NEW YORK, NY — September 20, 2019 — Congressman Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on today’s Student Climate Strike:
“Earlier this week, the Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment invited student climate activists from across the globe to testify at a hearing on the global climate crisis. As Chair of the Committee, I thought it was important to hear from the younger generation about climate change, which will disproportionately affect them and generations to come. The witnesses included, among others, Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Founder of the climate advocacy group ‘Fridays For Future,’ and Vic Barrett, a Westchester native and Plaintiff in the case Juliana v. United States in which students are suing the U.S. government for harming their right to life and liberty by allowing and encouraging activities that contribute to climate change.
“Greta, Vic and the younger generation know what too many in Congress don’t—the time to act on climate change was yesterday. Urgent action is needed, now. That’s what this Climate Strike is all about. I applaud the young students across the country today who are taking a stand for their future, and ours too. The effects of climate change are not somewhere off in the distance. They are here, now, and we are already paying for our inaction. Storms are more powerful. Droughts are more pronounced. Sea levels are rising. Climate change is here, and without immediate action to cut carbon emissions, like a Green New Deal, we will doom Greta, Vic, and every other student striking today to a far less hospitable world.
“Time is ticking. We need to completely overhaul our energy sector, turn to 100% renewable sources of energy, and end our addiction to fossil fuels. And we need to do it right now.”
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SOURCE: Bryant Daniels | Communications & Deputy District Director | Congressman Eliot L. Engel