Gooood evening folks. I'm chiming in over here from Euless, Texas.
I have been a climate activist, seriously, for 6 months now. I've been discussing the topic for several years. I am part of a local chapter for the Citizens Climate Lobby - similarly, I have affiliation with a small group over in Denton.
It has come to my attention that we, as a society, have waited far too long to commit to climate action. We have had this discussion going on for about 70 years now, going back to the 50s!
II want to make it clear that Dallas, alongside many other cities and communities around the world, are going to be facing a massive problem in the coming years.
The biggest problems?
The icecaps are melting, displacement/flooding is inevitable, the environment is becoming more unstable, our green power production is almost negligible, poaching and extinction is still a major issue, deforestation, plastic pollution, CO2/methane emission standards being revoked...
Finally, the last, and frankly most important problem, is misinformation and denial.
We, Texans, are primarily Republican. Because of this, a lot of people have been following our presidents thoughts - one of which is the outright denial of climate change.
This is a big issue. The discussion of climate change should not be a political discussion or standpoint. It needs to be nonpartisan. Neutral.
The science is out there. We have government-based corporations, as well as intergovernmental groups, that are on the side agreeing that climate change is a real, man-made threat. (refer to NOAA/NASA and the IPCC/UN, respectively)
The solutions have been available for a long time now, but we're not here for that anymore. We're here for damage control. Preparing for the inevitable.
Thus, I'm here today to discuss potential plans for Dallas (and overall the state of Texas) to be able to reduce our emissions output, alongside other green ideas.
Disclaimer. I am no scientist. I'm just your ordinary Joe with a hearty spirit and a lot of time to research this subject.
For the city of Dallas:
1. Devote a greater portion of income in the city of Dallas for environmental purposes. This can include funding for incinerators, planting and maintaining trees, reducing plastic waste, increasing recycling logistics, informational campaigns promoting climate action, etc.
2. Influence the citizens of Dallas about climate change - how it should be treated as non-partisan and how it is confirmed to be real by several government and intergovernmental agencies. Encourage Dallas citizens to recycle. Also inform Dallas citizens about nuclear energy & how it can power our future, and how it is not nearly as dangerous as people think.
3. Prepare for the inevitable damage in the future. Reconstruct sewer systems to be more efficient to handle major flooding. On the contrary, consider applying rain-capture technology or other drought-preventative measures.
4. Devote funding for nuclear fusion/fission research and technology, including that of Thorium reactors.
5. Inherit harsher penalties for littering, the fines of which go directly into funding Dallas's environmental income.
6. Those who have made reasonable contribution to combating climate change (i.e: owning a nuclear power plant, having a set amount of trees within their property, etc) can be eligible for state tax reductions of some form.
7. Reduce overall livestock by enforcing limits on factory farms, or via taxation. It would be great to just completely ban factory farms, as they are an ethical abomination to society - but I am fully aware that this could cause a major jostle to our economy. On the contrary, provide property tax breaks to those who ethically farm livestock & provide no further taxation towards them. Those farmers have it rough already. Encourage lab-grown meat. Methane is a grave contributor to climate change, causing as much as 80x the damage of CO2 to our atmosphere.
8. Devote an environment-based state fund that is meant only for developing new green infrastructure in rural/urban areas. This includes, but is not limited to, solar panels, windmills, nuclear reactors, recycling facilities, incinerators, etc.
8a. In particular to this suggestion, there is an interesting technology involving piezoelectric power, where roads can capture energy from moving vehicles. You can see more information about it here. It would be great if Texas implemented something like this in our roads.
9. In locations vulnerable to flooding (such as Galveston, Corpus Christi and South Padre), consider adding preventative measures, such as sea walls, to halt future arctic ice melt from massively flooding these cities.
10. Lastly, increase the height for landfills. The group in Denton is proposing this idea, so I take no credit for this. Doing this will reduce the overall waste per area amount, which is quite necessary in today's day and age due to China no longer accepting tech trash.
That is all for now. Feel free to contribute or critique any ideas.