Climate change is real and we need to do everything we can to curb carbon emissions lest more once-in-a-century weather events become the norm.
As City Council Member, I will:
Implement the Green New Deal
I am proud to be a steadfast supporter of the Green New Deal. I believe that recovery from COVID-19 and recovery from climate disasters should not be an “either, or” choice but, rather, it should be a “yes, and” decision to get all New Yorkers back to work on the road to resiliency.
In all sectors of the city’s economy, we should be making sure climate change is part of the discussion. My friends Councilmember Justin Brannan and District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido have outlined a blueprint on investing in green jobs and I will work with them to see that it comes to fruition.
We need to modify our city’s entire rezoning and planning process so that climate change and accessibility are always factors in all ULURP decisions.
Reduce our Carbon Footprint
In 2019, the City Council passed the Climate Mobilization Act which mandates an overall reduction of greenhouse gases in New York City by 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. We are less than a decade away from that first deadline and, in the Council, I will use my oversight powers to make sure every city agency is working as a team in reducing our overall carbon footprint.
Gardening has been shown to help improve mental health, be a source of exercise, and provide nutritious food all while lowering the amount of CO2 around us. I will use my bully pulpit to promote rooftop gardening and my discretionary funds to promote more community gardens.