Dear Decaturish – What we can do about climate and energy in Decatur
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As a new resident of Georgia and Decatur, I believe we have the opportunity to actually do something about our changing climate and use of energy in our city.
I moved from Minnesota, a state that gets 29% of its energy from renewable sources, and found Georgia gets only 2%. I found that Georgia has the 4th highest energy burden in the country (percent of income spent on energy). Another thing I learned is that Georgia historically has 7 days above 95°F. This year it was 19 days, and this number is expected to double within 30 years. Clearly, we are in for changes that we need to address.
If you are interested in climate or energy for our city, and before you tell me to go back where I came from, I’d like to invite you to an event where you can give your input on:
1. Issues you see with our energy sourcing, transportation, and efficiency,
2. Your vision for Decatur around climate, sustainability and resiliency, and
3. Suggestions you have that the city might consider
It’s the Decatur 2030 strategic plan listening session. The first meeting is on Thursday, January 23rd, from 7- 9 p.m. at the Marriott Courtyard’s Decatur Conference Center. Thereafter, you’ll meet a couple of times in small groups over a two month period. Join us in this effort by signing up here: https://bit.ly/36BWraB
For me, this is a matter of 1) Protecting our health, 2) Making our city more livable, 3) Protecting our most vulnerable citizens, and 4.) Doing our part. I hope to see you there.
– Hobie Stocking
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