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File #: Res 0356-2014    Version: * Name: People’s Climate March New York City - September 23, 2014
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Environmental Protection
On agenda: 7/24/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution recognizing the dangers of climate change to human health and the environment and endorsing the People's Climate March NYC scheduled to precede the United Nations Summit on Climate Change that will take place on September 23, 2014, in New York City, which is "aimed at catalyzing action by governments, business, finance, industry, and civil society in areas for new commitments and substantial, scalable and replicable contributions to the Summit that will help the world shift toward a low-carbon economy."
Sponsors: Donovan J. Richards, Margaret S. Chin, Costa G. Constantinides, Corey D. Johnson, Peter A. Koo, Mark Levine, Rosie Mendez, Antonio Reynoso, Ritchie J. Torres, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Helen K. Rosenthal, Brad S. Lander, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Stephen T. Levin, Carlos Menchaca, Rory I. Lancman, Andrew Cohen, Daniel R. Garodnick
Council Member Sponsors: 18
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 9/4/14, 2. Hearing Testimony 9/4/14, 3. Hearing Transcript 9/4/14, 4. Committee Report 9/10/14, 5. Hearing Transcript 9/10/14, 6. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 9-10-14, 7. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - September 10, 2014
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
9/10/2014*Donovan J. Richards City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/10/2014*Donovan J. Richards Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/10/2014*Donovan J. Richards Committee on Environmental Protection Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/4/2014*Donovan J. Richards Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/4/2014*Donovan J. Richards Committee on Environmental Protection Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/24/2014*Donovan J. Richards City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/24/2014*Donovan J. Richards City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 356
 
 
Resolution recognizing the dangers of climate change to human health and the environment and endorsing the People's Climate March NYC scheduled to precede the United Nations Summit on Climate Change that will take place on September 23, 2014, in New York City, which is "aimed at catalyzing action by governments, business, finance, industry, and civil society in areas for new commitments and substantial, scalable and replicable contributions to the Summit that will help the world shift toward a low-carbon economy."
 
 
By Council Members Richards, Chin, Constantinides, Johnson, Koo, Levine, Mendez, Reynoso, Torres, Rodriguez, Rosenthal, Lander, Espinal, Levin, Menchaca, Lancman, Cohen and Garodnick
 
Whereas, The decade from 2001 to 2010 was the warmest on record, and the years 2005 and 2010 are tied for the hottest years on record; and
Whereas, The Environmental Protection Agency determined that current and future greenhouse gas concentrations endanger public health, and, according to the Global Humanitarian Forum, climate change already seriously affects 325 million people, and is responsible for 300,000 deaths and $125 billion in economic losses worldwide each year; and
Whereas, Extreme weather events, most notably heat waves and precipitation extremes, are occurring with increased frequency, with deadly consequences for people and wildlife; and
Whereas, In the United States in 2011 alone, 14 weather and climate disasters occurred, including droughts, heat waves, and floods; and
Whereas, Climate change is affecting food security by negatively impacting the growth and yields of important crops, and droughts, floods, and changes in snowpack are altering water supplies; and
Whereas, Arctic summer sea ice extent has decreased by nearly 50 percent in the past several decades, with an accompanying drastic reduction in sea ice thickness and volume, which is severely jeopardizing ice-dependent animals; and
Whereas, Scientists have concluded that by the year 2100 as many as one in ten species may be on the verge of extinction due to climate change; and
Whereas, The world's land-based ice is rapidly melting, threatening water supplies in many regions and raising sea levels; and
Whereas, Sea level is rising along the East Coast of the United States faster than it has risen for the last 2,000 years, is accelerating in pace, and could rise by one to two meters this century, threatening millions of Americans with severe flooding; and
      Whereas, In September, world leaders will be coming to New York City for a United Nations summit on climate change; and
      Whereas, Related to this summit, there will be a People's Climate March to demand that the world respond to the climate change crises and develop an economy that works for both people and the environment to make a world with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone; and
      Whereas, This march is an opportunity to create the largest-ever demonstration to demand action on climate change; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York recognizes the dangers of climate change to human health and the environment and endorsing the People's Climate March NYC scheduled to precede the United Nations Summit on Climate Change that will take place on September 23, 2014, in New York City, which is "aimed at catalyzing action by governments, business, finance, industry, and civil society in areas for new commitments and substantial, scalable and replicable contributions to the Summit that will help the world shift toward a low-carbon economy."
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