Climate change in New Hampshire: A call to action

To the Editor:

As a parent, it is my responsibility to protect my children. Whose responsibility is it to protect New Hampshire’s forests, seacoast, lakes, mountains and wildlife?

The White House has released the National Climate Assessment, which gives a breakdown of how climate change is impacting each region of the United States. It concluded that “there is new and stronger evidence that many of these increases are related to human activities.” The report can be read here www.globalchange.gov/ncadac.

Supporting the domestic fossil fuel industry – the very industry that pollutes our air and is sited in the climate report as the major cause of climate change – in order to secure domestic fuel supplies and American jobs, is not forward-thinking. It is not the economy and jobs versus the environment; that is a false choice. Good environmental policy protects New Hampshire’s natural resources, enhances property values and creates jobs in the emerging sector of alternative energy production, such as solar and wind power.

I once heard someone say that it’s hard to make a decision about the environment if your hands aren’t in the dirt. I urge you to go get dirty so we can work together to protect our beautiful state for our children.

ANDREA SEDDON

Hollis