New Haven, CT – With a vote of the Greenwich Board of Selectmen, yesterday the Town of Greenwich has become the 28th Connecticut municipality to pass a climate action resolution.
Momentum to elevate climate change as an emergency through local civic action comes at a time when the state is not on track to meet statutory emissions targets. Save the Sound is helping lead the way in pursuit of strong climate action.
“I am proud of the work we’re doing with grassroots partners to elevate the urgency of climate change, and there is still so much to be done,” said Alex Rodriguez, environmental justice specialist at Save the Sound. “Twenty-eight municipalities have signaled to the State of Connecticut that they demand prioritization of sustainable, meaningful, and long-term climate solutions. We will continue pushing for these resolutions regionally, as the state must devote more resources to climate action and resiliency.”
“The importance of a climate resolution for the Town of Greenwich cannot be overstated. It is more than a symbolic gesture. It gives our youth a voice in their future. It holds the current generation accountable for their actions,” said Janet Stone McGuigan, Greenwich Selectwoman, Co-chair of Greenwich Sustainability Committee. “It provides the Town with guiding principles and a clear roadmap. If this debate has generated a lot of attention, it is because it is a worthy effort.”
New Britain passed its resolution on October 9, 2019. New Britain Minority Leader Alderman Aram Ayalon said: “The fight against climate change is picking up. Municipal leaders are rising to the challenge in Connecticut because we recognize we have to do our part to protect clean air and clean water for our constituents. Greenwich is joining New Britain and many other communities in sending a message to the state that we need urgent action on climate immediately.”
A map of the Connecticut municipalities that have declared climate resolutions can be found here.