Yesterday marked the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump withdrew American support for the Paris Agreement—a multilateral 2015 accord signed by nearly 200 nations, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide by 2020.
Of course, here in Hoboken, climate change is a big issue—one that is literally shaping our city’s future. Whether it’s catastrophic coastal flooding from events like Superstorm Sandy in 2012, or dramatic and overwhelming rainfall like the Cinco De Mayo Storm just a few weeks ago, many feel that Hoboken sits precariously in the crosshairs of climate change and its tangible negative effects.
“Hoboken is a community on the front lines of climate change, and we are facing the consequences of stronger storms and rising seas,” says Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We all experienced the destruction of Sandy, and in the last 50 years, a 71% increase in very heavy precipitation events in the northeast has led to more regular downpours and flash flooding.”
Following the President’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, Mayor Zimmer reinforced Hoboken’s commitment to continue its effort to fight climate change.
“Hoboken will stand with states and cities committed to the Paris Agreement,” says Zimmer. “Withdrawing from the Paris agreement would be a complete abdication of leadership and would put coastal cities like Hoboken at even greater risk. Cities like Hoboken will continue to lead the way in promoting sustainability and resiliency.”