The overwhelming climate crisis
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the climate change crisis? If so, you are not alone and have reasons to feel stressed. According to scientists, we are facing the sixth global extinction; but whereas the previous five extinctions happened over millions of years, this one is taking place within only 200 years and we are at the beginning of it. One psychological problem of the climate change crisis is the uncertainty of a fixed date of when it will hit you and your family catastrophically. This vagueness can lead in many to inaction and/or procrastination which in turn leads to more stress and feelings of hopelessness.
Are things hopeless? Not yet. If you live in Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village you are blessed to have witnessed over recent years management’s deep commitment to promoting “green” actions, for instance the installation of almost 10 000 solar panels for renewable energy, and many other energy saving steps (for this they received the 2018 Platinum LEED Award) . You can personally assist their efforts by faithfully recycling, composting, saving water and electricity in your apartment and by generally avoiding waste.
The city and state of New York are heavily engaged in energy saving projects such as reducing car traffic, and banning plastic bags to name just two. Globally, at the recent Economic Forum in Davos alarm bells regarding climate change were sounding, a new development.
If each one of us becomes more committed to climate change solutions, does their daily duty of waste reduction, seeks out groups or organizations committed to climate change challenges, maybe even makes a donation, it may not be too late and you may feel less overwhelmed.
Irmgard C. Taylor
Throwing the book at phone scammers
Dear Name Withheld,
I share your concern regarding one of the true scourges of the modern era: scam robocalls. This is one of the top concerns raised by my constituents. The people making these calls aren’t just a constant irritation. They are predators, targeting the elderly in particular with calls attempting to fraudulently part people with their hard-earned savings.
That’s why I sponsor legislation called the Robocall Prevention Act (S.3297-D) with my colleague Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, which would create the strongest state-level protections against robocalls in the nation. The bill would crack down on these scammers by prohibiting callers from making robocalls without their prior express consent, requiring telephone service providers to provide free call blocking software to consumers, prohibiting “spoofing” to mask the caller’s number, raising penalties on those making illegal robocalls, and giving New Yorkers a private right of action to enforce the law and seek damages.
My legislation would go even further than the law recently passed by Congress by providing more protections to people using landline phones and applying not just to scammers but to debt collectors. New Yorkers deserve to be able to ask robocallers to leave them alone, and have that request backed up by the full force of law.
The Robocall Prevention Act passed the New York State Senate unanimously last year, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Assembly and with the Governor to ensure that we pass strong protections for New Yorkers against robocalls into law this year.
New York State Senator
27th Senate District