New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was urged to lead the country on combating climate change by activists at a boisterous Manhattan rally hosted by environmental coalition NY Renews this Thursday.
Speakers from several of the 100 climate advocacy groups affiliated to the coalition stressed the importance of New York standing up for environmental protections and supporting renewable energy under a future Trump administration loaded with global warming skeptics.
“We need Governor Cuomo to be real…we need real climate leadership,” said Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr of the Hip Hop Caucus, one of the affiliated groups. “This isn’t a game – even though Donald Trump thinks it’s a game….this movement will grow in a way that we will say ‘no’ to your madness. The people will rise up today,” he added.
NY Renews is committed to the passage of the New York Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA), which would commit the state to transition to 100% clean energy by 2050.
Attendees also heard from representatives of the Alliance for Climate Education, Good Old Lower East Side, People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo, and the Working Families Party on the threat climate change poses to New York and the human cost of environmental degradation to New Yorkers.
The rally concluded with a mass call-in to Governor Cuomo’s New York City office by all present, asking him to take national leadership on climate change by standing up to Donald Trump and championing the CCPA.
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