On The Radio – Dubuque mayor calls for efforts to mitigate human-induced climate change

CGRER's Nick Fetty interviews with Dubuque mayor Roy Buol at the COP21 confernece in Paris on December 8, 2015. (KC McGinnis/CGRER)
CGRER’s Nick Fetty (left) interviews with Dubuque mayor Roy Buol at the COP21 confernece in Paris on December 8, 2015. (KC McGinnis/CGRER)
December 28, 2015

This week’s On The Radio segment looks at Dubuque mayor Roy Buol and efforts his city has taken to address human-induced climate change.

Transcript: Dubuque’s Mayor Buol says action needed to address climate change

Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol was among more than 500 mayors from around the world in Paris earlier this month as part of the COP21 international climate conference.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

During his visit to the City of Light, Mayor Buol met with three other mayors from the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative – as well as mayors from other river basins around the world – to discuss clean water, food production, and other environmental sustainable initiatives that the different communities have undertaken.

Buol discussed some of the efforts taking place in his northeast Iowa city of nearly 60,000 residents such as the Bee Branch Storm Water Project which aims to redirect water flow in one of the city’s more flood-vulnerable neighborhoods following heavy rains and flash flooding.

Buol shared this effort with other mayors with the hope they might be able to pursue similar projects in their own communities. He said that human-induced climate change is something that needs to be addressed and that can be done through measures implemented by city-level governments.

BUOL: “The reality is that the climate is changing and it’s changing at a rate that has really accelerated compared to past history. The ebbs and flows of climate. I’m convinced man is a part of that process and we’re already seeing those changes occurring across the country, across the world. Extreme rains events, extreme drought events, temperature rises, sea-level rises. If we don’t start to mitigate those things now we’re going to be a point soon that it’s irreversible.”

For full text and video from the interview with Mayor Buol, visit Iowa-Environmental-Focus-dot-org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Nick Fetty.

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