Sustainable South Bronx Calls For Leadership at U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen
(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) South Bronx, New York, December 3, 2009 – Sustainable South Bronx, a nonprofit organization delivering economic and environmental solutions to urban communities, is calling for strong leadership at the upcoming U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
About Sustainable South Bronx
It's not a moment too soon.
Communities around the globe are caught in spiraling disinvestment, bypassed by smart growth policies, cleantech startups and the growing consciousness of what constitutes a healthy community. These localities face the worst of two worlds: disproportionately suffering environmental ills while missing out on the economic renewal that comes from clean, green policy decisions.
What we need now are policies that drive change on a global level and set a course for wealth creation and quality-of-life improvement through technological and environmental innovation in every community, rich and poor.
Fortunately, we have examples of local ingenuity that can serve as global models.
The South Bronx, one of the poorest congressional districts in the United States, experiences firsthand the damage caused by a broken economic system. We see, hear, smell and taste the results of decades of policy decisions that ignored the inextricable links between environmental damage and poverty. But logic tells us that the converse is also true -- that the links between environmental improvement and economic prosperity are equally inextricable.
In the South Bronx, we have leveraged this vision to influence local leaders to implement policies that bring green industry to the South Bronx and other urban communities. We've seen that when the business case is made, people listen and act. We have proven the business case for localized sustainable development and we are now calling on global leaders to make that business case on a global level. Only then will the incentives be in place for a sustainable future fueled by clean energy and the jobs we need.
Now is the time to apply lessons learned locally to the global playing field. We need critical thinking and action by world leaders who are willing to apply those local solutions as the means to drive the necessary change at a global scale. The Copenhagen conference represents an extraordinary opportunity to showcase successes, shift policy and open the door to economic and social prosperity through environmental innovation.
We in the trenches of poor communities are ready to do the heavy lifting. What we need is leadership from the top: Those who will apply our local models globally, leverage our experience to formulate policy to propagate successes, and provide the political muscle to get us all moving in the right direction.