AUGUSTA — Gov. Janet Mills and other Maine leaders have unveiled a new climate action plan.
During a virtual event, the Maine Climate council spoke about the new four-year plan called “Maine Won’t Wait.”
The purpose is to take the necessary actions now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for generations to come.
That includes working closely with business owners to reduce waste — and creating a clean energy economy by reducing the amount of money spent on oil and gas from out-of-state.
Gov. Mills said it is crucial to be a part of the solution.
“We didn’t know about COVID-19, but we do know about climate change,” she said. “And our approach to that, like our approach to the pandemic, will be based on science and fact, and we cannot afford to wait. The cost of not doing these actions now is too high.”
As part of the plan, the council hopes to reduce greenhouse gases by 45 percent by the year 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.