Do you see important connections with the role you play in our community and our future on this planet?
Tim: I have studied the relationships between collective and individual actions at local, state, federal and global levels related to climate mitigation and adaptation needs, and how change unfolds. What I have learned is action is needed at all levels and every action can make a difference. I have been active locally and at the State level, focusing on energy and transportation sustainability and can tangibly see positive changes. It boils down to understanding the technical, political, social and economic issues and helping as one can with one’s voice, vote and wallet to help – no matter the size or type of the contribution. We are in this together.
Melissa: Yes. So many decisions that impact the environment and greenhouse gas emissions are made at the local level—most notably, decisions regarding transportation and land use. Local governments and organizations also have an important role to play to communicate with people about how their day-to-day actions affect the environment and the easy ways they can lessen their impact. Given that change at the federal level can be slow and frustrating, it’s been really rewarding to see my efforts help drive positive change in a relatively short period of time.
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