The City of Highland Park (the City) has posted information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Change Website on the City’s website following the decision by the White House to remove it from the federal government website. The City has joined Chicago, Evanston and eleven other cities across the country in posting fact-based information and data on climate change. Information may be found at www.cityhpil.com/environment.
“If we want to take meaningful action to address climate change, we need fact-based information. Deleting this information from a website does not change the fact that climate change is a real issue that needs to be addressed,” stated Mayor Nancy Rotering. “The City of Highland Park is proud to maintain public access to climate change information backed by science and research. Highland Park is a leader of sustainability initiatives and we will continue to proactively work towards climate action based on facts.”
Earlier this month, Mayor Nancy Rotering joined more than 200 mayors across the country in pledging to uphold the commitments included in the Paris Agreement as part of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda. In December 2015, nearly 200 nations came together in Paris to develop a framework and subsequently signed an agreement to protect the planet for generations to come. Under the agreement, each country submitted a climate-action plan laying out how it would mitigate global warming.
The information added to the City website includes the basic science behind climate change, the different ways in which weather is impacted from increased greenhouse gas emissions, and actions the federal government has taken to reduce the impact.
In addition to Highland Park, Chicago, and Evanston, the cities of Atlanta; Boston; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Houston; Milwaukee; New Orleans; Philadelphia; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco; Seattle; and St. Louis have also published the EPA climate change research.
For more information please contact the City Manager’s Office at 847.926.1000.