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Record-breaking temperatures ought to alarm public

To the editor:

The year 2012 was the warmest year on record, breaking the 1998 record by an entire degree, rising from roughly 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit to 56.3 F. If temperature and climate change trends in the past decade have not been convincing enough, this will hopefully catch the world’s attention.

This shocking news about the world and environment we live in should not only be recognized on a global and national level, but a local level as well. Advocacy for climate change awareness must become a more significant part of our local community.

We live in a town that is not afraid of vocalizing opinions on global and national issues. Now, as we face an issue concerning the future of the very environment we live in, is no time to be silent.

Promoting environmentally friendly life choices like recycling, composting, public transportation efficiency and locally grown foods will all help the issue. Even though many Amherst residents already make these choices in their lives, this recent news about the shocking rise in temperature in 2012 and the consequences it yields should increase efforts where they have already been made in the community, and enforce them where they have not.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, scientists project a potential increase in global temperature by 2 F to 11.5 F come the year 2100, assuming we continue on the current path we are on.

With the temperature racing far ahead of us and our ability to stop it, we must, above all, make efforts to educate our local community about this environmental crisis.

We must encourage the town of Amherst to contribute less to global greenhouse gas emissions, and set an example for other towns to follow. Global change starts with local change.

Rosie Hakim


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