Climate change discussion scheduled for Thursday in Columbia Falls

June 29, 2022

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A roundtable on climate change is scheduled for Thursday in Columbia Falls.

The event is coordinated by the Flathead County Democratic Central Committee, features local experts and advocates in the search for climate change solutions.

It takes place at 6 p.m. at Glacier Lanes, 307 Nucleus Ave.

Representatives from Climate Smart Glacier Country, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Wild Montana and Our Children’s Trust will be led in the conversation by former Montana State Representative Debo Powers, President of Wild Montana.

“Our planet is getting warmer, and it’s starting to affect our enjoyment of life, our economy, and the natural world around us,” Powers said. “This is the greatest threat facing us and our children and grandchildren, yet our society continues to operate as usual, leaving us frozen in despair.”

“The best antidote to despair is hope and action,” adds Powers. “We still have time to make changes that will mitigate the effects of climate change.”

Climate Smart Glacier Country strives to engage the public in finding local solutions to climate-created challenges to water and food security, public health, and recreation.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby works on national policies by building relationships with elected officials and local media in 580 chapters around the world.

Wild Montana helps communities thrive by building trust, fostering collaboration, and reaching agreements to protect nature, address climate change, and improve access to public lands.

Our Children’s Trust works to ensure young people’s legal rights to a healthy atmosphere and safe climate, based on the best available science.

FCDCC President Lynn Stanley said this and previous events were organized to shed light and stimulate conversation and solutions to some of the most critical issues facing Montana people and local community leaders.

“Solving these problems requires the participation of citizens, Democrats and Republicans, libertarians and independents, all working together,” she said.

The event is free and open to the public.

Participants will have the opportunity to pose questions to the panelists after a one-hour moderated discussion.