Katherine Clark, a professor at Western State University, picked up the space perfectly, telling how Boulder, CO is working hard to form their own citizen owned public utility which would put Excel Energy out of a job in Boulder. She also discussed many other sustainability projects happening in the Boulder area.
Dr. Chavez, another professor at Western State University, started with a basic introduction to the science of CO2 and its impact on the environment. He then used graphics to compare energy resource usage between systems and cities and projects throughout Colorado, the United States and even the World, as he has spent serious time in India.
Dr. Corrine Knapp was forced to cancel at the last minute do to unforeseen major medical issues. We missed her presentation and wish her a full and complete recovery.Each participant was given a questionnaire to share their views about climate change impact, possible solutions and mitigations and what they would like to see in terms of further programs from 350 Central Colorado and our co-sponsors GARNA and the Central Colorado Humanists.
Upon completion of the primary lectures those who wished to remain formed in to 3 groups each led by Parkin, Clark or Chavez. The discussions were serious and intense. Each group came up with suggestions and directions Salida and Central Colorado can take to on a local level not only help reverse Climate Change but help our local communities take a more sustainable direction that will at least partially mitigate the coming intensities of our changing climate.
This was a definitive effort by members of our communities and much more will blossom from Saturday’s Forum.