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John Spezia: Paris Agreement alternative

On May 23, a statewide climate summit with elected officials and senior staff representing 27 local Colorado governments pledged to initiate the Compact for Colorado Communities network. The network goals were to create a uniform, statewide climate change education, action and policy program to strengthen Colorado's ability to fight climate change.
“The Compact of Colorado Communities reflects an understanding of elected officials and their senior staff that successful climate action will require a workforce and management team for decision-making on greenhouse gas reduction, adaptive systems and resilience to extreme events. This is the first of its kind initiative to significantly scale up climate change knowledge and expertise in a region and will serve as a benchmark for successful climate action," said Daniel Kreeger, Association of Climate Change Officer's executive director.
Pledge signatories included elected leaders from 22 cities including Boulder, Vail, Fort Collins, Basalt, Breckenridge, Lafayette, Carbondale, Westminster, Winter Park, Eagle, Avon, Alamosa, Glenwood Springs, Manitou Springs, Frisco, Minturn, Snowmass Village, Golden, Durango, Lakewood, Telluride and Wray, who were joined by Pitkin, Boulder, Eagle and Summit counties. Denver representatives were unable to attend in person due to inclement weather but participated through a live stream and have indicated verbally that they plan to join the Compact.
Where were Routt County representatives? Where were Steamboat Springs representatives? Why didn’t the "climate and energy" program in the City Council’s goals receive funding this year? What are the substantive actions Routt County is undertaking to prepare us for our new climate and energy future?
Colorado communities have already faced very significant climate change impacts and extreme events including shortened ski seasons affecting the economy, significant flood events and increased wildfires destroying real estate and infrastructure, droughts that have significantly impacted the agriculture sector and pine beetle infestations that have ravaged trees statewide.
Preservation of the natural environment for ranching and resort communities like ours is critical to our economic sustainability. As the global environment becomes more physically degraded and polluted, natural resource-rich recreation destinations that manage to protect their environmental integrity will prosper.
We see from the municipalities that have joined the Compact for Colorado Communities, that they understand the connection between environmental integrity and prosperity. Why were we not at the table?
Please share your thoughts with Steamboat Springs City Council at http://steamboatsprings.net/FormCenter/City-Council-19/City-Council-Contact-Form-103. Please share your thoughts with the Board of County Commissioners at dmonger@co.routt.co.us, tcorrigan@co.routt.co.us and chermacinski@co.routt.co.us.
For a complete list of participants and to learn more about the Compact of Colorado Communities, visit http://Colorado.ACCOonline.org.

John Spezia
Steamboat Springs

As the global environment becomes more physically degraded and polluted, natural resource-rich recreation destinations that manage to protect their environmental integrity will prosper.
John Spezia

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