NYLPI Testifies On Passing the Climate and Community Protection ActMay 17, 2019
We can all agree in this room that climate change is real; it is happening now; its effects on our state’s residents and economy will be devastating if unchecked. The question that remains for New York is how we address it – and the how is particularly important for New York’s low-income communities and communities of color, who have the most to gain or lose depending on how we move forward. At New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, where I am the Environmental Justice Program Director, we have worked for nearly three decades to reduce the disproportionate environmental hazards in low-income communities and communities of color in the New York City area. We support the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA), because it is the only climate bill that takes steps to ensure that the people on the front lines of the climate crisis benefit equitably from the transition to a renewable energy economy. The CCPA is also the only climate bill to address not just greenhouse gas emissions but also prioritize reducing the co-pollutants that harm the health of people in the communities we work with every day.
The rest of Rachel’s testimony is available for download here.
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