<P>While serving as Chief of Staff to <A HREF="https://kallosforcouncil.com/experience#New York State Assembly">Assembly Member Jonathan L. Bing</A> our office received an honor from the <A HREF="http://www.nylcv.org">New York League of Conservation Voters</A> for introducing environmentally friendly legislation that helped enable the <A HREF="http://www.mta.info/nyct/sbs/">MTA's Select Bus Program</A>.</P>
<P>As someone who grew up in New York City and State the environment including our City and State parks, greenways such as running and bike paths, and waterways are of integral importance. As a child I grew up playing in <A HREF="http://www.carlschurzparknyc.org/">Carl Schurz</A> and <A HREF="www.nycgovparks.org/parks/johnjaypark">John Jay</A> parks, and as an adult I've hiked in our State parks with <A HREF="www.surpriselake.org">Surprise Lake Camp</A>, biked over 75+ miles of our greenways with <A HREF="http://www.transalt.org/">Transportation Alternatives</A>, swam across the East River with <A HREF="http://www.nycswim.org/">NYC Swim</A> and in the Hudson River with the <A HREF="http://www.nyctri.com">New York City Triathlon</A>, and trained everywhere with the <A HREF="http://www.agtri.com">Asphalt Green Triathlon</A> team.</P>
<P>As an avid user of our City and States natural resources, you won't find a better advocate for our environment. After all what other candidate would fight to keep the City's rivers clean enough to swim in?</P>
“I believe climate change is real,” said Kallos, “and in June we passed a climate emergency resolution. We are the largest city in the world to do so. We’re gonna continue fighting every day to fight climate change so that the organization doesn’t have more waterfront in our city.”
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NEW YORK CITY HALL — New York City became the nation's largest city to declare a climate emergency on Wednesday, joining an international movement to address climate change.
On June 24, Councilmembers Ben Kallos and Costa Constantinides called on the city to declare a climate emergency as a crowd of activists waved signs and cheered on the steps of City Hall under the blistering sun.
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Kallos also slammed President Trump for denying climate change, telling Cheddar that New York City’s emergency declaration is a “direct response to a failure in leadership in our president and in the federal government.”
“We are hoping that if every jurisdiction around the country and around the planet says ‘nope, climate change is real,’ that will change the narrative and folks will finally have to come to terms with reality,” Kallos added. “When things are going wrong up top, we try to mobilize from the bottom.”
Gotham Gazette Calling for 'Climate Emergency' Declaration, Council Members Examine City's Progress in Renewable Energy by Caitlyn Rosen
The likely future of devastation caused by climate change is one of several reasons activist Becca Trabin said New York City needs to declare a climate emergency.
“You look out at this beautiful cityscape. You don’t just see these tall buildings that are standing here today, you see what this space will look like if we continue on our current trajectory,” Trabin said. “I see devastation all around, I see death. And I see that there is still time to avert that trajectory.”
Trabin was surrounded by about 90 activists in front of City Hall on Monday – including City Council Members Ben Kallos, Costa Constantinides, and Rafael Espinal – who rallied ahead of a hearing of the Council’s Committee of Environmental Protection that included discussion of a resolution to declare a climate emergency in New York City.
The Hudson River Park Trust has announced an effort to dramatically reduce the use of disposable plastics by the park's vendors, restaurants, and other tenants, with the intent of becoming what the trust says will be the first public park in New York City to gradually move toward a “plastic free” environment.
In 2012, Dewayne Anthony Lee Johnson took a job as groundskeeper for a California county school district. “I did everything,” he said in an interview with Time magazine. “Caught skunks, mice, and raccoons, patched holes in walls, worked on irrigation issues.”
He also treated the school grounds with Roundup weed killer, about twenty to thirty times a year and sometimes for several hours a day. On one occasion, the pesticide sprayer broke, drenching Johnson in the herbicide. Afterward, a rash broke out and skin lesions spread across his body.