Anchorage nonprofit hosts open house on climate change

More than a dozen organizations will come together for an open house-style event to talk about climate change in Alaska on Tuesday. The event is hosted by Alaska Common Ground, a nonprofit that aims to facilitate community discussions on important public policy issues.

"Climate change is obviously one of those issues," said Kari Gardey, the program coordinator for Alaska Common Ground. "We're on the front lines up here and we wanted an opportunity for people to come and find out more about what they could do locally."

The event titled "Who's Doing What About Climate Change in Anchorage and Beyond," includes about 15 organizations with specific calls to action. One program, by Alaska Community Action on Toxics, called Yarducopia aims to bring gardeners together with land owners in an effort to produce more locally grown food.

Other groups include:

The Alaska Center
Alaska Climate Action Network
Anchorage Public Library
Audubon Alaska
Citizens' Climate Lobby
Municipality’s Climate Action Plan
Native Movement
Renewable Energy Alaska Project
SEED Lab – Anchorage Museum
Alaska Youth for Environmental Action
Emily Taylor of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action said their organization took part in the global climate action strike in September.

"Our two biggest asks right now are the Alaska Climate Action Plan, to get that put into place, as well as the House Resolution 12, which would create a special committee on climate change within the Alaska State House," she said.

The open house event takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at 49th State Brewing Company in Anchorage. A $10 donation is suggested.

By Liz Raines

Originally posted by KTVA 

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