Our carbon problem; Local citizens work to address climate change
We agree with the symposium’s participants that citizen action is urgently needed right now. As individuals we need to make changes our own lives, including by consuming less, because our current lifestyles are devouring more of the earth’s natural resources than it will be able to bear in future generations. We must ask our municipalities to reduce their energy consumption and consider renewable energy alternatives, and then we must help our towns achieve this goal by assisting them to access available funding and financing resources, which might even include a return to locally-owned/community-owned energy production. Further, the time is now for applying pressure on state and federal governments and on business by demanding and encouraging changes in our economic and financial systems to facilitate reducing America’s carbon footprint rather than continuing a business-as-usual culture that is killing our planet. We agree that the time has come for a carbon tax as a means of encouraging the reduction of GHGs.
While it may sound like bad news that each and every one of us contributes to climate change, the good news is that, due to the fact that each and every one of us has the power make choices that will reduce our carbon footprint. The time for action is now, or the outlook for future generations on planet earth may be very dim indeed.