Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Senator Ed Markey’s Green New Deal (GND) bill (House Resolution 109 and Senate Resolution 59) calls for a 10-year mobilization to address climate change in all economic sectors. The entire Brooklyn congressional delegation has endorsed the GND, except for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Rep. Max Rose. New York’s Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand supports the GND, but Brooklyn’s own Sen. Chuck Schumer has yet to endorse it.
Three bills would reduce plastic pollution. Councilmembers Rafael Espinal, Barry Grodenchik, and Helen Rosenthal’s bill, Int. 0936-2018, would ban food service establishments from offering non-biodegradable plastic straws and stirrers. (There is a medical exemption.) Councilmember Ben Kallos has a bill that would ban the sale or distribution of single-use water bottles on city property. Another bill introduced by Espinal would ban the sale or distribution of single-use bottles for commercial purposes in city parks and beaches.
For more information and a list of organizations focusing on plastic pollution, see Lisa DiCaprio’s article, “Initiatives to Reduce Plastic Pollution,” Sierra Atlantic, Summer 2018
Climate change puts a disproportionate burden on communities of color and low-income communities globally. The reality is many of these communities know what solutions they need to effect change. What they need is the support and resources to make them a reality.
Stopping new fossil fuel infrastructure
Although New York banned fracking in 2014, our state is allowing a huge buildup of new fossil fuel infrastructure, including fracked gas pipelines, power plants, and waste and storage for the fracking industry. There is active resistance to this buildup throughout New York State.
We already have the technology to meet these needs using renewable energy, through community solar, wind power, geothermal energy, and energy efficiency.
This project offers 100 solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in seven sectors: Electricity Generation, Food, Women and Girls, Buildings and Cities, Land Use, Transport, and Materials. For the Drawdown website, see: drawdown.org