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Kent can help save our Earth

Lis Regula Published: July 5, 2017 4:00 AM

In the wake of President Trump's announcement that the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, citizens have pledged to boost their efforts to maintain progress toward the goals of the agreement.

A group including 30 mayors, three governors, 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses was put together by Michael Bloomberg, envoy to the climate change agreement. They have begun negotiating with the United Nations to accept the group's emissions reduction plan. They and many more have vowed to follow the Paris Agreement policies in spite of the withdrawal.

Hundreds of mayors have vowed to honor the climate commitments, and a growing number of states have indicated the same. An alliance between California, Washington, New York, and nine other states quickly vowed to drop emissions by 26-28 percent from 2005 levels. Those states represent some of the largest US economies, and a considerable portion of the overall emissions.

Many big companies are already spending billions to cut down on their emissions and this withdrawal will probably not stop these plans. Renewable energy is already creating jobs 12 times faster than the rest of the economy.

The Kent Environmental Council believes that this is what our community needs to do as well and we are hoping that something similar can be enacted in Kent. To try to kick this problem down the road instead of addressing it now is foolish. We need to promote energy conservation and the use of clean energy sources in all the ways that we can. If our officials take climate change into consideration in all their decisions, I am sure that we can make our contribution to address this world-wide crisis.

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This might include negotiating contracts with local utilities to supply us with greater amounts of renewable energy, retrofitting older city buildings with solar panels, making sure supply chains are climate-friendly, assuring that we continue to be a Tree City, providing incentives to area manufacturers to operate in environmentally conscious and protective ways, purchasing a natural gas fueled vehicles, etc. Members of KEC look forward to meeting with council and the city's Sustainability Commission to further discuss our shared concerns.

Lis Regula

Chair on behalf of Kent Environmental Council board


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redleg6 Jul 5, 2017 5:48 PM

SPIN..From above:...President Trump's announcement that the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement,...

*** Lis, why don't you report the rest of the story..???

The Trump Administration is negotiating a better deal for the U.S....What is wrong with that..???

From:..whitehouse.gov..1 June 2017...Press Release:..

Pres. Trump;..Therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the

United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord....

but begin "Negotiations to Re-enter" either the Paris Accord or a really entirely new

transaction on terms that are "Fair" to the United States,its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.......So we’re getting out......

But ,"We Will Start to Negotiate", and we will see if we can make a deal that’s "FAIR"....

From above:.."Kent can help save our Earth" ...Lis Regula....

Kent should help SAVE the Cuyahoga River first...If you can't save the river , how can you save the earth...???

From:...kentohio.org..

City of Kent Water Reclaimation Division

The Water Reclamation Division of the Public Service Department is responsible for the treatment of the City’s residential, commercial

and industrial wastewater that is conveyed to the 5.0 mgd treatment facility via the City’s sanitary sewer collection system.....

Along with the removal of conventional pollutants, such as suspended solids (SS) and carboneous biological demand (CBOD),

the treatment process is also designed for the chemical removal of phosphorus and the biological removal of ammonia from the waste stream....

The cleaned water is then discharged into the Cuyahoga River by means of a permit issued by the Ohio EPA......

*** Kent, Strains and Treats the industrial, commerical, sewer water toiletwater,and then discharges the treated toilet flusings into the Cuyahoga River....People downstream drink it...

Then the City encourages, folks, kids, to play, to Kayak and Fish in Kents recycled, sewer/toilet water polluted Cuyahoga River...

*** What Arrogance, Kent can't save the Cuyahoga River, let alone claiming they can help saving Earth..,

A sign at a YMCA swimming pool..

"We don't swim in your toilet, Please don't Pee in our Pool"....

*** Where does Kent water come from...??? Cuyahoga River..???Drinking treated, recycled toilet flushings from up-stream..???

What is Kents water source...??? Spring, well, or Cuyahoga River..???

P.S.

Lis, if you and your gang of anti-American, anti-Trumpers are going to follow the fprmer Paris agreement, be sure to send in

the PLEDGED 3 Billion dollars in contributions...

From:..nytimes...2 June 2017...Paris Accord Green Climate Fund...

The United States has pledged by far the most — $3 billion, twice that of the second-largest pledger, Japan....