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Help Connecticut Address Climate Change

Blue sky and cloudsA state council is gathering input from stakeholders across Connecticut as part of its charge to develop a plan to meet the state’s mandated goal of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2001 levels by 2050.

The Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) is holding a second set of roundtable events on Tuesday, July 26th, that will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (refreshments available at 5:00 p.m.) The primary/central location will be in Hartford, with nine satellite locations across the state (from Goshen to Groton and from Norwalk to Killingly). Participants at the satellite locations will view the presentation via video link and then engage in facilitated dialogue at the local level.

RSVP to attend by clicking here. You will receive detailed location information and background materials prior to the event.

Participants in the July stakeholder events will have an opportunity to learn about the initial results of the modeling scenarios, provide feedback to the GC3 members on the priorities incorporated within those scenarios, and engage in local dialogue about some of the policy implications of the initial results: Which activities should be prioritized for early implementation? What criteria should be used in identifying the communities/regions where we should focus limited resources in the short-term?

Nearly 200 people participated in the first round of stakeholders events on May 5,  (see photos, video and other information).

At the CEA Representative Assembly this May, delegates adopted a resolution on climate change and voted to partner with others in the labor movement as a Roundtable Affiliate. The CEA resolution reads in part,

We join the Roundtable in seeking to build a worker-oriented environmental movement organizing to secure a fair and just transition that protects not only the environment, but also the livelihoods threatened by both climate change and the steps taken toward mitigation and adaptation. A robust climate protection program will create tens of thousands of new jobs in CT, but the transition to a clean-energy economy will also displace some workers. Workers making the difficult transition to alternative work deserve well-paid, secure jobs with benefits and the right to union representation.

We affirm that our public advocacy for policies on which we have found consensus is strengthened by our ability to engage in honest and open dialogue on areas where we are still seeking common ground. Our diversity is a source of power. Together, we can save the planet AND strengthen the communities where we live and work.

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