LIMA — The League of Women Voters of the Lima Area continued its discussion on climate change during a virtual presentation Monday night.
Michael Wildermuth who serves in the environmental division of Allen County Public Health was one of the presenters and spoke as an individual about the problem and not in the capacity of his employer.
“The league believes that climate change is a serious threat facing our nation and our planet, of course, that’s why we’re having our second meeting tonight. They (the league) believe that you can combat climate change through energy conservation, air pollution controls, building resilience and promotion of renewable resources,” Wildermuth says.
The argument on whether climate change is real or not is something Wildermuth often ponders.
“I look at it this way. What’s the worst that can happen if we attempt to green our economy and if climate change is a hoax, we’ll end up with a cleaner, more sustainable economy and planet. If we stick with fossil fuels and climate change is not a hoax, we’ll end up with a planet that cannot sustain civilization as we know. Which one would you choose?” Wildermuth said.
Wildermuth says Ohio still has a long way to go in reducing its carbon footprint.
“We have insignificant clean energy generation and we can’t seem to get anywhere, largely because I think of entrenched fossil fuel interests,” Wildermuth says. “It’s all a convoluted mess and it’s because there’s so much money involved.
Hailey Belise, executive director of the Ottawa River Coalition also discussed the problem of keeping our water safe.
“You might be wondering what’s the difference between weather and climate. Weather is that day to day conditions of a particular place. Climate, on the other hand, refers to the observed patterns range of extremes and frequency of events over time and that place.
“Greenhouse gases are vital to making Earth a habitable planet, but the amount of greenhouse gases and atmospheric gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, have been accumulating so it’s this accumulation of greenhouse gases that is causing global average temperatures to rise,” Belise said.
She points out climate change could affect water supplies, causing droughts in some areas.
“Climate change will affect different places in different ways. Not everyone will face the same climate change challenges,” Belise said.
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