Climate change: We can all take action together

I’ve dedicated decades to my work as an environmental educator.

My favorite program is planting trees with students in Altoona neighborhood FEMA buy-out sites and Tyrone’s rain garden.

I was thrilled to see these young heroes take action against local flooding. Though retired, I still remain “The Creature Teacher” and am dedicated to environmental action.

I share the belief of 97 percent of climate scientists that climate change is real, and largely due to human activity.

Furthermore, if people continue putting greenhouse gases in the air, there will be severe consequences for humans and all other life forms on earth. (climate.noaa.gov)

The big little word here is “if.”

If we do nothing, our children and grandchildren will suffer the most severe consequences when they are your age.

A multitude of scientific research predicts storms will increase in number and severity, bringing drought and its opposite evil twin, flooding. This will affect our adult children’s health, food supply and bank accounts.

Climate refuges may challenge their safety. As I write this, the largest hurricane in modern history is devastating the Bahamas, a warning of climate chaos yet to come.

We can take action against climate change. I beg you to join me in three simple actions you can take now:

1) Buy less stuff, use less energy.

2) Speak out to your congressman and express your concern about climate change. Find contact information, sometimes on this page, under the heading “federal lawmakers.”

3) Support students who decide to take part in the climate change school strike on Friday Sept. 20.

#Fridays for Future is an international student effort to bring about climate change action lead by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden. (See Aug. 11, 2019 issue of the Mirror.)

Children will inherit the earth; they have the right to save it. Adults have that duty.

Jody Wallace

Sinking Valley