The Red Wing City Council Monday night passed a resolution declaring a climate emergency in the city, joining an emerging coalition of Minnesota cities taking action locally and calling on the state and federal government for support.
Joan Halgren, a citizen member of the Sustainability Commission sub committee that worked on the resolution, says it’s a great step forward and will help with obtaining funding.
Council member Evan Brown says climate change is not just someone else’s problem, it’s a local issue.
The resolution further commits the City of Red Wing to its 2020-2025 Climate Action Work Plan, which has its goal of reducing emissions by 80% (from 2015) on or before 2040.
The resolution also calls on the state and federal governments to encourage investment in clean energy and to provide resources and support to help cities and other entities implement environmental solutions.