Tucson, Arizona, became one of the latest cities in the US to declare a Climate Emergency in September of 2020. And, led by Mayor Regina Romero, Tucson adopted a climate plan that includes clean energy, community planning, and a focus on the local residents who already suffer from the effects of climate change.
Mayor Romero brought a Climate Emergency Declaration to Tucson’s City Council meeting last September, after record-breaking months of heat in the city. And the Tucson heat is just part of the picture: as the proposal read, the effects will, “worsen the effects of major hazards such as wildfires, drought, extreme heat, and flooding.”
The number one action that citizens can take is to demand common sense solutions to tackle climate change from our leaders. All of us can support immediate action by the government to address global warming.
For Tucson, climate change is not a distant idea; it is a present, daily threat. “We don’t have time to waste. It’s life or death,” Mayor Romero told KOLD News 13. “It is a public health issue as well.”
Tucson’s City Council agreed: the city declared a Climate Emergency at the September 9 meeting. The declaration included adopting a 10-year climate plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2030.
Council Member Durham and I added the City of Tucson’s Climate Emergency Declaration to the 9/9 Council meeting agenda for discussion. Let’s make Tucson a more ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable city. #WeAreOne #SomosUno pic.twitter.com/MrqbZ1VlmT
— Regina Romero (@TucsonRomero) August 28, 2020