Letter: Together we can address climate change

Published: 11/25/2020 12:02:24 AM

No issue looms larger than climate change. Twenty-five Americans states have organized as the United States Climate Alliance to continue to meet the objectives of the Paris accord. One of the goals is to reduce greenhouse emissions by 40% by 2030. What gives me even more hope are efforts around carbon sequestration. This is where the green matter of the planet draws down carbon from the atmosphere, not only for photosynthesis but for storage in the soil. The soil is infinitely more capable of storing and utilizing carbon. Carbon is a building block for all life but we have overloaded the skies with carbon dioxide.

Unfortunately, New Hampshire has yet to join 25 other states in the alliance. Join me and my students at Coe-Brown by contacting your representatives to remedy this dilemma. Most Americans become paralyzed over this issue because they are overwhelmed and not aware of the solutions that exist.

Growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, we would not swim in the Connecticut and Merrimack rivers. But today those and other rivers around New England have been restored. Acid rain and the ozone hole overwhelmed us 50 years ago, but we have made progress with these problems as well. Let’s build on our success. When we focus, we prevail.

PATRICIA SAVAGE

Northwood




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