Bitterroot Climate Action group functions through self-organizing groups of members working together around issues of importance. Here are current campaigns underway with links to the contact person for each. If you are drawn to one or more of these groups, first Join Us as all campaign activists must be members. Or you can attend one of our upcoming Events - everyone is welcome.
Climate Resiliency Plan for Ravalli County Kit Tilly, (Chair), Hillery Daily, John Schneeberger, Wyatt Day, Cobey Williamson. Contributors/Reviewers and Researchers: Lori Byron, Robert Byron, Russ Lawrence, Gina MacIlwraith, Nick Silverman, Cobey Williamson
We are currently working through these steps:
- Development of a science-based primer of the predicted changes to our local environment due to climate change (Completed December 2020, see below)
- Development of a vulnerability assessment of risks to key areas such as the economy, agriculture, tourism, etc. brought by the predicted changes.
- Development of a resilience strategy report detailing planning and mitigation needed to address risks
- Existing public transportation options are under-utilized: need to raise public awareness of I-ride vans & Bitterroot Bus; Park n’ Ride lots with a system to link ride sharers; Montana extension adding a bike/walk to work category to existing Healthy Activity Program.
- Bitterroot Bus could have a free ride promotion week to get Missoula trip riders comfortable and familiar with the bus.
- More & better bike lanes, both within Hamilton and throughout the valley.
Land, Air and Water Use - Diane Lee
- Adoption of a section of Highway 93 south of Hamilton for litter clean up through the Montana Department of Transportation, with a cleanup twice a year on 2 mile stretch between Hamilton and Darby.
- Get DOT signs crediting BCAG to promote awareness of our existence.
- Possible collaboration with Bike/Walk Bitterroot as they use this section to bike a great deal.
Sustainability, Recycling - Hillery Daily
- Sustainability Committee Encourage individuals and businesses in Ravalli county to reduce the use of single use plastic by writing letters to the editor about reducing single use plastic.
Energy - John Schneeberger
- The Energy Committee’s primary focus is working with the Citizens Climate Lobby. They work toward building support in Congress for a national bipartisan solution to climate change.
- CCL was instrumental in House Resolution 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, presently before Congress. Its supporters are organized in more than 400 local chapters across the United States. There are chapters in Missoula and around the state.
- CCL’s most recent action is to call your Republican Representative in Congress to thank them for discussing climate solutions and urge them to include a carbon fee in their plans.
Food Waste Salvaging, Re-distribution and Composting - Hillery Daily
- Coordinate food banks, shelters and organizations which could distribute and feed hungry and food-insecure people with leftover, excess or near-expiration date food from stores, restaurants, commercials kitchens which would otherwise be thrown out.
If leftover food cannot be redistributed, then feed it to animals or compost.
- Education about food waste in the home and how to decrease.
A few ideas that we have heard which sound promising are:
- electric car charging station(s) in Hamilton
- using LED lights in schools, street lights, city and county buildings
- solar panels on schools and city/county buildings.