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Daniel Brindle: Climate change is important to our children

Watching my family rip through the trees and powder below I think about how Colorado is an amazing place to raise a family. The year-round access to the outdoors is unparalleled. It was the snow-covered peaks, crisp air and mountain vistas that brought us to Routt County. They are also the reasons we have stayed.

I know we are not the only family that came to Colorado for the crisp mountain air and natural beauty. These fundamental pieces of Colorado are what drive our economy both in outdoor recreation and tourism.

As a bartender, I rely on people coming to our valley to ski in the winter and explore the mountains and rivers in the summer. We live in a place so special that people come to visit from around the globe, and it is critical that we care for our state.

Even though there has been lots of snowfall this year, that was not the case the past two years, and this variability is a marker of a changing climate. Climate change drives the rate at which our state is warming and drying; this spells danger for our future as a ski town.

While it is crucial to tackle climate change for our economy, our children and their future should be paramount to all of us.

Our children are the future and our children are depending on us to tackle climate change. Without doing so my kids face an unrecognizable planet.

Thankfully our State House of Representatives is hearing a bill, HB19-1261, that will address climate change by setting goals to reduce our emissions and ensure we do so in a way that is just and equitable. A “yes” vote is not only smart for our economy, it is crucial for our children and shows the leadership of our state in the face of the federal government’s lack of climate action.

Daniel Brindle

Steamboat Springs

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