Idaho energy experts, businesses, and community leaders will speak in Pocatello on the effects of climate change and the need for federal climate change action.
POCATELLO, ID — A local coalition of Idaho businesses, scientists, and community leaders will come together for “Time to Act, Idaho: A Climate Change Event,” at the Idaho State University Hutchinson Memorial Quad to raise awareness of the impacts of extreme weather, drought, and climate change on Idaho’s economy and natural resources. The event’s topics will include the impact of climate change on Idaho’s water supply, evidence of climate change witnessed by ranchers, scientists and businesses, and the need for federal action to reduce carbon emissions.
The event will include free food and an opportunity for Idahoans to “act on climate” by signing a petition addressed to Idaho’s congressional delegation, encouraging support for President Obama’s initiatives to limit carbon emissions. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, average temperatures in Idaho are already increasing, along with the frequency of extreme heat, crippling droughts, wildfires, and unhealthy air days. Residents will continue to face greater health risks from dangerous heat waves, water shortages, and declining air quality. Currently Idaho does not have a statewide plan to prepare for the health impacts of climate change.
Learn more about the nationwide movement to act on climate change by visiting www.iwillact.us or by searching #ActOnClimate or #IWillAct on Twitter.
Press conference to spur citizen action and support of climate change action at the federal level, focusing on the impacts of climate change on Idaho communities.
Roger Chase, Chair of Idaho Water Board and former Pocatello Mayor Jerry Scheid, rancher, Donna Thomas, former educator, Travis McLing, energy scientist, Stefan Berkel, Patrol Director, Pebble Creek Ski Area
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 12:00 p.m. MDT
Idaho State University, Hutchinson Memorial Quad, Pocatello. Attendees can park in the lot across from the Student Union Building, on the corner of 5th Ave and E. Dillon Street.