Can local action change the climate? Sure, but only if we get started

Satellite image showing entry of the Polar Vortex into the northern US. Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Whew! How about this crazy weather?

The scientists tell us that extreme weather is one of the consequences of climate change, and we’ve sure seen plenty of that around here the last several months.

That’s one reason we’ve been pushing for local action address climate change. Local action is critical to global progress on climate pollution — because cities like Ann Arbor are at the forefront of the causes and effects of climate risks that will become more frequent and severe over time.

In particular, we’ve spent the last several months organizing a plan to implement Ann Arbor’s Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP is an ambitious plan with 87 different steps we can take to address climate change at the community level.

Given the lack of momentum at the state and federal levels, cities can’t wait to take action. That’s why we’re launching a Community Climate Partnership to get started fixing the world, right here at home.

We look forward to keeping you posted on the progress — and on ways you can engage to help us get to our goal.

Happy 2014!