Local grassroots organizations launched a campaign Saturday that calls for action from local government to advance the transition to 100 percent renewable energy.
Activists from the Crossroads Collective, the WNY Environmental Alliance and the Sierra Club Niagara Group joined national climate activist Bill McKibben at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Rockwell Road to announce the "100% Buffalo Campaign."
The campaign is intended to localize and align environmental efforts that each organization is involved with at the state and national levels, including lobbying the state to speed up its move toward becoming free of fossil fuel and greenhouse gas emission with the passage of the Climate and Community Protection Act.
McKibben, an environmental author, activist and founder of the anti-fossil fuel group 350.org, is in Buffalo this weekend as the featured lecturer at the three-day Buffalo Humanities Festival.
"The 100% Buffalo campaign will signal to our local and NYS elected officials the urgency of pursuing a just transition agenda here at home in Buffalo and in the halls of state government in Albany,” said Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Deputy Director at PUSH Buffalo.