FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2013
Contact: Alyssa Cocchi
Washington, D.C. – Today, a federal scientific advisory committee released a draft of the Third National Climate Assessment. The assessment, authored by top U.S. scientists and federal agencies, documents the damage climate change is doing to communities and businesses across our country.
In response, Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins issued the following statement:
2012 was the hottest year on record and we saw a spike in natural disasters. From wildfires to widespread droughts and Superstorms like Sandy, these disasters are taking a toll on Americans, especially low-income communities and people of color.
In order to survive climate change, we need to make our neighborhoods more resilient. From investing in green stormwater infrastructure and energy efficiency, to creating community gardens, neighborhoods across the country are already preparing to weather the storms to come.
We also need real, bold, decisive action to slash carbon pollution. The commitment President Obama has made to fight climate change is encouraging. He can do it through smart federal policy that protects public health and boosts community resilience. And in the process, we can build an inclusive green economy that will create jobs and business opportunities for the people who need them most.