“We can’t just sit by and do nothing, so we’re going to have these conversations,” Brandt-Jenson said. “… We are way behind. Just the fact that the biggest city in South Dakota has no real sustainability plan as a policy for our city is something to take note of.”
The coalition’s next effort is a community conversation on climate and sustainability at 8:45 a.m. on Dec. 2 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. The two-and-a-half hour event will allow residents to speak with each other, ask questions and hear from experts in the field, including South Dakota Climatologist Laura Edwards and University of South Dakota professor in sustainability Meghann Jarchow.
To often individuals (like myself) will take their frustrations out on city hall without the support of other citizens or advocates in the community, usually the results are a dead end. But when a group of advocates form a coalition join forces they can have a bigger voice.