What specifically do we do?
To start with a particular note: please inform yourselves and make every effort to help birds and local wildlife as this severe winter looms. We lost over 50% of the wildlife on our planet in the last 40 years; we obviously cannot continue this trend.
Our new DPDC Green Team Facebook and Instagram Pages will offer helpful info on this and much more!
Here, however, is a hopeful example of solutions at hand: Just over a week ago, during the Illinois Solar Home Tour, Elmhurst alone had over 20 attendees and ended with at least seven signed solar home contracts! Thanks to the hard work of some of our members in Cool Cities Elmhurst. Solar is happening NOW, affordably, all over Illinois.
In the overall picture however, we must:
- Make every effort to support and elect the candidates and then policies that help the survival of our planet. We must make sweeping collective changes towards sustainability such changes must be made at political and corporate levels.
- Better inform ourselves of the issues and solutions at hand.
- Live personally in a manner that is consistent with sustainable living. Your DPDC Green Team will be bringing you many examples, but for now, be sure your home is as well insulated as possible and consider going solar.
And consider this: some of you are old enough to remember the Polio epidemic. Once understood, there were urgent warnings to stay out of public water, and later to vaccinate. Flu epidemics carry cautions on everything from hand washing, places to avoid and how to sneeze.
Please know: The assault to our planet is the biggest public health threat that humanity has ever experienced.
We can protect, vaccinate ourselves with knowledge, policies and actions, but we must do so today. Already, is its estimated that climate change kills a quarter million people per year. That will only increase, along with catastrophic economic impacts while threats to national security will abound as borders fade due to populations forced to immigrate to avoid prolonged drought, flooding, fires and more.
As you would act to protect your family against serious public health threats, please, inform yourselves, take both actions and votes against climate change and environmental devastation!
To begin informing ourselves now, below is an excellent and understandable description of the Clean Energy Jobs Act; a bill sponsored by our own State Senators Laura Ellman, Pat McGuire & Laura Murphy and State Representatives Terra Costa Howard, Deb Conroy, John Connor, Michelle Mussman, Kathleen Willis, Anne Stava-Murray, Diane Pappas & Karina Villa, among many others.
This is the critical issue of our time, upon which all others depend. And the solution of green technologies and green jobs contain the solution to a myriad of other social problems. Stay with us Democrats of DuPage, your work matters!