Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania is now the second state in the country to launch a program focusing on training state and local leaders to address climate change challenges.
The Pennsylvania Climate Management Academy, led by the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), wrapped up the first part of the program this week. 170 people from charities, state agencies, local governments, and universities participated in online courses that discussed the impact of climate change on communities and policy solutions.
Heidi Kunsh, local team manager at the DAP Energy Programs Office, said civic engagement is key to solving environmental problems.
“It’s not about destruction and darkness. “It’s about action and putting all hands on the ship. We all, including the landlord, make changes in our own homes the way we use and travel. It starts with each of us. Each of us has a role to play. “
Maryland was the first state in the United States to start the Academy of Climate Management. The next part of the training, called the Certified Climate Change Professional Program, will begin courses on topics, including climate science, greenhouse gas accounting and vulnerability assessments, starting in October.
Kate Siemens, director of science to help that community learn about environmental disasters, participates in the Academy of Climate Management. She has helped prepare for Eston’s vulnerability assessment and climate action plan for the location of the Delaware and Lehi rivers and the risk of flooding.
Semens said the academy is important for municipal leaders because climate change risks have a direct impact on residents.
“Many of the decisions that these decision-makers can make regarding climate change have common interests,” Semins said. They help with air and water quality. They help you with your health. It is important to understand that you can make these changes, which can have many important implications, and move forward.
Pennsylvania’s average temperature has risen to 2 degrees Fahrenheit since 1900. According to DEP, unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut, the temperature will rise by another 5.9 degrees Celsius by 2050.
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