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GND Resolution passed by Framingham Dem. Committee

GND Resolution passed by Framingham Dem. Committee

The Framingham Democratic Committee passed this resolution last night. Although it is a political organization the issue isn‘t:

Resolution in Support of H. Resolution 109 for a Green New Deal

WHEREAS, an October 2018 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report states that we have only until 2030 to limit devastating global warming and avoid the most serious ramifications of climate change;

WHEREAS, the October 2018 IPCC report also makes clear that every bit of warming matters and that every fraction of a degree less of warming will save lives and pay dividends across the world’s economies;

WHEREAS, the world is already experiencing serious, costly, and increasing impacts of climate change, including more intense storms, unprecedented flooding, and persistent wildfires;

WHEREAS, an inadequate response to climate change will increase economic and environmental disruptions including, but are not limited to severe storms, longer and hotter heat waves, worsening flood and drought cycles, growing invasive species and insect problems, accelerated species extinction rates, rising sea levels, increased wildfires, and a dramatic increase in refugees from climate impacted lands; and in Massachusetts we face flooding of costal cities, coastal erosion of Cape Cod, shifting ranges of native tree species, forced migration of native birds, and rising infestation of ticks and other disease-bearing insects in areas we enjoy for recreation.

WHEREAS, the most negative impacts of climate change are generally falling on frontline communities that are underrepresented, such as lower-income communities and communities of color, which bear the initial burden of climate change, but with the elderly and disabled, are the least equipped to adapt to these impacts;

WHEREAS, doing what is now necessary to adequately address the climate crisis requires a national and state-wide mobilization of an historic scope and scale in order to address the inequities caused and exacerbated by our existing fossil fuel economy;

WHEREAS, federal Green New Deal legislation would create a detailed mobilization plan to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, invest in communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution, and guarantee a good job to anyone ready to make this happen;

WHEREAS, local governments calling for the federal government to pass a Green New Deal will demonstrate widespread popular support for necessary and just climate action;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Framingham Democratic Committee wholeheartedly endorses the Green New Deal Resolution and urges its swift adoption the the U.S. Congress; and

Be it Further Resolved, that the Framingham Democratic Committee affirms its commitment to a 100% clean renewable energy economy, including:

  • A massive investment in energy efficient infrastructure to ensure clean drinking water, affordable and efficient public transportation, energy efficient buildings and schools, and a national energy-efficient “smart” grid;
  • Investment in good jobs, labor peace and union friendly policies in the green energy economy, especially in communities historically dependent on fossil industries so that no communities are left behind.
  • Dramatically expand existing renewable power sources and deploy new production capacity with the goal of meeting 100% of national power demand through renewable sources; and build a national, energy-efficient, “smart” grid.

Legislative Actions

Time critical actions:

Municipal Sustainability Checklist

We have created a municipal “sustainability checklist” that can help towns compare what they are doing with other towns, as well as get ideas and encourage collaboration. For residents, the checklist helps understand what towns are doing and not doing, as well as set priorities for local advocacy. For organizers, the checklist is an excellent tool to organize local groups around, and to build networks of people who care about sustainability.

Click here for details.