On Tuesday, the Frederick County Council will consider a climate emergency resolution spearheaded by Councilwoman Jessica Fitzwater (D) and Councilman Kai Hagen (D). The topic seems to generate modest news coverage in our neck of the woods, but residents and local farmers should be concerned. The changing climate is already affecting our area, as evidenced by record flooding, heat waves, tornadoes and violent thunderstorms.
The emergency resolution is a good first step in developing a common-sense approach. It includes a comprehensive plan with emission targets and establishes an ad hoc work group to further study how we can mitigate the effects of what is already happening in our area and around the planet. Climate change will affect our food supply, housing, livestock and public health. Let’s stop debating climate change as anything but established fact and immediately address what will be a crisis for every Maryland resident.
Amy Simmons Farber