The high temperatures weren’t just contained to the Big Apple. Across the country, from the east coast to the midwest and the west, the blistering heat wave reportedly affected more than 120 million people nationwide.
The sweltering weather was more than just uncomfortable, it was potentially deadly, especially after some 51,000 Con Edison customers lost power.
In the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Mill Basin, Flatbush and Canarsie, the utility company cut off power to make repairs and prevent a larger outage from taking place.
Thousands of residents in the Rockaways were also reportedly left in the dark after PSEG Long Island dealt with power failures. The MTA couldn’t run its A train or Rockaway Park shuttle during the outage.
In other parts of the country, we have seen terrible droughts, wildfires and floods that took lives, destroyed homes and wreaked havoc in communities.
Even in New York City, after Superstorm Sandy caused so much damage, the question isn’t if another hurricane like it is on the way, but when it will happen.
We are already feeling the effects of climate change, and it will get worse. If we don’t act with urgency now, we won’t get the chance to do something in the future.
New York City is trying to do its part. The Climate Mobilization Act curbs carbon emissions and encourages investment in green roofs and solar energy.
In passing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the state has also passed bold measures in the fight against climate change. Recently signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the law requires a scaling up of renewables and cutting down on greenhouse gases.
Now it’s the federal government’s turn to pass a Green New Deal. Lawmakers, especially those who are skeptical of climate science, need to open their eyes to the destructive impacts of failing to act.
Better yet, they can feel it with the extreme weather conditions all around them. Hopefully, that will shake them of their willful ignorance.