PEORIA, Ill. — Several local organizations hosted a “Green New Deal” town hall on the Illinois Central College North Campus on Wednesday.
The town hall included a question-and-answer session for the audience about how the Green New Deal, legislation proposed in Congress, would tackle the problem of climate change and the Clean Energy Jobs Act, an Illinois piece of legislation that would bring clean energy, jobs, energy efficiency, and environmental justice to the state.
“Climate change and other environmental injustices are about us, and our community is the most impacted but undereducated when it comes to climate change,” said Marvin Hightower, President of Peoria NAACP.
Dr. Don Webbels, co-author of a Nobel Peace Prize winning report on climate change and University of Illinois Professor of Atmospheric Science, opened the conversation with a presentation on the science of climate change, how it will impact the Midwest, and the need for large-scale action to avert the worst impacts.
A number of organizations participated in the event.