Can you think of a specific position that you’ve seen Cherryland take that you’d like to help them change?
I have seen a few opinion pieces lately saying that small renewable energy projects at people’s homes are not worthwhile and that we should focus on big projects, like big solar farms and wind farms. But I believe small projects are worthwhile. I feel we can be more positive about small projects and renewable energy in general, whether that’s at homes or schools or businesses.
But I am not against larger installations. We can work with Wolverine Power Cooperative and others, and we can work to build large-scale projects locally. We can go out and talk to people about the benefits, such as providing jobs, boosting the local economy, and providing a constant, reliable income for farmers. We can develop a sense of pride in the area, in having locally produced clean energy that does not cause people to suffer health issues.
How does the voting process work?
Well, it’s important to know the voting is open and there are a few ways people can vote. First, Cherryland customers received an email on May 1 with a ballot number and a link to an online voting website. They can also vote through their SmartHub account. Online voting ends at noon on June 19. Another way is to use the mail-in ballot that’s attached to their May CountryLines magazine. And lastly, members can cast their votes at the annual meeting, June 20. There are three candidates running for two at-large positions, and the other two candidates are both incumbents.
Any final thoughts to share?
All I would say is my kids are in elementary school and I see them working very hard, and I think we have a responsibility to provide our children with a world in which they can follow their dreams, do what they want. I don’t want them to grow up struggling to find good food and clean water because global warming has become so severe that those things are put at risk. We grownups need to make changes now so they can have the kind of life we lead now. By the time today’s children get to an age when they can do something about climate change, it may be too late. It’s my responsibility to act on climate change now so they don’t struggle.