When the activists in our New York chapters heard about the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act coming up in the state legislature, they knew they had to act. After all, with its requirement for the state the to reach 100 percent clean energy by 2040 and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the bill was a chance for New York to make a huge step forward and send a message to the nation that energy transition is on.
Chapter activists sprang into action, meeting with representatives, launching letter writing campaigns, holding events around the state, and getting the word out on social media, all to pressure legislators to vote in favor of the legislation.
Thanks in part to their efforts, the bill passed both the state assembly and senate. Then in July, Vice President Gore joined Governor Cuomo for a ceremony to mark the signing of this landmark climate bill. Not only does the law lay out a clear path forward for New York, but it also gives other states an important framework and concrete benchmarks as a model for climate action.