Climate change action
I would like to applaud Cece Odell for her well-written “My Turn” column in last week’s paper. I also applaud her, and the other students and adult chaperones, who went to Olympia to meet with our state legislators last month regarding climate change issues. Making our voices heard, and presenting legislators with real facts along with heartfelt experiences related to said legislation, is a crucial part of a functioning democracy. But legislation on the climate crisis is not nearly enough to tackle this massive problem we are faced with as a global population.
The Methow Climate March, happening Friday, April 19, is an opportunity for us as a community to come together to discuss positive solutions to the climate crisis. Legislation is extremely important, at the state and federal level, but there are also important steps that we can take as individuals, as businesses, and as a whole community to mitigate climate change sooner than later.
The Methow Climate March is just the beginning of looking at ways we can all be part of the solution by addressing our energy sources and use, our carbon footprints, the health of our local food production, habitat protection, and transportation, in addition to legislative action. We can create positive solutions locally to the challenges of climate change. We have the potential of creating jobs locally, as well as creating new clean industries that can serve as a model for other rural communities in our state and beyond.
I hope you’ll join me, the youth activists who went to Olympia to make their voices heard on climate change, and many of your neighbors at the Methow Climate March, Friday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m., starting at TwispWorks and ending at the Methow Valley Community Center. Let’s be a leader for positive community action on climate change!
Cameron Green, Carlton