Opinion

On 2021: Community is ready to act on climate change

The Gazette asked community leaders to write short commentaries reflecting on 2020 and their hopes for 2021

One of the most important lessons 2020 has taught us is the importance of giving a damn about one another. We were asked to keep one another safe by masking up, to show up in the struggle for racial justice, and to work together to respond to the devastation of the derecho. No one could have predicted the events of this year, and they challenged all of us in new and often painful ways. But we made it through. And that is truly something to celebrate.

Let this year be a testament to the strength of us as individuals, but more importantly, a reminder of the power of community in the face of adversity.

We will be presented with new climate adaptation challenges and opportunities in the coming years. My new year’s resolution for the community is to make good on the goals outlined in the 2020 Climate Resolution. Community-driven climate adaptation and resiliency building is at the core of the resolution.

I have the privilege in 2021 to communicate the progress of these goals through regular columns here. And I humbly request those within Linn County to share your vision for a more sustainable and equitable community with me.

Tamara Marcus sustainability program manager for Linn County. Tamara.Marcus@LinnCounty.org

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