Rural Voices for Climate Change

Communities all over the U.S have been harmed by climate change. Floods, droughts, fires, and mudslides have plagued numerous communities and climate-driven disaster clean-up alone cost taxpayers nearly $100 billion in 2012.

Public health concerns from air pollution and extreme, unseasonal temperatures are also damaging. Climate change threatens the livelihoods of farmers, ranchers, and others in rural communities, making it necessary to mitigate damages and adapt. In coming years, decreased soil moisture and water availability, the spread of pests, increase of invasive species, and the dual threat of drought and flood, will be just the tip of the iceberg.

We have a moral obligation to act now. That is why several organizations are hosting a discussion panel on March 30th at the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames, IA at 2:00 p.m.  This event will feature perspectives from faith, agricultural, academic, environmental and small business communities, and address the realities of climate change, and our responsibility to take action.

The adaptive techniques that our communities and country prioritize now will be powerful tools for carving out a hopeful future.

A clean energy economy, agricultural innovation, energy efficiency, conservation, and regulations on pollution can be solutions for today’s problems and set a conscious course to ensure clean air and water, resilient and sustainable food production, and health for future generations. These efforts recognize the power we have as individuals and communities to shape our future, provide great opportunity, and be true stewards. Our rural communities and small towns are essential and worth preserving.

We need to protect the places we call home, the resources we depend upon and the way of life we cherish.