Calling for Fast and Aggressive Climate Action
#ActNow on Climate
Senator Hughes joined Penn Environment in Love Park to speak about the urgency of the climate crisis and call for action now. Senator Hughes recently signed a letter with 75+ state and local officials to support aggressive climate action from the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA).
Recently, the EPA proposed new emission limits for power plants that would decrease pollution by 617 million metric tons. For reference, that would be the equivalent of getting 137 million cars off the road. Senator Hughes signed the letter to support this major step to fight climate change and protect the health and well-being of Pennsylvanians.
When we protect our planet, we protect the health and safety of current and future generations.
Just a few months ago, Drexel’s Climate Resilience Research Agenda, released a report that projected how climate change could affect parts of Philadelphia over the next 25 years. According to the report, the Delaware River could rise up to 19 inches by 2050, temperatures could heat up nearly 6 degrees, and there could be a rise in extreme heat days, all due to climate change.
The impacts of climate change can impact communities in a very real way. Flooding and extreme heat can disrupt normal operations of communities and present serious danger to residents. Building, utility, and transportation infrastructure can also be challenged by these extreme repercussions of climate change.
It’s important for government, business, and community leaders to take the threat seriously. We can work together now to prevent terrible outcomes like flooding and extreme heat waves, or we can work together when disaster strikes.
We choose to #ActNow!