- Date submitted: 28 Oct 2011
- Stakeholder type: Major Group
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I write to you as an elected representative of a mountain community in the United States, and as a member of the international Mountain Partnership organization. Through local efforts as well as partnerships with communities from around the world, Park City strives to be a leader in forging a more sustainable development path. From declining snowpack levels to widespread anthropogenic threats facing surrounding forest ecosystems, we represent an early indicator of challenges to come for the global community. We also represent the potential, and strong desire for, a reorientation towards true sustainability for mountainous regions.
The City of Park City has taken a number of tangible actions to reduce our carbon footprint and engage our citizenry to do the same. Amidst growing concern about climate change and its impact on our local identity, community members in Park City banded together to support the Save Our Snow initiative. Determined not to let their economic and cultural livelihoods melt away, community leaders have joined together to address the local carbon footprint and promote sustainable development. A ?Save Our Snow Action Plan? was completed in 2010 and acts as a guiding document for carbon reduction strategies.
Despite local successes and best intentions, it is clear that much more is needed to enhance the sustainability of communities like ours worldwide. The majority of mountain communities face pressing, near-term ecological threats which harbor dramatic implications for economies and social structures. It is in the face of these challenges that I urge you to position mountain communities as a key part of the agenda for Rio 2012.
Whether in the form of carbon mitigation strategies, climate adaptation, or poverty alleviation, mountain regions deserve a distinct voice at the landmark event in Rio next year.
Mayor Dana Williams
Park City Municipal Corporation
P.O. Box 1480
Park City, UT 84060