For The Record: What should mountain towns do to lead the way on climate change? |

For The Record: What should mountain towns do to lead the way on climate change?

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Each week, The Park Record asks residents and visitors to weigh in on a topic of interest. With the Mountain Towns 2030 conference wrapping up Friday and climate change a popular topic around Park City, many are asking themselves what role mountain towns can or should play to mitigate climate change.

Michael Cain, City Manager,
Boyne City, Mich.
Some of what we heard at the conference was staggering. I think we need to benchmark where we are and bring people together. And really, helping to spread the message is so important. We mountain towns have a tremendous opportunity here.

Cate Polleys, Park City
I think it’s great that we’re leading the way. Unfortunately, it’s a global issue. Park City can’t solve it. And it’s an even tougher fight when your own country’s government denies climate change exists. We just need to continue to be a voice on this.

Richard Todd, Park City
I think the approach is what matters. It’s about starting the conversation, but also making sure people understand there is no “one-and-done” solution. It’s an iterative process, a daily challenge, and we each have a responsibility to pitch in.

Mary Jean Smith, Park City
You know what we’re not doing? If we want to have this image as a leader on climate change, we need to make recycling a requirement citywide. It makes us look bad, like hypocrites.

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