BOZEMAN, Mont. — Community members gathered on Bozeman’s Main Street for climate action at the federal level Thursday afternoon. Their message to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester was to support the transformation of the country’s energy infrastructure.
Sierra Club members delivered a package of climate change priorities to the senator’s Bozeman office.
“What happens with climate change determines the fate of everyone on this planet and the fate of everything that each and every one of us care about,” Sierra Club volunteer Katheryn Eklund said. “If we don’t solve climate change, I can’t run anymore, because it’s not healthy to breathe the air. My dad can’t run the ranch, because you’re just checking water constantly and scared your cows are going to run out of water. You can’t live your life in any stable fashion when the climate is completely destabilized.”
The Sierra Club delivered packages to Sen. Tester’s six offices around the state. Packages represented climate change priorities for the senator, like repealing federal fossil fuels subsidies, cleaning up abandoned mines and wells and establishing a Civilian Climate Corps.
The environmental club is asking Montanans who share these goals to call Tester and voice their support.
The package delivery comes as the $3.5 trillion Budget Reconciliation Bill prepares to leave House committees. The bill then goes to the House floor for a vote and, if approved, goes to the Senate.
But the Montana Sierra Club wants Tester to do more than vote in favor of the bill.
“We’ve seen him fight really hard in the Senate for the bipartisan infrastructure bill,” Sierra Club’s Montana chapter climate and political organizer Caitlin Piserchia said. “We want him to bring that same level of fight for a bold transformative reconciliation bill. We would like to see him publicly and privately advocate for these priorities.”