For Immediate Release: February 28, 2022
Albany - Today, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its latest report that details the massive amount of human suffering, adverse health effects, and death caused by climate change. The report calls for immediate action by every government to combat the crisis.
Also happening today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case that could limit the federal government’s ability to fight climate change.
The following statement in response can be attributed to Peter M. Iwanowicz, Executive Director of Environmental Advocates NY and member of the New York State Climate Action Council:
“It is clearer today than it has ever been that New York State must lead in the fight against climate change. The dire report starkly lays out the increasing human cost of the climate crisis and the need for urgent action, while at the same time big polluters are asking the US Supreme Court to curb the federal government’s ability to regulate climate pollutants.
New York State must be bold and decisive, and act swiftly with purpose. Fortunately, the State has made a solid start with a draft Climate Action Plan that is now out for public comment. I encourage every New Yorker to engage with this process and comment on the plan. Nothing less than our future is at stake.”
The New York State Draft Climate Action Plan can be found here, where you can also submit comments here: https://climate.ny.gov/Our-Climate-Act/Draft-Scoping-Plan
The next meeting of the Climate Action Council is on Thursday, March 3rd @ 2PM. More information about this meeting and how to join be found here: https://climate.ny.gov/CAC-Meetings-and-Materials