By: Sharon Aron Baron
The Broward County Commission voted to move forward on a resolution opposing the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement of 2015 and to acknowledge that global climate change is real at Tuesday’s meeting.
“Today I am proud to co-sponsor a resolution on behalf of Broward County in support of the Paris Agreement,” said Michael Udine who represents Coral Springs. “In District 3, and the Greater South Florida area, we know the devastating effects that climate change can have on our environment, businesses and our homes. This resolution continues to make climate change a priority in Broward County.”
Initially co-sponsored by Mayor Barbara Sharief, Commissioners Dale Holness, Nan Rich and Michael Udine, the resolution states that the president’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement of 2015 reverses decades of American diplomatic leadership. Withdrawing also places our country on the wrong side of history, along with raising the potential for harm to the American people and economy by increasing the likelihood of very costly, damaging climate impacts in the U.S. including severe effects in Broward County from flooding, beach erosion, extreme weather and saltwater intrusion, among other climate-related problems.
The resolution also reiterates its previous commitments to reduce operational and countywide greenhouse gas emissions to at least 80 percent below 2010 levels by the year 2050.