Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Letter to the Editor: Let's Act on Sustainable Living

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my concern about global climate change and sustainability issues. It has come to my attention that the way we are treating our planet has a direct impact on the weather patterns we have been witnessing in the past several years. Extreme storm surges such as hurricane Irene this past August caused a series of flooding throughout northern New Jersey, and damaged many boardwalks along the coast. Last winter, we saw substantial snow fall throughout the months of January and February, with temperatures below freezing; however this winter, the total accumulation of snow is less than 10 inches, and temperatures have rarely been colder than 30 degrees. These are just a few examples I can think of off the top of my head as to why global climate change is a big concern of mine. I believe that we should take action in living a more sustainable life style, in an attempt to “un do” some of the damage we have already done, and prevent it from getting worse as the years pass.

In my opinion, one person cannot (and should not) do everything, but everyone has to do something. If a community decided to enact some sort of sustainability law, that citizens would have to abide by, it would help. If a town had mandatory, or even voluntary litter pick up at least once a month, it would help. If the use of reusable water bottles was encouraged, as opposed to drinking out of plastic ones, it would help. Every little thing somebody does to live a more sustainable lifestyle would help the global climate change situation we as the human race have put ourselves in. We can’t change what damage we have already done, but we can work to better the situation, and prevent it from getting any worse.

Victoria Ahlers

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