Climate Solutions Caucus to meet Wednesday

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EAST ARLINGTON — The Vermont Legislature's Climate Solutions Caucus will host a public forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Federated Church of East Arlington.

Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, co-chair of the nonpartisan caucus, will be the lead presenter.

The event is one of a series of forums held around the state by the caucus as it develops priorities for the 2020 legislative session.

"Everyone — including every state and nation — has a role to play in addressing this challenge as soon as possible. Vermont is no different," Rep. Kathleen James said in a news release. "The forums are intended to focus attention on this critical issue, present practical solutions, and held set the stage for continued action."

The release notes that reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the U.S. federal government in its 2018 National Climate Assessment have "made clear that dramatic action is required in the next decade to radically reduce fossil fuel use and mitigate the far-reaching effects of a warming world, including serious impacts to human health, ecosystems and economies.

"Vermonters want us to do our part on this pressing issue," Sen. Brian Campion said. "They also recognize that taking action can ... save people money, improve public health and put people to work in the clean energy economy."

He continued: "We have to get serious, and we look forward to working with as many Vermonters as possible to do that in a way that benefits everyone in our state."

For more information on the event, contact James at KJames@leg.state.vt.us.

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