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Letter | Earth Day

Earth Day is almost here. On this day we are reminded of all the gifts Mother Earth gives us.

She gives ceaselessly and we receive endlessly. Unfortunately, she is becoming very ill. Her symptoms are toxic air and water, and rising temperatures. She needs urgent care.

Fortunately, we have the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) taking her temperature and diagnosing her health. In her last IPCC checkup, the “Earth specialist” came up with four key ways to help her. Their recommendations were: phase out fossil fuels, cut and capture carbon, electrify everything, and increase public engagement for political action.

Increasing public engagement means engaging you and me. Yes, you and me. Each and every one of us must take action.

The remedies are well known. We must drastically reduce greenhouse gases caused by fossil fuels.

Call or write your representatives. Let them know they must pass legislation that divests from fossil fuels and invests in clean renewable energy.

We must care for our ailing Mother Earth. She is counting on us. If her health and well-being decline, so does ours.

Maggie Kraft

Tempe

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