Alaska's record warm spring discussed on Action Line

    "We can see it all around us; our flowers are blooming earlier and earlier, no Eaglecrest ... our fisheries are in danger of collapse ... we're really impacted.", said Elaine Schroeder of the Alaska Climate Action Network.

    The battle to turn the tide on climate change in Alaska and Juneau was highlighted on Thursday's edition of Action Line.

    Elaine Schroeder of the Alaska Climate Action Network pointed to many examples of climate change including Alaska's record warm spring.

    "Our spring was 10.3 degrees higher than the historical record," stated Schroder. "That's going on around the world, but Alaska is warming at about twice the average rate."

    She cited Spruce aphids as another example.

    "If you live among these trees like I do, you will see a massive drop of spruce needles. Freezing whether during March and April kills aphids, but you need 5 days of 18 degree temperatures or below, and obviously we're not getting that."

    Schroeder also provided these further examples.

    "We can see it all around us; our flowers are blooming earlier and earlier, no Eaglecrest - my husband bought a pass, he never got up - no walking or skiing on Mendenhall Lake to speak of, no cross-country skiing, our winter sports are turning into mush, our fisheries are in danger of collapse... we're really impacted."

    One of her group's objectives is to make Juneau a city powered by renewable energy for electricity, heating and transportation.

    "The way a community becomes successful is by being attractive for people to live in," Schroeder explained. "Right now, you will see that many hotels and tourism industries are focusing on green travel, green living, and green buildings. The more we become content with renewable energy and turn Juneau into a model for the rest of the world, the more attractive a place we'll be to live; we'll have people coming here."

    In that regard, she says Juneau needs an energy plan.

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