NY Renews advocates for the Climate and Community Investment Act
ROCHESTER, NY – NY Renews sponsored a rally in support of the Climate and Community Investment Act, also known as CCIA, in Rochester on Saturday.
A coalition of community groups and environmental organizations from across the state, NY Renews hopes to build momentum for CCIA adoption as part of the 2022 state budget.
This law would collect $ 15 billion per year by charging polluting companies $ 55 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions they release.
The money would then be reinvested in creating green jobs, sustaining frontline communities, and building a renewable economy.
“If that happened, it would be a transformation, it would make New York City the leader in climate, justice and racial justice in the future,” said Allen Blair, New York Renews Coalition Member and Volunteer. If we don’t, we’re going to be in big trouble. It won’t happen right away, but in a decade or so we’ll be a badly affected country if we don’t. New York State can be a leader. “
NY Renews was part of the 2019 effort to pass the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which required the state to invest energy funding in communities struggling with climate change.