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In recent years, climate change has become a highly polarized, partisan issue.

A 2016 Gallup poll found a 34-point difference between the percent of Republicans and Democrats surveyed that believed the effects of global warming had already begun.

But this hasn't always been the case. In 1997, there was only a four-point difference between Republicans and Democrats responding to that same question.

Unfortunately, the planet doesn't care about party lines or ideological backgrounds. Climate change will impact us whether we are liberals or conservatives, Republicans or Democrats, evangelicals or atheists.

But we can all be part of the solution as well. The motto of the first People's Climate March in 2014 was "To change everything, we need everyone."

The urgency of the climate crisis has reached a point where we can no longer pick and choose our allies and the actions we will take. We need everyone to take every action they can in order to tackle this issue.

If you are ready to act and be a part of the solution, please come to the Climate Action Festival 1 to 4 p.m. March 3 at the First Congregational Church in La Crosse, 2503 Main St.

Local groups and subject experts will be there to offer information and advice on conserving energy in your home, greening your transportation, advocating for climate solutions and climate-friendly lifestyle tips. Visit tinyurl.com/LAXCAF2018 for more information.

Kathy Allen, La Crosse

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