Just and Equitable Climate Solutions
Idaho’s climate is changing. Stories from farmers, ranchers, scientists, and everyday Idahoans all describe how the patterns of hot and cold, wet and dry, are different today than decades ago — winter is shorter and summer is longer. This change means precipitation is more likely to be rain instead of the snowpack that traditionally supplies 85% of the water Idahoans rely upon in summer months. Hot, dry summers mean more frequent and severe wildfires.
Climate impacts affect all Idahoans, but not equally. Farmers and ranchers who depend on stable and consistent weather patterns for their livelihood will face significant challenges. So too will individuals who must work in dangerous conditions, such as intolerable heat or days with high levels of smoke pollution from wildfires.
Tackling climate change will benefit all Idahoans, but not equally. Lower costs for rooftop solar or more electric transportation options are all promising ways to reduce emissions, but these options may not be accessible to all. Transitioning to a clean energy economy will bring many benefits, including well-paying jobs for Idahoans. We must ensure that these clean energy investments occur in every community throughout the state. Our goal is to incentivize the adoption of these technologies in a way that’s beneficial to all Idahoans.
This work will be hard, but it must be done. The climate crisis calls for immediate action, and ICL is committed to working collaboratively with communities across Idaho to ensure we achieve our goals in a just and equitable manner.