“We owe it to all of us to meet this moment with aggressive action.”

June 30 2020 • Mark Chambers

How much money and political power we have to fight the climate crisis depends on the 2020 Census. 

“There are Black and brown communities all across the country that are on the frontlines of a changing Climate. And we owe it to them and we owe it to all of us to be able to meet this moment with aggressive action,” said Mark Chambers, Director of NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.

Watch the full interview with Complex World.

Transcript

Mark Chambers: It’s not even just voting, which I think is relevant. But, you know, everyone also needs to — I think everyone’s to fill out the census as well.

So if they go to my2020census.gov, it takes less than 10 minutes. But that determines how we get funding. And that funding determines who has the power to be able to push the policies that really confront and meet the challenge that we’re facing.

And it’s and that is going to be one of the big determinants of whether or not we’re able to do what we need to do. Because otherwise, we can all pretend like there are different sides to this, but there aren’t.

Climate change is real. It’s happening now. And if we don’t confront it with everything we have, then we are going to see more death and destruction. And that is not an acceptable outcome, especially considering that it’s not equally born across all of our population.

There are Black and brown communities all across the country that are on the frontlines of a changing climate. And we owe it to them and we owe it to all of us to be able to meet this moment with aggressive action. There’s no room on the sidelines.