Caroline Williams: No more time to wait on climate crisis

Published: 10/11/2021 4:50:23 PM

The way we are living is destroying not only our planet but also the entire human race.

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services released a report in 2019 which said that due to the devastating effects of climate change we have lost about 1 million animal and plant species which are threatened by extinction.

Not only are these other inhabitants of our environment we should respect, but we also rely on these species for our survival. For example, bees pollinate more than three-quarters of the world’s food crops and bees are dying off due to the widespread use of neonicotinoids (a pesticide).

We need to make a change and we don’t have the time to wait and discuss how. It is my future that is at risk and I will not wait for it to be ripped out from under my feet. Luckily we have the ability to do something about it. We need to pass the 100% Clean Act, which would transition Massachusetts to clean electricity by 2035 and clean transportation and heating by 2045.

This is not a choice, and we have no more time to wait. Let’s start moving in the right direction, for the health of our planet and for humanity.

Caroline Williams

Amherst




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