There are a lot of issues related to public health and the environment that have become politicized, but the reality is that many citizens and corporations understand the connections between our health, the environment and clean air and water. It’s simply common sense.
Renewable energy, clean air, clean water, and caring for our planet and the health of our Commonwealth should be a universal matter of public interest.
There are the everyday activities we all do at home. Most citizens understand the need to recycle and the benefits of purchasing energy efficient appliances to make the best use of our resources and save our cash. These are the steps that are within reach for most citizens.
And for those who wonder about climate change, they can see, regardless of ideology, that our city needs to prepare and plan ahead for changes in the weather and how that affects our quality of life. A study of water resources in 13 states in the Ohio River basin forecasts potentially devastating economic and environmental impacts from flooding. Something that Louisville has already been experiencing.
Louisville has also been experiencing a transformation in many ways to a cleaner, more sustainable future. Many homeowners and businesses have learned the benefits of installing clean solar energy, such as the recent installation at Oxmoor Center Mall. And citizens also recognize where progress must be made, such as improving air quality in Rubbertown.
These are some of the many reasons we made the decision to give citizens the opportunity to show their support and raise awareness to these issues through the Louisville EarthWalk. There are dozens of civic groups who are working hard to protect the health and environment of Louisville citizens in many different ways, and we hope you can take the time during this year’s event to get to know their work.
In the meantime, we hope you will take the opportunity to build your walking teams, and join us on April 21, 2018, to show your support for making Louisville a healthier, cleaner, and more sustainable place to live.