As an environmental engineer, I believe in science. And I’ve looked at the facts behind what’s contributing to the climate change we’re all experiencing, which is why this week — Climate Week — is so important. 

The increase in superstorms like Sandy will impact our kids the most. That’s why millions of them took to the streets world-wide to pressure our legislators to finally take action before it’s too late. We need to take a page from these young people leading the way because they’re the custodians of the future.  

Since the 1970s, climate scientists have warned us that the release of greenhouse gases cause global warming. In just the past year, we witnessed unprecedented melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet, massive wildfires due to extremely dry conditions and record high global temperatures. 

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This impacts Westfield, and we can do something about it.  

Recognizing this, Mayor Shelley Brindle and Ward 3 Councilman David Contract reinstated the Westfield Green Team in 2018 — of which I am a member. Comprised of dedicated volunteers and industry experts, we undertook a number of important initiatives to make Westfield sustainable. 

These initiatives include: an extended Earth Day Celebration that created the first Westfield Free Market, expanded recycling programs at the Westfield Conservation Center and the launch of The Green Westfield Business Initiative to encourage the reduction of single-use plastics in our downtown. 

As your Ward 1 Councilman, I will continue supporting forward-thinking initiatives like these because we don’t have the luxury to wait, and our kids need us to act. I look forward to earning your vote on November 5th.

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