It’s been 6 months since NYC’s historic Climate March brought 400,000 people to the streets to demand climate action. So what have those climate activists been doing to build on that incredible momentum?
As it turns out, quite a bit.
“[Politicians] are a lot more responsive since the climate march,” says Mark Dunlea, a spokesperson for the People’s Climate Movement NY. The New York City Council passed a law setting a target of an 80 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2050 and a law requiring employers to offer their employees the option of using pre-tax dollars for public transit.
But now the climate movement is asking for even bolder action, focusing on three main bills for the Council to pass:
- Create bus rapid transit lanes in the outer boroughs.
- Require operators of large buildings to receive energy-efficiency training.
- Update New York City’s Clean Air Act for the first time since 1975.
According to Grist, the mayor supports all three measures, although some activists aren’t so certain. But it seems likely all three measures will pass, with more on the way, including a new congestion pricing plan, a statewide carbon tax and divesting public pension funds from fossil fuels. You can read all the details here, and expect to see a greener, cleaner NYC in the years to come.