Declare a climate emergency and make a climate action plan!

Declare a climate emergency and make a climate action plan!

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Golden Bicycle started this petition to Mayor John Hamilton

The Mayor's PR team keeps releasing statements congratulating climate protesters, and claiming that the city is already doing as much as possible towards climate change adaptation and mitigation.  

But the only reason we are taking the time to protest is because business as usual is not enough.  Despite Mayor Hamilton's positive comments, he has failed to initiate any substantial change in the face of a crisis.  The city in 2018 finally completed the first serious, verifiable, greenhouse gas emissions study, and themselves admit that there is no evidence that they are making serious progress to limit emissions.

At the same time, the city plans to expand the (nearly $50 million) convention center project to include a new parking garage, in addition to the garage renovation project on 4th street.  Just this year, they finished pouring $25 million tax dollars into tearing up wilderness to build a new park.  

We don't need more lawns.  We don't need more parking garages. It will take courage to stand up to business as usual, and we believe the council and the mayor are up to it.  

All we ask is that our leaders enter into meaningful, detailed dialogue with our demands.  They are as follows:

 1. Declare a Climate Emergency: Climate Change is an emergency.  Call it that. Act like it.

2. Commit to Net Zero by 2040: With a commitment to a 50% reduction by 2027.

The IPCC says the entire economy needs to make a 50% reduction by 2030 and reach Net Zero by 2050.  In order to be a leader, Bloomington needs to be far ahead of the curve to compensate for the rest of Indiana.

3. Develop a Concrete Plan: Pass an appropriation ordinance to finance, create, develop and execute a plan.

The plan must address the role of Bloomington within the wider climate crisis, particularly in preparing local hospitality for climate refugees.
Create a Director-Level Office of Sustainability and Climate Action for the city.
Explicitly address and prioritize climate change in every city decision, including transportation, zoning, density, development, etc.

4. Get Tree Coverage to 60%”: Trees are a practical and inspiring tool of mitigation. We are currently at 38%.  Half of these new trees should be Food-Bearing and from climate-anticipatory zones.

5. Expand Funding for Sustainable Housing, Transit and the Local Food Economy

The working class are the ones who will be most affected by the catastrophe of climate change.
Create a free and expanded public transit system, funded by taxes and fees that disincentivize high-carbon private transport.
Create pedestrian-friendly hubs throughout the city to ensure walkability for all residents.
Institutional and financial investments in sustainable housing.
Institutional and financial investments in the local food economy.

 

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