Governments should act to reduce climate change

Posted: Dec. 28, 2018 10:00 am

To The Herald-Whig:

"All aboard," yells the conductor, just before the train leaves the station.

Everyone needs to be on board this train, the one that takes us toward responsible action regarding climate change.

We should be done with reasonable conversation about the existence of climate change. Instead, we need to be taking action that mitigates or at the very least adapts to this reality.

Every governmental body should take the lead, whether it is national, state or local. County boards and city councils should not wait for the feds to come to the rescue. They should be promoting efficiencies in their own buildings and vehicles, and in the building codes they write. They should tax businesses that pollute our environment and gain a plan for remediation. They should actively promote renewable energy and the technical knowledge and jobs that it requires.

Business and economic development groups need to become more familiar with and promote the concept of "sustainable development" and the values it promotes.

This train is leaving the station. We can't afford to be left behind.

Steve Miller

Nauvoo, Ill.