State’s climate task force open to public’s ideas


    The Louisiana Highway 1 Bridge, also known as the Gateway to the Gulf Expressway, rises above the marshland and coastal waters on August 25, 2019, in Leeville. Louisiana has been losing its coastal landscape at the rate of almost a football fields worth of land every hour.. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Climate Initiatives Task Force is seeking ideas from the public it can incorporate into its final climate report  to be released next year.  Members of the public can make those public comments between now and April 30.  The report itself is scheduled to be published in February 2022.

    “Two of the central tenants of my administration’s approach to the development of climate policy are balance and openness,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement Wednesday. “By asking for climate actions from the public we are able to hear from those most directly impacted by the effects of climate change; from academics who may have studied this issue for decades, to chemical engineers with years of on-the-job experience, and any member of the public with an idea or an interest in being a part of the solution to one of the world’s biggest challenges. In the end, we need an all of the above strategy and no concept should go unexamined.”

    According to that statement, the governor’s task force is seeking “ideas that apply to individual emissions sources, entire segments of the economy, or to cross-cutting or society-wide aspects of mitigating the greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change.”

    A copy of the action template can be found here or here. Those ideas can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities, 1051 N 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.