& OUR PLANET
On Day One as Executive, I will work to protect our children’s drinking water and our lakes, rivers, and streams, and I will lead the effort to chart a course toward full sustainability, measurably shrinking Oakland County’s carbon footprint. Flint taught us tragic and painful lessons about what happens when we neglect our precious water resource. We will learn the lessons of Flint to make sure our drinking water is safe for our children in school, at home, and for future generations.
We now have a sitting president who denies the basic, irrefutable science of climate change. Thanks to his dangerous and reckless policies, after three years of decline, we saw carbon dioxide emissions rise sharply in the US last year. Our fragile environment won’t wait for a new administration. That’s why cities and counties around the country have developed and tracked against their sustainability strategies.
Here in Michigan, Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties are among the counties that have enacted sustainability plans. In Oakland County, cities such as Farmington Hills, Auburn Hills, Rochester and Rochester Hills already have sustainability plans in place. Yet, Oakland County has been silent.
Climate change is among the most pressing, serious, important challenges of our time. To best position Oakland County, our State and our world for the future, I will enact an aggressive, ambitious sustainability plan. My administration will clearly articulate these goals and track our progress against them. Scientists agree that we don’t have a moment to spare.