Climate change

Democracy depends on our ability to cooperate.

As the nation confronts an ugly national divide, we must remember that the only way forward is together, and as hard as that way might seem right now, it starts with people talking and listening to one another.

Here in Washington, residents from around the state are preparing to do just that, learning and deliberating to confront a mutual challenge around which there has been heated disagreement.

For three months, 80 residents representing the diverse perspectives of Washington are going to meet to learn about the impacts of climate change on all parts of this state, and then talk with one another about what the state should do to protect its residents, in a way that is fair to all.

They will then present their findings to our state legislators, representing a true “voice of the people.”

This is a way for us all to get our feet back on the ground.

Learning sessions will be viewable at www., and anyone can submit their thoughts for assembly members to consider.

While climate assemblies have taken place around the globe, the Washington Climate Assembly will be the first of its kind in the United States.

This is our chance to set an example for those who say that Americans with different perspectives will not listen to one another and cannot find common ground.

Tune in to learn how people can come together to find solutions and support the work of your fellow citizens.

Ed Chadd

Port Angeles