Letter: Talk to lawmakers on climate change

To the editor:

It is critical that anyone who believes the scientific evidence that is out there for all to see speaks out to their legislators and takes action to mitigate climate change. Anyone who still believes that Climate Change is a hoax - and the majority of us don't - needs to do some very easy research online. Here is a good link for starters: https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence

Even those who do follow what is happening to this planet may not know what is happening behind the scenes in Washington. According to an article written by an Arctic research scientist printed in The Guardian on March 28, this administration has been deleting data sets, webpages and policies about the Arctic and other scientific data on government websites ever since Inauguration Day. This at a time when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average. It was recently reported that the Arctic's winter sea ice has dropped to its lowest level in recorded history, which in turn impacts the habitat for polar bears and other Arctic animals and increases coastal erosion that forces Alaskans to abandon their homes. This is only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina are already witnessing an unprecedented sea level rise. The Co-chair of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, which includes 15 Republicans, stated, "Americans don't see climate change as a partisan issue, and neither should Congress ...We're going to need lawmakers from both sides of the aisle working together, engaging in robust debate, following the science and finding bipartisan legislative responses to the growing threats of climate change."

Luckily, much online information was archived in anticipation of what could happen on January 21 and is still accessible. But the fact of the matter is, this administration is undermining the country's ability to make good policy decisions by limiting access to scientific evidence. It is outrageous and should be stopped. Support the Peoples Climate March on April 29. A bus from Manchester, stopping in Bennington, will be traveling to Washington DC on April 28 and there is a sister march in Montpelier. For information, go to 350VT.org or Peoplesclimate.org, unless the websites have been deleted.

— Anne D'Olivo



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