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Diane R. Miller: This is what democracy looks like

On Tuesday night, Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously to take steps to fight climate change by joining the Compact for Colorado Communities. Thanks go out to each city council member who listened to the voices of citizens and agreed to take action.

This is what democracy looks like. People showed up by writing, calling, pledging and attending the City Council meeting. Hundred-plus business and nonprofit leaders signed a climate letter to City Council. Children made posters, stepped up to the microphone and bravely shared their wise words, urging us to act to protect their future and their planet.

We have a gem in our community. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council worked tirelessly and with the utmost professionalism toward this goal of taking measurable climate action. We will need them to continue to provide their leadership, expertise and resources in order to transform this City Council decision into meaningful and measurable results.

Joining the Compact for Colorado Communities is a first step. It will build on an already strong foundation of leadership in community building and stewardship provided by the city of Steamboat Springs. It will also undoubtedly lead to new public-private partnerships and require expanded citizen involvement.

Individuals and businesses helped make this local climate action happen. A successful, community effort to build climate resilience and reduce CO2 emissions will require our continued support and participation. Now the real work begins.

Diane R. Miller

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