MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Citing recent natural disasters and warming temperatures, a Minneapolis City Council committee voted Monday to declare a climate emergency. 

The resolution, authored by Council Members Cam Gordon and Jeremy Schroeder, also stated that the city must take further action to reduce its carbon footprint .

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 This includes developing new sustainability policies for buildings receiving city assistance. 

The city also needs to embrace more alternative energy sources and move away from natural gas, Gordon said. 

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“We have to find a way to heat our buildings without using fossil fuels, and that’s going to be a challenge for us,” Gordon said at the committee meeting. 

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz also signed an executive order on climate change Monday. The order established a Climate Change Subcabinet to bring different state agencies together to find climate change solutions. 

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“Climate change threatens the very things that make Minnesota a great place to live—from our wonderful lakes to farmable land and clean air,” Walz said.