To those of us in the trenches, it may seem like we are not moving forward (I have been working on climate issues for 29 years!). However, there are some promising signs. In the past 24 hours, three states have said they will work towards the US commitments on climate in the absence of federal involvement. Thank you to California, Washington and New York! Carbon emissions may have peaked (according to preliminary data). Renewable energy prices are dropping rapidly. Historically, social change begins with grassroots action and builds until it reaches a tipping point. So, we must keep up the momentum to reduce carbon emissions, and keep up the pressure on our elected officials. Let’s hope we are on the cusp of a social change regarding action on climate. We do not have another Planet, and the Earth cannot afford to wait.
Climate change is the biggest issue of our time. It is irresponsible to delay or reverse course on actions to reduce carbon emissions into our atmosphere. The United States should be a leader on addressing climate change.
“When you have an established scientific emergent truth, it is true whether or not you believe in it and the sooner you understand that, the faster we can get on with the political conversations about how to solve the problems that face us.” Neil deGrasse Tyson
SWALCO’s annual rain barrel, compost bin and native plant sale will take place from 9 am – 3 pm at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. Details are here.
Help clean up the Chicago River on Saturday morning between 9 am and 12 pm. In Highland Park, there are 2 clean up sites: 1) the northeast end of the Target parking lot or 2) the Golf Dome off the highway north of Park Avenue. Bring gloves and wear rain boots.
Moraine Township is looking for volunteers in the morning to help plant their garden, and in the afternoon to help sort food at the pantry. Details are here. You can also donate to the food pantry by leaving a bag of shelf stable, unexpired food by your mailbox during Saturday’s Postal Food Drive.
There is a hearing Tuesday, March 14 on a bill to ban the use and sale of coal tar sealants in Illinois. Several local municipalities, including Highland Park, have banned these sealants in order to protect our health and environment. You can help support this bill by filing a witness slip as a proponent of the original bill and amendment 1. This will take 3 minutes of your time. Click here to support the bill. If you’d like more information on HB 2958, click here and enter the bill number. Thank you to State Representative Laura Fine for introducing this bill.