February 6th is the first of a four-part ‘Climate Action Series’ in Lander

by | Jan 18, 2020 3:13PM

Concerned Lander citizens and local officials are coming together to discuss ways the community can take action to address climate change in a four-part series beginning this February.

“The Lander Climate Action Series is a grassroots-based movement aimed at educating and promoting concrete steps that our community can take in response to climate change,” said Ariel Greene, a Lander resident and father of two, one of the organizers of the event.

“We know this issue is not going away,” he continued. “The science is very clear and we have a responsibility to address it. If we don’t take action now, it only gets harder and the consequences only get worse for those in the future.”

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Since the city of Lander was founded in 1884, the planet has warmed an average of about 1 degree Celsius. Although this is a seemingly small number, it’s very significant. At current emission rates, scientists predict an average global increase of 3 degrees Celsius by 2100. For towns in the arid mountain west, this means increased wildfire risks, damage to forest health, diminished snowpacks, more frequent drought events, and significant consequences to natural resources and local economies.

“This reality is easily within the lifetime of a child born today,” said Lander’s Michelle Escudero, who serves as a member of the Fremont County School District 1 School Board. “The love for our children, and future generations, compels us to acknowledge climate change as a problem and start working toward solutions in our community.”

The Lander Community Action Series is scheduled to begin with presentations on local and global impacts of climate change on February 6th from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at the Lander Community Center. Over the next month the series will host a range of speakers to discuss larger policy solutions, such as community scale renewable energy, carbon pricing, and ways that citizens can take meaningful action to address climate change.’

The above information and below flyer were shared by the event organizers with County 10.

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