'We don’t have much time'

Sep 10 2019 | 01:02 PM

The climate crisis is, fortunately, becoming a major issue. Sustainable Warwick has long advocated for a more effective reduction of fossil fuel use.

Two events to press for action are coming up:

Climate Strike on Friday, Sept. 20, a global response that includes marches in New York City and locations in the Hudson Valley. Check https://strikewithus.org/ for locations and details.

Earth to Cuomo Rally for New York’s Climate on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie. For more details, vicit http://ny.mothersoutfront.org/earth2Cuomo.

New York State recently passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, a step in the right direction.

However, New York State continues to allow new fossil fuels plants.

Despite longstanding, vocal opposition, the CPV fracked gas plant is operating and now another, larger gas plant is proceeding at Cricket Valley in Dutchess County.

Though it may promise a transition off fossil fuels, New York State cannot meet its goals if new plants come online. We now know that the methane released by gas infrastructure make gas plants as harmful to the atmosphere as coal.

Opposition to Cricket Valley is being led by Mothers Out Front, and who better to call for a halt to threats to our children and grandchildren?

The Earth to Cuomo Rally intends to send a message: no more fossil fuels plants, no more gas pipelines.

If you can, please attend one of these events.

If not, contact Gov. Cuomo at 518 474-8390 to tell him he needs to put goals into action.

We don’t have much time.

Peyton Swenson and Mary Makofske

for the Sustainable Warwick Steering Committee