Environmental issues are also women’s issues

“To the women of New York, this one’s for you,” Governor Kathy Hochul said as she won the Democratic gubernatorial primary race. True to her word, she is now calling for an amendment to the state constitution that would consolidate the right to abortion in New York State.

But her zeal to ride the wave of public outrage sparked by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade should not distract the governor from another important right for women: the right to raise healthy children on a healthy planet.

The Governor has the power to uphold this right by dealing with several issues left in abeyance from the last legislative session. She could sign the moratorium on cryptomining. This would require a two-year period to study the environmental effects of energy-intensive cryptocurrency operations.

Another bill awaiting signature would require the purchase or lease of zero-emission vehicles for state-owned vehicle fleets, leading to 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2040.

She could support the All-Electric Building Act. The bill, despised by the governor’s fossil fuel industry supporters, would ban gas installations in new construction for buildings under seven stories by 2024.

With these measures, the governor has the power to significantly reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. By ensuring a healthy future for families, it would demonstrate that it is good for women.

Marlena Fontes

New York City