Sign our Petition to Enact Climate Emergency Resolution
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Organizational signers so far include
350CT, Junta for Progressive Action, Bradley Street Bike Coop, New Haven Farms,Common Ground High School, CT Sierra Club, New Haven Land Trust, CT Fund for the Environment, Clean Water Action, Green Eco Warriors Inc, Elm City Cycling, Efficiency For ALL, New Haven Bike Month, New Haven Leon Sister City Project, New Haven Climate Movement, People's Action for Clean Energy, New Haven Energy Task Force, Fossil Free Yale, Sunrise New Haven, and APNH: A Place to Nourish your Health, Elm City Internationals, Unidad Latina Nen Accion,
Passed Resolutions include: Hoboken, NJ Resolution - Montgomery County, MD Resolution - Berkeley, CA Resolution - Richmond, CA Resolution - HOBOKEN, NJ RESOLUTION - OAKLAND, CA RESOLUTION - SANTA CRUZ, CA RESOLUTION - LOS ANGELES, CA RESOLUTION - LONDON, UK resolution
Reasons for Emergency Action on Climate Change.
1 . We have already created dangerous amounts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which have permanently damaged critical ecosystems and shifted Earth climate systems into uncharted territory. These systems are very complex and it's extremely hard to know how one change might cascade into other systems.
2. The present level of warming is already doing significant damage to marginalized communities around the world who are not responsible for creating climate change. They are seeing increasing heat waves, extreme weather events, and droughts causing displacement, infectious disease, hunger, and death.
3. Even at present GHG levels, the warming of the planet will continue for centuries and continue to melt ice sheets and glaciers and raise sea level. The last time the Earth had GHG levels this high, sea level was 20 feet higher, a huge threat to coastal communities.
4. Each year of adding more GHG emissions to the atmosphere creates higher risk of setting off natural feedback loops that will accelerate GHG emissions (Ex: global warming sparks more droughts and forest fires, fires produce more CO2, which then creates even more global warming).
5. Waiting to invest in climate solutions is creating more damage and more costs through extreme weather events, changes in ecosystems, and creating long term challenges that will be very expensive to remedy. Given that all human development (agriculture, city location, infrastructure,economies, etc) is designed in response to the previous climate system it makes sense to keep the climate as stable as possible.
6. Ocean acidification, which is a result of CO2 being absorbed into oceans, has made the oceans 30% more acidic which is negatively impacting shellfish reproduction, accelerating the collapse of coral reefs, and threatening other key species.
7. The longer we wait to shift off fossil fuels the heavier cost future generations will have to pay for our failures.
8. New weather records are regularly being set across the country including, 50 inches of rain in Houston, extensive drought in California, Hurricane Maria's destruction of Puerto Rico, etc. Globally we have seen the strongest typhoon ever with 200 mph winds and heat in India so high the government told people not to go out 10am to 4pm.
9. Climate change is accelerating species extinction with the present rate on extinction 1000 to 10000 times the normal rate (Center for Biological Diversity).
10. Climate change is increasingly damaging our economy by disrupting supply chains, interrupting work, destroying essential infrastructure, causing displacement of workers, costing huge sums for response and defense of communities, and risks causing financial crisis related to the carbon bubble.