A North Valley climate action task force will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, March 1 in Whitefish. Formed to develop local solutions to the challenges of a warming climate, the task force will meet at 7 p.m. at the Whitefish Community Library. (UPDATE: Post meeting report can be found here.)
The task force is open to anyone who shares an interest in understanding local impacts related to climate change and working collaboratively on local solutions.
Initial topics that have been discussed include the growing risk of forest fire, impacts to water quality and quantity, economic opportunities and challenges, expanded local food production, and public health concerns such as wildfire smoke. The task force also will explore ways to increase energy conservation, expand renewable energy options, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
The Whitefish City Council has appointed Councilors Pam Barberis and Richard Hildner to represent the city on the task force with the goal of developing a community climate action plan. A diverse range of local organizations and individuals have indicated interest in participating.