Potsdam man to visit Washington D.C., calls for change in climate legislation
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 9:36 am

To the Editor:

We are on the brink of the largest war our planet will ever face. Our climate is changing at rates never experienced before because of our carbon footprint. At an astounding majority, 97 percent of the science community believes climate change is real and humans are responsible. This number is hard to ignore, nor can we prolong efforts to change our current addiction to fossil fuels.

I urge everyone in the community to be part of the change. The environmental movement needs every individual to make a difference. You can do your part by recycling, bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, biking to your destination if it is within five or ten miles, lobbying local, state, and national politicians to make a stand for our futures, participating in climate protests, or even educating others to be part of the change.

I will be heading down to Washington D.C. at the end of this month to part take in a walk from Camp David to the White House and a climate protest at the White House. If you feel moved to write a letter to President Obama, I will take it to D.C. to present them with hundreds of others knocking on his doorstep to stop choosing corporate oil companies over our future and the future of several generations to come. Send me your letters via email to this address: dlsmit11@stlawu.edu. I also urge those interested and willing to make the trip, to travel and participate in environmental protests this summer. Some of these events are listed on this link: http://joinsummerheat.org/.

Now is the time to take back our freedom of a clean and safe future. We are blessed to live in this beautiful paradise that we call Northern New York. We do not have to experience blistering heat of 128 degrees or walk tens of miles for water, yet. I would like to end with this quote by Mahatma Gandhi as a call to action for all, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

David Smith, Potsdam