As climate series wraps up, focus is on solutions

The series, hosted by Cook Inletkeeper and KenaiChange, has had six meetings in recent months.

The seventh and final event in the Drawdown: Book to Action Climate Series will culminate with the group’s top solutions for responding to a changing climate.

The series, hosted by Cook Inletkeeper and KenaiChange, has hosted six meetings over the last several months. Each meeting uses the book “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming” as a jumping off point for community members to discuss and brainstorm local solutions to climate change.

“We will be reviewing and evaluating the solutions we have brainstormed over the past six months and voting on our first solution to implement at the local level,” the event’s announcement said.

Each meeting has dived into different topics like food and agriculture, transportation, land use, energy and others. Kaitlin Vadla, Cook Inletkeeper, said that numerous ideas for solutions have come out of the series.

An energy audit on all borough buildings, incorporating more local foods in schools and a “solarize the peninsula” initiative are just a few of the ideas the group has come up with over the course of the series, Vadla said.

At the final meeting on Tuesday, community members will have the chance to vote for their favorite solutions and help guide next steps toward action.

The final meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Soldotna Cook Inletkeeper Community Action Studio, 35911 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 13. Refreshments featuring healthy, local foods will be provided.

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