October 29, 2013. It's not just the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. It's a reminder -- a call to action -- that the clock is ticking for New York City to prepare for the next big storm.
The next mayor must take immediate steps to make our city more resilient to changing weather patterns and rising seas. We need to pressure the candidates now -- before the election -- to clearly articulate their vision on this critical issue. And when the next mayor does take office, we need him to make long-term planning and investing a top priority.
Tell NYC Mayoral Candidates: Show us your plan for climate change!
Forget about Washington. Partisan gridlock in Congress means it will be almost impossible to get action from the federal government for the foreseeable future. That’s why it’s so important that New York City take action now – and our next mayor must lead the way.
As we approach the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall, New Yorkers need to know that the future of our neighborhoods, our infrastructure and our economy are top priorities for you. That’s why we ask that you:
1)Release your detailed strategy to prepare our city for a changing climate, including your plan to pay for infrastructure investments
2)Engage in a robust dialogue with voters so they can get more information about your plans
3)Pledge to make climate resilience, infrastructure investments and long-term planning high priorities for your administration.
The New York City Panel on Climate Change projects that the sea level will rise four to eight inches by the 2020s. That means nearly 800,000 residents and a quarter of the city’s land area will be in the 100-year floodplain. Sandy inflicted between $30 billion and $50 billion dollars of damage on the New York City economy. How much will the next storm cost us, in dollars and in human tragedy?
Please act now – and show us your climate resilience plan.