Hey guys happy Sunday! By now you probably know that every Sunday I donate my social media to my @YearsofLiving team to talk about carbon pricing! I LOVE this week's post! My favorite part of what she wrote: Rather than thinking about how climate change must be stopped, write about it: email a congressperson and/or submit an op-ed to a local newspaper.
This week’s post is by Allie Gleich, @PutAPriceOnIt summer fellow. “I used to care about the environment because I knew it was the right thing to do. It wasn’t until I took a school field trip to Sedge Island, a tiny wetland off the coast of New Jersey, that I truly understood the damage that has been done to our beautiful planet. Sedge was my first experience visiting an uninhabited area. The island had no electricity, no phone service, and most importantly, no human inhabitants to disrupt the ecosystem. The craziest part was that we weren’t even allowed to shower because our soaps were damaging to the surroundings. Instead of poisoning local fish and killing indigenous plants on the island, soaps have been banned before an issue even arose. In our country, we are so caught up in our regimented lives, that we only respond to issues when they are urgent and unavoidable. With climate change, our mindsets must switch from reactionary to precautionary like those at Sedge Island. Climate change is not an issue we can “wait out,” because very, very soon, it will be too late. Instead of getting angry at the nighttime news, as it recaps decisions key politicians made the day before, be the one to persuade those in power. Over the years, I have found it very effective to reach out to my local representatives and assemblymen and vocalize issues that are important to me. It is important to keep in mind that we are the people they are working to help. Rather than thinking about how climate change must be stopped, write about it: email a congressperson and/or submit an op-ed to a local newspaper. It’s about time we stop reacting to tragedy and responding to tyranny. It’s about time we begin reducing, regulating, and repairing.”