Across the Midwest and Great Plains – from Nebraska to Michigan and from North Dakota to Ohio – people are taking action this week to address climate change and calling for investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and limiting carbon pollution from America’s power plants.
The economies of rural and small town America are some of the most impacted by climate change, which stand to benefit greatly from more renewable energy development and widespread use of energy efficiency. The Center for Rural Affairs is partnering with farmers, ranchers and small town Americans alongside organizations such as Clean Up the River Environment (CURE), Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, Clean Wisconsin and the Environmental Law and Policy Center to build awareness about climate change and the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.
These are not, however, the first actions taken by rural and small town Midwesterners regarding climate change. The Center for Rural Affairs is circulating a petition in support of the Clean Power Plan and currently has about 1,000 signers. We hear rural people saying that pollution from outdated coal plants endangers our rural way of life. Many say they want homegrown clean energy that’s safe and reliable for our homes and businesses while creating jobs in their small towns.
In addition to our petition, we’re collecting and highlighting stories and pictures of rural people and their reasons for taking action on climate change. We want to hear from as many people as possible (www.cfra.org/clean-energy).
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