Albany, NY – Today, Citizen Action of New York and Climate Can’t Wait called on Speaker Heastie and Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins to pass the Climate Can’t Wait Package by the end of session.

“The Legislature passed the CLCPA in 2019 — acknowledging the urgency of climate action — yet since then, they’ve been slow walking, when we should be racing towards solutions. Now we’re three years closer to the 2030 CLCPA deadline, yet they seem to be listening to fossil fuel and utility lobbyists, not the scientists and the thousands of average New Yorkers who’ve spoken out. We have provided a menu for action, from electric buildings, to the Renewable Capitol Act, to funding a just transition. With eight days left in session, we need them to get to work,” said Rosemary Rivera, Co-Executive Director of Citizen Action of New York.

The last eight years have been the hottest years ever recorded, according to NASA, with 2021 coming in at sixth place. Global temperatures are 1.1°C above pre industrial levels, and creeping ever closer to the 1.5°C limit set by leaders in Glasgow last year. Thousands of New Yorkers have spoken out in 2022 about the need for aggressive climate action to the state’s Climate Action Council, in written comments and testimony.

 

CLIMATE CANT WAIT: 350NJ-Rockland, 350NYC, 350Brooklyn, Citizen Action of New York, Divest NY, Empire State Indivisible, Energy Democracy Alliance, Food & Water Watch, For the Many, Forest Hills Green Team, Fossil Fuel Subsidies Coalition, El Puente, Hudson Center for Community and Environment, Indivisible Harlem, Indivisible Nation BK, Indivisible Scarsdale, Indivisible-UES, Kids Fight Climate Change, Mid Hudson Valley DSA, New York Communities for Change, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, NYPIRG, NY Renews, NYC Franciscan Justice Circle, New York State Council of Churches, New York Youth Climate Leaders, NYCD16 Indivisible, NYC-DSA Ecosocialist Working Group, PAUSE, People’s Climate Movement-NY, Professional Staff Congress CUNY, Progressive Schenectady, Province of St. Mary of the Capuchin Order, Queens Climate Project, Queens County Young Democrats, Rise and Resist, Rockland United, Sheridan Hollow Alliance for Renewable Energy (SHARE), Sunrise Movement NYC, Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative, TREEage, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and WESPAC Foundation