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Nearly 50 Idahoans signed on to a two-page ad that ran in the Idaho Press on Sunday calling on Idaho officials at the state, local and congressional levels to take action on climate change. Robert Huntley, a former Idaho Supreme Court justice and 1998 Democratic candidate for governor who spearheaded the ad, said, “We are going to try to put it in papers throughout the state. And then we’re going to take it on up to various national organizations and suggest that they get such a movement going on in all the states of the United States of America.”

The ad, which earlier ran in the Idaho Statesman, calls on Idaho’s congressional delegation, governor, all state legislators, county commissioners and city councilors to answer four questions about climate change, including whether they’ll agree to take action to protect Idaho’s citizens from its effects.

“Unless today’s leaders act swiftly, comprehensively and correctly, it is very likely that the quality of life for all will be greatly compromised,” the ad states, “and we will see land loss and even more powerful storms along our coasts, and inland, fires, floods and drought, heat stroke deaths, accelerating extinctions, mass starvation, mass migrations, wars, social collapse and more.”

The lead signer in the latest ad is former Idaho Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick. Other signers include Boise software developer and blogger Tom von Alten; veterinarian Nancy Basinger; retired Hewlett-Packard executive and business consultant Lisa Hecht; and more.

Rick Just, a historian and author who worked for the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation for 29 years, said he signed on after a friend who shared his interest in climate issues did the same. “I thought, well, we’ve tried everything else. This seems like something that might have some effect,” he said. “Who knows? … I think a thousand little things will maybe add up to something some day.”

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Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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