Will passing a resolution on climate change bring any real change in the city of La Crosse? That question was brought up Thursday night, when the city council approved a statement declaring a “climate emergency” and calling for a reduction in habits that might hurt the environment.
Council president Barb Janssen was worried that some people might be turned off just by the title of the resolution.
“The people that are very, on the right, that are triggered by the word ‘climate change’ and ’emergency,’ they are the ones that we’re trying to reach,” Janssen said, “and they’re not gonna read past the title, and that’s unfortunate.”
Janssen called for more action instead of just passing a resolution, saying “a piece of paper doesn’t mean crap.”
Another council member, Mackenzie Mindel, defended the resolution, saying that it “will not force people to be regulated in their homes.”
“Nowhere in this resolution does it say that we will force people to drive EV’s (electric vehicles), or take buses, or set their thermostats…to a certain number,” said Mindel.
The vote to approve the new resolution was 9-to-4. Language in the declaration had already been changed to eliminate calls to stop using fossil fuels, instead calling for reduction of greenhouse gases.