Update (June 1, 2017):
The unprecedented act by President Trump to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement affects each and every one of us.
Salt Lake City is warming at twice the global average, which is already impacting water supplies, worsening air quality, and threatening our $1 billion ski industry.
April 26, 2017
Today, I led the Sierra Club’s Mayors for 100% Clean Energy campaign, an effort to engage and recruit mayors from across the United States to endorse a goal of transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy across cities.
I co-chair the initiative, which highlights the importance of climate action and to showcase the unique ways Salt Lake City is collaborating on clean energy.
Why? Because climate change is one of the most challenging issues of our time. We can’t ignore climate change because climate change is not ignoring us.
We all have a role to play. As a mom, it’s my job to provide and protect for my children and my family. As an American, I believe it’s my civic duty to participate in our democracy, contribute to society, respect my neighbors, and celebrate the beauty and diversity of this great land. And as a mayor, it’s my responsibility to keep our economy strong, keep our communities safe, protect our air and environment, make sure everyone’s voice is heard — and do all of these things as cost-effectively, equitably, and sustainably as possible.
I strongly believe that transitioning to 100% clean and renewable energy — like wind, solar and electrified transportation — will protect our kids and families from pollution, create new jobs and local economic opportunities, and ensure that all people have access to affordable energy solutions.
Salt Lake City stands on the forefront of this issue. Climate Positive 2040 details how we will reach our goals, to transition our community’s electricity supply to 100 percent clean energy by 2032, and reducing our community greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2040.
But it is only through collaboration that we can achieve our goals. We must now encourage others to follow our example. To date, 26 cities and towns across the United States have made community-wide commitments for 100% clean, renewable energy.
This week, people are getting ready to show their support for climate justice and clean energy at the People’s Climate March. Mayors are showing their support too — by supporting Mayors For 100% Clean Energy.
I encourage all residents to support a 100% clean, renewable energy future. Learn more about the Mayor’s For 100% Clean Energy initiative, encourage your mayor to sign the pledge, learn learn about Climate Positive 2040, Salt Lake City’s plan to reach our sustainability goals.
Mayor Jackie Biskupski