Show your support

Our names are Anya and Maile and we’re 12 years old. We are writing this because we would like you to come to the City Council meeting on Sept. 5 and show your support for an ordinance on climate change.

We have so much to lose if we do not reduce our climate pollution. At the rate we’re going now, scientists predict that about half of all animals and plants will go extinct by the end of the century. As it gets warmer, with more storms and humidity, there will be more illnesses, molds and mosquitoes that carry diseases and make people sick. Please don’t ignore these impacts, because they are our future if we don’t quickly reduce our climate pollution and transition to clean energy.

We are so glad that the City Council made the Climate and Energy and Action Plan, but sometimes plans aren’t enough. We are working during our summer break to ask the city to pass an ordinance to make sure the plan is followed through and the city does its best to reach its climate goals. Passing the ordinance will ensure that the city makes climate change, and our future, a top priority.

Helping stop climate change will be a challenge, but it is a challenge that we all need to face. Stopping climate change will take time, which is why we need to do as much as we can, as soon as possible. By coming to the City Council’s vote, you show that you care about our future. We ask you kindly to come to the meeting on Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at the City Council chambers at 1175 E. Main St. and show your support.

Thank you.

Maile Bennett and Anya Moore

Ashland