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To the editor:
Here in the heart of the midwest, in rural Iowa, we often feel we may not have an impact on the world. Yes, we know our farmers feed the world and we have certain businesses that have state, national and world connections. But we sometimes get the feeling that solutions to national and world problems rest only in Washington, D.C. or maybe with organizations such as the UN.
When it comes to addressing the impact of climate change it is true many of the solutions are going to have to come from national and world leaders. But we have a voice. We can insist our elected officials address the issues and work cooperatively toward affordable, scalable solutions.
Scientists agree climate change is a huge concern—some even claiming it may be the most important problem we are facing in the world. There is wide-spread agreement that we need to act now.
The first step for each of us is to become informed of what is true and what isn’t. We need to look at things we can do as individuals as well as within our local communities. We need to be involved at the state and national levels as well. We have a chance to take that first step.
On November 20-21 Climate Reality is presenting 24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action, a global conversation on the truth of the climate crisis and how we solve it In preparation for this event our county Democrats are hosting a nonpartisan, free event on November 7 from 7 – 8 p.m. at the Mount Ayr Princess Theater.
Trained presenters from the Climate Reality Foundation will conduct the session but all are welcome to share in the ensuing discussion and, hopefully, begin the development of a plan of action at the local level. We hope students and teachers as well as many others in the community will join us. Climate change is a reality that is not going away. Now is the time to act.