FCWC believes in a future where environmental and economic burdens are shared equitably and not forced on communities that have been discouraged from making their voices heard. We are ready to assist the County in bringing forward the voices of all, especially those whose voices most need to be heard in our County.
Flight paths from the Westchester County Airport take planes over densely populated areas and are major emitters of hazardous air pollutants linked to health risks. Those who live nearby are exposed to these pollutants in greater amounts. 85% of all air traffic at Westchester County Airport is from private and corporate planes, which emit significantly higher GHG per passenger.
FCWC accepts the conclusions of 97% of our climate scientists who believe that climate change is underway, that human beings are the dominant reason for it, and that its effects are already being felt. We urge attention to the resiliency of our communities, infrastructure, and coastlines in the face of the anticipated results of climate change.
FCWC works to educate the next generations of our world about the climate crisis, support them in their advocacy work, and amplify their voices locally and globally. Our Student Leadership Network supports youth-generated programming and mentorship, helping Westchester County's youth see their goals and academic endeavors.
FCWC is a protector of County Parks and water drinking sources. Water quality is threatened by land development, pollution, and the use of chemical fertilizers. With only 3% of the water on Earth available for human consumption, we strive to conserve our watersheds, rivers, and the biodiversity living in them.
Areas of Action
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Other Areas of Focus
Land Use: FCWC has long advocated preserving Westchester’s open spaces. The human benefits of open spaces can be felt from a single visit. These spaces are also essential to maintaining a healthy ecosystem: forested tracts of land act as heat and carbon sinks; forests, fields, and salt marshes clean our air and water; and open spaces provide habitats for Westchester’s fragile biodiversity.
Waste Reduction: Westchester County is ripe for a shift in mindset concerning a single-use, disposable lifestyle. We have fallen into a linear consumption pattern – production, consumption, and disposal. The problem is that earth operates in a cyclical system, not a linear one. FCWC has fought to decrease waste generation through work based in areas such as legislative change and community education.