Frances of Berkeley, CA on Climate Change

Frances of Berkeley, CA writes:

I’ve lived in California for most of my life.  I grew up enjoying family camping trips in our state’s beautiful and diverse National and State parks.  This instilled in me a love of the outdoors and a desire to ensure that we preserve this heritage.

We have just gone through a multi-year drought in California with the water supplies in our reservoirs reaching dangerously low levels.  It has brought home for me the reality of how vulnerable our communities are to extremes in the climate.  While working for universal healthcare, civil rights and immigrant rights are very important to me, I believe the Climate Crisis is the overriding issue of our time.

In California we benefit from a strong environmental ethic.  I’m proud that our state has taken several critical steps to begin addressing Climate Change.  Yet, I’m deeply concerned that we are running out of time to prevent runaway global warming.

We must demand that the new administration work aggressively to transition our country to clean renewable energy.  Congress must make critical investments in research into carbon sequestration so we are able to reduce the level of carbon that has already accumulated in the atmosphere.  It is our responsibility to be good stewards of the earth and ensure we pass on a habitable planet to future generations.

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