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Earth Hour

by Utah Nickel
March 24, 2017

 

Earth Hour is March 25th- One Hour, a World of Importance

1 hour, 1 day is all it takes to stand with millions of fellow Americans and show support for the Earth while also raising awareness of the devastating impact of Climate Change.

Earth Hour is March 25th- One Hour, a World of Importance

1 hour, 1 day is all it takes to stand with millions of fellow Americans and show support for the Earth while also raising awareness of the devastating impact of Climate Change.

Within just the last few weeks, we have seen massive actions taken against clean water rules aimed at protecting wetlands and tributaries.  Despite the goal of limiting greenhouse gasses and saving consumers $8,000, progressive efficiency standards are being halted.1 The EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment will be severely limited with a potential 31% cut in its operating budget.2 The first two months of this year turned out to be the warmest on record, second only to last year.3

Our friends, our families, and our kids deserve to build sandcastles and swim in Lake Winthrop without fear.  Let that few extra bucks saved at the pump buy an ice cream at the local scoop shop, or put it away for a rainy-day fund.  We owe it to future generations to ensure that they have a healthy environment to inherit.

What can we do?  We can start with showing support for the earth and shine a light on climate change.  Join the worldwide movement started 10 years ago by turning off your lights for 1 hour on Saturday, March 25 at 8:30-9:30 PM.

But don’t stop there, keep the moment moving.  Go green, go local; get involved in our community, in our state.  Don’t wait, make it happen, be the green you want to see. 

For more information on Earth Hour, visit www.earthhour.org or www.worldwildlife.org/pages/earth-hour.

Want to advocate locally?

  1. Get involved with your local political group.  Holliston Dems meet the first Saturday of every month in the selectman’s office.
  2. Learn more about the Holliston Green Community status on May 6th.  More info at http://bit.ly/HollistonGoGreen.

Want to advocate on the state level?

  1. Call Representative Dykema, thank her for Sponsoring H.2113, An Act to Protect Massachusetts Pollinators. (http://bit.ly/H2113)
  2. Call Senator Spilka  and Representative Dykema, urge them to support the FY2018 Green Budget, a budget that calls for a 1% state operating budget to (http://bit.ly/FY2018GreenBudget)
  3. Advocate for an issue that affects you personally.

 Want to advocate on the Federal level?

  1. Call Senator Markey, Senator Warren, and Representative Clark; urge them to oppose the proposed budget cuts to the EPA.
  2. Like something our representatives are doing? Give them a call, they appreciate calls of support as well!

Submitted by: Utah Nickel- locust.st@hotmail.com

Member, Holliston Democratic Town Committee

1)https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/15/car-pollution-carbon-emissions-obama-trump-epa

2) https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/15/us/politics/trump-budget-proposal.html?_r=0

3) http://www.noaa.gov/news/earth-had-2nd-warmest-february-season-and-year-to-date-on-record

 

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Comments (5)

If Mr. Pennypacker doesn't believe in science, that's his prerogative, but why be so sarcastic and mocking ? - he assumes he's right, but the majority of people don't think he is...

- Lee DeSorgher | 3/25/17 8:07 PM

What devastating impact? I'm not so devastated. Are other people in town devastated? If so, is their a fund I can donate to help these poor victims of the Great Climate Change of 2017? P.S. Please don't bother the poor interns in Congress with your baseless concerns. They're busy, don't get paid, and don't deserve to be bothered by every tree hugger in the Fifth District.

- James Pennypacker | 3/24/17 9:44 PM

Thank you for this article! This is such an important issue, and the proposed cuts to the EPA are frightening. I also appreciate the quick links to action. We all have to be involved. We can't leave it to others to speak for us.

- Ginny Keniry | 3/24/17 2:30 PM

Excellent informative and thought provoking article. As a coincidence a friend just sent me a link and article that addresses this topic. I am enclosing link. If you're interested, here's the Truthout article: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39957-release-of-arctic-methane-may-be-apocalyptic-study-warns Bill Dooling

- Bill Dooling | 3/24/17 2:23 PM

Correction regarding point 2, Advocating at the State level. Similar to the Governor's current and past budgets, this point was cut short at the environment's expense. The FY2018 Green Budget is a budget proposal that calls for a 1% state operating budget for environmental agencies (DAR, DCR, DEP, DFG and EOEEA).

- Utah Nickel | 3/24/17 7:04 AM

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