On Thursday, May 30, at 2 p.m., 26th Legislative District State Assembly candidate Christine Clarke will address the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY at the event entitled "Community and Local Leadership Take on the SDGs and Climate Action" at the Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission Auditorium, 221 East 52nd St. in NYC.Clarke will present the importance of advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by running for public office, in part because candidacy as activism provides a platform by which environmentalists can inform voters, impact legislators and advance smart public policies focused on sustainability and achieving development goals. "We are in this together," said Clarke, "and we need a fair and just transition to clean energy urgently to protect our communities and natural resources. As good stewards of our environment for our children and future generations, it's upon us to make sure we elect people who will represent not only constituents but our collective legacy."Clarke is an Honorary Adviser to the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development, associated with the United Nations. She is a Climate Reality Leader and a steering committee member of the Jersey Renews coalition, the NJ People's Climate Movement and the NJ March for Science. She is the Chair of the Jefferson Township Democratic Committee, former Environmental Director of Action Together New Jersey and was an early organizer with NJ 11th For Change.Clarke's platform focuses on multiple SDGs but particularly Goal 7: "Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all." Noting tens of thousands of union jobs ahead for New Jersey in energy efficiency and renewable energy work, Clarke sees the booming renewable energy industry as a vehicle to build revenue for the state, add new jobs and supply chain work, improve workers' lives and livelihoods, protect public health from pollution, cut energy bills and reduce the harmful emissions contributing to climate change.The event on May 30 is free to attend.