WHEREAS, the continuing consumption of fossil energy sources is fundamentally unsustainable; and
WHEREAS, anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions pose an unacceptable risk of destabilizing local, regional and global climate systems; and
WHEREAS, detrimental changes to the climate systems upon which human society has evolved over the past 10,000 years and upon which all living creatures depend threaten catastrophic impacts for the people of Norwich, Vermont and our collective values of environmental conservation and the wise nurturing of human potential; and
WHEREAS, the United States has withdrawn from the United Nations Climate Change Conference's Paris Agreement, an international agreement to begin to address anthropogenic climate change through voluntary commitments supporting prevention and mitigation; and
WHEREAS, a variety of states, municipalities, non-governmental organizations, and businesses are offering an alternative voice and message that the people in the United States are committed to shifting to sustainable lifestyles and patterns of development;
NOW, THEREFORE, the Selectboard of the Town of Norwich hereby:
1. Joins the State of Vermont and other Vermont communities and businesses in the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition, and in so doing, pledges to meet or exceed their proportionate obligations for the United States in the Paris Agreement;
2. Joins other organizations and citizens by pledging to embrace sustainable land use and lifestyle principles and practices; 3. Directs the Town Manager to work with municipal departments, town committees, third-party contractors and other organizations and the general public to develop and implement strategies and actions to effectively minimize GHG emissions derived from Town activities and spending, and to embrace sustainable principles through Town policies, regulations, strategic and other plans, and other means that may be available.
APPROVED this 28th day of February, 2018.