Take action to stop climate change

The effects of climate change on our planet are becoming harder to ignore with each passing year.

This past summer, it seemed the entire state of California was on fire. Iowa's rainfall has increased by 5 inches annually from 31 inches per year to 36 inches since the beginning of the 20th century. Increased rainfall directly increases erosion of soil, pesticide, and fertilizers into Iowa's streams and rivers. Between 1970 and 2017, Dubuque's humidity increased by 23 percent. Its time to hold our local, state, and federal officials accountable to permanently reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.

Join the Galena Green Team at the "Rise 4 Climate, Jobs, and Justice" event on Saturday, Sept. 8, in Dubuque from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at Key City Creative Center at 1781 White St., Dubuque. Sierra Club will be showing the film "Reinventing Power" at 9 a.m.

March to Jackson Park at 10:30 a.m. with Iowa climate leaders, State Senator Rob Hogg and Iowa State Rep. Chuck Isenhart. For more information, contact galenagreenteam@gmail.com.

Sept. 8 is a chance to bring our local efforts together. All over the world, people will come together to demand local action for the climate, jobs and justice on the eve of the Global Climate Action Summit. Thousands of rallies will be held in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil-free world that works for all of us. To change everything, we need everyone.

Linda Boardsen,