This letter from PA IPL member and former intern Barb Donnini was published in the Good Steward Campaign newsletter, as well as in the Centre Daily Times here.
A Simple Wish
I wish for an excellent quality of life for every human being, for biodiversity and for a great outdoors to exist for my children.
It is for these reasons, and my desire to follow moral guidelines, that I am deeply disturbed to learn of people who think climate change is not real, but is instead an elaborate scam to raise taxes.
The World Health Organization estimates that 150,000 deaths are directly attributable to climate change.
In a sick ironic twist, the people hurt the most by climate change aren’t emitting the most (or even a lot). The most affected nations are the poorest. Their citizens are barely able to subsist day to day, let alone pay to cope with the new effects of climate change on their communities (extreme drought in Africa, for example).
What’s being asked of all of us is small: Conserve energy in your home and encourage clean energy projects. This doesn't mean changing your political party. It means signing an online petition, helping a nonprofit or supporting national policy that increases renewable energy usage.
Even if you still aren’t convinced, we can all agree that conserving energy is a good thing, if just for financial reasons.
I’d like to believe that most can identify with right versus wrong, fair versus unfair. It isn’t fair that we use much more energy than needed while so many others feel the consequences.
We have one chance at preserving the planet - the risk is too great to do nothing.