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All hands on deck

To the Journal editor:

Spring has sprung early in the Upper Peninsula after a mild winter. Climate change? Perhaps. Axios just summarized the Global Trends Report by the National Intelligence Council, which “spotlights climate change among the main structural forces shaping the next two decades.”

But President Biden and Gov. Whitmer are getting our nation and state on track, right? While we’re certainly are in good hands politically, there is a long way to go to solve the climate crisis. This is an “all hands on deck” moment. Luckily, there are numerous ways to get involved.

The public is invited to participate in meetings of the Governor’s Council on the Climate Crisis and join its workgroups to help shape the pathway to a carbon neutral state by 2050.

The Mining Journal published an outstanding endorsement on March 20 of the proposal to make NMU carbon neutral. The public is invited to participate in the process by attending a series of discussions with experts during NMU’s Earth Week, which began (one week ago).

A full suite of events will take place throughout the week, and details can be found on the NMU Conservation Crew website. …

Nationally, Biden’s American Jobs Plan will result in the federal climate legislation that we desperately need. Ordinary citizens around the nation are contacting and meeting with our members of Congress to ensure that this policy, which will pass in the coming months, will be the very best for our children and grandchildren. You can participate at cclusa.org

The climate crisis presents us with the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. When we arm ourselves with knowledge and participate in solutions, we can shape the way forward that best serves us all.

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