In Carbondale, the right to breathe, recycle and enjoy the night sky

Ryan Summerlin
rsummerlin@postindependent.com

An environmental bill of rights in Carbondale would advocate items including clean air, clean water, protected “viewscapes,” increased recycling, automobile alternatives and “unimpeded views of the quintessential Western night sky.”

It wouldn’t have the force of law, but the whole Carbondale Board of Trustees supports the idea as a “guiding document.”

Trustees have described it as a “filter” that the board would use in its decision making, but nothing as forceful as an ordinance. As Trustee Heather Henry put it, the environmental bill of rights is seen as an “overarching document, not a policy document.” This will be a bill of rights to hang on the boardroom wall and distribute through town.

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