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June 10, 2013

SHADES OF GREEN: Think about the future and lower CO2 number

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Yes, we had a cool spring but that doesn’t mean global average temperature is cooling …

Mr. Gore dares us saying, “With any great challenge comes great opportunity. We have the rare privilege to rise to an occasion of global magnitude. To do so, our communities, our businesses, our universities and our governments need to work in harmony to stop the climate crisis. We must summon the very best of the human spirit and draw on our courage, our ingenuity, our intellect and our determination to confront this crisis. Make no mistake, this crisis will demand no less than our very best. I am optimistic because we have risen to meet the greatest challenges of our past.

“So please, take this day and the milestone it represents to reflect on the fragility of our civilization and and the planetary ecosystem on which it depends. Rededicate yourself to the task of saving our future. Talk to your neighbors, call your legislator, let your voice be heard. We must take immediate action to solve this crisis. Not tomorrow, not next week, not next year. Now.”

This means let’s not quarrel about who’s for or against coal (coal creates an enormous amount of CO2 — over 2 pounds per kilowatt hour. Do some calculations and the amount will get overwhelming. We don’t thank the earth enough!). Let’s not push back renewable alternatives — let’s agree that we all emit pollutants — both us as individuals and as corporations. We need to imagine an optimistic future.  We need to think about how our electricity is created, where we get our food, how the dollar from my wallet affects everyone.  

Change is tough, but it can be and must be for the good.

Goshen is known around the region as being a proactive, wise, sensible, rationale metropolitan area that thinks how to improve itself for the betterment of the whole.

So let us as Goshen think about how our day-to- day lives is connected to everything else. Let’s walk more especially if its less than 10 blocks away (thank you Mayor Kauffman!). Let’s invest in bicycles and good bike baskets so we can easily carry things to and from our favorite store. Let’s support stores that are also thinking about their effects. Let’s ask our representatives for better public transportation that is timely and can get us everywhere. Simple intelligent actions.

Let’s think about a future where we become conscious of our interconnections and creating a milestone of lowering our CO2 number below 400 ppm! Let’s be like our children … not wanting to get rid of the fun entertainment in life but find solutions to take care of our Earth as we take care of ourselves!

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