Climate Emergency declared

Climate Emergency declared

Ceri Breeze / Shutterstock.com

Chicago has formally declared a climate emergency. On Wednesday, a unanimously approved resolution was passed by the City Council declaring, “a state of climate emergency that threatens the health and well-being of Chicago, its inhabitants, and its environment.” The resolution previously cleared the council’s Committee on Environmental Protection & Energy last week.

North Side Alderman Matt Martin sponsored the resolution. The resolution cited that recent global climate calamities including “intensifying wildfires, floods, rising seas, diseases, droughts, and extreme weather.” The resolution also places responsibility on the United States of America for the increasing global conditions.

The resolution adds that “the United States of America has disproportionately contributed to the climate and ecological emergencies and thus bears an extraordinary responsibility to rapidly solve these crises,” and that “Chicago is obligated to lead by example.” The resolution is more of symbolic importance as it calls on Congress and President Trump to declare a national emergency.

It is highly unlikely that such an emergency will be declared as the Presidential election is on the corner as President Trump has regularly denied climate science and the Senate is controlled by Republicans who back him. Last year, the University of Illinois has declared a climate emergency. The resolution has endorsed the “rapid, just, managed divestment and phase-out of fossil fuel” and “ending greenhouse-gas emissions as quickly as possible to establish a zero-emissions economy.”

Martin has called for additional legislation calling for hearings on municipal recycling and composting at Wednesday’s council meeting. At last week’s committee debate, the alderman is throwing support behind Rep. Ann Williams of Chicago’s sponsored Clean Energy Jobs Act in the General Assembly.

Staff writer for the Chicago Morning Star

Related Posts
Climate emergency advances close to implementation in Chicago
Chicago alderman urges for the joint steps to be taken at state, national, and federal
Rep. Villa sponsors resolution to remember role of Illinois in giving women right to vote
Illinois was the first state of the US that ratified the 19th Amendment and achieved
Kansas City is going to become 1st metropolitan area with free bus system
The City Council of Kansas City approved a resolution on Thursday about the free bus
LIHEAP Provides Illinois Families with More Funding
Today the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) are
Underage Suspected in September Stabbing Death in Schaumburg Arrested by Police Detectives
According to Schaumburg Police Department, Police Detectives arrested a 17-year-old male suspect at his residence
Rockford Man Found Guilty of Robbery and Firearm Charges
ROCKFORD — A man has been convicted of federal robbery and firearm charges in connection with a
Study Shows JJC’s Impact on Local Economy
Joliet Junior College operations supported approximately $128.7 million in economic output for the region in
Chicago Tech Executive Guilty of Illegally Exporting Computer Equipment to Pakistan
CHICAGO —A Chicago technology executive pleaded guilty today to a federal criminal charge and admitted
City of Naperville Announces Jason Arres as Next Police Chief
The City of Naperville is pleased to announce that Jason Arres, who currently serves as
AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust hosts worker appreciation luncheon at Salesforce Tower project
The AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT) and the AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation (ITC) recently hosted a