No challenge we face is more urgent than the climate crisis, especially in low-lying districts like 39. Brandon will fight to create well-paying green jobs, end New York's reliance on fossil fuels, prioritize public transit and cycling over cars, protect flood-prone areas, bring utilities under truly public control, and reverse years of entrenched environmental racism.
- A Green New Deal for NYCHA. Eliminate NYCHA's carbon pollution by 2030, reducing New York's annual carbon output by 2.3 million tons and creating hundreds of thousands of good jobs in New York City over the course of ten years.
Care, not carbon. Invest heavily in low-carbon care and service work, including child- and elder-care, public parks, and the arts.
- Public power. Bring all utilities in New York City under truly community-based and public control, distributed on the basis of need, not ability to pay.
- Renewables only. End New York City's reliance on fossil fuels.
- Planning for the future. De-center the automobile in urban planning, heavily invest in public transit, and work towards city management of public transit, and reducing fares to free.
- Eliminate transit deserts. Areas of the district that are far from subway stations or where residents are forced to depend on slow, unreliable bus service create ecological hazards and encourage car use. We must grow our public transit system to meet the needs of all residents.
- Brace for impact. Prioritize the construction of countermeasures in low-lying, flood-prone areas in the district. Create funding streams to be used directly for grassroots environmental groups in frontline communities.
- Taking a long view. Create a 100-year plan to strengthen our resiliency in the face of climate change.