The Steering Committee has signed the VAHC on to support a comprehensive Energy and Climate Action agenda developed by a group of advocates, including the VAHC, ahead of the 2019 state legislative session. From the sign-on:
At a time when the federal government has launched an all-out assault on our environment and put polluters in charge, states must take strong action now to slow climate change and protect the health of families and communities, as well as the natural world that sustains us. The world’s leading medical societies and hospitals are calling climate change a “global health emergency,” joining the world’s leading climate scientists from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change whose October 2018 report said that avoiding the most catastrophic consequences of climate change will require “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” How? Cut fossil fuel use by about half in 12 years
One U.N. official described it as “a deafening, piercing smoke alarm;” an alarm aimed directly at world leaders. “The time has come for our leaders to show they care about the people whose fate they hold in their hands,” said U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
The time has come here in Vermont too. We’ve made some progress, but we are far from meeting our statutory climate commitments. In fact, the latest Agency of Natural Resources study shows Vermont’s climate pollution rose 10% in just two years. Leadership is required.
Email Erhard to sign on.