Letter: Climate change — the cost of inaction

Posted 10/16/19

To the editor:

The Climate Change Conversation sponsored by the Little Compton Garden Club (Friday, Oct 4, at the Little Compton Community Center) was well attended by people who love Little …

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Letter: Climate change — the cost of inaction

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To the editor:

The Climate Change Conversation sponsored by the Little Compton Garden Club (Friday, Oct 4, at the Little Compton Community Center) was well attended by people who love Little Compton and the surrounding areas. They have children and grandchildren who also love Little Compton. But what will life be like here 30 years from now (2050), to say nothing of 80 years (2100)?

Life will be much different. The speaker, Kathleen Biggins (C-ChangeConversations.org) confirmed with scientific data that climate change is indeed manmade. It will have a terrible impact on our town and our daily lives. The summer heat will be unpleasant, if not unbearable. (Remember this past July?) The fierce and fear-inducing storms will ruin our beaches, wash out roads, and damage our trees. All of this destruction will come with a high financial price tag, as well a change in our current comfortable lifestyle.

The clock is ticking. The cost of inaction is high. Each and every one of us needs to get busy and start taking action today. Ways that you and your family can chip in and make a difference include these three do-able suggestions:

• Wash your laundry in cold water more often than not, and be sure the loads are full. Weather permitting, you could even hang the laundry to air-dry instead of using the dryer.

• Be sure the next car you buy gets better mileage than the one you currently use.

• Plan your menus better to waste less food. Food waste accounts for about 40% of the food that gets grown. That's a waste of gas to plant, harvest, transport and refrigerate the food.

For additional do-able suggestions, Google "easy ways to slow climate change." This link offers several good ideas: https://www.eartheclipse.com/climate-change/fantastic-ways-to-stop-climate-change.html

We write this letter as group of concerned citizens who cherish this town. We want to leave a positive legacy to our children so they will be able to enjoy Little Compton just as we have. Hence, we invite you to be good citizens and, starting today, do what you can to take responsibility and protect our future.

Little Compton Garden Club

 

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