‘Right to a Healthy Climate’ ordinance on Exeter’s ballot

EXETER — A citizen petition proposing a “Right to a Healthy Climate” ordinance will appear on Exeter’s March ballot. For those wanting to learn more about the proposed ordinance, an information session will be held on Sunday, Jan. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Society at 12 Elm Street in Exeter.

The "Right to a Healthy Climate" rights-based ordinance (RBO) is a binding, local law that establishes a bill of rights that includes: the right to a healthy climate; the right to clean air, water and soil; the right of ecosystems to exist and flourish; and the right of self-government. It recognizes the rights of natural ecosystems and empowers residents to protect them by elevating the rights of residents and ecosystems above the claimed rights of corporations, who are artificial persons.

“People in Exeter are committed to protecting our natural environment. We can see this at the town level by the recent re-establishment of an energy efficiency committee, solar panel installations at the DPW and high school and collaborations with the Rockingham Planning Commission to investigate and respond to the potential impacts of climate change,” said Maura Fay, a member of Citizens Action for Exeter’s Environment, the group proposing the ordinance.

“What we don’t have is a way to say no to certain corporate activities that could be harmful to the people and environment of the town, as well as harmful to our planet’s climate. The “Right to a Healthy Climate” ordinance being proposed would protect our community's right to clean air, water and soil and provide a mechanism to say no to harmful activities.”

The town of Exeter will vote on the proposed ordinance on March 12.

Free high school equivalency courses offered

EXETER — Adults who did not complete high school or who need to improve reading, writing, or math skills for personal or professional growth are encouraged to come back to school.

Adult Academic Skills and HiSET Preparation day classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. Evening classes meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) has replaced the GED in N.H. and many other states. Like the GED, it provides an opportunity to study for and earn a New Hampshire high school equivalency certificate.

Academic Skills and HiSET classes are free. All classes meet at the Tuck Learning Campus, Entrance D, 30 Linden Street, Exeter. For more information regarding any of these classes, please call Exeter Adult Education at 603-775-8457 or visit their website at adulted.sau16.org.

Hassan nominates PEA student to U.S. Air Force Academy

EXETER — U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH, nominated Phillips Exeter Academy student Abigail Garey to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The Brentwood resident was one of 33 New Hampshire students nominated by Hassan to attend United States Service Academies, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.