To all with eyes to see, it’s clear that climate change is here now and already having a profound effect on the places we live, the natural resources we depend on and the species that provide rich biodiversity around the planet.
Nature knows. The Maple Sugar industry is concerned that our forests are migrating northward. The timber industry is worried about dying trees and increased risk of forest fires. Populations of small animals are changing. Cottontails are seen with increasing frequency. Turkey Vultures are staying for the winter. Canada Geese can be seen at Christmas time. Southern species of fish are seen further north than ever.We need to take significant steps now to curb greenhouse gas pollution and avoid the worst effects of runaway global climate change.
If we want clean air and a healthy climate, we have to cut greenhouse gas pollution. The Clean Air Act is our current best hope to reach this goal in the United States. But the Act is under significant attack from the fossil fuel industry and its allies in Congress.
That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute has launched “Clean Air Cities,” a nationwide campaign urging cities and towns around the United States to call on the Obama administration and the EPA to use the Clean Air Act to make significant reductions in greenhouse gas pollution.
70 communities around the country – including Burlington, Keene and Amherst – have passed resolutions in support of the Clean Air Act and using it to fight climate change.
This is an opportunity for Brattleboro to once again act as a leader on an issue that affects the whole nation.
We need to collect enough signatures to urge our Selectboard to pass a resolution in support of the EPA using the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon in our atmosphere to no more than 350 parts per million — the level scientists say is needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.
The resolution will declare that global warming is a verified and grave threat to humanity and implore President Obama to enforce the Clean Air Act to the purpose of reducing atmospheric carbon.
Visit the Campaign’s website to learn more:
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/climate_law_institute/clean_... or contact Kurt Daims, who is helping the campaign locally (firstname.lastname@example.org ).