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Let’s make our planet a cooler place to live

April 20, 2017 GMT

As we come upon Earth Week (April 22-29), I want to share a few thoughts:

I am noticing climate change in our area: A couple summers ago we had drought and temperatures often up to 100 degrees and all the wildfires. The extremes of snow and rain and wind with slides and so many blowdowns. The records of each year’s average temperatures warmer than before.

Most (97 percent) of the scientists who study our climate say it’s directly caused by an increase in carbon pollution from burning gas, oil (think gasoline) and coal.

At first, I didn’t want to think about it. Too upsetting to think of how our world will change and how our children and grandchildren will suffer. Then, I did think about it, got angry, got depressed, had some tears. Now, I accept that things are changing pretty quickly and we need to get busy. We can at least slow the changes if we work together.


I looked at my life and the effects of my choices. Each thing I buy, food or clothing or a book, comes from somewhere. The transport uses fuel and warms the atmosphere so I can buy local, I can garden, I can choose American-made, I can buy less, I can shop for second hand. I can drive less, carpool, use the bus or train.

I have some investments. I’m researching fossil fuel-free mutual funds. I want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

I’m talking to my friends and workmates about climate change. I’m writing and calling my elected representatives. They do listen and consider their constituents’ views. I’m going to the Earth Day and Energy Fair on Saturday at the fairgrounds to see what I can learn. I’m going to the March for Science on the same day (meets 11:30 a.m. at Roseburg High School).

I’m marching for climate jobs and justice on Saturday, April 29 (meets at noon at Stewart Park), and joining hundreds of thousands across the country who want to help cool our planet. Won’t you join me?

Diana Bailey