The alarming August 2021 scientific report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change describes just how devastating climate change already is, and how much worse it will
The alarming August 2021 scientific report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change describes just how devastating climate change already is, and how much worse it will get in the coming years. We’re seeing record heat and drought in the American West, wildfires from California to Greece to Siberia, and historic floods in Europe and China. The U.N. Secretary-General described it as a “code red for humanity.” But the report also says that we have a short window to stop things from getting even worse. Practically no tangible progress can be attributed to global emissions agreements; currently, 75 of the biggest emitters are predicted to decrease emissions by just 1 percent of 2010 levels by 2030. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change target? More than 45 percent.
Local communities must have a greater role in American environmental policy in order to achieve effective solutions. These communities know the consequences of environmental policies firsthand, have intimate knowledge of their unique environmental needs and possess the ability to generate an organic consensus. Moreover, 72% of Americans trust the accountability and stewardship of their local governments.
Source: Empower local government to develop environmental solutions Evan Patrohay
The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 275 cities, towns, and villages. The Mayors Caucus pushes past geographical boundaries and local interests to work on public policy issues. The Caucus completed its 2021 Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region, which is one of the first regional climate plans in the United States. Although the plan is regional in scope, the strategies in the plan are specifically tailored for independent action at the municipal scale. Municipal governments are uniquely positioned to lead, enact policies, and encourage others to take action. The Caucus will work with its membership, to immediately undertake these commonsense strategies so that, collectively, we may all address the depth and complexity of the climate crisis from the bottom up. Roselle, Bloomingdale, Itasca, and Hanover Park all belong to the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.
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League of Women Voters of Roselle-Bloomingdale