SITKA, Alaska — The Sitka chapter of a climate advocacy organization asked for the city’s support in combating the effects of climate change.

Local activists with the national Citizens’ Climate Lobby on Tuesday presented the Assembly with a carbon fee program, the Sitka Sentinel reported .

The program has three parts. The first is a carbon fee on fossil fuels and other greenhouse gases at the point of production or port of entry into the U.S. The second is a monthly distribution of those collected fees to households across the country. The third aspect would discourage businesses from relocating to a country that doesn’t have carbon fees.

“We’ve known about (climate change) for years, and we haven’t done anything,” activist Kay Kreiss said. “We’re running out of time … It’s going to get worse, and it’s going to take decades to turn this around. Coastlines are going to change, and people are going to be forced to migrate.”

The activists asked assembly members to adopt a resolution supporting the program so that it can be submitted to the Alaska congressional delegation within the next two months.

“It’s not a total solution because there are many things that have to be done, but it could be done quickly with national legislation,” Kreiss said. “We think about it as the best first step.”

Information from: Daily Sitka (Alaska) Sentinel,