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Nevada Communities Rally For Action On Climate Change

Advocates Claim Climate Change Contributes To Drought, Storms And Intense Fires

September 07, 2018 - 1:22 pm

RENO, NV (KXNT) - Reno and Las Vegas are among more than 600 communities across the world that are planning rallies and marches this week to call attention to climate change. Reno and Las Vegas are the first-and-third-fastest-warming cities in America, according to Climate Central. Brian Beffort with the Sierra Club said that's contributing to declining snow pack, worsening drought, more intense storms and longer fire seasons. So he said it's important to keep climate issues a part of the public conversation as much as possible.

"It's not a Republican issue, or a Democratic issue, and not even an American issue," said Beffot. "It's a global issue and we as global citizens need to work together to find solutions toward a healthier and more sustainable future," he added.

The Rise for Climate March in Reno will be Saturday starting at Virginia Lake at 10 a.m. Another march is planned outside the Bureau of Land Management offices in Las Vegas on Monday.

Jennifer Cantley with Clean Air Moms Action said extreme temperatures and an intense wildfire season this summer have shown that climate issues already are having consequences on Nevadans' health.

"All of us have suffered this whole summer through the smoke," said Cantley. "My son has asthma, which is actually allergic asthma that's triggered specifically by smoke and different particles and pollutants in the air," she said.

Cantley said the marches are important opportunities for the public to come out and meet Nevada groups that are fighting to slow climate change.