April 24, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan
A group of local politicians will host a rally to call for new initiatives to combat climate change later this week.
Councilman Costa Constantinides, along with other Astoria officials, will host a Climate Change Rally on Shore Boulevard near the Astoria Park Great Lawn on Friday at 6:30 p.m. to highlight the impact of climate change in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order to roll back climate protections.
“As the recent executive order on climate shows, the Trump administration will choose fossil fuels over our public health and safety. It’s up to cities to make combating climate change and reducing pollution a top priority,” Constantinides said in a statement.
The rally comes the day before the “People’s Climate March” in Washington D.C. and throughout the country to bring awareness to issues of climate change and to protest Trump’s order.
“In honor of Earth Day and as a send-off for everyone going down to D.C. for the People’s Climate March on Washington, we must show how valuable environmental protection and combating climate change is to our city and for our planet. We will reaffirm our support for actions that decrease pollution and increase use of renewable energy,” Constantinides said.
Constantinides will speak on his environmental initiatives as head of the City Council Environmental Protection Committee and will give advice on how an individual can lower their environmental impact.
He will be joined by State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, Public Advocate Letitia James, and various activist and environmental groups.
“I look forward to seeing our Astoria community join us on April 28th to show that we stand together on climate,” Constantinides said.
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