City Council Urged to Sign Climate Change Compact


Diana Gish/KMXT

At the Kodiak City Council’s regular meeting recently Teresa Peterson spoke during public comments about the Alaska Coastal Communities Global Climate Change Compact. The compact was drafted last February in Homer. A number of Coastal Alaska communities in Alaska have signed it and Peterson was hoping Kodiak would do so as well.

(Climate Compact 1 "The compact is … dubbed ground zero.")

The compact points out the effects of climate change on the ocean including ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is caused by increased carbon dioxide concentrations from the burning of fossil fuels.

(Climate Compact 2 "And then … by the I.P.C.C.")

I-P-C-C stands for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Also speaking at the council meeting was Switgard Duesterloh (Svit-kard Duce-ter-loh), a fisheries scientist and a member of the board of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.

She talked about what she called, "the gravity of ocean acidification for Kodiak."

(Climate Compact 3 "Ocean Acidification … in the coal mine.")

Other Alaska coastal communities that have signed the compact include the City and Borough of Sitka, the City of Homer, the City of Petersburg, the City of Gustavus, the City of Dillingham and the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

(Climate Compact 4 "What we are … already done so.")

Kodiak Mayor Caroline Floyd promised that the council would carefully review and consider the compact.

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