Agreement.
- California, New York, and Washington state formed a climate alliance.
- More than 60 mayors of U.S. cities (including Pittsburgh) committed to adopting and upholding the Paris Climate Agreement goals.
- Michael Bloomberg is coordinating a group of corporations, colleges, and mayors who are negotiating their own climate plan directly with the U.N.
- Phoenix, Arizona announced plans to become carbon-neutral by 2050.
- Protesters held rallies outside the White House and across the country.
- Even Weather.com got in on the action!
- Public buildings and monuments around the world were lit up in green:
Paris City Hall
Montreal City Hall
New York City Hall
Brooklyn & Queens
...and pretty much the entire world will continue to take action against climate change:
- India canceled the creation of huge coal power stations, moving instead toward more affordable solar energy—and announced plans to allow the sale of only electric cars by 2030.
- South Korea is beginning to shut down coal power plants, in a move to combat pollution.
- Shareholders approved a proposal for ExxonMobil to report on climate change-related risks, despite management’s recommendation to vote against it.
Find more small victories here: http://www.peaceisloud.org/blog/small-victories-issue-22