Letters, Jan. 11


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    It’s not all fun

    Are we living the future?

    Afraid? Rational fears keep us safe. What about fear of climate change? Are you so frightened you can’t mobilize to make necessary changes? Yes, there is urgency to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by one-half in the next 12 years. How? By changing our energy sources, our agricultural and forest systems practices and by rethinking how we live, shop, work and play.

    No, it’s not all fun. However we are in this together, and we can do what needs to be done. There is no running away, no moving to another town, no quick fix. We need to step up to the plate and bat the ball for the future of our offspring (children).

    How to motivate? Stop thinking: “others are worse than me,” “it’s their fault,” “they” will come up with a fix-it,” and “I’ve herd it all before.” Choose one thing and do it well, without losing faith. Examples: push your legislators to develop a worthwhile emissions reduction bill or join a group of like-minded folks, and/or sign up for the SOCAN Master Climate Protector course at socanmcp.eco.

    Be concerned about what is right not who is right.

    Louise D. Shawkat

    Ashland

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