Letter: Finding hope amid terror of climate change
As a resident of Carbondale and a teacher in the Roaring Fork School District, I am so thrilled that the Board of Education approved Roaring Fork High School’s new solar array, with wide support from community and staff. Most exciting is the leadership that students in the environmental club took to get this project done. Kudos, everyone!
The progress at RFHS mirrors a rapidly rising tide of global action to lower greenhouse gas emissions. This Sunday, Sept. 21, tens of thousands of Americans will gather in New York City for the People’s Climate March, with perhaps millions more joining their voices and hands in solidarity around the country. This is predicted to be the climate movement’s equivalent to the Civil Rights’ March on Washington — a historic moment not to be missed.
Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, Citizens Climate Lobby volunteers have already been celebrating. The Whistle Stop Rally at the Glenwood Springs Amtrak Station on Tuesday drew about 40 locals to meet the 150 or so marchers riding the People’s Climate Train from California all the way to NYC. Thursday night, dozens more gathered to watch “Disruption: Climate. Change,” which follows the rise of the movement to preserve a livable world, and to write letters to Rep. Tipton, Sen. Bennet and Sen. Udall.
Global warming is terrifying and overwhelming. Through CCL, I meet joyful, committed citizens from around the country who give me hope and a sense of collective power. At the end of “Disruption,” Van Jones noted that the dividing line of good and evil isn’t drawn between people, it’s drawn down the middle of each one of us. Every day, we have the chance to rise to our highest selves. What I appreciate most about this beautiful place is how many people stand up to make their voices count. Thank you to readers for your ongoing acts of loving service — this is what makes the world.
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