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On September 12, the Boca Raton City Council unanimously passed a resolution urging the United States Congress to take prompt actions to address climate change.The language in the resolution requests that Congress recognize the significant effects that climate change will have on the nation, and more specifically, the southeast Florida region. It also requests prompt action from Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels by implementing effective policies and programs.The resolution acknowledges the work of Congressman Ted Deutch's (FL-22) bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in Congress to find common ground on the urgent issue of climate change.Congressman Deutch, who represents Boca Raton, applauded the Council's resolution and issued this statement:“South Floridians of all political stripes understand the urgent threat climate change poses to our way of life. That’s because rising tides and worsening storms are already affecting our community. I started the Climate Solutions Caucus with equal representation of Democrats and Republicans so that we can start the conversation for bipartisan climate action. Congress should follow the lead of Boca Raton and the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact to put science above politics and act now on this growing threat.”“Congress is already exploring efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the work of the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, and as they do their part nationally, we’ll do our part locally,” said Councilmember Monica Mayotte. “Climate change is not a partisan issue, and we support and encourage the work of the Caucus at the national level.”In 2017, the City of Boca Raton joined the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, along with a coalition of neighboring cities and counties including Palm Beach, Broward, Miami/Dade and Monroe, and has begun integrating the Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) framework into appropriate existing and future sustainability action plans.
For more information on the Climate Action Resolution, please visit the City of Boca Raton's Sustainability webpage or read the City's Resolution 125-2018.