Local environmental group urges Sycamore mayor to join national climate network

February 21, 2019

SYCAMORE – Bart Woodstrup of Sycamore said there were a lot of reasons why he ultimately chose to live in the city, the biggest reasons being for the schools and the community surrounding those schools. But he said he has more reason to be concerned about Sycamore’s well-being after President Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris agreement about climate change in June 2017.

Woodstrup, an art professor at Northern Illinois University and an environmental photographer, was one of several members of Citizen Advocates for a Sustainable Environment Sycamore, or CASES, that requested Mayor Curt Lang to join Climate Mayors, a national network of mayors who act on climate change in their communities, during the City Council meeting Monday night.

While Sycamore is not on a coastline and isn’t directly threatened by hurricanes or wildfires, Woodstrup said, there are a lot of reasons why the city should consider how it will be affected by climate change, including being near some of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world and having some of the richest soil in the world.

“And I think that one of the reasons why we are here is we want the best for the future of Sycamore, our children,” Woodstrup said.

Woodstrup said in his presentation there are 15 cities in Illinois that have joined Climate Mayors. Those communities include DeKalb, Elgin, Rockford, Montgomery, Evanston, Woodstock and Elburn, according to climatemayors.org.

Lang said he anticipates the matter being next addressed at the next City Council meeting, which is scheduled for March 4, or sometime in the near future otherwise. He said he personally likes the idea of the city helping to do all it can to address climate change and get the area ready for generations to come, but he wanted to give council members time to review the presentation materials before making a decision.

“I think most of us want to do what we can,” Lang said.