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Local group looking to encourage Chico City Council to add new climate action plan

Students and activists gathered in Chico to march to the council chambers to encourage the council members to take action against the climate crisis. However, some feel right now, climate change is taking a backseat.

Posted: Apr 23, 2021 12:00 AM
Updated: Apr 23, 2021 8:33 AM

CHICO, Calif. - An organization pushed to bring change on Earth Day, and to encourage the Chico City Council to take action on climate change.

They plan to encourage council members to take on an eight-step plan.

As of right now, the petition for the council to accept the plan has nearly 350 signatures. Organizers are hopeful they'll get more.

A crowd gathered with signs and banners in support of fighting the climate crisis in Downtown Chico Thursday.

"We're hoping that this will encourage citizens of Chico to take action in their lives to help climate change," said Grace Puterbaugh, a Chico Junior High Student. She helped organize this march with the help of some classmates.

"Me and one of my friends got inspired to start a club at our school," she said. "And that's really been driving me this entire time to take action against this issue."

The organization Chico for Climate Action joined in on the march.

"We're going to strongly encourage them to pass the Chico Climate Action Plan," said Member Chelsea Barron.

Some of the steps include making a full switch from natural gas to electricity throughout the city and creating more electric car infrastructure.

Barron wants these changes to take place sooner rather than later.

"Which is just basic things, is just eight steps forward to take care of our climate here in Chico," she said. "We're just encouraging them to do it, now."

The march for Chico Climate Action started at the children's playground right on Main St., and the march ended at the steps of the Chico City Council Chamber, and that's where this group made their voices heard that they want to see change within their city councilmembers.

"But I am anxious to see it, I am looking forward to seeing it," said Councilmember Scott Huber. "[I'm] looking for where we can work with this group to achieve some of those goals."

However, some council members feel there are more pressing matters to worry about for the city right now.

"Chico has got to stop trying to fix the world's problems, we're trying to fix California's homeless problem, we're having a battle right here right in the middle of a lawsuit," said Councilmember Sean Morgan in an interview over the phone. "We can enforce we can't enforce, and now it's like we're going to fight for climate change for the entire world in Chico? This has got to stop."

Some people off-camera agree with what Councilmember Morgan said, they feel this year climate change took a backseat.

The group Chico for Climate Action plans to gather more signatures and bring the plan forward to the City Council once they reach 500 signatures.

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