Friday, March 22, 2019

Global Climate Change Protests & Local Business


From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository,  This image was originally posted to Flickr by Lorie Shaull at https://flickr.com/photos/11020019@N04/34168280266.2017


In the spirit of  Women's History Month, I would like to speak about Greta Thunberg. She is a 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist that has started a trend, but unfortunately, the news of the global climate change protest was overshadowed by a horrific act of terrorism. However, on Friday, March 15th, 2019, millions of grade school, pre-teens, and teenagers marched in protest for the future of our planet. Their generation will face the most devastation from climate change and they would like us to do something about it now. 

Greta gave a powerful speech at the UN Climate Change COP24 in Katowice in 2018. This speech is so moving please watch, it is not very long, but the message is simple and clear. The time for change is now because it is already too late. Some damage we have done is beyond repair, but there is still hope and we can prepare better for the future. Greta has been protesting every Friday in the hopes of getting her government to take more action in making real changes. This video explains her reasoning behind skipping schoolhttps://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1041369960436703232

The kids are right! Politicians and many businesses are more concerned with their bottom lines than making changes that would help with climate change. They choose to make up excuses like " many jobs will be lost" this is a lie. More jobs will be created by becoming more green. Of course, it will take money to make these changes, but I have a feeling the money is there and we need to put it to good use, not golf trips, expensive curtains, desks, tables. Think of all the wasteful spending we don't know about. We could be doing so much more for the greater good with our tax dollars. The way of the future is wind and solar power. It is already happening and although some people may not be happy with locations of solar farms or wind farms they will continue to pop up.

In 2018, the Sol America Energy company purchased land in Eureka. They followed all the legal steps necessary to place a solar farm on that property, but one problem for them is the property is in a residential area. The landowner and Sol America Energy were well within their rights to do this, but residents in the neighborhood were upset and went to various board meetings to block this from happening. The Woodford County Board had the opportunity to vote about the permit Sol America needed, but they just let it die on the table. No vote. The business decided to go to court and this happened: “Woodford County’s denial of the subject special-use permit was arbitrary, unreasonable, bears no substantial relation to the public health, safety, and welfare, and violated Sol America Energy LLC’s rights to both substantive and procedural due process,” the judgment read. Judge  Charles Feeney[3]

What is the Woodford County Board doing to bring us into a greener community? We really must plan for and think about the future. How can we use this as an opportunity to do better/more than our parents? Why aren't we finding new and innovative ways to recycle one-time use materials? We need to do more. Thank you to Greta for speaking up and doing what you can to help out. Thank you to all the kids and adults who participated in the protesting. Thank you to all who are standing up and doing what is right!

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFkQSGyeCWg
[2] https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1041369960436703232
[3] https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/sol-america-granted-solar-farm-permit-in-woodford-county/article_f16c708c-9b78-58bf-9161-237623ba6748.html

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