Unlikely partners address climate change

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The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club are partnering to present “Rochester TRENDS: A Free Enterprise Solution to Climate Change” Wednesday, April 17 from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Floreano Riverside Convention Center in Rochester.

Neely Kelley, the New York State Senior Organizer for Mothers Out Front, and Linda Isaacson Fedele from the Sierra Club Rochester Regional Group discussed the event, and the message being shared by its featured speaker, former Congressman Bob Inglis, Tuesday during News 8 at Sunrise.

“Bob Inglis is coming to talk about a piece of legislation or an approach to climate change that can resonate with conservative audiences,” said Kelley. “We have to work together to solve climate change.”

The Chamber and Sierra Club have been able to find common ground on the controversial topic of climate change. “We’re pretty excited about it,” Isaacson Fedele. “So it turns out that the solution that Bob Inglis is touting, a free enterprise to solve climate change, is one that resonates with both people on the left and people on the right, Democrats and Republicans, because it wouldn’t grow the government, and so there’s a lot of common ground there. So we, personally, are really excited to be working with the Chamber of Commerce. They’ve been great partners.”

Not everyone believes in climate change. Kelley said all voices should be heard in the debate. “I think one of the biggest takeaways is we have to come together to solve climate change. There’s not one solution. They’re all needed. And although people may not agree with it, that’s okay. We have to sit down and listen to one another and support one another because when we actually work together across difference the ultimate solution is more effective and stronger.”

People who attend the upcoming Rochester TRENDS event will have the chance to take action. “They can support the national legislation that he’ll be talking about,” said Isaacson Fedele of Inglis’ message. “It’s an exciting time because this solution that appeals on both sides is being introduced in Congress. On the more local and personal level, there are also solutions locally, regionally and statewide where we can find common ground.”

Kelley added, “There is a tabling fair before the main event from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. There will be a number of vendors, both for profit and not for profit organizations that are going to have all sorts of opportunities to learn what they can do – not only in their own homes, but how they can get engaged in advocate, and work for and with decision-makers who want to do the right thing.”

To register for the Rochester TRENDS event, visit GreaterRochesterChamber.com and search “Programs and Events.”

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