To the Editor:
The Citizen Advocates for a Sustainable Environment-Sycamore wishes to thank the Sycamore City Council for listening to a presentation by the local community group at the Tuesday, Feb. 18, council meeting.
CASES promotes and advocates for a sustainable environment for the benefit of our community as well as our nation.
During the presentation, Bart Woodstrup described why Sycamore is so appealing to people who live here, such as its excellent educational system, location, and safe environment. Dr. Rebecca Cohen then explained the effects of pollution on human health, especially as it relates to the residents of DeKalb County and Sycamore. A few of the health effects of pollution include an increase in respiratory diseases and allergies, chronic illnesses and mental stress. In addition, increased brownouts, flooding, mosquito issues and crop damage can also occur as climate change worsens.
Liliana Orozco then invited the council to join with CASES by signing on to the climatemayors.org program, helping with community education, recognizing businesses and citizens who show positive sustainable practices and agreeing to help with a community climate inventory to study local environmental data. One of the major goals of these activities would be to save taxpayer dollars by reducing fossil fuel energy.
The City Council mentioned it would be asking CASES back to explain what other climate mayor cities have done and to answer more questions. We look forward to being invited back.
Monthly environmental presentations through the Sycamore Public Library called Sustainable Sycamore are held at 6 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month.