At the direction of Mayor Luke Bronin, Hartford City Hall was lit green on Friday night to signal Hartford’s opposition to the federal government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and to underline Hartford’s significant efforts in the area of climate change through the Climate Stewardship Initiative. Last week, Governor Malloy added Connecticut to a coalition of states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement.
“The decision to abandon the Paris Climate Agreement is an unforgivable surrender of American leadership on one of the most important issues of our time,” said Mayor Bronin. “In virtually every other country in the world, the debate is about how to confront climate change responsibly – not the absurd idea that it’s a ‘hoax’ created by China. Not only do we have a moral responsibility to reduce carbon emissions, we should also be seizing the opportunity to build a robust green jobs economy by investing clean energy.”
The Mayor continued, saying, “I’m proud to join with cities and states around the country to commit to filling the void on environmental responsibility that this decision leaves. In Hartford, we are on the path toward becoming a more sustainable city through the dedicated work of City employees, the business community, neighborhood leaders, and environmental activists through our Climate Stewardship Initiative.”