Earth Day: How Chicago addresses climate change in 'The Power of Us: People, Climate and Our Future'

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
The Power of Us: People, Climate and Our Future
On Earth Day 2024, climate change progress is essential to preserving our future. "The Power of Us" shows how Chicago is building a greener future.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- On Earth Day 2024, climate change progress has never been more important.

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In April we always celebrate our beloved planet Earth. But as the saying goes, "Every day is Earth Day," and our world continues to grapple with climate change.

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So much needs to be done to protect our planet. Humans may have caused some of the problems, and we will also be the ones who have to do the work to make things better.

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ABC News launched a new initiative called, "The Power of Us: People, Climate, and Our Future." The goal is to share stories about sustainable solutions to the climate crises.

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In Chicago, we have been covering climate change with data driven stories highlighting the pressing local issues we will face over the next few decades and the people working to solve those problems in our area including, making our area more resilient to excessive heat, mitigating flood damage, and environmental justice.

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