The Panhandle community celebrates the 47th annual Earth Day April 22 at the Dawes County Courthouse lawn, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This national event was founded by Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin as a way to learn about protecting the environment. America’s air and water are markedly cleaner since the 1970s as a result of widespread concern and collective actions generated by citizens like us.
Today, the greatest threat to our local and global environments is climate change caused by people burning fossil fuels. The earth is warming. Biologists estimate that the beautiful pine forests of our region may never recover from the 2006 and 2012 fires. The ponderosas are already at their southern range, and as our climate warms and dries, they will struggle to reestablish themselves.
There is great hope that the most serious effects of climate change can be avoided by collective action to reduce the use of fossil fuels. There are nonpartisan and conservative proposals to do just that. Please stop by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby table to learn more. In the spirit of Earth Day, we will be there to meet neighbors and engage in friendly conversation.
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Citizens’ Climate Lobby