Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., was emotional Friday as she discussed how climate change has affected her own personal outlook on life.
"I'm talking to you not as an elected official or a public figure, but I'm talking to you as a person," the freshman congresswoman said at a summit on Copenhagen. the dreams of motherhood now taste bittersweet, because of what I know about our children's future, "she added, tears streaming back.
He gives his keynote address at the C40 World Mayors Summit that recently approved a global version of his "Green New Deal."
Ocasio-Cortez went on to decry the effects of climate change and suggested that Puerto Ricans died because they lived "under colonial rule." Just two years ago one of the United States' deadliest disasters in the form of Hurricane Maria, "he said.
" The typhoon caused by climate change killed more than 3,000 Puerto Ricans, the American people ̵1; – my own grandfather passed away – all because they lived under colonial rule, which contributed to horrible conditions and lack of recovery. ”
He said it was not a" coincidence "that Hurricane Dorian had the same effect on the Bahamas. "As has been noted by many – recorded in a horrific climate crisis that first affected those who not only contributed to our outbursts but who have experienced so much in the global history of inequality, colonization , and imperialism attached to one. Injustice to another, "he said.
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The New York congressman traveled to Copenhagen for a meeting on C40, a group of 94 mayors led by Los Mayor & # 39; Mayor Eric Garcetti – just announced as the group's new chair. There, many mayors in the United States supported the "Global Green New Deal." It also aims to achieve the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement to maintain warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.