Brisbane Speaks Out For the Environment

Brisbane Speaks Out For the Environment
BY: Mayor LORI LIU, City of Brisbane, loriliu@ci.brisbane.ca.us
Brisbane is a small city, but we’ve delivered measurable and significant results when it comes to curbing global warming. In response to recent actions by the Federal Government to cut back on climate protection, on several occasions, the City of Brisbane has voiced its commitment to taking action locally.
On June 1st, in response to President Trump’s announcement of the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement of 2015, I issued a letter on behalf of the City, detailing the actions the City of Brisbane has taken to address climate change, and emphasizing our leadership in ecological sustainability. As I mentioned in my letter, we’re a small city, but this is how change happens, and where it begins. It is our community’s commitment to the environment and the beautiful backdrop of San Bruno Mountain nestling our town that resulted in us becoming a city 56 years ago. And throughout our city’s history, we have continued to prioritize protection of our natural habitat. By making this pledge in response to the President’s actions, along with 312 other U.S. Mayors representing 62 million Americans, I vowed to adopt, honor and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement.
Secondly, on June 5th, I signed the “We Are Still In” open letter, joining over 1,000 governors, mayors, businesses, investors and colleges and universities from across the U.S. pledging to help the U.S. deliver on its international climate commitments. By doing so, we pledged to do our part to continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions.
In addition, in response to President Trump’s threat to withdraw Federal funding for Caltrain’s Electrification Project, on May 19th, I joined a bipartisan group of Bay Area mayors and local officials in writing to Secretary Elaine Chao of the U.S. Department of Transportation, expressing our strong support for approval of the pending funding for this project. Two days later, after receiving our letter as well as support from a broad coalition of advocates, the Federal Transit Administration agreed to approve a grant to electrify the Caltrain tracks. Electrification will replace Caltrain’s aging diesel fleet with high-performance electric commuter trains, increase the system’s ridership capacity, reduce emissions, decrease traffic congestion, provide faster, more efficient transit service, and foster job and economic growth. Our letter was an example of how our voice matters in protecting the environment.
I am proud and honored to represent a city that takes a hard look at climate change and makes marked advancements toward curbing global warming. And I vow to continue onward in leading our community’s momentum as we work together to support, lead and uphold the commitments to the goals and measures of our Climate Action Plan. I am proud that the City of Brisbane leads by example and puts our planet first.

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