Borough votes to assemble Fairbanks Climate Task Force

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly passed 'Resolution 2019-29' Thursday night, establishing a Climate Change Task Force with the borough to develop a plan to address climate change impacts.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly passed 'Resolution 2019-29' Thursday night, establishing a Climate Change Task Force with the borough to develop a plan to address climate change impacts.

In a vote of 8-1 assembly members passed the resolution after spending over three hours listening to public testimony.

A broad range of organizations and businesses in Fairbanks endorsed the resolution, and 354 individuals voiced their support for the effort to initiate a climate action plan for the community.

“I think the hope would be that this task force really opens up an opportunity for the Fairbanks community and really all parts of the Fairbanks community to envision what our future looks like,” said Tristan Glowa, Coordinator with the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition.

Glowa, one of the task force coordinates also spoke about the significance of having a task force in the Borough. “I think that there is opportunity in the crisis to make our community more connected, more democratic,” he said. “So if we are taking it seriously that’s going mean pretty major transformations in our economy and in our energy system.”
Glowa said there are many opportunities for all of our community members to benefit, but to make that happen there needs to be different voices at the table.

“So if this task force can bring together you know the business community, scientists, indigenous leaders, you know communities of color, then I think we are going to have a strong foundation to figure out what can our actually look like and how can a climate plan really work to advance that sort of selected vison,” said Glowa.

“So the Climate Change Task force that the Borough will be pulling together is really going to be looking at both how we as a community need to adapt to the climate change impacts that are already happening and are going to be getting worse whether that be wildfires, or whether that be winter weather aberrations, like some of these ice storms what we are getting but it is also going to be climate change mitigation… reducing our impact on climate by trying to reduce our own greenhouse gasses.”

The resolution calls for the creation of a joint borough and community climate change task force with a deadline to hold an initial meeting by November 15, 2019