WHY Local Solutions...
Local scientists like forester Mitch Michaud, biologist John Morton, and Inletkeeper's stream ecologist Sue Mauger show the impacts of climate change in our backyard: Rampant emissions act like a heat-trapping blanket, warming our salmon streams and creating larger wildfires and drought in the Cook Inlet region. These are serious threats to our watershed. One of the most direct ways to effectively address climate change is by acting locally. It's where we have the greatest influence and impact. Local successes ripple out, creating bigger change.
HOW we started...
In March 2019, staff and volunteers at Inletkeeper's Community Action Studio in Soldotna spearheaded a Book to Action Local Solution Series in collaboration with the Soldotna Public Library and KenaiChange.
Each month, we convened a panel of experts and community members; discussed Drawdown categories like energy, food & agriculture, land use, transportation; and brainstormed solutions we could implement locally.
In October 2019, we ranked and voted on which solution to start with, and selected Community Compost as our first project. Everybody eats so this is a solution everyone can be a part of. Changing the way we eat and deal with food waste is one of the best ways to solve the climate crisis.
WHERE we are now...
After successfully implementing two local solutions (Community Compost and Solarize the Kenai - BOTH of which are carrying forward!) we spent the first half of 2022 exploring which solution to do next. After input from local experts and multiple community brainstorms, we chose Project RE-Tree to restore and enhance tree cover in our neighborhoods & public spaces. We need YOUR help implementing this third solution! Drop by our Community Action Studio at 35911 Kenai Spur Hwy, Unit 13 in Soldotna or reach out to David@inletkeeper.org to get involved today!
Join a G.S.D. Committee and help Get.stuff.done!
Help raise money to buy trees, materials, and make this solution as impactful and positive for the Central Peninsula as possible.
Help connect your community groups, schools, churches, non-profits, and businesses to Project RE-Tree.
Help source trees and planting locations and iron out operations.
Help track data, measure progress, report outcomes, recognize people, and celebrate success.
Help organize community actions, plan workshops, create education materials, and make this solution so beautiful everyone will want to be involved!