New Britain joins the effort to fight climate change

Published on Thursday, 10 October 2019 15:46
Written by Catherine Shen


NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Common Council adopted a resolution Wednesday that endorsed a declaration of climate emergency in the city and throughout the nation.

During a regular meeting, the council voted 13-0, with Aldermen Richard Reyes and Emmanuel Sanchez absent, to approve the climate resolution that commits the city to help restore a safer and better environment for the people.

In 2018, the federal government issued a climate study detailing the major threat that climate change poses to the American economy and underscoring the need for immediate climate emergency action at all levels of government. New Britain will be joining a host of cities, districts and counties throughout the world that have officially acknowledged the existence of a climate emergency, including Hoboken, Los Angeles, Ballarat and Yarra in Australia, and Bristol and London in the United Kingdom.

According to the resolution, the U.S. has disproportionately contributed to the climate and ecological crises and has repeatedly obstructed global efforts to transition towards a sustainable economy. This adds to the extraordinary responsibility to rapidly solve these crises by actively planning and participating in mobilizing efforts to create a renewable energy economy.

The city is committed to a citywide transition and climate emergency mobilization efforts by creating a task force that will work to reverse global warming. With appropriate financial and regulatory assistance from state and federal authorities, the city will attempt to end citywide greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible and no later than 2030, according to the resolution. The city will also immediately initiate efforts to safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere and accelerate adaption and resilience strategies in preparation for intensifying climate impacts.

There is a need for full community participation, inclusion and support. “The city and the task force are committed to educating the community about the climate emergency and working to catalyze a just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort at the local, state, national and global levels to provide maximum protection for our residents as well as all the people and species of the world,” said the resolution.

In other business, the council voted 7-6 to table a resolution accepting the fiscal year 2018-19 budget transfer due to the need for additional information. The resolution showed that the city received an unaudited surplus of $1.9 million in revenues that was not originally budgeted.

Alderman Carlo Carlozzi requested the item to be tabled until the next meeting so they can review the financial results in order to understand where the surplus came from.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Thursday, 10 October 2019 15:46. Updated: Thursday, 10 October 2019 15:48.