Letter to the Editor RTSA

The Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) was one the most iconic and impactful programs of the Great Depression era. Even today, roughly 80 years after the CCC closed up their camps, we are benefiting from the work. 

Many of our state parks including Brunet Island were built by the CCC. State, county and national forests have all benefited from the work of the CCC.

Today, similar challenges have led to the revival of a good idea under the CCC moniker -- the Civilian Climate Corps. The new CCC will work on the myriad of necessary and vital tasks needed to mitigate the ongoing climate crisis. 

Proposed projects include weatherization of affordable housing, building natural solutions to stormwater flooding, removing wildfire fuel, replanting burned forests, installing solar panels, helping vulnerable people during heatwaves, and restoring coastal areas. 

The over 300,000 young people who will work for the new CCC would receive a wage of at least $15 per hour and full health benefits. CCC members would also get job and career training, and possibly funding for post secondary education.

The $30 billion in funding for the proposed new CCC is a part of the Build Back Better Act, which would see a vote yet this month. There is a lot of support in Congress to act now to tackle climate change, but our legislators, especially Representative Ron Kind, need to hear from us.

Let your legislators know today that you support the new Civilian Climate Corps and the Build Back Better Act.

Jim Swanson

Menomonie

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