Representatives from the Greensence Environmental Association went before city council on Tuesday, requesting that Lethbridge become a leader in mitigating climate change.
James Byrne, a University of Lethbridge professor, said he not only thinks that is possible, but he believes Lethbridge can benefit economically by selling power.
Byrne says climate science is clear and is calling for a shift towards using renewable energy. He says he went green years ago.
“I just get all my heating and cooling from the earth,” Byrne said. “That’s possible throughout the city, that’s possible in every city.”
And possible with the right attitude, according to Peterson. He says Lethbridge has an opportunity to lead by example.
“Climate change is a thing we need to worry about and although Lethbridge – of course – is a small player, if everybody took that attitude, then there’s no use in us doing anything about it,” he said. “If everybody took that attitude, then nothing would happen.”
Petersen also asked council to offer incentives for residents and businesses who install renewable energy infrastructure.