Yakima City Council Talks Climate Change Tuesday
When the Yakima City Council meets on zoom on at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday the council will talk about creating a future resolution in support of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty and to committing the City of Yakima to take a SAFE Cities climate change stand. The Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty is a global initiative to phase out the use of fossil fuels and support a transition to more friendly sources of energy. The goal of the treaty is to phase out fossil fuel production and fast tracking solutions to cleaner energy.
City officials also want to take a SAFE Cities climate change stand. The website stand.earth describes SAFE cities as "a movement of neighbors, local groups, and elected officials working to keep their communities SAFE from fossil fuels." The website also says "the fossil fuel industry’s harmful practices and reckless plans for expansion threaten the well-being of communities and people around the world. That’s why the SAFE Cities campaign is connecting local efforts to limit fossil fuels into a global call for action and supporting community leaders to adopt SAFE policies that phase out fossil fuels and fast track clean, more efficient energy solutions for all."
Not a lot of communities around the country have actually taken a SAFE Cities climate change stand. Some 30 cities and counties around the U.S. and one in Canada have passed policies to limit fossil fuels, build renewable energy infrastructure, and create jobs.
The council on Tuesday will talk about creating a future resolution on the issue.
Also on Tuesday the council will talk about setting up a joint meeting with the Yakima County Commissioners. No word on what the two bodies of government will discuss.
The meeting is being held on zoom since city hall remains closed. A city press release says;
The following precautions are in place for the May 18th regular meeting due to COVID-19:
The meeting will be conducted via Zoom.
Since Yakima City Hall is closed to public access, no community members can attend in person.
Live public comment on agenda items via Zoom is available. Click Public Comment | City Council (yakimawa.gov) for instructions and a Public Comment Request Form.
The May 18th Yakima City Council regular meeting will air live at 5:30 pm on Y-PAC, Charter Spectrum Channel 194, and be streamed live at https://www.yakimawa.gov/council/live-stream/
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