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A group of Columbia activists are promoting organic agricultural practices as a way to improve community health and the environment. The Columbia Climate Change Coalition met Thursday, June 20, to discuss ways to better the environment through organic agriculture.

The Columbia Climate Change Coalition is part of Peoples’ Visioning, which is a group that discusses climate, finance, energy, public health, education and transportation.

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The City of Columbia is encouraging people to turn off the lights in their homes and buildings this Saturday in celebration of the annual Earth Hour event. Earth Hour is a global program that promotes energy savings, and Columbia has participated in it each year since 2008.

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An activist group in Columbia is looking to increase the renewable energy standards for the city.

People’s Visioning meets monthly to generate ideas to improve energy use, transportation, education and development. The Columbia Climate Change Coalition sponsors the group and now, it wants to raise Columbia’s target percentage for renewable energy.

Right now, 8 percent of the city’s energy is renewable energy. The city wants to increase the amount of renewable energy used to 15 percent by 2022.