A gaggle of youth activists, impatient with the state’s response to international warming, formally petitioned Alaska Gov. Invoice Walker’s administration Monday to undertake new limits on greenhouse fuel emissions, saying that unchecked air pollution is threatening their futures.
Greater than a dozen teenagers, backed by native and nationwide environmental organizations, delivered their petition, with one hundred pages of textual content, on to Larry Hartig, the state’s environmental conservation commissioner, who met the signal-toting group in entrance of his Anchorage workplace earlier than giving them an viewers in a convention room inside.
Hartig answered questions for half an hour and praised the group for its civic engagement.
However Hartig stopped in need of promising that Walker’s administration would comply with the first request — that his company assure an eighty five % discount in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 from 1990 ranges. It is difficult, he informed them, when the state’s two largest sources of emissions — oil and fuel manufacturing and aviation — are additionally important to its financial system.
“It turns into extra problematic to make massive modifications with out capturing ourselves within the foot economically,” Hartig stated.
However the youth activists stated they’re getting impatient seeing Alaska’s surroundings altering in entrance of their eyes, with politicians paying solely lip service to the issue of worldwide warming. Local weather change, with its melting glaciers, coastal erosion and melting permafrost, they argue, is threatening their well being, their traditions and their potential to hunt and fish.
“We talked to our legislators, the lieutenant governor Byron Mallott and our governor, Invoice Walker. And the response we obtained was, ‘We agree with you.’ However the actions have been none,” stated Sofia Astaburuaga, 17, certainly one of a number of teenagers to ship a speech from a podium arrange on the sidewalk outdoors Hartig’s workplace. “We need to see one thing get finished.”
The youth activists got here from throughout the state, from Utqiagvik (Barrow) to Unalakleet to Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula. Sporting blazers, neckties and kuspuks, they assembled outdoors the glass-walled DEC workplace on Cordova Road in Anchorage with handmade indicators: “There isn’t a Planet B,” “Denial is just not a coverage” and “Science, not silence.”
Two environmental organizations are supporting their agenda. One is the Alaska Middle — the Anchorage-based mostly group…