LTE: Pennington Day participants say they are “alarmed” by global warming

For the editor:

How does a big block of ice say a lot? Sitting on the Citizens’ Climate Lobby banner in the glorious sunshine that shone during Pennington Day festivities this past Saturday, May 21, one such glowing block silently melted away, drawing attention without a sound. Children saw it as an opportunity to cool off quickly, and adults remembered the effects of global warming. Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers were happy to chat with visitors about ways individuals can encourage government action to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are overheating our climate.

These volunteers also interviewed community members as they walked down Main Street, asking them what they thought about climate change. The six choices offered ranged from “Disdainful” to “Alarmed.” People of all ages responded, with 78% saying they were “alarmed” about global warming and 20% saying they were concerned. Only 2% were dismissive of the issue. Difficulties with farming and gardening, increasingly severe storms and rising sea levels were cited as cause for alarm, along with numerous remarks about the record temperature that day.

Most people in our area seem well aware that we are already experiencing global warming here and now, and they want to switch to clean energy as soon as possible. We encourage you to contact the President and your representatives in Washington to urge the government to act on climate change. The CCL website, citizensclimatelobby.orgcontains a lot of information and provides easy links to contact our federal representatives.

Sincerely,

Caroline (Callie) Hancock

Volunteer Group Leader, Citizens’ Climate Lobby Princeton Chapter

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