Walking our talk
In March, Ashland’s City Council unanimously approved the Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP).This forward-looking plan puts us on a course to reduce our pollution by 8 percent a year. Accomplishing this goal would make Ashland a leader in the fight against climate change.
However, as a young person who will see the greatest impacts of climate change in my lifetime, I am concerned that without a staff person dedicated to the plan, which over 240 community members gave input on, we will not be able to reach our goals. While I am thankful that we have taken a big step in the right direction by passing the plan, all that work will be for nothing if we do not have a staff person to oversee our progress. The plan calls for hiring a full-time staff person, passing an accompanying ordinance, and the creation of a climate and energy commission, all within the first year. None of which has happened yet. If we truly want to achieve these goals, our city must fund a staff position, pass an ordinance and create the commission.
This month, the City Council Budget Committee will decide whether or not to fund the plan, I urge Ashland community members to come and show their support for a staff position on Thursday, May 18 and 25 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.