State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) earlier this week joined the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL), over 550 state legislators from across the country, in issuing a statement regarding their commitment to maintaining U.S. leadership on fighting climate change and adhering to the Paris Climate Agreement.
“Climate change is a multi-faceted issue that has broad effects from the local to global level. The scientific evidence on changes in our environment is very real and alarming,” said Howse. “This may potentially cause economic harm by not requiring top businesses to commit to clean energy production, even though CEOs and business leaders nationwide advocated for the continuance of the Paris Agreement. I believe state and local governments need to continue the discussion on solutions for climate change and work together to help the U.S. have a stake in the global economy for clean, renewable energy.”
Signed by President Barack Obama in 2016, the Paris Climate Agreement is a global response to combat climate change and prevent global temperatures from increasing more than one and a half degrees Celsius this century. Nations that signed the agreement are committed to work together to meet these goals and, in many cases, move well beyond them for the sake of humanity.
NCEL is a national bipartisan organization of state legislators focused on progressive environmental policies, defeating anti-environment proposals and producing and sharing information regarding national and state laws that negatively affect the environment. NCEL was established in 1996 by Leon Billings, a U.S. staffer who was actively engaged in crafting the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act.
As a member of NCEL, Howse participated in the organization’s national conference in 2016. This year’s national conference will take place in Boston, Massachusetts in August.
The full statement of NCEL members committed to protecting the Paris Climate Agreement can be viewed at statelegislatorsunitedforclimateaction.org.