Greenwich must fight climate change

Greenwich is directly affected by inland and coastal flooding, heat waves and other known climate change hazards.

In October 2021, the Tod’s Point parking lot flooded at high tide. The American Lung Association’s State of the Air Report indicates that Fairfield County suffers from the highest ozone levels in the New York metropolitan area. The climate crisis is here, and it’s time for our community to act.

The resolution declaring Greenwich’s commitment to advancing sustainability and climate resilience, presented to the board by the Greenwich Environmental Advocacy Group (GEAG), is an effective plan that elevates the urgency of sustainable action in Greenwich. GEAG represents residents, like me, who want to see Greenwich leaders take more action to stop the catastrophic impacts that climate change will have on my generation.

GEAG supports accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy, which is critical to mitigating the impacts of climate change in our community. Greenwich has done a great job with sustainability, such as clean energy developments. Yet the 2021 report from the Greenwich Energy Management Advisory Committee says we are behind on the commitments we made in the Clean Energy Communities Municipal Pledge to reduce energy use and buy more energy renewable.

A 20% reduction in energy consumption could represent savings of $1-2 million and 3,400 metric tons of CO2 reductions. Passing this resolution will compel Greenwich to formulate a sustainability plan to ensure more dedicated action for Greenwich’s economy, quality of life and health.

Save the Sound believes this resolution will guide the actions needed to invest in our future. Failure to act will threaten our environment and our quality of life, especially for the young residents of Greenwich. I appreciate GEAG’s leadership in getting resolution to this point. Now it’s time for the Greenwich Board of Selectmen to pass it.

Greenwich resident Nicole Freitas is a climate and policy intern for Save the Sound

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