Green New Deal Town Hall Reaches Bozeman on Monday, April 22nd

Earth day. Green New Deal Town Hall. Bozeman Public Library. 6 pm.

As we fight to piecemeal save the legislative victories of the past 50 years it is the next generation that is taking control of the narrative and demanding big and bold policy to save the earth from the catastrophic cascade of climate change that will be irreversible by 2030 without major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Global temperatures are rising, the oceans are acidifying, climate disasters strike near and far, floods, fires, famine, monsoons, hurricanes and more, but the future is not hopeless.

We are not too late to start and you need to join the movement to implement policies to reverse climate change. Your opportunity is presented by the Sunrise Movement this Monday, April 22nd in Bozeman at the Public Library at 6 pm.

Here is the Facebook event link:

Speakers at the event will include:

Dr. Cathy Whitlock, Professor emeritus Dr. Tom Blake, Tom Michalek and Kate French will be the panel members.

Dr. Cathy Whitlock is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Whitlock was also instrumental in composing the Montana Climate Assessment and is currently a professor at MSU.

Dr. Tom Blake is a professor emeritus MSU barley breeding and genetics scientist.

Tom Michalek is a senior hydrologist for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.

Kate French of the Northern Plains Resource Council. Kate has been working on just transitions for front line energy workers and rural Montanans.

The event is hosted by the Sunrise Movement, which is a youth-led political movement that advocates political action on climate change and specifically implementing the Green New Deal.

The Green New Deal is a policy akin to the New Deal proposals of FDR during the great depression. According to a scientific research paper, the Green New Deal is:

The notion of a Green New Deal as an ecology-centered economic stimulus program has garnered increasing political capital in recent years, particularly in OECD countries. However, resistance by political detractors has muddled the discourse under the accusation that it is a ‘far-fetched’ or ‘unworkable’ idea. This discussion paper seeks to review the extant literature on the Green New Deal, and its appraisal indicates that much theoretical and empirical basis already exists for such a proposal to be implemented. The review thereby corroborates the base case for implementing such ecological-economic stimulus programs.

You can read the Green New Deal here:

You can find the Sunrise Movement Gallatin County here on Facebook:

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On the lighter side, while I find motivation in the seriousness of Greta Thunberg and the Bozeman Sunrise Movement organizers I also find it funny and very frightening that we have been having these same debates since at least 1997 when King of the Hill had this conspiracy-filled reference to climate change in its first episode:

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

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