NYC Declares Climate Emergency

"Resolved, The City Council declares a climate emergency and calls for an immediate emergency mobilization to restore a safe climate."

-NYC City Council, June 26, 2019


New York City did something excellent today: the City Council told the truth about the Climate Emergency.

Fossil Fuel companies and their billionaire owners like the Koch brothers have invested billions of dollars lying to the American people about the climate. It's time for our elected leaders to set the record straight: This is not a “problem” that can be handled through normal politics; this is an emergency that needs a WWII-scale mobilization to eliminate and draw down emissions and reverse the 6th mass extinction of species. 

The NYC declaration includes key recognitions of the Climate Emergency and is a clear call for emergency mobilization. You can read the full resolution here.

Extinction Rebellion NYC takes to the streets of New York to demand a Climate Emergency be declared in one of the most vulnerable cities in the U.S. to climate disaster. (Image: XR NYC on Facebook)

Extinction Rebellion NYC takes to the streets of New York to demand a Climate Emergency be declared in one of the most vulnerable cities in the U.S. to climate disaster. (Image: XR NYC on Facebook)

We are proud — and thrilled — that New York City has joined the over 650 local governments in declaring a Climate Emergency, becoming the largest local government to declare to date! This declaration has been a strategic goal of ours for some time — New York City’s leadership in the U.S. and on the global stage now takes our Climate Emergency Campaign to another level. 

Much credit belongs to Extinction Rebellion NYC, which has done breakthrough work on securing this declaration. We are proud to have collaborated with them, helping to draft the declaration and supporting in other ways. Our executive director Margaret Klein Salamon testified for the declaration before the City Council on Monday, along with organizers from Extinction Rebellion and Fridays for our Future.

Now, along with a growing list of partner orgs, we are calling on Congress to declare a #ClimateEmergency — an effort that has already gained thousands of signatures within just a few days. Please join in and keep the momentum growing!

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