We can move forward boldly and fairly to meet the goals of the Paris Accord even when our President chooses not to lead. It’s already happening. Now is the moment to invite your mayor, your city council, and your community to join the action.
Ready for 100 and Cities 100
A number of our members are working with the Ready for 100 campaign to move their cities forward, and drastically reduce their emissions. Mayors can sign on officially — before the 2017 US Conference of Mayors meeting at the end of June is ideal. Cities 100 is the Climate Reality Project’s effort, with varied examples to share locally.
All Hands On Deck: Going to Zero Emissions in Pennsylvania
Our friend (and 2012 recipient of our PA IPL Visionary Award) Don Brown brought together a statewide group of organizations (including PA IPL) to commit to working together getting to zero emissions by 2050. Click through to read the declaration, which is full of official Whereas-es so that it can be used easily in official contexts, but which is also highly readable; it gives important background, and sets clear goals. Board members Bill Lochstet and Behzad Zandieh were on hand for the official announcement in the Capitol Complex on April 25, and for the leaders’ discussion afterwards.
And on Monday, May 15, Peter Buckland (2015 PA IPL cyclist, and member of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors in greater State College) introduced this resolution to his township. Read Peter’s excellent piece on his personal blog — he is willing to make himself available to other municipal officials wanting to move this forward. The Board of Supervisors voted overwhelmingly to continue work toward adopting the resolution. Township staff will review and edit, and then it will come back for public discussion, followed by supervisor deliberation. As you see above, the supervisors heard the resolution and made their decision in the company of many. Residents and those excited by this bold action attended the meeting, with PA IPL cyclists gathering to riding to the meeting together. The resolution and decision were covered by WTAJ-TV news, the Johnstown Altoona CBS affiliate, and by the Public News Service.
The campaign calls on all levels of Pennsylvania government and Pennsylvania public and private sector organizations to immediately begin to adopt strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to achieve net zero between 2045 and 2075. Although the challenge to prevent catastrophic warming is staggering, leadership from sub-national governments around the world is arising that offers hope. Local leadership is aware of local resources that may be invisible at national scales, and non-fossil energy prices are rapidly falling.
Cosponsors of this campaign are:
- Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium
- Center for Environmental Ethics and Law
- Citizens Climate Lobby-Pennsylvania
- Clean Air Council
- FracTracker Alliance
- International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology
- Penn Future
- Penn Environment
- Physicians for Social Responsibility
- PA Interfaith Power & Light
- Sierra Club-Pennsylvania