Saturday, April 18th the Lake Highlands White Rock Democrats gathered for our monthly meeting via Zoom and we were treated to 3 wonderful presentations about Earth Day, climate science, and what you can do to help combat climate change.
If the subject line for this blog post is confusing to you (Individual Actions Don't Matter When it Comes to Climate Change), make sure to watch the webinar and learn about how large-scale collective actions is the only solution large enough to meet the challenge of climate change.
You can click here to watch the March DISD School Board Candidate meeting and the April Earth Day meeting and accompanying presentations: https://www.lhwrdemocrats.org/meetings Click Below to Watch the recording of the April 18th Meeting
A few links from presentations:
**Take Action on Climate Change Today**
I've listed a few links below to things you can take action on today: Break Free From Plastic and information on contacting your Councilman about the CECAP. 1. Take Action on Plastics I know that we are in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, but we have to insist that our representatives learn to walk and chew gum and address the issue of our nation's addiction to plastics and how they are impacting our environment. A bill has been introduced to address many of these issues directly. This legislation includes: create a national beverage container refund program (will increase recycling and decrease litter in places like White Rock Lake), ban most single-use plastic bags, and INVEST in US recycling and composting infrastructure. We will need millions of jobs in the coming months. If we can invest in innovation and jobs in sustainable industries, we can get to a ZERO Carbon world. Now is the time to act, now is the time to push for a world free of plastics. Contact your FEDERAL Representatives and tell them you support the Break FreeFrom Plastic Pollution Act!
2. Write Your Councilman About CECAP The Dallas City Council is about to vote (scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd) on the Dallas Comprehensive Environment & Climate Action Plan (CECAP). CECAP will create a comprehensive roadmap that outlines the specific activities that the city can undertake to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve environmental quality in the city. It will build upon our understanding of the climate and other environmental challenges facing Dallas, existing efforts by the City and other stakeholders, information synthesized in the new City of Dallas greenhouse gas inventory, and with community input. The Plan will focus on activities that can achieve the greatest emission reductions and deliver the most benefits to communities most affected by climate change impacts Send your Councilman a message and let them know you encourage them to VOTE YES on CECAP. Here are the email addresses of the Councilpersons in our area. Here is a sample email you can send: Dear _____, Sending a word of encouragement to you and the Dallas City Council to vote YES to move forward with CECAP. It is so important for our city to join the group of C40 cities addressing the climate crisis. Incredible work has been done by the city over the last year to develop a plan that moves our city in the right direction. There will always be more that we can do, but the CECAP plan that has been generated is a critical first step in our commitment to a responsible approach to address the climate crisis. Thank you for all that you do for our city and especially the leadership shown during the COVID pandemic. Best wishes to you and your family to be safe and stay healthy! Sincerely, YOUR NAME District 9: Paula Blackmon email@example.com Deputy Mayor Pro Tem/District 10: B. Adam McGough firstname.lastname@example.org District 13: Jennifer Staubach Gates email@example.com Council District 14: David Blewettdavid.firstname.lastname@example.org