With rising seas, melting ice caps, and turbulent weather, climate change is a concern that involves not only us, but our future. Yesterday, members of the community came together in a rally to encourage change to benefit the island and the region.
Armed with cardboard signs and metal straws, dozens of concerned community members of all ages and backgrounds came together at a rally in front of the Guam Congress Building yesterday to support awareness and legislative action about climate change issues.
The demonstration was organized by the Micronesia Climate Change Alliance, a local nonprofit group that is dedicated to protecting Micronesia from the effects of climate change through education and action.
According to Michelle Voacolo, the president of the MCCA, the event was held to encourage island lawmakers to pay attention to environmental issues.
“We wanted to do something to call attention to our leaders. A lot of these small other islands – Palau, Tuvalu, Hawaii – they have all climate change adaptation resiliency plans. Guam does not. And at this point, climate change is happening no matter what, so we need to do more to prepare,” Voacolo said.
In addition to a climate action plan from local lawmakers, Voacolo says that the group was also speaking out against the Guam Power Authority’s upcoming power plant, stressing that the island should be transitioning to using renewable energy alternatives rather than burn fossil fuels.
According to Senator Kelly Marsh Taitano, the event was an opportunity to stress the urgency for acting on these issues.
“We can only do so much to the planet and if we’re making it unliveable, or we’re making it something that’s not sustainable, then we’re only hurting ourselves. There’s no other planet at this point to move to, so we really need to be good stewards,” the senator said.
If you want to learn more about MCCA, check out their free movie screening at UOG’s SBPA Room 110 next Wednesday at 10 a.m.