Letter to the editor, Oct. 25

Oct25 Toon Cuomo

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

How we can help save the planet

To the Editor,

The election on Tuesday, November 6 comes with environmental issues like climate change that have both immediate and longterm consequences for everyone on Earth and the Earth itself.

Scientists have made dire predictions about increased temperatures and both the melting of sea ice and the increase of storms and forest fires. On September 28, 2018 the Washington Post reporters Ellperin, Dennis and Mooney let it be known that the present administration in Washington foresees and assumes in its 500-page environmental impact statement that the planet will warm a disastrous “7 degrees rise in global temperature by 2100.”

The present administration, according to Michael MacCracken, a senior scientist at the Global Change Research Program from 1993 to 2002, says that “human activities are going to lead to this rise of carbon dioxide that is disastrous for the environment and society.” And then MacCracken says that the present administration “is not going to do anything about it.”

We citizens can do something about it, but we must vote on Tuesday, November 6 for candidates who will commit to saving the Earth for future generations and then do our part in our homes, our schools, our work places and our churches.

Here in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, our management has committed to solar panels on all our roofs and arranging for the composting of leftover foods and the recycling of metals, paper and other recyclable materials. Our community board and our political representatives representing our community at the local city and state levels are working hard for us.

Nature is all around us and we are blessed with Solar 1 and Stuyvesant Cove Park and good schools. Yet our nation and our world’s future depends on waking up to the reality of climate change and voting out those in our government who seek only personal gains and power.

See you at the polls.

Joy Garland, ST

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