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One year into the Methow climate plan

Switching to energy-saving appliances for heating and cooling. Building a water bank to preserve water for local agriculture. Adding charging stations for electric vehicles. Planting more trees in Twisp.

These are just a few of the programs already underway to lessen the impacts of climate change on the local level.

Resilient Methow, a community organization dedicated to equity and climate solutions and the well-being of future generations, held its first update on the Methow Climate Action Plan at a virtual forum in October. The plan was released a year ago.

Keynote speaker Leah Stokes, an associate professor of environmental politics who helped write the climate provisions that were included in the federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), described practical ways for individuals to make lasting structural changes to address climate impacts.

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