Statement on US Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 1, 2017
CONTACT: Madeline Stocker (860) 808-7857
madeline.stocker@yeswecancolumbus.org

COLUMBUS, OH – “The President’s announcement today that the US is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement proves that it is up to cities to dictate the future of our environment. Policy decisions made on a local level are crucial to the health and welfare of current and future residents. Columbus needs to make immediate policy changes to increase our use of clean, renewable energy that will pave the way for future growth, healthy communities, and development of our city. That’s why we are committed to putting Columbus on the map of cities that are leading the resistance against the anti-environment policies coming from the White House.

Elected officials in Salt Lake City, San Diego, Madison and an increasing number of cities nationwide have committed to a transition to 100% clean and renewable energy. The people and businesses of Columbus are already proactive about limiting our carbon footprint. We have come far as a city already, but we can do more to make sure we all have clean water, clean air and good jobs. We are ready for Columbus to transition to 100% clean and renewable energy.

The White House will not lead us. It is up to cities like Columbus to forge a new path for a just, sustainable, and healthy future. We must do our part to protect our environment, our economy, and our resident’s quality of life.”

Signed,
Will Petrik, Candidate for Columbus City Council
Jasmine Ayres, Candidate for Columbus City Council
Erin Upchurch, Candidate for Columbus City School Board
Amy Harkins, Candidate for Columbus City School Board
Abby Vaile, Candidate for Columbus City School Board

 

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